1. Limericks

From the recording Dances With Words

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The limerick packs laughs anatomical
Into space that is quite economical.
But the good ones I’ve seen
So seldom are clean,
And the clean ones so seldom are comical.
— Vivian Holland

A wonderful bird is the pelican
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week,
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.
— Dixon Lanier Merritt

The bustard's an exquisite fowl
With minimal reason to growl:
He escapes what would be
By the grace of a fortunate vowel.
— George D. Vaill

A dragon with fiery plume
Crashed a wedding and smashed up the room.
Ate every hors d’oeuvre.
Crushed the cake. What a nerve!
Then toasted the bride and the groom!
— Richard Lederer

A ghost and a witch with a broom
And a ghoul and a bat in a room
Stayed up very late
So that they could debate
About who should be frightened of whom!
— Richard Lederer

The Invisible Man came to dine.
He sat right to my left, which was fine.
But his rumblings abdominal
Were simply phenomenal—
And everyone thought they were mine!
— Richard Lederer