Friday, February 21, 2014

Help with Yelp: What joke would you tell to get an editor job?

Yelp said it was looking for an editor with a good sense of humor.

To apply, it said, "Please submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and a link to your Yelp profile! And one joke."

That request might stymie an applicant. An executive interviewing me once over dinner asked what my former colleagues would say about me if asked. I mentioned to him that among leadership and editing skills, they might mention my alleged good sense of humor.

"You have a good sense of humor? Tell me a joke," he said.

His demand briefly chased any joke I knew momentarily out of my mind.

I eventually recovered and tortured him with the classic Roy Rogers cat joke, which can be stretched out to half an hour, but I didn't want to hang around that long (a short version is below if you really want to see it). The interview didn't even last through the main course.

If you were seeking the Yelp editor job, or want to help someone who is, please enter a joke for Yelp on our Facebook page.

Roy Rogers' cat joke in brief:

Roy Rogers rides home from a hard day's work on the ranch, a slain mountain lion draped across the back of Trigger.

Roy's new boots are all scratched, ripped and muddy.

Dale goes out to greet him and spots the mountain lion, looks down at Roy's shredded boots and back up at the mountain lion, and says:

"Pardon me Roy, is that the cat who chewed your new shoes?"

The Chattanooga Choo Choo Song: