Bon Mots, Wisecracks, and Gags: The Wit of Robert Benchley, by Robert E. Drennan, Heywood Hale Broun

By Robert E. Drennan, Heywood Hale Broun

A tribute to wit and humor, from the minds that made the Algonquin around desk the heart of yankee humor. "Stop taking a look at the area via rose-colored bifocals." "His brain is so open, the wind whistles via it." "You can't train an previous dogma new tricks." Ever ask yourself the place those sayings got here from? for many years, the eating room of latest York's mythical Algonquin resort was once a hub of letters and humor. Cocktails have been swilled as writers, humorists, actors, and critics poked enjoyable at tradition, the humanities, and each other. during this energetic tribute, today's readers will come to appreciate why Robert Benchley, George S. Kaufman, and Dorothy Parker symbolize the epitome of quips and comebacks—wit that also packs a punch a long time later.

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Lf I I 1 - To make the eyes, cut t w o 2-inch (5-cm) circles out of white paper. Use a marker t o draw a pupil in the center of each eye. Fold the bottom quarter of each circle backward and tape the folded part t o the visor so that the eyes stand up. ) and make fingerprints all over the top of the visor. Use a bright-blue paper tablecloth and green partyware. Cut big frog eyes from white paper and add a pupil t o the middle of each one with a black marker. Tape a set of eyes t o the back of each plate so that they stick up over the top.

The other team then goes out o f the room while the new "mischievous dinosaurs" make ten changes. After both teams have played, the team with the highest score is the winner. Challenge your guests! Make this y birthday celebration a "Puzzle Par 4 0 FOR EACH INVITATION YOU WILL NEED: bright-colored construction paper envelope TOOLS: markers, scissors Cut a constru rectangle the size you would like your invitation t o be. *g r m 1 " , II %C a - 1J ? -With several different-colored markers, write "Come t o a Puzzle Birthday Partvw f o r .

On the fourth crayon write RSVP (which means "please respond") and your phone number so your friends can let you know if they are coming. Decorate the other side o f the crayon box with markers, o r use that side t o write the name and mailing address o f your guest. 'I P F- Put all the crayons in the crayon box. If you are mailing the invitation, use a sticker t o keep the flap closed. 44 paintbrush favors i ,** 1, ~ vcolored pencils 1 L A t FOR EACH HAT YOU WILL NEED: bright-colored construction paper A 4 'RED!

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