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Milton Berle's Private Joke File: Over 10,000 of His Best Gags, Anecdotes, and One-Liners Paperback – January 28, 1992


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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (January 28, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517587165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517587164
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the legends of show biz delves into his personal treasury of jokes ("The most comprehensive storehouse of 20th-century humor in the world"--Los Angeles Magazine) to present the most astounding array of one-liners, anecdotes, quips, and gags ever published. Line drawings.

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This book is filled with many ideally sized jokes arranged by numerous topic.
Edward J. Vasicek
IF you can find a better joke book, go out and buy it -- but I think you will be looking for a long, long time!
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What a comeback to someone who suggests they are above wasteing their time reading.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joel L. Gandelman VINE VOICE on August 29, 2001
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This has to be the most impressive joke book ever asssembled. I've seen others that have lots of very funny stuff. Others that are better organized. And others that better reflect a comedian or editor's particular humor page per page. This one is truly a joke file. It's a big, thick, fat book with highly readable type -- and jokes that "rock." These jokes range from old-style vaudeville, burlesque jokes to jokes more "modern," from puns to insults, to long anecdotes. I'm an entertainer and when I do a show and am looking for a joke I look to this; sometimes I use one of them to fill a gap but often it gives me an idea upon which I can expand. If you like to laugh or need laughs for your speaking programs, shows, etc. you MUST have this on your library shelf. I often enter jokes that I like in my database but there are just so many I have cirlced here that I love that I go to the original. Also, it is big and fat and hilarious but the subjects may not include every single subject you want. Some other "big" joke books have more subjects, but this covers most of the basics and the selection is so wonderful that it's worth it. Actually, if you get this you should have the second volume he did, too -- which I also have and enjoy. Joke per joke I think this is the best, most diverse joke book ever published. Well worth the price in the enjoyment you'll get and the laughs you'll generate!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Vasicek on March 4, 2001
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This book is filled with many ideally sized jokes arranged by numerous topic. Although I do not appreciate off-color jokes, most of those are avoidable by avoiding the off-color topics.
I have used many of these jokes in writing and speaking and highly recommend this as perhaps the funniest large-volume jokebook.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Noga on May 28, 2008
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...every morning someone comes in to dust off the sales clerks! Wokka Wokka

Ha wasn't that a hoot? It's just one of the 10,000 jokes I now own because I picked up a copy of Milton Berle's Private Joke File.Berle, or Uncle Miltie, was a vaudeville performer before he jumped to TV in the 50's and many of his jokes go back that far. He also gives advice on how to stage a roast for charity, how to incorporate funny foreign accents into your act, and he actually has a small "chapter" on "K' words.(Words with the K sound are automatically funnier than words without it. Most of his ideas are 50+ years old, so they may seem a little, "anachronistic" On the other hand quite a few do work and Berle gives some interesting historical tidbits on working as a comic all those years ago. And it's always interesting to see what people laughed at back in the day.But here, see for yourself:

A recession is when you have to tighten your belt. A depression i swhen you have no belt.

From behind, she looks like 2 puppies fighting.

He's so fat that every time he goes thru a turnstile, he has to make 3 trips!

He's so fat he got on a rowing machine last night and it sank!

My wife and I have a waterbed. She calls it the Dead Sea.

A neurotic builds castles in the air. A psychotic lives in the castle. A psychiatrist collects rent from them both.

How can you tell if a turkey is a Republican? If it has two right wings!

She's so ritzy, the bags under her eyes are Gucci!

What acts like a male rock star,looks like a male rock star and talks like a male rock star?....A female rock star!

He's so rich if you asked for a salad at his house they served you shredded money!

They now have a teenager doll.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Philip J. Bohlken on June 6, 2000
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This book contains every joke you have ever heard, although the setting may be presented differently. The index is not too helpful because the joke you heard may have been about two guys in Arizona, but Berle tells it about two women in India. Some of the jokes assume a Jewish or a New York background, and are a little hard to use in other settings. Still, it is a rich resource for toastmasters, etc. I suggest you just read the whole book and mark jokes you like. Make notes inside the cover to find them again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 29, 2005
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Uncle Milty, now gone. Ten- thousand jokes from his file in one volume. Uncle Milty reportedly would ask his audience to name a subject and he would immediately reply with a joke. Here some of them are, in five- hundred categories and over six- hundred pages. A lot of jokes.

And a lot of them not very funny.

And some of them sort of funny.

And some very funny.

Jokes, anecdotes, puns, little stories. The whole bag.

But of course without the intonation, and the look, and all the million and one tricks that Milty made us laugh with.

The king of the comedians.

One little story tells here about Milty and his famous show- business mother who pushed him everywhere. He was what he had to be. If they needed an Italian kid he did an Italian accent. If they needed an Irish kid he did that . One time an agent came and said to the mother that they needed a dog in a certain show. She immediately turned to her son and said ' Bark'.

And of course he did , the star of the Texaco Theatre who in television's first years on Tuesday nights made America look at the little box and laugh.

This book should be in the library not only of those who love and practice humor, but in the library of those nostalgic for the America of another time.

Uncle Milty lived to about ninety or so before he said good- bye. Of them all the only one who was still able to thank him for the memories was Bob Hope who made it I believe to one- hundred.

What an America it was. And it's gone.
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