Breaking It Up! Best Routines of the Stand-Up Comics

An excerpt from the book Breaking It Up! Best Routines of the Stand-Up Comics a look at comedy bits of comedians such as Godfrey Cambridge's Why, Lord?

BREAKING IT UP! THE BEST ROUTINES OF THE STAND-UP COMICS. Edited by Ross Firestone. New York: Bantam Books, 1975.

About the Book: A collection of "shticks, bits, raps and routines" from 40 of America's funniest comics. The Smothers Brothers' "Mom Always Liked You Best," Lord Buckley's "The Naz," Lenny Bruce's "Prison Break," and assorted other goodies from the likes of Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Dick Gregory, Joan Rivers, Mort Sahl, and Jackie Vernon.

From the Book: By Godfrey Cambridge:

Why, Lord?

You jet back and forth across country,

You lose wherever you're going, you know?

And the best way of expressing that to me is a joke.

Now I don't tell many of them,

But it has to do with this fella standing on the corner,

A colored fella.

I always stick to race.

And he's standing on the corner

And he looks up

And he says,

"Lord!"

He's on a personal basis.

He says,

"Lord!

Why did you make me so dark?"

And the Lord says,

"My boy"-

And he was wrong from the get-go, y'know.

He says,

"My boy,"

He says,

"The reason I made you so dark

Is that when you're running through the jungle,

The sun would not give you sunstroke."

He says,

"Yeah.

Yeah, I go for that."

He says,

"Lord!

Why did you make my hair so coarse?"

He said,

"Well, the reason I did that, my boy,

Is so that when you're running through the jungle

In quest of the wild beast

And the water buffalo and the lion,

Your hair would not get caught in the brambles."

He said,

"Yeah, yeah."

He said,

"Lord,

Why did you make my legs so long?"

He said,

"The reason I made your legs long, my son,

Is so that when you're loping through the jungle

In quest of the wild beast and the rhinoceros

And the bull and the elephant,

You would run very fast and swiftly."

He said,

"My son,

Do you have any further questions?"

He said,

"Yeah, Lord!

What the hell am I doin' here

In Cleveland!"

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