Human Joke Machine, The

Nightclub nickname of comedian Morey Amsterdam who was best know for his role as Buddy Sorrell, the wisecracking TV gag writer on the sitcom THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW/CBS/1991-66.


His 72-year career took him from vaudeville, to radio, movies and his own variety show THE MOREY AMSTERDAM SHOW/CBS/DUM/1948-50.

“According to the statistics, a man eats a prune every thwenty seconds. I don’t know who this fellow is, but I know where to find him.”

“Our congress is the finest body of men money can buy.”

“A Cannibal is a person who walks into the restaurant and orders a waiter.”

Morey Amsterdam died of a heart attack at 87 in October 27, 1996. His long-time friend Dick Van Dyke said “When Morey died, a hundred thousand jokes went with him.”  Vn Dyke also recalled, “”But once we got on the air, everybody except Morey Amsterdam pretty much stuck to the script.”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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