Buster Baxter: Many of you know that I have a community garden full of fresh fruits and vegetables. But did you know I also have a comedy garden? Come on, I'll show you around! Here's my clown nose bush.
Buster: Mmm, this one's not quite ready.
Buster: [CHUCKLES] This one's perfect! Here's where I grow the squirting flowers. Ahh...smells like comedy. [LAUGHS] And if you look over here I've got some...whoa! Forgot I put the banana peel patch here. But my most prized possession in the whole garden is this, my joke tree! Each branch bears a hysterical new joke, like this one... What's the one word a dog can say? Bark! Get it? Actually, that one's kind of old. Let's try this one. What's black and white and red all over? A newspaper! Wait a minute...everyone knows that one! Why did the chicken cross the road?! That's the oldest one in the book!What's going on?! [BREATHLESSLY] This one's going to be good, I promise! What does someone say when he reaches the top of a dead tree? Ahhh! Huh? I don't get it. AHHHH!
Buster: [WHIMPERING] I-I-I'm OK!
Buster: So a couple of sausages are sizzling in a frying pan. One sausage turns to the other and says, "Man, is it hot in here?!" And the other sausage says, "Oh, my gosh - a talking sausage!"
Buster: [LAUGHING] Doesn't that joke kill?!
Arthur: Ow, well, my nose sure feels dead.
Buster: And then he says, "Oh, my gosh - a talking sausage!"
Arthur: Could you warn me next time?
Buster: Pretty great, huh?! Ahh, it never fails.
Buster: Oh, my gosh - a talking sausage! Get it? See? I'm a sausage and I'm talking. [IN A SAUSAGE VOICE] Hi, guys, la la la la...
Muffy: We got it the first time.
Arthur: And the second...and third.
Binky: The funny part was when water shot out of Arthur's nose! Can you do that again?
Arthur: No way! I actually never thought it was that funny. It was just that creepy image of a talking sausage...eugh! It made me snort! Are you done telling it? I'm really thirsty.
Buster: Yeah, I'm done. Finished. Kaput. [SIGHING] I think I need another dessert.
Mrs. MacGrady: Of course, you're still funny, Buster!
Buster: Ah, I don't know. That joke used to always work, now I can't even get a giggle.
Mrs. MacGrady: That's just 'cause you're using day-old bread.
Buster: No, I was using hot dogs. You think I should use bread instead?
Mrs. MacGrady: What I mean is, you need some new jokes. Would you like it if I served the same thing everyday?
Buster: Hm...could it be cake?
Mrs. MacGrady: Don't worry, Buster, you'll make them laugh again, just go get some fresh material. And this time, make it something that doesn't involve playing with your lunch!
Buster: Thanks a lot, Mrs. MacGrady.
Buster: Horst Schichter’s Compendium of Comedy - this is exactly what I need! [LAUGHS]
Buster: Hi, ladies and germs. Welcome to The Great Baxterini's Prop Comedy Show. Oh, what a great crowd! Now, remember, don't try this at home!
Binky: I am at home.
Buster: Now, you don't like to have seeds in your watermelon, do you, sir? Well, this is how I like to get them out. [LAUGHS WEAKLY] Ao-ow! Wow, does that hurt!Come back! There! Wasn't that...hysterical?!
Binky: You're going to clean this up, right?
Buster: You know, there are things I notice every day at this school that are just hysterical, like the seesaw. It doesn't look like a sea, or a saw. Why is it called that? Maybe they should just call it the "I don't see the point saw". [LAUGHS]
Buster: Hey, I've got a question for you. If fish swim in schools, do they get homework? See, it's funny because their school is not like our school...
[BRAIN CLEARS HIS THROAT]
Buster: Hey, what's up with monkey bars? Why aren't there any monkeys...on them?
Brain: Because there are no wild monkeys in North America. I suppose one could escape from the zoo...
Muffy: Huh! That'd be scary. My dad knew someone who was bitten by a monkey once.
Brain: Oh, that can be quite dangerous, did he get a rabies shot?
Buster: Okay, okay, forget the monkey bars. Hey, you know what's funny...?
Brain: Yes, funny is an adjective. Definition - causing laughter or amusement. Synonyms are comical, humorous, droll...
Muffy: I'll tell you what funny isn't... this!
Buster: Oh, never mind.
Buster: According to Horst Schichter's Compendium Of Comedy, this HAS to get a laugh.
Arthur: I don't know, Buster. I feel kind of funny about this.
Buster: Funny is good! Hold that thought. Now let's get started.
Arthur: Are you sure you want me to?
Buster: Arthur, if you are truly my friend, you will hit me in the face with that pie. Why aren't you laughing?
Arthur: Because it wasn't funny!
Buster: Try the cherry. [CHOKING] Anything?
Arthur: Sorry. All I feel is grossed out!
Buster: I don't understand, this is supposed to be a guaranteed laugh! Oh! There's quiche in the fridge - let's try that!
Bitzi: What is going on here?!
Buster: Umm, Arthur's helping me with my comedy homework.
Buster: So I've been experimenting with all different types of comedy but no matter what I do I still can't get a laugh.
Bitzi: Well, I think you're funny.
Buster: Thanks, but you're my mom. You'd even laugh at my mitten joke.
Bitzi: What's your mitten joke?
Buster: What did the mitten say to the hat? I'll stay here, you go on ahead.
[BITZI LAUGHS HEARTILY]
Bitzi: Well, I know something that'll cheer you up.
Buster: “This Sunday at Elwood City Books, comedian Vince Ruckles will sign copies of his autobiography, My Yucky Life.” Huh...Vince Ruckles, he's my hero! I have all his CDs.
Bitzi: I know. You and your father did his routines for hours and hours.
Buster: Can we go, Mom, please, please, pretty please?
Bitzi: Only if you promise never to do your comedy homework in my kitchen again!
Vince Ruckles: Molina...any relation to Stanwood Molina?
Ramon: No, who is he?
Vince: Beats me, he's not a relative of mine either. Next! Hey, kid, who do I make it out to?
Buster: Umm, Buster Baxter.
Vince: Is that two Ms in the "Umm"?
Buster: [LAUGHING] You haven't lost your touch, Mr. Ruckles. I wish I could say the same.
Vince: What happened, kid? You sprain your funny bone?
Buster: Broke it is more like it. I bet you never went through a slump where you couldn't make anyone laugh.
Vince: Are you kidding?! Read chapters 2 through 12.
Buster: What did you do about it?
Vince: I stopped TRYING to be funny.
Buster: Ha-ha-ha, that's a good one.
Vince: Actually, that wasn't a joke. Trying to be funny is like trying to have fun. The harder you try, the less fun it is.
Buster: So what do I do?
Vince: Just be yourself, if you can't do that be Whoopie Stuttlemeyer.
Buster: Who's that?
Vince: I dunno, but at least she's got a funny name! Next!
Mrs. MacGrady: I bet I know what you want, Buster. A pair of talking hot dogs?
Buster: Actually, I think I'll have the fish sticks instead.
Mrs. MacGrady: Let me guess, you've got some fish jokes up your sleeve.
Buster: A fish joke, I wish. When I look at my lunch, I just see food.
Mrs. MacGrady: Seafood! Oh-ho-ho, I get it, that's a good one!
Buster: It is? Huh, I wasn't even fishing for a laugh.
Mrs. MacGrady: Ha-ha-ha, you're on fire today!
Buster: Hey, guys.
Muffy: So, what kind of comedy are you trying today? Knock-knock jokes?
Buster: No, I'm done trying to be funny. I may never be funny again. But at least I won't have whipped cream in my ears.
Buster: What? It's true! I also found some cherry filling in my shoes. At least my feet smell good.
Muffy: Is this a new stand-up routine?
Buster: No way! I'd rather do sit-ups than stand-up. And I'm never going to kick a watermelon again, only zucchinis.
Binky: Why zucchinis?
Buster: They squash.
[ALL LAUGH HEARTILY]
Buster: Thank you, Vince Ruckles. OK, can we eat lunch already? My fish sticks are turning into fish stones.
Arthur: [SNORTS] You made me do it again!
Buster: It's not my fault, stop laughing!
Arthur: You stop being funny!
Buster: I'm trying! Okay, everyone think serious thoughts.
[ALL BURST OUT LAUGHING]
Buster: That SO did not work!