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Date: 5 April 2019

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Post No. 6229

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Playwright Anecdotes: –


Oscar Wilde arrived at his club one evening, after witnessing a first production of a play that was a complete failure.
“Oscar, how did your play go tonight?” said a friend.
“Oh, was the lofty response, “the play was a great success , but the audience was a failure”.

Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree to a would be dramatist,
My dear sir, I have read your play. Oh my dear sir!
Yours faithfully,



“Not all your plays are successes, I suppose, Sir James”, someone remarked to J M Barrie at a dinner party.
In the manner of one imparting confidence, Barrie leaned toward him and said,
“No, some Peter out, some Pan out”.


Claire Boothe’s first produced play, ‘Abide with Me’ was a failure. The playwright was ,however, evidently possessed of some ebullience on the occasion of its opening. Richard Watts, drama critic, reported,
“One almost forgave, Abide with Me, its faults when its lovely playwright, who must have been crouched in the wings for a sprinter’s start as the final curtain mercifully descended, heard a cry of ‘Author ‘, which was not audible in my vicinity, and arrived to accept the audience’s applause just as the actors, who had a head start on her, were properly lined up and smoothed out to receive their customary adulation.”


Richard Brinsley Sheridan , threatening to cut his son Thomas off with a shilling, he immediately replied,
Ah father, but where will you borrow the shilling?


Cumberland, a third rate dramatist, was jealous of Sheridan s reputation and lost no occasion to talk him down.
An acquaintance of Sheridan’s , meeting him on the street one day, informed him that Cumberland was telling everyone how he had gone to see
‘The School for Scandal’, and had thought it a very bad thing— couldn’t see how people saw anything funny in it at all.
“Why, did he not laugh at my comedy?” asked Sheridan, pretending the deepest concern,
Well then, I must say that is very ungrateful in Mr Cumberland, for I laughed at his last tragedy until I almost split my sides”.


Dancer Anecdote

Finley Peter Dunne, the Mr Dooley of humorous fame, once went to see Isadora Duncan perform. The famous dancer wore very few clothes, and as a result of their lack, looked even plumper than usual. A flood light threw calcium beams on her. As Dunne was leaving, one of the patronesses hailed him.
“Oh, Mr Dunne”, she twittered,
“How did you enjoy the Madame’s dancing?”
“Immensely”, said Dunne.
“Made me think of Grant’s Tomb in love”.


More Rudeness Anecdotes (Post No.3773)

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One Wrong action!

When a diplomat remarked that he could not understand why he was called ill natured, for in all his life he had never done but one ill -natured action, Talleyrand asked, “And when will it end?”



Oscar Wilde’s Wit

Oscar Wilde indulged his penchant for baiting Yankees when he met Richard Harding Davis.

“So you are from Philadelphia where Washington is buried?”

“Nonsense. He is buried in Mount Vernon”, Davis answered abruptly.

Wilde, miffed, switched the talk to a new French painter,

“Do let’s hear what Davis thinks of him”, he purred.

Americans always talk so amusingly of art .

Davis answered, “I never talk about things when I don’t know the facts”

Wilde rapier wit flashed back, “That must limit your conversation frightfully.”


Samuel Johnson annoyed

Samuel Johnson was once vexed by the presence of a man at a small dinner party who laughed inordinately and with a great and ostentatious show of appreciation at everything the good Doctor said.

Finally, irritated in the extreme, Johnson turned upon the fellow and said,

“Pray, sir, what is the matter? I hope I have not said anything that you can comprehend.”



Action is familiar!

Oliver Hereford was having lunch at his club one day, when a man whom he particularly disliked came up to him. Hereford attempted to disregard him but the man, smiling broadly, slapped him on the back and said jovially,

“Hello, Ollie, old boy, how are you?”

Hereford looked at the man coldly and answered,

“I don’t know your name and I don’t know your face, but your manners are very familiar”.


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POMPOUSNESS (I am a V.I.P. attitude) ANECDOTES! (Post No.2998)

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Post No. 2998

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I am an M.P.


A peddler with a hand-cart full of shrimps was ordered out of the way by a member of Parliament, who was trying to park his limousine.

Look out yourself,” said the coster.

Do you realize,” demanded the other that I have an M.P at the end of my name?”

“So ‘as every blarsted shrimp in this ‘ere cart”


Take Two Chairs!


A pompous young man called on Joseph Choate the prominent lawyer and statesman The lawyer was busy and asked the young man to take a chair. But the youth was impatient and again interrupted the lawyer with the remark

“I am Bishop Blank’s son”


“Please take two Chairs” said Mr. Choate.



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Victor Hugo! Who is he?


When Victor Hugo was an aspirant for the honors of the Academy, and called on M. Royer Collard to ask his vote, the sturdy veteran professed an entire ignorance of his name.


I am the author of “Notre Dame de Paris Les derniers Tours d’un Condamne’; “Marion Delorme etc.


“I have never heard of any of them.”


“Will you do me the honor of accepting a copy of my works?’


“I never read new books.”



Oscar Wilde


To Boston is attributed the credit of having retorted to the superciliousness of Oscar Wilde in kind. “You’re Philistines,” Wilde accused his Boston audience, who have invaded the sacred sanctum of Art.”


A voice in the audience called out, “And you’re driving us forth with the jawbone of an ass”


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Brahms Compositions!


Widmann relates that “when the school-masterish music director of a very small Swiss town graciously assured Brahms that he was familiar with every one of his compositions, the Master motioned him with his hand to be still and listen attentively, as the festival orchestra was just then playing something of his own. It was, however, a military march by Gungl. I can still see the good man before me, how with open mouth and reverent contorted eyes he listened to the rather commonplace fanfares, which he now really held to be a Brahms composition while Brahms, in outrageous glee over his successful trick, whispered to the rest of us: Just look at the Basilio. (the hypocritical dupe in Rossini’s “Barber of Seville’)





God Relieved!


A Congressman said to Horace Greeley one day: I am a self-made man.” “That sir,” said Greeley, “relieves the Almighty of a great responsibility.”




Don’t Laugh!


To a young speaker Thomas Corwin, the Congressman, gave this advice:

“Never make people laugh. If you would succeed in life you must be solemn, solemn as an ass. All the great monuments are built over solemn asses.”