Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Truly Great Comedy is Timeless

Selections from Bob Hope's Political Gag Bag:
  • When Republicans play Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey, they use ice picks.
  • He's so dumb about world affairs, he thinks the Kremlin is a hair tonic.
  • Some politicians speak just as they think -- just oftener.
  • There's lots of duplication in Washington -- everyone doing nothing.
  • I like to go to Washington -- if only to be near my money.
  • Oratory -- that's the art of making deep noises from the chest sound like important messages from the brain.
  • He was 20 years old before he found out the Encyclopedia Britannica wasn't a British bicycle.
  • Politician -- that's a man who approaches every problem with an open mouth.
In defense of the late, great Mr. Hope, these gags from 1956 are at least as funny as those heard on Leno's strike-crippled Tonight Show.

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