EDITOR OF DIRTY JOKES BOOK VISITS
By Elizabeth Putnam
Barry Dougherty likes dirty jokes.
He likes them so much that he’s compiled what is perhaps the grandest dirty joke book ever to be published.
“There are a few boundaries with this,” he said.
Dougherty, editor of the Friars Club magazine, will visit Danbury this weekend to promote his new book, “The Friars Club Private Joke File.” He’ll sign copies from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lord & Taylor in the Danbury Fair mall.
Far from family friendly, the book contains more than 2,000 naughty jokes from some of the greatest comedians to take the stage, including Richard Belzer, Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette and Susie Essman.
And Dougherty said there is something for everyone in this book.
“At least for the adults,” he said. “Everybody isn’t going to find every joke funny, but with such a cross section, some might like the Milton Berle jokes, some might like the Ice T jokes.”
Chapters in the book have titles such as “Take My Spouse, Please,” “The doctor Will See You Now,” and “Men in This Corner–Women in That Corner,” among others.
Although Dougherty lives in New York City, he owns a home in Newtown. He tries to spend his weekends there away from the hustle and bustle of the city, he said.
Dougherty started out as a local news reporter on Long Island before he tried humor articles as a freelancer.
After various jobs in advertising and television, he began working at the Friars Club. He has been promoting events and writing for the club since 1991.
Dougherty also writes occasionally for the arts weekly published by the Newtown Bee.
Q&A with Dougherty
Question: Why compile these jokes now?
Answer: The Friars Club has been known for these jokes for 100 years. It’s not terribly prim and proper or something that you didn’t write down in a book. Within the last couple of decades we are getting looser with out tongues. With all that said, it’s the perfect time. Everyone is out and about hearing and telling these kinds of jokes. It was just time. We have this great wealth of jokes from these roasts.
Q: What would the first leaders of the club, such as George Cohan think of these jokes?
A: They’d think ‘right on.’ They were probably the first and foremost for telling these jokes in the Friars Club.
Q: How do you choose which jokes to include and which ones to leave out? How do you choose which comedians to include and which ones to leave out? Milton Berle and Ice T?
A: It depends. Jokes are subjective; some can get very nasty. As far as people, we include a variety of friars from Ice T and everyone in between. That’s the beauty of the Friars. There are so many different kinds of people. Some are extreme. They know no bounds.
Q: Most of the jokes in the book are X-rated. Is there a line when it comes to dirty jokes?
A: There can be a line, but who’s to say? Should comedians not go overboard? A lot of people are just uncomfortable. Some topics most people don’t do jokse about, like AIDS.
Q: Can women comedians get away with more in terms of dirty jokes?
A: A woman can get away with a little more. Susie Essman from “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” for example, does a lot of ad lib. She can look at an audience member and ask, ‘Did I sleep with you?’ A man could never get away with that. He’d be kicked out of there.
Q: You wrote the book “How to do It Standing Up,” a guide to being a comic. What’s one trick to the trade?
A: The beauty about comedians is that that are savvy and know current events. They relate to the people they are performing in front of. That’s the clue today.