The context of this story is
perhaps as important as the joke.
Some years, ago, Andy Cameron hosted a Sunday morning radio programme, and
a regular feature was his invitation for youngsters to call him with their
jokes. On this particular Sunday I was driving into Oban to collect the
Sunday newspapers, and tuned in.
Andy had several young comedians on, and then a wee lass of 6 or 7 called
in with her joke - 'How do you make a Snooker table laugh?' I could tell
that this was one that Andy hadn't heard. He asked the essential
question, and she said 'Put your hands in its pockets and tickle its
balls.'. Andy's reaction was hysterical. He guffawed and nearly cried,
and was reduced to tears. I was laughing so much I had to pull in to the
side of the road and laugh with him.
For a couple of minutes, nobody in that BBC Scotland studio could move to
put on a record or anything. All that could be heard was the sound of
Andy Cameron's deep laughter. As I sat there, another car came towards
me, the driver with a huge grin on his face. He saw me, and it was too
much. He had to pull in too.
I wonder how many others were reduced to helpless inactivity that
particular morning, by one wee lassie's words.
Thanks to Tom Laurenson for
sending this in :-)