Definitive Guide to Underground Humor: Quaint Quotes about Death, Funny Funeral Home Stories and Hilarious Headstone Epitaphsby Edward Bergin, Brant Parker (Illustrator), Johnny Hart (Illustrator), Anita Wise (Introduction), Wiley and Sons, Inc. Staff (Illustrator)
Edmund Gwenn, the famous actor, observed 'Dying is easy. Comedy is difficult.' Well, any comic will tell you, comedy about dying is really hard. But necessary. For what greater triumph of the human spirit exists than to defiantly mock the grinning reaper, specter of our darkest fears? 'Hey Death-is that a sickle in your hand or are you just glad to see me?'"-by Anita Wise, stand up comedian/writer who has appeared on the "Tonight Show" and "Seinfeld."
That passage from the Foreword of the book "The Definitive Guide To Underground Humor" sets the stage by capturing the morbidly amusing essence of the succeeding pages. This book dares to explore the comical depths of death and the black humor hidden deep within us all, featuring: Quaint Quotes About Death from such people as Robin Williams, Woody Allen, Johnny Carson, Dennis Miller & Anita Wise. Funny Funeral Home Stories from anonymous funeral directors, embalmers, pall bearers, limo drivers and others who work in the funeral service industry. Hilarious Headstone Epitaphs from graveyards in different parts of the world, and Funeral-Flavored Comics from Non Sequitur & The Wizard of Id.
And who better to unearth this type of humor than someone with 122 years of service in the funeral industry in his genes. Author Edward Bergin's family has owned and/or operated funeral homes in Connecticut since the 1800s.
To those of you who might be uneasy about the idea of a book that deals with the lighter side of death, Anita Wise offers the following for you to ponder: "We enter the world crying, isn't it only fitting to leave it laughing? After all, death is not the final exit, but only a revolving door."
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My partner and I went to do the removal of a man who had died after shooting himself in the head with a small pistol. We found the deceased in his bed with the gun still pressed against his head.
A police officer entered the room, saw us getting ready to move this man and shouted, "Oh, Jesus. Whatever you do, don't touch him. That gun is still loaded! There's a bullet half-in and half-out of the chamber."
But my partner didn't listen.
Without any warning, he suddenly reached over and did something to the gun, causing the bullet to eject harmlessly into the air and emptying the gun's chamber.
My partner was very proud of himself until I sized up the situation by informing him, "Yeah, you're a real hero. You just disarmed a dead man."
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