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Best-of joke of the week: "The Three Brothers"

Posted by John McIntyre at 9:03 AM | | Comments (2)


John, that was one of the funniest jokes I've heard in a long time. Thanks.

Prof. Mci.,

That punch-line confounded me at first, but then I realized our serial imbiber just gave up only HIS one pint of beer for Lent; but of course he clearly felt no pressing Catholic guilt in proceeding to down his two-in-absentia-brothers' 'symbolic', yet very wet-and-real glasses of ye olde Guinness.

Kinda like getting slightly soused by proxy, I'd say. (BURP!)

I'd give this installment of "Best-of-joke-of-the-week" an eight-out-of-10 on the 'funny-meter'. Seems fellow blogger Barry Brensai, who really loved it, would likely award it a full ten.

When a joke's payoff punch-line doesn't register fairly quickly, or ideally right off, then there's a problem, in my view.


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