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For Sale: Milton Berle's Complete Joke Files
Slate ^ | Monday, April 22, 2013 | Rebecca Onion

Posted on 05/18/2013 8:06:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway

On May 5, Milton Berle’s joke files—four cabinets holding thousands of 3x5 cards, indexed by subject—will be sold in Los Angeles.

The comedian, who died in 2002, had a decades-long career in show biz, working in vaudeville, night clubs, films, radio, and finally and most famously on television.

Berle’s live variety show “Texaco Star Theater” was the highest-rated program on TV in the late 1940s. The show was the first “appointment television”: Local businesses reported empty shops and restaurants during its airing, and cities experienced drops in water pressure in the five minutes after it was over, as everyone who had been putting off visiting the facilities until the show was done finally found relief.

While this peak of success, which earned Berle the moniker “Mr. Television,” didn’t last, Berle remained a familiar figure on postwar TV, anchoring variety shows off and on through the late 1960s.

(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...


TOPICS: Humor; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: berle; johnholmes; miltonberle; television; texaco; tv; unclemiltie
You can kill with this material!
1 posted on 05/18/2013 8:06:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

“Gold, Jerry! Gold!”


2 posted on 05/18/2013 8:10:16 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: nickcarraway

3 x 5 cards?

PLEASE tell me someone has copied these to a safe back-up media.

Uncle Miltie. One of the greatest. From a time when comedians were funny and they didn’t have to resort to raunch and filth.


3 posted on 05/18/2013 8:12:02 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: nickcarraway

Ain’t nuttin without the man.


4 posted on 05/18/2013 8:15:59 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Responsibility2nd; Army Air Corps
Irving Berlin Kahn (nephew of the Irving Berlin) invented the teleprompter. Kahn offered Berle 25% of the company if he's use it on his then #1 rated show. Berle said no. The teleprompter later went on to become president. That's the rest of the story.
5 posted on 05/18/2013 8:16:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway; Shimmer1

Four Cabinets of Sheer Fun Ping


6 posted on 05/18/2013 8:18:17 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (God Bless America)
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To: nickcarraway

Take my files. Please!


7 posted on 05/18/2013 8:20:41 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: nickcarraway

Rumor is that Uncle Miltie had the biggest dong in Hollywood.


8 posted on 05/18/2013 8:24:31 PM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Until I drove through....

Waht?????


9 posted on 05/18/2013 8:40:24 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: nickcarraway
Berle had a reputation for stealing jokes from other comedians. It would really be interesting if these files were cross-referenced to other comedians.

After all, Berle would not want to tell a joke he stole from Jack Benny on the Jack Benny show!

10 posted on 05/18/2013 8:45:45 PM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: Norm Lenhart

Here’s some reading on the subject...

http://flaglerlive.com/146/091128qt-milton-berle-big-dick/

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/archive/index.php/t-259640.html


11 posted on 05/18/2013 8:49:52 PM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: nickcarraway

Well, it’s May 18. What did they sell for.


12 posted on 05/18/2013 8:51:47 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
Rumor is that Uncle Miltie had the biggest dong in Hollywood.

I'd like to be just half the man Milton was (cough, cough)

13 posted on 05/18/2013 8:53:16 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: - Obama vs America. The new cold war)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

You don’t think the chicks in the Ratt “Round and Round” video came to see the band did ya? ;)


14 posted on 05/18/2013 8:53:47 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: nickcarraway

At Last Cid Ceasar has a chance to get Berles joke collection.


15 posted on 05/18/2013 8:55:53 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Plan "B" is now Plan "A")
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

I heard that too. LOL!.. And Joe DiMaggio.


16 posted on 05/18/2013 9:42:12 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Rumor was that DiMaggio “was a penis with a man hanging from it”. LOL


17 posted on 05/18/2013 9:46:06 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Leaning Right

The joke was that he stole some jokes from other comedians. But Miltie said the worst was Steve Martin. NOTHING from Martin was original.


18 posted on 05/18/2013 9:52:32 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberal: A person who charges their grandchildren for today's party)
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To: nickcarraway

Don’t buy em... Steal em!

Mark

(for those too young to remember, there was an ongoing joke in comedy that Milton was constantly stealing material - Milton was behind the joke)


19 posted on 05/18/2013 9:53:26 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Parley Baer

Bob Hope had an entire joke vault with many jokes untold, written for him by paid writers. What happened to those? Maybe he willed it to someone, and they aren’t talking...maybe Crystal?


20 posted on 05/18/2013 9:57:14 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: nickcarraway

My favorite Milton Berle joke involves Forrest Tucker. The punch line is “I only took out enough to win.” Or something like that.


21 posted on 05/18/2013 9:57:47 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Leaning Right
Berle had a reputation for stealing jokes from other comedians. It would really be interesting if these files were cross-referenced to other comedians.

Joan Rivers, in her autobiographical movie "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" shows her jokes filed on cards in a card catalogue.

22 posted on 05/18/2013 10:00:17 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost; GSWarrior

This thread is way more gay than I ever intended or hoped it would be.


23 posted on 05/18/2013 10:03:54 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Milton Berle's Funeral - Don Rickles Eulogy
24 posted on 05/18/2013 10:06:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Hey, it’s ‘part’ of his legacy, ya know.


25 posted on 05/18/2013 10:19:34 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

third legacy?


26 posted on 05/18/2013 10:20:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

I thought his legacy was the all-time world champion upstager. Defeated only once, by Joe Flaherty.


27 posted on 05/18/2013 10:22:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: The Antiyuppie

“Bob Hope had an entire joke vault with many jokes untold, written for him by paid writers. What happened to those? Maybe he willed it to someone, and they aren’t talking...maybe Crystal?”

Bob Hope’s papers, and 88,000 jokes belong to the American people and are kept at the Library of Congress in WDC. I’m pretty sure you can access all of his jokes at loc.gov. Hope was a true American.

Berle’s papers (not the jokes) were acquired for the American people by the Library of Congress a couple of weeks ago. Collection contains correspondence, films, tapes, vinyl, and business records. I heard that he kept everything.


28 posted on 05/19/2013 3:08:32 AM PDT by KingLudd
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

In other news the Hedgehog has recovered from his heart attack and is back on the job.


29 posted on 05/19/2013 4:02:49 AM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Howard Stern could not carry his sandles


30 posted on 05/19/2013 5:20:14 AM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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