Let’s Talk About Howie Mandel’s Bad Jokes
Howie Mandel is my favorite judge on America’s Got Talent. He’s a legendary comedian and the creator of one of my favorite cartoons from when I was a kid, Bobby’s World. The funny thing…or I guess unfunny thing…is that his jokes don’t always work. He’s got some real groaners.
It seems to drive the judge’s nuts, his bad jokes. They aren’t so much bad as they are dad jokes. Kind of funny, but not funny funny. This is not so much the Howie Mandel I grew up with. The one I used to emulate by pulling a rubber glove over my head in fourth grade. I got detention more than once for that gag. Our L.A. correspondent, Jackelyn Shultz, who is Howie’s daughter seems immune to his dad jokes. She’s probably heard them her whole life.
I find them endearing. Kind of makes me wish Howie were my dad. Sure, my own dad is funnier but he’s not as lovable.