Friday, January 04, 2013
Why did Groucho fans laugh at Montreal elevator?
When Groucho says the word "elevator," the crowd laughs quite heartily, as if there's some sort of hilarity inherent in the idea of a Montreal elevator.
You can hear it just after the 1:00 mark here.
Can anybody think of any particular reason that was seen as funny in and of itself?
Here's the joke:
"Then I was in Montreal. I made a quick exit out of the elevator. I was in Montreal and a priest came up to me, puts out his hand and says "I wanna thank you for all the joy you've put into this world." And I shook his hand, and I said "And I wanna thank you, for all the joy you've taken out of this world." He said "Could I use that next Sunday in my sermon?" And I said "Yes you can, but you'll have to pay the William Morris office ten percent."