10/12/2010 02:42 pm ET | Updated Jun 18, 2011

A Joke from Robin Williams

I spoke to 20 of my favorite comedians while writing my new book, Growing Up Laughing, and I asked each one to tell me their favorite joke. Some couldn't think of any, but Robin Williams gave me four! I loved this one. -MT
Guy buys a parrot that is constantly using foul language. Really horrible stuff. Finally the guy gets fed up and throws the parrot in the freezer to punish him. After about an hour, he hears a faint tapping sound from inside the freezer and opens the door. There's the parrot, wings wrapped around himself, shivering. He says, "I swear, I' ll never, ever curse again. But can I ask you a question? What did the chicken do?

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