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21st January 2004    #     Issue 147
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot
~ Michael Altshuler


Moderator's Comment -
                                                              ~ Gunjan


Tag Line
                              ~ DC Schulz

Why Jewish?
                              ~ tOM
                              ~ Moderator's Comments
                              ~ Isaac Asimov's Comments

Speaking Tip
                               ~ from Tom Antion



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Moderator's Comments

Dear Laughmates,

Is time moving faster in 2004 ? Why am I more behind
than I used to be ?

Well whatever is happening ... it does give me the
opportunity to hear for myself the sounds of deadlines
whooshing by. And now I can tell you, that Douglas
Adams was absolutely right. IT IS A LOVELY SOUND !

Ah ... there I hear another one. Sorry folks, I got to
go and enjoy that one now !

You enjoy I-Laugh #147 till a whooshing deadline
beckons you too !


With best wishes
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==> Tag Line

Hope Tom thought of this great tag line for his
10 Men Gag...

"Oh, boy, am I in trouble. I only asked 8 men to
help me with the gag and I know that at least
10 men ran out."


Comments -

===> Why Jewish ?

Dear Gunjan,

Last week's humor for the week read ...

> An older Jewish gentleman was on the operating table
> awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, a renowned
> surgeon, perform the operation.

Why Jewish? It doesn't add to the joke. It has no relation
to the joke.


Moderator's Comment - Great Point, tOM. On reading it
again after getting your mail I realized that the joke didn't
need any ethnic stereotypes. (Mother-in-Laws are 'adored'
practically all over the world.;) and I wouldn't have used any
if I'd been narrating the joke. So why was it there in
I-Laugh? The laziness of cut and paste !! However, I'll be sure
to double check if it matches my narrating style or not in future.
Thanks! Not only for correcting me but launching us off
on a discussion of Ethnic Stereotypes in Jokes. Here's what
Asimov has to say on subject in "Treasury of Humor"...

Moskowitz was retiring from business, and it occurred to him
that he ought to take up golf as a means of diversion. One
morning, therefore, he was out at the club bright and early,
with a new bag of clubs and a caddy.

"Caddy," he said, "I know nothing about the game. What am
I supposed to do?"

The caddy, sighing softly, said, "You take this club; you hold
it at this end; you hit the ball with the other."

"And where do I hit it?"

"To the green over there. Do you the little flag? There's a small
hole under it and you have to get the ball in the hole."

Moskowitz nodded. He stepped in front of the ball, took a mighty
swing, and hoisted the ball in the air. Straight and true it winged its
way toward the green in a graceful parabola.

The caddy, eyes wide and face a mask of astonishment, hastened
out to the green and there, nestling in the cup, was Moskowitz's
indubitable ball. It was a hole in one.

Moskowitz came trudging up, picked up the ball and said calmly,
"What's next?"

The caddy could only gasp. "You go on to the next hole."

Moskowitz did so. Another swing, another mighty heave. This
time the ball hooked somewhat, hit a tree, rebounded sharply
and rolled onto the green in the direction of the hole.

Heart in mouth, the caddy ran to the green and there in the cup -
you guessed it : another hole in one.

Moskowitz, utterly unperturbed, scooped up the ball and advanced
to the third hole. The caddy, much too far gone for words
accompanied him.

A third swing and once again the ball went flying. This time it fell
a trifle short, but bounded briskly forward across the green, aiming
straight at the hole. Slowly and more slowly it went and finally
halted - at the very lip of the cup.

Moskowitz came up at last, looked at the ball, turned to the caddy,
shrugged, and said, "Oh well, a beginner's a beginner."

Why Moskowitz?

In the world of jokedom, there are ethnic stereotypes. The Jew
is not, traditionally, a sportsman; and while in real life, these days,
the golf links are full of Jews, some of them are even named
Moskowitz, the stereotype lingers and has force. In a joke, you
may carefully say that a man knows nothing about golf, or have
him say it, yet neither alternative is as forceful as having the fact
fixed in the listener's imagination by having him picture a short,
stout man who has spent his life in the garment district. There is
no better way of doing it than to call the man Moskowitz, or
some other clearly Jewish name. In this way, the name
itself helps clear the deck for the eventual laugh.

Naturally, any other Jewish name would do; or for that matter,
some other name attached to some other nationality which,
in your opinion, would be associated by the audience with

The general rule is : Let stereotypes work for you.

And remember, stereotypes do not have to be accurate
to be effective.

Comments -

===> Speaking Tip

More Audience Gags.

Dr. Heckle and Mr. Sly
What is one of the biggest nightmares a presenter can have?
That's right a heckler. Since I consider myself playfully sly, I
bring my own heckler and place him or her in the audience.
If you enjoy seeing an audience squirm, this is the way to do
it. Get an obnoxious friend or actor and give him or her some
believable, but outrageous, things to say. The faces of the
audience will be indelibly etched on your retina. It is hysterical.
You can't laugh though or you will be discovered too soon.
Make sure the meeting planner and security know what is going
on with this one so they don't call the police, although that can be
fun too (no I'm just kidding). You could, however, have security
in on the gag and have them drag the crying, screaming person
out. The dragging or carrying should be done in a comical manner
or after the gag is obvious so that the audience doesn't get upset.

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===========  This week's Humor ==============

Laziness is a Gift

A visitor from the East was strolling along the California surf
one morning. During his walk he came upon a fellow, fishing
pole clutched in his hands, sound asleep against the side of a
huge coastal rock.

Just then the pole began to jerk violently.

"Hey, there!" cried the visitor as he roused the fisherman.
"Look out there! You have a bite."

"So I do," yawned the drowsy one glancing out at the water.
"If you don't mind, will you pull in the line for me?"

The visitor, somewhat surprised, did as he was requested.

"Now, mister," continued the fisherman, "put some fresh bait
on the hook and cast the line out for me."

Again the visitor complied.

After doing so he turned to the lazy angler. "You know," he
declared, "Anyone as lazy as you ought to get married and
have a son to do these things for him."

"That's a good idea," beamed the fisherman. "Know where
I could find a pregnant woman?"

(From Dr Stan Kegel's Groaner's Digest

Comments :

===========  This week's Stress Reliever? ==============

I managed to get my distance up to 200. (What
are those whooshing sounds in the background ;)


(Thanks Dianne)

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