mystery-lover takes his place in the theatre for opening night, but his seat is
way back in the theatre, far from the stage. The man calls an usher over and
whispers: "I just love a good mystery and I have been anxiously
anticipating the opening of this play. However, in order to carefully follow the
clues and fully enjoy the play, I have to watch a mystery close up. Look how far
away I am! If you can get me a better seat, I'll give you a handsome tip."
The usher nods and says he will be back shortly. Looking forward to a large tip, the usher speaks with his co-workers in the box-office, hoping to find some closer tickets. With just three minutes left until curtain, he finds an unused ticket at the Will Call*) window and snatches it up. Returning to the man in the back of the theatre, he whispers: "Follow me." The usher leads the man down to the second row and proudly points out the empty seat right in the middle. "Thanks so much," says the theatergoer, "This seat is perfect." He then hands him 50 p (or: a quarter).
The usher looks down at the coin, leans over and whispers: "The butler did it in the parlour with a candlestick."
*) (Schalter etc.) für reservierte Karten oder sonstige zurückgelegte Waren; die Bezahlung erfolgt bei der Abholung
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