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. <p class="MsoNormal">[HONK!] <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Mmm, this one's not quite ready. <p class="MsoNormal">[SQUEAK-SQUEAK] <p class="MsoNormal">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!  [LAUGHS SHEEPISHLY]  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! <p class="MsoNormal">[CRASH!] <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: [WHIMPERING] I-I-I'm OK! <p class="MsoNormal"> <p class="MsoNormal">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!" <p class="MsoNormal">[THEY LAUGH] <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: [LAUGHING] Doesn't that joke kill?! <p class="MsoNormal">Arthur: Ow, well, my nose sure feels dead. <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: And then he says, "Oh, my gosh - a talking sausage!" <p class="MsoNormal">[ARTHUR SNORTS] <p class="MsoNormal">[BINKY LAUGHS] <p class="MsoNormal">Arthur: Could you warn me next time? <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Pretty great, huh?!  Ahh, it never fails. <p class="MsoNormal"> <p class="MsoNormal">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... <p class="MsoNormal">Muffy: We got it the first time. <p class="MsoNormal">Arthur: And the second...and third. <p class="MsoNormal">Binky: The funny part was when water shot out of Arthur's nose!  Can you do that again? <p class="MsoNormal">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. <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Yeah, I'm done. Finished. Caput. [SIGHING] I think I need another dessert. <p class="MsoNormal"> <p class="MsoNormal">Mrs. MacGrady: Of course, you're still funny, Buster! <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Ah, I don't know.  That joke used to always work, now I can't even get a giggle. <p class="MsoNormal">Mrs. MacGrady: That's just cos you're using day-old bread. <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: No, I was using hot dogs.  You think I should use bread instead? <p class="MsoNormal">Mrs. MacGrady: What I mean is, you need some new jokes.  Would you like it if I served the same thing everyday? <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Hm...could it be cake? <p class="MsoNormal">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! <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Thanks a lot, Mrs MacGrady. <p class="MsoNormal"> <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Horst Schichter’s Compendium of Comedy - this is exactly what I need!  [LAUGHS] <p class="MsoNormal"> <p class="MsoNormal">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! <p class="MsoNormal">Binky: I am at home. <p class="MsoNormal">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?! <p class="MsoNormal">Binky: You're going to clean this up, right? <p class="MsoNormal">[BUSTER SIGHS] <p class="MsoNormal"> <p class="MsoNormal">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] <p class="MsoNormal">Muffy: Pfff! <p class="MsoNormal">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... <p class="MsoNormal">[BRAIN CLEARS HIS THROAT] <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Hey, what's up with monkey bars?  Why aren't there any monkeys...on them? <p class="MsoNormal">Brain: Because there are no wild monkeys in North America.  I suppose one could escape from the zoo... <p class="MsoNormal">Muffy: Huh! That'd be scary.  My dad knew someone who was bitten by a monkey once. <p class="MsoNormal">Brain: Oh, that can be quite dangerous, did he get a rabies shot? <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: OK, OK, forget the monkey bars.  Hey, you know what's funny...? <p class="MsoNormal">Brain: Yes, funny is an adjective.  Definition - causing laughter or amusement.  Synonyms are comical, humorous, droll... <p class="MsoNormal">Muffy: I'll tell you what funny isn't... This! <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Oh, never mind. <p class="MsoNormal"> <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: According to Horst Schichter's Compendium Of Comedy, this HAS to get a laugh. <p class="MsoNormal">Arthur: I don't know, Buster. I feel kind of funny about this. <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Funny is good! Hold that thought. Now let's get started. <p class="MsoNormal">Arthur: Are you sure you want me to? <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Arthur, if you are truly my friend, you will hit me in the face with that pie.  Why aren't you laughing? <p class="MsoNormal">Arthur: Because it wasn't funny! <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Try the cherry.  [CHOKING] Anything? <p class="MsoNormal">Arthur: Sorry. All I feel is grossed out! <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: I don't understand, this is supposed to be a guaranteed laugh! Oh!  There's quiche in the fridge - let's try that! <p class="MsoNormal">Bitzi: What is going on here?! <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Umm, Arthur's helping me with my comedy homework. <p class="MsoNormal"> <p class="MsoNormal">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. <p class="MsoNormal">Bitzi: Well, I think you're funny. <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Thanks, but you're my mum, you'd even laugh at my mitten joke. <p class="MsoNormal">Bitzi: What's your mitten joke? <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: What did the mitten say to the hat?  I'll stay here, you go on ahead. <p class="MsoNormal">[BITZI LAUGHS HEARTILY] <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: See! <p class="MsoNormal">Bitzi: Well, I know something that'll cheer you up. <p class="MsoNormal">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. <p class="MsoNormal">Bitzi: I know. You and your father did his routines for hours and hours. <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Can we go, Mum, please, please, pretty please? <p class="MsoNormal">Bitzi: Only if you promise never to do your comedy homework in my kitchen again! <p class="MsoNormal"> <p class="MsoNormal">Vince Ruckles: Molina...any relation to Stanwood Molina? <p class="MsoNormal">Ramon: No, who is he? <p class="MsoNormal">Vince: Beats me, he's not a relative of mine either. Next!  Hey, kid, who do I make it out to? <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Umm, Buster Baxter. <p class="MsoNormal">Vince: Is that two Ms in the "Umm"? <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: [LAUGHING] You haven't lost your touch, Mr Ruckles.  I wish I could say the same. <p class="MsoNormal">Vince: What happened, kid? You sprain your funny bone? <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Broke it is more like it.  I bet you never went through a slump where you couldn't make anyone laugh. <p class="MsoNormal">Vince: Are you kidding?! Read chapters 2 through 12. <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: What did you do about it? <p class="MsoNormal">Vince: I stopped TRYING to be funny. <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Ha-ha-ha, that's a good one. <p class="MsoNormal">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. <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: So what do I do? <p class="MsoNormal">Vince: Just be yourself, if you can't do that be Whoopie Snuttlemeyer. <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Who's that? <p class="MsoNormal">Vince: I dunno, but at least she's got a funny name! Next! <p class="MsoNormal"> <p class="MsoNormal">Mrs. MacGrady: I bet I know what you want, Buster.  A pair of talking hot dogs? <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Actually, I think I'll have the fish sticks instead. <p class="MsoNormal">Mrs. MacGrady: Let me guess, you've got some fish jokes up your sleeve. <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: A fish joke, I wish. When I look at my lunch, I just see food. <p class="MsoNormal">Mrs. MacGrady: Seafood! Oh-ho-ho, I get it, that's a good one! <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: It is?  Huh, I wasn't even fishing for a laugh. <p class="MsoNormal">Mrs. MacGrady: Ha-ha-ha, you're on fire today! <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Hey, guys. <p class="MsoNormal">Muffy: So, what kind of comedy are you trying today?  Knock-knock jokes?  <p class="MsoNormal">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. <p class="MsoNormal">[ARTHUR CHUCKLES] <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: What? It's true! I also found some cherry filling in my shoes.  At least my feet smell good. <p class="MsoNormal">[ALL LAUGH] <p class="MsoNormal">Muffy: Is this a new stand-up routine? <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: No way! I'd rather do sit-ups than stand-up.  And I'm never going to kick a watermelon again, only zucchinis. <p class="MsoNormal">Binky: Why zucchinis? <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: They squash. <p class="MsoNormal">[ALL LAUGH HEARTILY] <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: Thank you, Vince Ruckles.  OK, can we eat lunch already?  My fish sticks are turning into fish stones. <p class="MsoNormal">Arthur: [SNORTS] You made me do it again! <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: It's not my fault, stop laughing! <p class="MsoNormal">Arthur: You stop being funny! <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: I'm trying! OK, everyone think serious thoughts. <p class="MsoNormal">[ALL BURST OUT LAUGHING] <p class="MsoNormal">Buster: That SO did not work!

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