Thursday, June 27, 2013
As we head into July, we're in a Catskills frame of mind. We're getting ready to give a few lectures at Kutsher's next week and at other resorts later in the month. We're also anticipating the July 30 release of a new film about comedians who got their start in the Catskills and went on to become famous in the larger entertainment world (more details coming in the next few weeks.)
So what better way to get ready than to reminisce and post some classic routines by the most famous Catskill Mountain comedians. We'll start with an old favorite, Buddy Hackett (1924-2003), as he tries to tell a clean joke on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, where he was the most frequent guest.
Buddy was born Leonard Hacker in Brooklyn, the son of a Jewish upholsterer, and went to a public school that is now a yeshiva. His next door neighbor was Sandy Koufax.
Did he succeed in telling a clean joke? We'll let you decide. Actually he tells two jokes. The first is about a Filipino salad man who kept mixing up the letters "F" and "P" and farked the car by the pire flug and the foliceman gave him a farking ticket. You get the idea. The segment ends with a "guy walks into a bar" joke.
We're still laughing and hope you enjoy it, too!
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