Pig with the Wooden Leg

A tale which explains why I am the cold-hearted man I have become

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I first heard this from Canadian teller Dan Yashinsky, who (I seem to remember) told me he’d heard it from a schoolboy in Canada.
Dan and I did a swap: I tell this and he now tells a tale he’d heard from me, Free Melons.

Jill Lamede (The Tintagel Storyteller) wrote that there are many versions of this joke on the internet. Jill tells the one she heard as a young girl from her mother – and that is the very best way to source your stories!

The recording was made in 2017 at the International Theater Frankfurt.


The video clips here are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres.

Their intention is just to show the range of my storytelling and give a flavour of a live performance.

Permission is granted for use in non-commercial educational contexts.

The videos are © Richard Martin.

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