All that needs to be said about jokes

14/01/2012

Quote of the day:

Anybody who can write a sentence like that wouldn’t recognise a joke if it was rolled very thinly and shoved up their nose. Jokes are innocent, airy little things. They don’t deserve to be jumped up and down on with hobnailed boots like that.

Actually I withdraw that last remark. The best line I ever read about jokes came from a sacked BBC scriptwriter: “Jokes are evil, nasty and subversive. That’s why people like them.” That’s all that needs to be said about jokes. A.K. Grant.

(Though when I read it again I noticed the font changed for the last paragraph so maybe it’s also Stephen Stratford commenting on Grant. You can get the context and work it out at Quote Unquote).


Remember Bogor?

07/08/2009

Last week’s Listener celebrates its 70th birthday.

It dedicated the issue to humour, with contributions by or about some of the people who had entertained and amused readers in the past.

These incldued John Clarke, Tom Scott, A.K. Grant and Lyn of Tawa.

Then there was Bogor.

dairy 10006

(Some stars are much brighter than others. Bright stars are like important people. they stand out amongst the many unimportant dim ones. But dim stars aren’t really dim. They just seem to be becasue they’re far away. I’m like that. Not really dim, just  far away).

I loved the little woodsman and was very sad when he left The Listener.

The magazine thrived in the days it had exclusive rights to schedules for TV programmes. Once it lost those rights its readership fell but it has survived and a few months ago after years of buying it casually I became a subscriber.

It still has good writers, including Jane Clifton and Joanne Black,  but I miss the regular cartoon.

Apropos of the magazine, the current edition which asks is Phil Goff’s Labour Party strong enough to rise from Helen Clark’s long shadow?

Over at Keeping Stock, Inventory 2 has been having some fun with some of the quotes part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5.


%d bloggers like this: