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Mr. X
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Date Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 05:22:23pm
In reply to: It was at a Hugh Hefner roast on Sept. 29, 2001. People were yelling "Too Soon!" 's message, "Gilbert Gottfried will go down in history as the first person to tell a 9- 11 joke after it happened" on Tuesday, August 08, 11:41:39am

It was a couple of weeks after 9/11. There was a weird feeling in New York. People were walking around in a daze. I was at the roast of Hugh Hefner, and I just wanted to be the first person to make a really-poor-taste joke about September 11. It was impromptu; I don’t remember thinking about it beforehand. I said, “I have to leave early tonight, I have a flight to California. I can’t get a direct flight — they said I have to stop at the Empire State Building first.”

I don’t think anyone’s lost an audience bigger than I did at that point. They were booing and hissing. One guy said, “Too soon!” He was just a face in the crowd, but now I wish I knew who it was, because his comment became part of the language. “Too soon.” I had never heard that before. I knew there were times where people wait to make jokes about something, but I always thought that concept was ridiculous. Is there an office with a guy behind a desk who decides when it’s not too soon anymore?

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I wonder how long it was before someone told the first Lincoln joke? (NT)"Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?"Tuesday, August 08, 05:48:11pm


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