HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Did You Hear the One About…: The Greatest Jokes Ever Told
Author: Soupy Sales
Cover Photographer: Benno Friedman
Publisher: Collier Books, 1987)
Language level: 3
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Older teens and adults
Rating: *** 3 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Sales, Soupy. Did You Hear the One About…: The Greatest Jokes Ever Told (Published in 1987 by Collier Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Company, a division of Macmilln Inc., 866 Third Ave., New York City, NY). Soupy Sales, born Milton Supman (January 8, 1926 – October 22, 2009), was an American comedian, actor, radio-television personality and host, and jazz aficionado, who was best known for his local and network children’s television show, Lunch with Soupy Sales (1953–1966, later titled The Soupy Sales Show), a series of comedy sketches frequently ending with Sales receiving a pie in the face, which became his trademark. From 1968 to 1975, he was a regular panelist on the syndicated revival of What’s My Line?, which I remember watching regularly, and during the 1980s appeared on several other TV game shows, including all versions of the Pyramid from 1973 to 1991.
I’ve recently been watching some of the old game shows on YouTube, and on one of them, I think one of the Pyramid versions around 1987, Soupy was on and announced that he had written a joke book entitled Did You Hear the One About…, so I decided to buy it. In the book, Soupy gathered jokes about stockbrokers, fishermen, fortune tellers, business managers, backseat drivers, mechanics, truck drivers, golfers, marriage, doctors, and children. In some of them the “d” and “h” words and phrases like “good Lord” and “my God” are used as interjections. Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are often mentioned. And not a few of them are somewhat risqué—not really obscene or vulgar, but dealing with adultery and such like, not something you would want to tell your kids and definitely not something you would want your kids to tell others. However, I found many of them truly funny. “If you are true to your teeth, they won’t be false to you.”