Is this an original joke?

I’m collecting/inventing clever (ha) jokes for use as a characterization device in my next book–“I don’t sleep with anyone (or whatever) until I approve their fave joke” running schtick. Haven’t finalized exactly what the schtick will be other than it’s going to be them regularly trading jokes.

I need to know whether this one came to me from some forgotten source or whether I made it up. I was watching some dumb thing on TV the other night and I thought of this situation/punchline and started choking with giggles to the point where the dog got concerned and went nutzoid, and I went and told it to my mother and she just fell off the chair and ordered me out of the room. But it’s too GOOD to just be something that popped out of my head out of nowhere, so if you know where it comes from, let me know, eh? It still may be OK to use (but not if it’s out of somebody’s screenplay or out of a comic’s act!)

Okay, Beavis (of B&B fame) is being presented to the Queen. Unfortunately, just as he steps up to take his bow, he breaks wind. The palace guards immediately grab him and carry him out. Before they heave him out on the street, he gasps out, “What’d I do?”

“You passed gas before Her Majesty.”

“How was I to know it was her turn?!”


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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