Guaranteed Funny 101 Totally Clean Jokes ? Got to admit, I was skeptical. 101 funny jokes and 101 clean jokes on one CD? It sounded like a gimmick. It is not.
This is a really cool and very funny comedy CD. All clean, all funny jokes (some more than others but not one bad one) by Bob Alper, a guy who knows how to tell them. This is as good, if not better than, the annual joke show on Prairie Home Companion.
Guaranteed Funny 101 Totally Clean Jokes uses the same basic format as the annual Garrison Keillor show with the exception there is not a single mean or demeaning or put-down style laugh and Alper does it solo. You get the guy walks into a bar joke, the a priest, a rabbi, a minister joke, parrot jokes, jokes about jobs, seniors, etc.
My second fear was Guaranteed Funny 101 Totally Clean Jokes was some self-produced CD where some guy tells jokes to an empty room or reads them out of a joke book. This is not the case. This is a live performance. The “feel” of this release is different from many other solid stand-up CDs I have: Is it because the audience doesn’t sound like it is in a club somewhere but in a more intimate surrounding? Is it that the comedian's delivery is that of a seasoned stand up comic but his voice isn’t that of a club comic? Is it that the sound quality is so good you have the impression the comic is right there next to you? I do not know. However he did it he has put together a really great collection of clean and funny jokes you can tell anyone anywhere.
Are there 101 jokes here? Well, hey, the guy’s also a rabbi: he wouldn’t lie to you.
Here’s a neat example of a Bob Alper clean joke. A grasshopper walks into a bar. The barman says, “Hey, did you know we have a drink named after you?” The grasshopper says, “You have a drink called Maurice?” If you have heard this one, there are 100 more to choose from.
There are nowadays a lot of so-called instructional how to be a comedian compact discs out there. Don’t bother. Listen to Guaranteed Funny 101 Totally Clean Jokes a few times and you will learn a lot. Alper can tell a very simple clean joke and he can then tell a longer, more elaborate joke and make it work.
If you have problems telling a joke, don’t know a funny or a clean joke you can tell at the office, or couldn’t remember a joke if your life depended on it, listen to this CD. Learn some of this material by heart, listen to the way Bob Alper tells it and copy it: Everybody at the office or on the team will think you are a funny guy. If you just like to drive around with the family and laugh together while listening to something everybody can enjoy and have fun with, get this. They are Guaranteed Funny 101 Totally Clean Jokes.
Update June 2008: Alper is now touring with Azhar Usman (who is also in the Allah Made Me Funny tour) as the Muslim, and Nazareth, an Evangelical Christian Arab This is a show I would love to see.
Other Bob Alper Reviews
Rabbi / Stand-up Comic (Really): Rabbi and stand-up comic doesn't sound like a funny combination but it is.
What Are You ... A Comedian?: Solid, clean, family friendly, intelligent stand-up comedy.