Al Boasberg

Al Boasberg (center) with Chico & Harpo Marx

Movie scriptwriter (1892-1937).  Born Albert I. Boasberg in Buffalo.   Boasberg wrote scripts for both dramatic and comedy films, although comedy was his primary field.  He also wrote jokes for live comedy acts.  Comedians who used his material include George Burns, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Buster Keaton, Bob Hope and the Marx Brothers.

The following is a Boasberg joke written for Bob Hope in 1927:

"My brother slapped Al Capone."

"Gee, I'd like to meet him and shake his hand!"

"No, we wouldn't want to dig him up just for that."


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