Going Viral: The Original Joe Miller’s Joke Book Has Been Unearthed – Is It Still Funny?

Any comedian worth their salt has heard the one about Joe Miller’s Joke Book. It’s an apocryphal tale, in which a stage actor named Joe Miller, a contemporary of William Shakespeare, compiled the first book of 12 jokes (then called “jests”) and it became his lasting legacy.

From ancient times, the number 12 has been considered a mark of portent and import. There are 12 months in the year, 12 signs of the Zodiac and 12 musical notes in the scale. And, let’s not forget that bagels taste better by the dozen. So, naturally, Joe Miller thought 12 jokes were all that were needed to entertain any gathering, small or large, and to leave a witty mark for posterity.

Bill Hader: Time Traveler? SNL Comedy Star Has Been Killing For Over 150 Years! [PHOTO/VIDEO]

Bill Hader is one of the funniest and most sought after actors in show business today. But just 15 years ago, only Hollywood insiders knew of his many talents, including stand-up comedy, comedy writer, voice actor, celebrity impressionist, hilarious comedic performer and fine dramatic actor.

How does one man as young as Bill Hader (he allegedly just turned 41) learn the skills needed to be such a well-rounded, highly-gifted entertainer delivering at a level seemingly so far beyond his years?

Is it because he’s a Time Traveling Immortal?

It seems to be the only reasonable explanation for Hader’s incredible talents, which are rarely learned during the course of the average single lifespan of less than 100 years. Of course, there are exceptions, but there has never been a verifiable case of anyone, man or woman, living beyond 120 or so. Especially in show business. Let’s face it, George Burns almost didn’t make his 100th birthday party and Bob Hope spent his last days begging to be put out of his misery.

One Letter Off Movie Titles – Just One Character Sets Apart The Good, The Bad and The Fugly

Have you heard the one about the old guy who tinkered with pop soda formulas in his garage? He invented one concoction that he liked so much he named it “6 Up.” But just before he could market it, he died in a freak Mentos and soda pop explosion. His family and friends found some comfort in the tragedy though. They’ll always remember him as the man who came THIS close to inventing 7 Up.