Skip to comments.For Sale: Milton Berle's Complete Joke Files
Posted on 05/18/2013 8:06:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway
On May 5, Milton Berles joke filesfour cabinets holding thousands of 3x5 cards, indexed by subjectwill 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.
Berles 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, didnt last, Berle remained a familiar figure on postwar TV, anchoring variety shows off and on through the late 1960s.
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“Gold, Jerry! Gold!”
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.
Ain’t nuttin without the man.
Four Cabinets of Sheer Fun Ping
Take my files. Please!
Rumor is that Uncle Miltie had the biggest dong in Hollywood.
Until I drove through....
After all, Berle would not want to tell a joke he stole from Jack Benny on the Jack Benny show!
Here’s some reading on the subject...
Well, it’s May 18. What did they sell for.
I'd like to be just half the man Milton was (cough, cough)
You don’t think the chicks in the Ratt “Round and Round” video came to see the band did ya? ;)
At Last Cid Ceasar has a chance to get Berles joke collection.
I heard that too. LOL!.. And Joe DiMaggio.
Rumor was that DiMaggio “was a penis with a man hanging from it”. LOL
The joke was that he stole some jokes from other comedians. But Miltie said the worst was Steve Martin. NOTHING from Martin was original.
Don’t buy em... Steal em!
(for those too young to remember, there was an ongoing joke in comedy that Milton was constantly stealing material - Milton was behind the joke)
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?
My favorite Milton Berle joke involves Forrest Tucker. The punch line is “I only took out enough to win.” Or something like that.
Joan Rivers, in her autobiographical movie "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" shows her jokes filed on cards in a card catalogue.
This thread is way more gay than I ever intended or hoped it would be.
Hey, it’s ‘part’ of his legacy, ya know.
I thought his legacy was the all-time world champion upstager. Defeated only once, by Joe Flaherty.
“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 arent 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.
In other news the Hedgehog has recovered from his heart attack and is back on the job.
Howard Stern could not carry his sandles