06/24/2011 04:50 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Steven Wright's Longest Joke

When I interviewed the brilliant Steven Wright for my book, "Growing Up Laughing," I asked him to tell me his longest joke on record. Here's what he told me.

"I was on a bus and I started talking to this blond Chinese girl and she said, 'Hello,' and I said, 'Hello, isn't it an amazing day?' And she said, 'Yes, I guess.' And I said, 'What do you mean, "I guess"?' And she said, 'Well, things haven't been going too well for me lately.' I said, 'Why?' She said, 'I can't tell you. I don't even know you.' And I said, 'Yeah, but sometimes it's good to tell your problems to a total stranger on a bus.' And she said, 'Well, I've just come back from my analyst and he's still unable to help me.' And I said, 'What's the problem?' And she said, 'I'm a nymphomaniac, and I only get turned on by Jewish cowboys.' Then she said, 'By the way, my name is Diane.' And I said, 'Hello, Diane, I'm Bucky Goldstein.'"

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