Box under the Bed

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What is the difference between a joke and a story?
Often it is that a joke is told by someone who does not consider themselves to be a storyteller. So when I tell a joke, I turn it into a story!

A discussion on this joke’s origins led to the following contributions from Storytell members:
Tim Sheppard: I saw it many, many years ago on Storytell but can’t remember who posted it. That version had 3 grains of wheat in the box, and each time the box was full she sold the wheat at market. I can’t remember what the money went on but with the size of wheat grains it seemed even more outrageous! Is there possibly a version in Afasanyev’s “Secret Tales”?
Judy Schmidt: Google “Box under the bed jokes” you will find several variations featuring beer cans and Bill and Hillary Clinton
Mary Garrett: I remember a similar storyline with losing her temper and sewing dolls . . . I’m thinking someone made a G-rated version of it for a prudish audience . . .

This recording was made in Dec. 2018 during my annual performance at halbNeun Theater, Darmstadt.


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