Mort Sahl, the Canadian-born American comedian, will celebrate his 88th birthday on Monday.
Sahl is widely considered the first modern stand-up comedian. He was the first comedian to dress casually and speak about current events in a matter-of-fact style.
During the Reagan years, Sahl was a guest at a White House dinner for Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Years later, on the Merv Griffin show, Sahl recalled the events of that evening, including the menu.
He related to Griffin that Begin told Reagan the joke about the telephone call to God. It's an old joke and you've probably heard it, but it's still funny every time we hear it.
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