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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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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.
About the Author
Milton Berle, born Mendel Berlinger, was an iconic comedian and actor. As a stalwart of television’s golden age, he thrived as the host of NBC’s Texaco Star Theater, garnering the nickname “Mr. Television.” He appeared in more than 75 television shows and starred in seven Broadway plays.
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I remembered Milton Berle from my youth. His jokes were funny to my parents. I purchased this to book to remind me of what was funny so long ago.
I have not finished reading all of the jokes, but I found some of them to be funny. However, many of them are more to the 1950 - 1970 years 'funny'.
I must say that many of the things found in this book did bring back memories of a time when days moved at a much less hectic pace.
I have used many of these jokes in writing and speaking and highly recommend this as perhaps the funniest large-volume jokebook.
I cannot pinpoint why it is, and Milton Berle, bless him he looks like a sweet older gent, but i am sorry these jokes are NOT FUNNY.
Maybe it is again the American humour thing, i also found 'the pretty good joke book' really bad as well, but it had 35 five star reviews on amazon. I bought Milton's mammoth book on the positive reviews but i am guessing AGAIN that most of the reviews are coming from Americans who find this sort of humor funny.
I am not being racist, i just dont get American humour.
I will now open to ANY page in this gigantic book and find a joke on that page to illustrate my point.
I opened on page 123 and it is on the subject 'california'.
joke: You can always tell a Californian car. It doesnt have a muffler under it. It has a Pedestrian!
There are thousands of cringe worthy jokes in here, i read about 50 of them and each one of them made me want to throw the book on a fire so no one else would have to read it.
I am sorry Milton, i dont think this book should be available for people outside of America.
I dont get it.
doctor: You should live to be 80
patient: I;m eighty-five
doctor: see, what did i tell you.
If that is funny, then yes buy the book.