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NEW YORK, JUNE 1, 2011. Queen of the original tasteless joke phenomenon, Truly Tasteless Jokes author Blanche Knott is back with a vengeance and leaving no sacred cow untipped – and this time she’s wired, with e-books, web outlets, and a mobile app in the works.
Just to annoy the liberals, Knott trumpets her comeback in the June 2011 issue of Harper’s Magazine in a tell-all memoir: “Being Blanche: Coming clean about Truly Tasteless Jokes” by Ashton Applewhite (real name, seriously). Finally, the story of Blanche’s rise from a sick-joke-loving editorial assistant to a clue on Jeopardy! And now she’s got the whole internet at her twisted disposal.
“So much more to make fun of,” crows Knott. “Sunnis and Shiites, tsunamis and tornadoes, gun-toting college kids and sex-starved hotel maids!” For those of you battling Alzheimer’s or too young to remember, the Truly Tasteless Jokes books sold over five million copies in the 1980s, which annoyed the shit out of the publishing establishment. One editor told her, “We can’t publish this here. I’m not even sure we can Xerox it.” Blanche had the last laugh as the first person to have four books on the New York Times bestseller list at the same time.
The first three are now available as Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook eBooks. Other formats and mobile apps are coming soon. How many dead babies does it take to make a Truly Tasteless iPhone app? “You’ll have to ask our Chinese suppliers,” says SocializeIT developer Alejandro Heyworth. “Now parents and teachers won’t be able to confiscate the grimy paperback,” Knott comments. “They’ll have to download it just like my prepubescent fans.”
This time around, Knott’s using social media to collect material for the first new Truly Tasteless Jokes volume in nearly twenty years. As ever, she welcomes everyone to the party, so submit your favorite joke, no matter how appalling. “I invented crowd-sourcing,” says Knott. “I can’t wait to see what the world comes up with now that the Post Office is out of the loop.” For a sneak preview, catch Blanche’s tasteless joke of the day on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/blanche.knott) or follow her on Twitter (@blancheknott – http://www.twitter.com/blancheknott).
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