‘A Chap visited his local dentist and asked how much would it cost to pull a tooth out? One hundred and eighty pounds came the reply. That’s very expensive said the chap. Well the dentist replied. I need an assistant….and they don’t come cheap, the customer suggested he did it on his own, the dentist then explained that the chair they use cost a fortune…you don’t need a chair, do it standing up on your own without a chair, what about the anaesthetic the dentist said, that’s expensive. You don’t need anaesthetic, do it on your own standing up without anaesthetic , how much now? £20 said the dentist. That’s more like it..I’ll bring the wife round first thing in the morning!!’
Just one of Joe Goodman’s many gags. Joe after years of promising has at last written his autobiography with the help of Jim Worsdale. For those of you who do not know, Joe came to fame as the ‘King of one Liners’ and he is a Dunton boy. This is what Jimmy Tarbuck has to say in his foreword to his book: –
‘Joe Goodman has had a most interesting walk on the road of life, from a very tough childhood to a tougher life of stand-up comedy. He has handled both admirably.
There are certain comics you look for who won’t let you down– and Joe is top of that list. He is very, very dependable, very clean and can be called on to raise laughs with all audiences.
He has talents away from comedy He is a very talented artist and painter (our house looks lovely)! As a golfer – well, as golfer he ranks alongside Eddie the Eagle, Kenny Lynch and Cilla Black! As a charity golfer he is terrific, reliable and always turns up.
He is also a most versatile man – versatile in that he has been Queen Rat twice! Most importantly, though, he is a nice man, a good comic and a mate.’
Joe doesn’t forget his Dunton and Laindon roots and throughout the book refers back to them. He very seldom misses the annual Dunton reunion and launched this Laindon site back March 2011.
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