Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 6, 1975 · Page 154
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 154

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 6, 1975
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My UVORJTE jokes by ktw EDITOR'S NOTE: Comedy writer Ken Friedman has an unusual perspective on many things, including himself. When asked why he likes writing comedy he says: "»fs one of the few jobs in the world where you stay home when you're wetf--yet in order to write comedy you gotta be sick." Friedman, who performs for co/tege audiences, has written for /ohnny Carson, Marty Brill, Pat Henry, and for radio. He has a/so written two comedy IPs, "Everything You A/ways Wanted to Know About the Godfather" and "The Missing Tapes." Here are some examples of Friedman's comedy: Crime is everywhere. Last night I was playing Monopoly and someone was murdered in one of my hotels. My idea of real wealth is when you die you have a Gucci coffin. And, six months out of every year you get to be buried on the Riviera. · I have a new way to make money I've invested in a frog ranch. We raise frogs for their pelts. Their fur is beautiful but very fine. Now, not all frogs have fur, and the fur they do have is invisible to the human eye. The way to tell if a frog has fur is to lift up the frog and hold it in front of a mirror; if it reaches into its back pocket, takes out a comb and begins making a pompadour, you hit it with a hammer. · I like to do a little acting now and then. I had a small part in one far-out off-Broadway show, I played the part of a centipede. It was just a walk-on, walk-on, walk-on, walk-on, walk-on, walk-on, walk-on, walk-on. · Jobs are scarce, but there are still op- portunities for the guy with moxie who is willing to take a chance. My friend' Donald, for instance, works as a floorwalker inside a YMCA swimming pool. · You can always tell a funeral procession in the small town where I was bom because the baton twirlers wear black armbands. · I was an unwanted child. When I was born my parents were hoping for a piano. I spent the first years of my life- up against the living room wall. · My family tree is a constant source of inspiration to me. There was my uncle, Judge Crater Friedman. Unlike the famous Judge Crater who disappeared, my uncle was simply ignored. · My aunt Fatima has her own way of doing things. For instance, she didn't like the shows she was seeing on tele-. vision so she went out and bought a different set. Warning: The Surgeon General Has Determined That Cigarette Smoking Is Dangerous toYour Health. OUMTCO. MiUs. 13 ng. "ar." 0.8 ng. nicotine; Kings. 16 mg. "or:11-2 mg. nicotine; longs. 17 mg. "tar." 1.2 mg. nicotine, av. per cigarette. FTC Report Apr. 75 15

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