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The Funniest People in Sports and Neighborhoods: 500 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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This book contains such anecdotes as these: 1) Bob Zuppke coached the football Illini for years. In a discussion of football rules, someone described a play and asked whether the officials had made... More > the right call. Before answering, however, Mr. Zuppke asked, “Which team made the foul—Illinois or the other one?” 2) At a Westminster Dog Show in Madison Square Garden, a woman was selling an expensive coat made for dogs. Saying “We want her dog to look as smart as madame,” the saleslady held up a pink cocktail coat made out of embroidered silk with a lining of mohair. Sportswriter Robert Lipsyte asked her, “When would a dog wear that?” The saleslady replied, “After five o’clock.” 3) Shannon Martin was six years old when she won an age-12-and-under roping contest, for which she was written up in the “Roping Sports News.” Because she hadn’t learned to read yet, she kept saying to her father, “Come on, Dad. Read it again.”< Less
The Funniest People in Comedy and Relationships: 500 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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This book contains such anecdotes as these: 1) In his Answer Man column, film critic Roger Ebert answered a question by Matt Sandler about who was the world’s most beautiful woman by saying... More > that she was Indian actress Aishwarya Rai. In a later Answer Man column, a reader stated that Mr. Ebert should have answered the question by saying, “My wife.” However, Mr. Ebert had a good reason for not answering the question that way: “Matt Sandler asked about women, not goddesses.” 2) To advertise its Razzles candy, Mars Candy decided to use a Cleveland, Ohio, show in which comedian Ron Sweed, aka The Ghoul, hosted several mostly bad horror movies. The Ghoul criticized the candy for weeks, and the more he criticized it, the more its sales went up. In gratitude, Mars Candy delivered a case of Razzles to The Ghoul. The case of candy remained on the set of The Ghoul’s show for year--unopened.< Less
The Funniest People in Books, Volume 3: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about books, authors, and publishing, including this one: Famed portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh did research on his subjects before taking their... More > photograph. For example, the evening before taking the photograph of author Ernest Hemingway, Mr. Karsh visited Mr. Hemingway’s favorite bar, La Floridita, and sampled Mr. Hemingway’s favorite drink, a daiquiri. The next morning, Mr. Karsh arrived at Mr. Hemingway’s home to take his photograph, and when Mr. Hemingway asked him what he wanted to drink, Mr. Karsh thought that he had the perfect answer: “Daiquiri, sir.” Unfortunately, Mr. Hemingway responded, “Good God, Karsh—at this hour of the day!”< Less
The Funniest People in Music, Volume 3: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contain 250 anecdotes, including this one: Long ago, singer/songwriter Billy Bragg made a music video for a song called “The Boy Done Good” with some of his... More > nieces and nephews. During a visit, a niece mentioned the video, and Billy’s son, who was a toddler when the video was made, wanted to see it. So Billy spent a week looking everywhere in his home for the video, including getting out a ladder so he could look in the attic. Finally, he gave up and telephoned his niece to ask, “Where did you see the video? ’Cause I can’t find it anywhere. Have you got a copy?” She replied, “Duh, Uncle Bill, it’s on YouTube.” Perhaps unnecessarily, Billy says, “I felt such an idiot, such an old guy.”< Less
The Funniest People Who Live Life: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes, including these: 1) Like other satirists, Mort Sahl is angry and he wants other people to be angry. (Certainly we have enough things to be angry... More > about, and getting angry about them may result in change.) He once advised, “You know what I want you to do? I want you to blow out the candles and curse the darkness.” Mr. Sahl was a good friend of jazz musician Paul Desmond, a sax player. Mr. Sahl once gave Mr. Desmond a cigarette lighter inscribed, “To the sound from the fury.” 2) Comedian Pat Henning once toured England, then many years and a toupee later, toured England again. The toupee did its job—theater managers told him that he was much funnier than his father had been.< Less
Bride of the Funniest People in Religion and Families: 500 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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PDF edition. This book contains 500 anecdotes, including this one: Andrew Tobias knows a couple of gay men who are raising a daughter who is trilingual. The gay men speak English and French around... More > the house, and the babysitter speaks nothing but Spanish. Not allowing their daughter to watch TV, the gay men bought her instead a bunch of Disney videotapes—all in Spanish. For a long time, their daughter thought the TV set spoke only Spanish.< Less
The Funniest People in Families, Volume 2: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Paperback edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about families, including this one: Opera singer Leo Slezak was forced to diet for most of each year because, being a huge man (he was 6-foot-7),... More > he had a large appetite and gained weight easily. (One of the few days of the year that he didn’t diet was his birthday.) When he was dieting, his wife carefully measured out portions of food on a scale and those portions were all he had to eat. Of course, Mr. Slezak ate the food quickly and then muttered that the food scale had to be wrong. Once, for a few meals in a row, Mr. Slezak didn’t complain about the portions of food he was doled out. His wife praised his will power and suspected nothing until she walked into her husband’s den and discovered that the family dog was very interested in the middle drawer of her husband’s desk. Opening the drawer, she found a large salami.< Less
The Funniest People in Families, Volume 5: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about family, friends, and the funny things that happen in real life, including this anecdote: Quaker humorist Tom Mullen has an older brother named... More > Frank, who lives in New York City. During strikes by the people who collect the garbage, Frank has discovered a creative way to get rid of his garbage. He gift wraps it, then leaves it out in plain view. Someone always comes along and steals it.< Less
The Funniest People in Television and Radio: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Paperback edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about television and radio, including this one: Humorist Frank Sullivan had a sister named Kate, who bought a TV in the days when TVs were rare.... More > Very quickly, she called a TV repairman, who asked, “What seems to be wrong with it?” She replied, “Well, for one thing, a lot of the programs are lousy.”< Less
Bride of the Funniest People in Religion and Families: 500 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Paperback edition. This book contains such anecdotes as these: 1) When Panamanian salsa singer Rubén Blades married Lisa Lebenzon, an Anglo (a white American not of Spanish descent)... More > non-Spanish speaker, he asked her to learn Spanish so he could speak his native language at home. She finished in only seven months a Spanish course that normally took three years. 2) Dr. Louis Finkelstein, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, kept a strictly kosher diet. While in Paris, he and a group of rabbis ate only in kosher restaurants. On leaving Paris, Dr. Finkelstein joked, “I can’t understand all this fuss people make about French cooking. We have the same things at home.”< Less

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