Once upon a time there was an Old White Man. He was very funny, but not in a “haha” kind of way. He was funny mostly in a non-threatening whimsical kind of way. Everywhere he went, people laughed merrily. He would make horrible puns and people would laugh. He would pause dramatically before saying something innocuous and people would laugh. He would make racist quips using words for Italian people that haven’t been popular since the 1920s and people would laugh. [excerpt]
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Sills, Elizabeth. "The Legend of the Altweiß." Praxis, Poems, and Punchlines: Essays in Honor of Richard C. Richards, edited by Steven Gimbel, 2020, pp. 92-94.