Posted by: jockmackenzie | July 27, 2009

Speaking – Joke Telling #4

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ONE OF THE KEY CONCEPTS IN “JOKE TELLING” IS THE SET UP OF TWO CIRCLES OF DESKS AND CHAIRS IN THE CLASSROOM. THE STUDENTS AND I SET UP THE DESKS AND CHAIRS IN GROUPINGS OF 4. THERE IS AN INNER CIRCLE AND AN OUTER CIRCLE. EACH PAIR OF STUDENTS ON THE INNER CIRCLE REMAINS WHERE THEY ARE FOR THE ENTIRE EXERCISE. EACH PAIR ON THE OUTER RIM MOVES IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION. THE PROCEDURE IS TO HAVE EACH STUDENT TELL HIS/HER JOKE TO THE THREE LISTENERS. AT THE TEACHER’S SIGNAL OF “SWITCH” THE OUTER TWO MOVE ALONG AND TWO NEW JOKE TELLERS ARRIVE. EACH PERSON THEN REPEATS TELLING HIS OR HER JOKE.

A big-time Texas rancher had gone on a trip around the world to see ranches and farms. On his first stop, in Israel, he drove into the country and stopped at the farm of an old Jewish man. As they stood in the man’s yard, the Texan asked, “Just how big a spread do you all have here?”

Politely, and humbly, the Jewish man replied, “Vell, my little farm goes from vare vee are schtanding here, over to dat little bush down der, over to dat pile of rocks, up to dat trickle of vater vee call a creek, and back to vare vee are schtanding.”

The Texan let out a loud laugh of disgust and shook his head in disbelief. “Is that it?” he exclaimed. “Why, back home in Texas, I can jump in my truck first thing in the mornin’, drive all day long and into the night, and I still haven’t even reached the end of one side of my property!”

He looked down at the little Jewish farmer to what kind of reaction he was getting. The little man just shook his head and replied sadly, “That’s really too bad. I used to have a truck like that myself.”

* * *

A businessman was out for a Sunday drive in his brand new convertible. As he sped down a winding road out in the country with the sun shining and the wind blowing in his hair, he thought how lucky he was to have such a great life – and such a beautiful car.

All of a sudden, he was surrounded by a motorcycle gang. They were the roughest looking characters he had ever seen – beards, bandanas, leather vests with a skull and crossbones on the back, filthy jeans, big black boots. They forced him over to the side of the road. The biggest, meanest looking biker approached and lifted the man out his shiny new car.

The biker threw the man down on the side of the road and then dug a circle around him in the dirt with the heel of his boot. He growled at the businessman, “No matter what happens, don’t you dare take one step outta that circle.”

And then the motorcycle gang took chains and tire irons and bats and completely demolished the man’s new car. When they were finished, they turned to see the man rolling on the ground with laughter.

The big biker strode over and grabbed the man by the collar of his shirt, demanding, “What’s so darn funny?”

The businessman replied, “While you weren’t looking, I stepped out of the circle – twice.”


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