And Another Thing…: Theatre Joke Countdown #8

A couple is thrilled to be taking their seats for The Book of Mormon. Next to the man and woman, though, is an empty seat.

“This is the hottest show in town,” the guy says just before curtain. “I can’t believe someone is wasting a ticket.”

The show begins. It’s hilarious. But all the guy can think about is the empty seat next to him. And that obsessive thinking ruins the first act for him. He just can’t focus.

At intermission, he says to his date, “How could someone let a hot seat like that go to waste.”

The man in the seat on the other side of the empty overhears this and meekly says, “May I explain?”

“Yeah,” says the guy. “What’s the deal?”

“Well,” says the meek man, “My wife and I are theater lovers and we were so looking forward to seeing this show and we’ve had our tickets for months.”

“So what happened?”

“Well, she passed away.”

“I’m sorry to hear that,” says the guy and, after a respectful pause, adds, “Couldn’t you find any friend or family member to join you?”

“No,” he says. “They’re all at the funeral.”

Look for #7 in the Theater Joke Countdown soon… — Lou Harry