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The Joke Book
More Steven Wright Than You Can Shake A Stick At!
--- big picture ---
A friend of mine once sent me a post card with a picture of the entire planet Earth taken from
space. On the back it said, "Wish you were here."
--- banks ---
I went to the bank and asked to borrow a cup of money. They said, "What for?" I said, "I'm going
to buy some sugar."
I saw a bank that said "24 Hour Banking", but I don't have that much time.
--- museums ---
I went to the museum where they had all the heads and arms from the statues that are in all the
--- restaurants ---
I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast at any time". So I ordered French Toast during the
I went to this restaurant last night that was set up like a big buffet in the shape of an Ouija board.
You'd think about what kind of food you want, and the table would move across the floor to it.
There's a pizza place near where I live that sells only slices. in the back you can see a guy
tossing a triangle in the air.
--- stores ---
I went to a general store. They wouldn't let me buy anything specifically.
I worked in a health food store once. A guy came in and asked me, "If I melt dry ice, can I take
a bath without getting wet?"
I was in the grocery store. I saw a sign that said "pet supplies". So I did. Then I went outside and
saw a sign that said "compact cars".
I love to go shopping. I love to freak out salespeople. They ask me if they can help me, and I say,
"Have you got anything I'd like?" Then they ask me what size I need, and I say, "Extra medium."
I met this wonderful girl at Macy's. She was buying clothes and I was putting Slinkies on the
There was a power outage at a department store yesterday. Twenty people were trapped on the
I bought my brother some gift-wrap for Christmas. I took it to the Gift Wrap department and told
them to wrap it, but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping.
--- appliances ---
For my birthday I got a humidifier and a de-humidifier... I put them in the same room and let
them fight it out.
Ever notice how irons have a setting for *permanent* press? I don't get it...
I couldn't find the remote control to the remote control.
I invented the cordless extension cord.
--- telephones ---
I plugged my phone in where the blender used to be. I called someone. They went
Today I dialed a wrong number... The other person said, "Hello?" and I said, "Hello, could I
speak to Joey?"... They said, "Uh... I don't think so... he's only 2 months old." I said, "I'll wait."
--- apartments ---
I installed a skylight in my apartment.... The people who live above me are furious!
While I was gone, somebody rearranged on the furniture in my bedroom. They put it in *exactly*
the same place it was. When I told my roommate, he said: "Do I know you?"
--- houses ---
In my house there's this light switch that doesn't do anything. Every so often I would flick it on
and off just to check. Yesterday, I got a call from a woman in Germany. She said, "Cut it out."
Doing a little work around the house. I put fake brick wallpaper over a real brick wall, just so I'd
be the only one who knew. People come over and I'm gonna say, "Go ahead, touch it... it feels
In my house on the ceilings I have paintings of the rooms above... so I never have to go upstairs.
One time the power went out in my house and I had to use the flash on my camera to see my
way around. I made a sandwich and took fifty pictures of my face. The neighbors thought there
was lightning in my house.
All the plants in my house are dead -- I shot them last night. I was teasing them by watering
them with ice cubes.
I have a microwave fireplace in my house... The other night I laid down in front of the fire for
the evening in two minutes.
Winny and I lived in a house that ran on static electricity... If you wanted to run the blender, you
had to rub balloons on your head. If you wanted to cook, you had to pull off a sweater real quick.
I bought a house, on a one-way dead-end road. I don't know how I got there.
I went to the hardware store and bought some used paint. It was in the shape of a house. I also
bought some batteries, but they weren't included. So I had to buy them again.
My house is made out of balsa wood, so when I want to scare the neighborhood kids I lift it over
my head and tell them to get out of my yard or I'll throw it at them.
The other night I came home late, and tried to unlock my house with my car keys. I started the
house up. So, I drove it around for a while. I was speeding, and a cop pulled me over. He asked
where I lived. I said, "right here, officer". Later, I parked it on the freeway, got out, and yelled at
all the cars, "Get out of my driveway!"
My house is on the median strip of a highway. You don't really notice, except I have to leave the
driveway doing 60 MPH.
--- cars and driving ---
I hooked up my accelerator pedal in my car to my brake lights. I hit the gas, people behind me
stop, and I'm gone.
I replaced the headlights in my car with strobe lights, so it looks like I'm the only one moving.
I put a new engine in my car, but forgot to take the old one out. Now my car goes 500 miles per
I watched the Indy 500, and I was thinking that if they left earlier they wouldn't have to go so
I had to stop driving my car for a while... the tires got dizzy.
My neighbor has a circular driveway... he can't get out.
I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn't park anywhere near the place.
I have an answering machine in my car. It says, "I'm home now. But leave a message and I'll
call when I'm out."
I saw a sign: "Rest Area 25 Miles". That's pretty big. Some people must be really tired.
A cop stopped me for speeding. He said, "Why were you going so fast?" I said, "See this thing
my foot is on? It's called an accelerator. When you push down on it, it sends more gas to the
engine. The whole car just takes right off. And see this thing? This steers it."
I was going 70 miles an hour and got stopped by a cop who said, "Do you know the speed limit is
55 miles per hour?" "Yes, officer, but I wasn't going to be out that long..."
One time a cop pulled me over for running a stop sign. He said, "Didn't you see the stop sign?" I
said, "Yeah, but I don't believe everything I read."
I got my driver's license photo taken out of focus on purpose. Now when I get pulled over the
cop looks at it (moving it nearer and farther, trying to see it clearly)... and says, "Here, you can
When I get real bored, I like to drive downtown and get a great parking spot, then sit in my car
and count how many people ask me if I'm leaving.
--- sleeping ---
I can remember the first time I had to go to sleep. Mom said, "Steven, time to go to sleep." I said,
"But I don't know how." She said, "It's real easy. Just go down to the end of tired and hang a
left." So I went down to the end of tired, and just out of curiosity I hung a right. My mother was
there, and she said "I thought I told you to go to sleep."
I hate it when my foot falls asleep during the day because that means it's going to be up all night.
When I woke up this morning my girlfriend asked me, "Did you sleep good?" I said, "No, I made
a few mistakes."
I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.
One night I walked home very late and fell asleep in somebody's satellite dish. My dreams were
showing up on TV's all over the world.
My girlfriend does her nails with white-out. When she's asleep, I go over there and write
misspelled words on them.
--- socks ---
I got up one morning and couldn't find my socks, so I called Information. She said, "Hello,
Information." I said, "I can't find my socks." She said, "They're behind the couch." And they
I went into this bar and sat down next to a pretty girl. She looked at me and said, "Hey, you have
two different colored socks on." I said, "Yeah, I know, but to me they're the same because I go
--- records ---
I bought a self learning record to learn Spanish. I turned it on and went to sleep; the record got
stuck. The next day I could only stutter in Spanish.
I was going to tape some records onto a cassette, but I got the wires backwards. I erased all of
the records. When I returned them to my friend, he said, "Hey, these records are all blank."
--- fishing ---
Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other
There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.
--- dogs ---
I bought a dog the other day... I named him Stay. It's fun to call him... "Come here, Stay! Come
here, Stay!" He went insane. Now he just ignores me and keeps typing.
I put contact lenses in my dog's eyes. They had little pictures of cats on them. Then I took one
out and he ran around in circles.
I spilled spot remover on my dog. He's gone now.
--- chemistry ---
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.
They say we're 98% water. We're that close to drowning... (picks up his glass of water from the
stool)... I like to live on the edge...
I bought some powdered water, but I don't know what to add to it.
--- childhood ---
I was born by Caesarian section... but not so you'd notice. It's just that when I leave a house, I
go out through the window.
When I was little, my grandfather used to make me stand in a closet for five minutes without
moving. He said it was elevator practice.
I didn't get a toy train like the other kids. I got a toy subway instead. You couldn't see anything,
but every now and then you'd hear this rumbling noise go by.
When I was a little kid we had a sand box. It was a quicksand box. I was an only child...
When I was eight, I played Little League. I was on first; I stole third; I went straight across.
Earlier that week, I learned that the shortest distance between two points was a direct line. I took
advantage of that knowledge.
My school colors were clear. We used to say, "I'm not naked, I'm in the band."
When I have a kid, I want to buy one of those strollers for twins. Then put the kid in and run
around, looking frantic. When he gets older, I'd tell him he used to have a brother, but he didn't
Babies don't need a vacation, but I still see them at the beach... it pisses me off! I'll go over to a
little baby and say, "What are you doing here? You haven't worked a day in your life!"
My friend has a baby. I'm recording all the noises he makes so later I can ask him what he
--- not-all-there ---
You know how it is when you're reading a book and falling asleep, you're reading, reading... and
all of a sudden you notice your eyes are closed? I'm like that all the time.
Well, you know when you're rocking in a rocking chair, and you go so far that you almost fall
over backwards, but at the last instant you catch yourself? That's how I feel all the time.
Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before.
Lots of comedians have people they try to mimic. I mimic my shadow.
I got a new shadow. I had to get rid of the other one... it wasn't doing what I was doing.
If you can't hear me, it's because I'm in parentheses.
--- suicide ---
I once tried to commit suicide by jumping off a building... I changed my mind at the last minute,
so I just flipped over and landed on my feet. Two little kittens nearby saw what happened and
one turned to the other and said, "See, that's how it's done."
--- books ---
I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.
What's another word for Thesaurus?
Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?
My grandfather invented Cliff's Notes. It all started back in 1912... Well, to make a long story
I'm writing an unauthorized autobiography.
I wrote a few children's books... not on purpose.
--- miscellaneous one-liners ---
After they make styrofoam, what do they ship it in?
Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.
I broke my arm trying to fold a bed. It wasn't the kind that folds.
I like to reminisce with people I don't know.
I like to skate on the other side of the ice.
I lost a button hole today.
I made wine out of raisins so I wouldn't have to wait for it to age.
I saw a man with a wooden leg, and a real foot.
I saw a subliminal advertising executive, but only for a second.
I saw a tree fall in the woods, and I didn't hear it.
I took a baby shower.
I used to be a bartender at the Betty Ford Clinic.
I was skydiving horizontally.
I washed mud, off of mud.
If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?
If you were going to shoot a mime, would you use a silencer?
Women... can't live with 'em... can't shoot 'em.
You can't have everything. Where would you put it?
--- miscellaneous ---
My dental hygienist is cute. Every time I visit, I eat a whole package of Oreo cookies while
waiting in the lobby. Sometimes she has to cancel the rest of the afternoon's appointments.
One day I got on the usual bus, and when I stepped in, I saw the most gorgeous blond Chinese
girl... I sat beside her. I said, "Hi," and she said, "Hi," and then I said, "Nice day, isn't it?," and she
said, "I saw my analyst today and he says I have a problem." So I asked, "What's the problem?"
She replied, "I can't tell you. I don't even know you..." I said, "Well sometimes it's good to tell
your problems to a perfect stranger on a bus." So she said, "Well, my analyst said I'm a
nymphomaniac and I only like Jewish cowboys... by the way, my name is Denise." I said, "Hello,
Denise. My name is Bucky Goldstein..."
The other day when I was walking through the woods, I saw a rabbit standing in front of a
candle making shadows of people on a tree.
I like to fill my tub up with water, then turn the shower on and act like I'm in a submarine that's
It doesn't matter what temperature the room is, it's always room temperature.
I have two very rare photographs. One is a picture of Houdini locking his keys in his car. The
other is a rare photograph of Norman Rockwell beating up a child.
I have the world's largest collection of seashells. I keep it on all the beaches of the world...
perhaps you've seen it.
Winny would spend all of his time practicing limbo. He got pretty good. He could go under a rug.
I filled out an application that said, "In Case Of Emergency Notify". I wrote "Doctor"... What's
my mother going to do?
He was a multi-millionaire. Wanna know how he made all of his money? He designed the little
diagrams that tell which way to put batteries in.
I stayed up all night playing poker with tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died.
A friend of mine is into Voodoo Acupuncture. You don't have to go. You'll just be walking down
the street, and... ooooohhhhhh, that's much better...
I had a friend who was a clown. When he died, all his friends went to the funeral in one car.
My girlfriend and I went on a picnic. I don't know how she did it, but she got poison ivy on the
brain. When it itched, the only way she could scratch it was to think about sandpaper.
I'd like to sing you a song now about my old girlfriend. It's called, "They'll Find Her When the
Leaves Blow Away 'Cause I'm Not Raking 'Til Spring."
My girlfriend asked me how long I was going to be gone on this tour. I said, "the whole time."
It's a good thing we have gravity, or else when birds died they'd just stay right up there. Hunters
would be all confused.
The sun got confused about daylight savings time. It rose twice. Everything had two shadows.
When I was crossing the border into Canada, they asked if I had any firearms with me. I said,
"Well, what do you need?"
Some people think George is weird, because he has sideburns behind his ears. I think George is
weird, because he has false teeth. with braces on them. George is a radio announcer, and when
he walks under a bridge... you can't hear him talk.
If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happen if you
strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it?
I saw a sign at a gas station. It said "help wanted". There was another sign below it that said
"self service". So I hired myself. Then I made myself the boss. I gave myself a raise. I paid
myself. Then I quit.
Every so often, I like to go to the window, look up, and smile for a satellite picture.
I used to be an airline pilot. I got fired because I kept locking the keys in the plane. They caught
me on an 80 foot stepladder with a coathanger.
In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the roulette wheel over what I considered to
be an odd number.
I have a map of the United States... actual size. It says, "Scale: 1 mile = 1 mile." I spent last
summer folding it. I also have a full-size map of the world. I hardly ever unroll it.
Do you think that when they asked George Washington for ID that he just whipped out a
I want to get a tatoo of myself on my entire body, only 2" taller.
I'm kinda tired. I was up all night trying to round off infinity. Then I got bored and went out and
painted passing lines on curved roads.
I was watching the Superbowl with my 92 year old grandfather. The team scored a touchdown.
They showed the instant replay. He thought they scored another one. I was gonna tell him, but I
figured the game *he* was watching was better.
I owed my friend George $25. For about three weeks I owed it to him. The whole time I had the
money on me -- he didn't know it. Walking through New York City, 2:30 in the morning and got
held up. He said, "Gimme all your money." I said, "Wait a minute." I said, "George, here's the 25
dollars I owe you." The the thief took a thousand dollars out of his own money and he gave it to
George. At gunpoint made me borrow a thousand dollars from George.
I had some eyeglasses. I was walking down the street when suddenly the prescription ran out.
I got food poisoning today. I don't know when I'll use it.
I put my air conditioner in backwards. It got cold outside. The weatherman on TV was confused.
"It was supposed to be hot today."
I was in a job interview and I opened a book and started reading. Then I said to the guy, "Let me
ask you a question. If you are in a spaceship that is traveling at the speed of light, and you turn on
the headlights, does anything happen?" He said, "I don't know." I said, "I don't want your job."
I was in the first submarine. Instead of a periscope, they had a kaleidoscope. ..."We're
When I turned two I was really anxious, because I'd doubled my age in a year. I thought, if this
keeps up, by the time I'm six I'll be ninety.
Sponges grow in the ocean. That just kills me. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if
that didn't happen.
I put instant coffee in a microwave oven and almost went back in time.
It's a fine night to have an evening.
Even snakes are afraid of snakes.
You know how it is when you're walking up the stairs, and you get to the top, and you think
there's one more step? I'm like that all the time.
Tinsel is really snakes' mirrors.
Two babies were born on the same day at the same hospital. They lay there and looked at each
other. Their families came and took them away. Eighty years later, by a bizarre coincidence, they
lay in the same hospital, on their deathbeds, next to each other. One of them looked at the other
and said, "So. What did you think?"
My grandfather gave me a watch. It doesn't have any hands or numbers. He says it's very
accurate. I asked him what time it was. You can guess what he told me.
I planted some bird seed. A bird came up. Now I don't know what to feed it.
My aunt gave me a walkie-talkie for my birthday. She says if I'm good, she'll give me the other
one next year.
I had amnesia once or twice.
I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five.
You know how it is when you decide to lie and say the check is in the mail, and then you
remember it really is? I'm like that all the time.
I took a course in speed waiting. Now I can wait an hour in only ten minutes.
You know how it is when you go to be the subject of a psychology experiment, and nobody else
shows up, and you think maybe that's part of the experiment? I'm like that all the time.
My friend Sally is a nudist. I went to her house. The closets have no doors. The walls are
covered with see-through wallpaper.
Sally plays strip poker. Whenever she loses, she has to put something on.
Is "tired old cliche" one?
If you had a million Shakespeares, could they write like a monkey?
I xeroxed a mirror. Now I have an extra xerox machine.
A beautiful woman moved in next door. So I went over and returned a cup of sugar. "You didn't
borrow this." "I will."
I had my coathangers spayed.
I washed a sock. Then I put it in the dryer. When I took it out, it was gone.
I worked as a lumberjack for a lumber company. All of the trees were just 10 feet high and 1/4
inch thick. We made paneling.
Called a blind date to set up a meeting at a restaurant. I said, "I'll be the one in the leather
jacket." She said, "I'll be the one drinking sake." Turned out it was one of those biker-sushi
places. We never met.
Called a blind date to set up a meeting at a restaurant. I said, "I'll be the one driving the
Mercedes and wearing a Rolex." Never found her, but when I got home my place was robbed.
If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?
A metaphor is like a simile.
Why doesn't the fattest man in the world become a hockey goalie?
The doctor says he has to amputate all of me.
For my sister's 40th birthday, I sent her a singing mammogram.
Horses just naturally have mohawk haircuts.