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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Woody Allen's favorite joke

pamplemousse rose.jpgAs told to Rob Feld in Written By magazine: Do you have a favorite joke? I have a favorite joke, but it’s slightly long. Do we not have time for it? You won’t like it. Try me.It’s about a guy who buys a horse. The horse seems to check out when he’s buying it, and the owner says to him before he buys, “I have to tell you one thing though. He’s got a bad habit. He likes to sit on grapefruits.” And the guy buying the horse says, “Okay, that’s the only thing wrong with him?” The owner says yes. The guy thinks, “He said grapefruits—all right,” and he pays for the horse. He’s taking it home with him. And they’re going across a stream and suddenly the horse sits down and won’t get up. The guy doesn’t know what to do. He runs back to the guy he bought it from. “I bought a horse from you, you tell me there’s one thing wrong, that he likes to sit on grapefruits. He’s sitting in the middle of a stream, I can’t get him to move.” And the guy says, “Oh! I forgot to tell you. He also sits on fish.” I told you you wouldn’t like it. I don’t dislike it, but why that one? … The Dada-ness of it. The absurdity of it is funny because it’s sort of like a perfect little joke. It encapsulates the utter meaninglessness of human existence and of the world.”

One Response to “Woody Allen's favorite joke”

  1. John R. Brehmer says:

    This joke is funny to me, I heard it years ago and it stayed. It’s so stupid it’s funny.

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