The Joke Man: Bow to Stern

The Joke Man: Bow to Stern

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Overview

For the first time, Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling opens up about his life as a cast member and head writer for the comedy powerhouse The Howard Stern Show.

In The Joke Man: Bow to Stern, Jackie tells of his beginnings as a working comedian and writer and his climb to the top on The Howard Stern Show. Jackie saw it all, and in The Joke Man: Bow to Stern he shares personal stories as well a look from behind the scenes at one of the highest-rated radio shows of all time. You’ll also get his take on his falling out with Howard and the show, and plenty of the raunchy, laugh-out–loud humor that Jackie “The Joke Man” is famous for.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy as “The Joke Man” riffs on his one-of-a-kind career in show business, Howard Stern and the gang, and his very unique life—an American success story like no other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682613894
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,212,010
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

For eighteen years, comedian Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling was a fixture of radio and television’s The Howard Stern Show. He was born and raised in East Norwich, a tiny hamlet on the glorious North Shore of Long Island, New York. He graduated in 1966 from Oyster Bay High School and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1971.

Jackie left the Stern show in 2001 after working his way up to head writer of the radio show, four television series, and three Pay-Per-Views. He’s released six dirty joke CDs on Oglio Records: The Joke Man, Sgt. Pecker, Hot Dogs & Donuts, Come Again?!, F. Jackie, and snart, as well as three videos, five joke books, and countless joke gadgets of all kinds, for children as well as adults. He is the author of Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling’s Disgustingly Dirty Joke Book. He lives on Long Island, NY.

Table of Contents

Foreword Artie Lange xi

Introduction xvii

1859: A Roosevelt? 1

1950: Four Parents 7

1966: My Michigan State Roommate 9

1968: Claims Bad Knee 14

1970: The One-Legged Woman 23

1972: The Infamous Urine Tossing Incident 28

1978: A Great Rodney Dangerfield Story 32

1983: A Call from Howard Stern, Part One 56

1983: A Call from Howard Stem, Part Two 69

1983: Blank a Doodle Doo 80

1983: Stump The Joke Man 82

1983: The First Note 90

1984: The Coining of The Joke Man 92

1986: Don't Edit 96

1986: The First Attempt to Syndicate The Howard Stern Show 99

1986: Two Forty-Five 103

1992: Dom and Bruce Witness the Note System 108

1987: The Super Bowl Finger 110

1988: Quentin the Stutterer 113

1988: Sternak the Improbable 116

1990: The Channel 9 Show 147

1990: The Jessica Hahn Bathtub Incident, Part One 152

1990: The Jessica Hahn Bathtub Incident, Part Two 160

1992: Stem Fans to the Rescue 169

1994: New Year's Rotten Eve 173

1994: The Patti Davis Reagan Joke 176

1994: The Tale of the Jackie Puppet 180

1996: The Hank Note and Much More 184

1997: Paying Rodney with Jokes 190

1997: The Battle of the Superheroes 195

1998: Decorum in the Workplace 197

1998: 111 Give It a Ten 200

2000: Jackie Tells Jimmy Fallon to Bag It 203

2000: Les Paul… Oh, and Keith Richards 205

2000: The Toast 213

2001: The End 220

2003: My Old Pal Dan 233

2017: Is There Life After Stem? 236

2016: The Jackie Puppet's Missing 239

2016: Yeah Yeah Yeah 241

2017: How Dry I Am 244

2017: And After-All-Is-Said-and-Done-Word 264

About the Author 269

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let's get one thing out of the way first: Any fan of Howard Stern who's still bitter about Jackie 'the Jokeman' Martling's actions from 2001, and expecting a bash of his former boss, will be disappointed. If you like Jackie, you'll love the book. If you have made up your mind that you don't like Jackie, then entering "Jokeman, Bow to Stern" requires an open mind (and a little knowledge of sailing to understand the title). Martling relates great stories of his career in music and comedy, not the least of which are fantastic tales about his brief time with Rodney Dangerfield in the early 80s and about several other, though lesser known, comics of the day. Memories and behind-the-scenes 'facts' of classic Stern show moments, candid thoughts on other cast members (surprisingly reverential for the most part), and all the details of his doomed contract negotiation - down to the dollar- are enveloped in this pseudo-memoir. Like the Jokeman himself, the book is at times bragadocious. But a sense of humility that appears very genuine, culminating with the Jokeman's introspection and sobriety in his life after Stern, tempers many of those shallow moments. This work unquestionably lacks professionalism in its editing. Despite taking a stab at a chronological structure, many of his stories, though engaging, are all over the map - often repeating superfluous factoids. It's opening chapter is unnecessary and self-serving; relating family folklore of a rumored tie to Teddy Roosevelt, and soliciting the former president's descendants to come forth with DNA samples to verify Martling's genetic origins (...really). But once the reader is past the geneolgy experiment (as well as a dizzying and disastrous 'foreword' by Martling's successor on the Stern show, Artie Lange), this autobiography opens up and quickly gets on with the content its readers crave. To that end it does not disappoint. This is not Pulitzer-grade literature. It's barely third-grade literature. But its audience will expect nothing more from the legendary (yes, I said it) Jackie the Jokeman.