Treasury of Laughter – E-book
By Larry Wilde
“WHAT MAKES PEOPLE LAUGH?” “ANYTHING THAT IS FUNNY.”
“BUT WHAT IS FUNNY?”
“ANYTHING THAT MAKES PEOPLE LAUGH.”
HOW TO TELL JOKES FOR FUN AND PROFIT
Being funny for money.
A bunch of cons at San Quentin met in the recreation hall after dinner for their evening’s relaxation. Suddenly one prisoner stood up and exclaimed, “72!” Everybody laughed.
Another inmate got to his feet and called out, “S3!” All the men guffawed. A third convict brought down the house just by shouting, “86!”
Weasel McCall, who had recently arrived at the Big House, turned to Lefty Lanier, a lifer, and inquired, “What’s going on?”
“We’re tellin’ jokes!” he replied. “But instead of tellin’ a yam that all the boys already know, we just yell out a number from our joke books. Saves a lot of time.”
Anxious to get in good with the guys, Weasel stood up and shouted, “22!” Nothing happened. Again he tried, “17!” Silence. Weasel took Lefty aside and asked, “How come they didn’t laugh?”
“Well, kid,” said the con, “the jokes are all right but you just don’t know how to tell them.”
The ability to tell funny stories has long been regarded as a unique gift possessed by a very special few. Most authorities agree that it’s not a talent with which most people are born. As a result, really good storytellers are as scarce as free drinks in a Scottish saloon. In the hands of the unskilled or untrained, the best of jokes are completely spoiled through poor delivery, bad timing, unnecessary words and the lack of preparation.
The art of telling a funny story or an amusing anecdote can be mastered simply by knowing and applying the proper techniques. Practically anyone can learn these fundamentals.