I am not a funny person, and when it comes to telling jokes and stories, I am not the one you want to hear. I’m too serious, and It’s hard for me to remember jokes and their punchlines. In fact the one I remember goes like this: A father was going to teach his son about gravity, so the two went outside. The boy handed his father a stick, and his father said, “Watch.” The father threw the stick up into the air, but it didn’t come down.
See? That’s how I tell a joke. I’m not funny. Now I do laugh at comedians, and I used to faithfully watch The Last Comic Standing when it was televised. I also have fond memories of George Carlin. But if there were a comedian I’d pay money to see today, it would be Ron White. I fell in love with Ron White when he was part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. His performances always stood out and not just because he drank a lot of scotch and smoked a cigar. Ron White can tell a story. He paces each detail so that you are sitting on the edge of your seat. He watches the audience and then BAM! Punchline! Ron White is a master at timing. It is a true art. Kind of like teaching is a craft, but that’s a whole other writing topic, so I’ll end the squirrel tracks here.
Going to a Ron White performance is definitely on my bucket list, and I’m proud to tell you I’m of the age where I actually have crossed an item off this list. I know Ron White is in my future.
Now here’s a stab at another joke. The setting is that time in the past when passengers could smoke on plans. A nervous man is puffing on a cigar like a steam locomotive. He had the stogie in his mouth when he boarded, and now there’s a pall of vapor hanging heavily in the cabin. To his right is a coughing woman who politely asks him to put out the cigar.
“Why should I? “ retorted the man. “It’s a free country.”
Having had enough of his rude backtalk, the woman snags the cigar from his mouth and throws it out the window (luckily she had a window seat). He then crawls over her lap to get his cigar back, but when he reaches out the window, there is only a bird. However, there’s something in it’s mouth. A cigar perhaps? No, a stick.
Timing is everything when telling a joke especially when it comes full circle.