Tuesday, March 14, 2006

George S. Kaufman

George S. Kaufman was picked by the Marx Brothers' habit of changing his lines. During rehearsals for Animal Crackers, Kaufman walked on the stage in mock exasperation and said, "Excuse me for interrupting, but I thought for a minute I actually heard a line I wrote."

At a dinner party he was seated next to a woman who monopolized the conversation all through the meal. By the time the coffee was served, Kaufman could no longer restrain himself. "Madam", he asked, "don't you have any unexpressed thoughts?"

(John Winokur, editor, The Portable Curmudgeon, A Plume Book, 1992)