Okay, I have never been able to re-tell a joke once I’ve heard it. I always crack up before the end or I completely mess up the punch line. I never understood why until watching Studio 60 this week. You see Harriet is one of the characters and she plays a comedian in a sketch comedy show (alot like SNL), she (like me) is unable to re-tell a joke and she spends most of this week’s episode trying to learn a joke to tell at some banquet. Near the end of the show, her current crush and tension creating co-star explains that the reason she is such a failure at re-telling jokes is that once she knows the outcome she is unable to remember or reconstruct the mechanics of the joke.
Until I saw it on television I thought I was the only person over the age of 12 who couldn’t tell a joke without completely botching it. But here’s to hoping there is still a chance for me…they created a television character to help those of us poor saps who are joke handicapped…soon we’ll form an anonymous group and have 12 steps to help us overcome our ailment…and just you wait…I’ll have you rolling in the aisles.