Sunday, February 10, 2008

Steve Martin is a very funny fellow

Steve Martin has a piece in the Smithsonian mag about his comedy. I can't quite call it a funny article, but I know that at least two of you (Josh and Marc) will appreciate it.

If you don't feel like reading a bio piece interspersed comedy insight, I'll just quote one of his bits for you.

I had the plumber joke, which was impossible to understand even for plumbers: "OK, I don't like to gear my material to the audience, but I'd like to make an exception, because I was told that there is a convention of plumbers in town this week—I understand about 30 of them came down to the show tonight—so before I came out, I worked up a joke especially for the plumbers. Those of you who aren't plumbers probably won't get this and won't think it's funny, but I think those of you who are plumbers will really enjoy this. This lawn supervisor was out on a sprinkler maintenance job, and he started working on a Findlay sprinkler head with a Langstrom seven-inch gangly wrench. Just then this little apprentice leaned over and said, 'You can't work on a Findlay sprinkler head with a Langstrom seven-inch wrench.' Well, this infuriated the supervisor, so he went and got Volume 14 of the Kinsley manual, and he reads to him and says, 'The Langstrom seven-inch wrench can be used with the Findlay sprocket.' Just then the little apprentice leaned over and says, 'It says sprocket, not socket!' [Worried pause.] "Were these plumbers supposed to be here this show?"

1 comment:

majcher said...

Yep, that's an excerpt from his recent book, Born Standing Up, which I just bought and tore through. One of many stellar bits in there. That dude's got it going on.