Even good jokes wont work unless they fit the audience

Even good jokes wont work unless they fit the audience
Even good jokes wont work unless they fit the audience
Official web site of THE LAUGH MAKERS: A Behind-the-Scenes Tribute to Bob Hope’s Incredible Gag Writers By Robert L. Mills (Excerpted from “THE LAUGH MAKERS: A Behind-the-Scenes Tribute to Bob Hope’s Incredible Gag Writers” (c) copyright 2009 by Robert L. Mills and published by Bear Manor Media: .bearmanormedia.bizland.id370.html) As a gag writer for Bob Hope in the 1970s and 1980s, I noticed how careful he was to make sure the material we wrote for him was tailored to appeal to the particular audience for which he was performing. We would always be provided with background information that would include numerous local references that that particular group would recognize, understand and, hopefully, respond to. In 1982, Hope agreed to produce a TV special in Tahiti for America-Hawaii Cruises, a fledgling vacation purveyor that had but one vessel, the SS Liberte, a converted WWII hospital ship. The hour-long special would include guest stars John Denver, Howard Keel, Jonathan Winters, Morgan Brittany, and the reigning Miss America, Susan Aiken and would be taped in and around Moorea and the island chain’s capital, Papeete. Hope would perform an eight-minute monologue from the promenade deck of the Liberte that was docked in Cook’s Bay. We were in a tropical paradise known the world over for its crystal clear lagoons and azure blue beaches crawling with topless, grass-skirted beauties renowned for their warmth, charm and indigenous friendliness. What could possibly go wrong? Well for starters, Hope, introduced from off-deck, strode out in a straw hat and multicolored Hawaiian shirt and began his monologue with this line: “Here we are aboard the S.S. Liberte on the island of Moorea. S.S. Liberte.
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