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Michael Smith

Snapshot taken by Mike Kelley on the set of The Gong Show, ca. 1976.

MICHAEL SMITH

A JOKE THAT MIKE KELLEY TOLD on many an occasion:

So, this drunk is sitting on a bus. A brunette gets on and pays her fare, and as she’s about to head to her seat the bus driver turns to her and says, “Tickle your ass with a feather?”

“WHAT?!” cries the young woman.

“I said, typical Michigan weather,” replies the driver.

“Oh,” says the brunette. “Yes, it is.”

Ten minutes later, a blonde gets on, and as she’s paying her fare, the bus driver turns, smiles, and says, “Tickle your ass with a feather?”

“Pardon me?!”

“I said, typical Michigan weather.”

At this point, the drunk is beside himself with laughter. He leans toward the driver and says in a loud, slurring voice, “That’s hilarious, I gotta try that!”

To which the bus driver responds, “Be my guest.”

Ten minutes later, a redhead gets on and pays her fare, and as she passes the drunk, he screams at her, “SHOVE A FEATHER UP YOUR

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