My Life as a Fifth-Grade Comedian by Elizabeth Levy

My Life as a Fifth-Grade Comedian by Elizabeth Levy
May 9, 2020 Alexandra Adlawan


250 book reviews and still going strong! I can’t believe I’ve been writing this book blog for over 4 years now.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, here is one of my all-time favorite books.

4th Grade and Up

Bobby is the class clown. He can always be counted on to crack up his friends and sometimes even the teachers. But he can’t always to counted on to stay out of trouble and that’s no joke when you’re in danger of being shipped off to a special school for kids with ‘behavioral problems.’

Bobby’s got one last chance to prove to his teachers, his principal, and his parents (especially his super sarcastic dad) that he can be taken seriously. His assignment: to put on a school-wide laugh-off. It’s teachers vs. students. May the best comic win. It’s a chance for Bobby to show his dad that mean jokes aren’t just kidding around.


Published back in 1997, I listened to this book on cassette tape back when libraries still had cassette tapes. This was one of my favorite books to listen too.


Each chapter starts with a funny joke. I love jokes. I had a long list of jokes that I wrote out on loose pieces of notebook paper that I lost around the time I was in middle school. I actually found them last year in an old filing cabinet. When I was in elementary school, Grades 1 through 5, I would go around the playground during lunch and tell jokes to the playground aids, the lunch ladies and the custodian. As you can see I was very popular as a kid.


Here are a few of the jokes featured in this story:


Why did the bubblegum cross the road?

It was stuck to the chicken’s foot.


What can a rhino do that no other animal can?

Have a baby rhino.


And because I love jokes, here are a few more of my personal favorite jokes:


What’s red and smells like blue paint?

Red paint.


Two guys walk into a bar…you’d think one of them would have seen it.


One of the funniest things in this book is a poem Bobby wrote for school. See below:

Ode to Road Kill

They look into cars’ headlights and their feet turn to lead

They turn to get away, but boom, they’re dead

So, when you’re driving down Highway 37

You may see animals who’ve gone to heaven


It wasn’t until years later that I found out that the poem was written by an actually child, which to me makes it even better.


To me, to be a great comedian you have to be a bit insane and have a crazy life for you to joke about. For example, my favorite comedians: Jeff Dunham, Russell Howard, Michael McIntyre, John Mulaney, and Gabriel Iglesias all have a sense of lunacy to them.

WARNING: Don’t watch Russell Howard until you’re 16 years old. His jokes are not meant for young ears. Also, he’s British and it’s hard to understand what he’s saying half the time.


This weeks’ Weird but True Fact about Laughing

Laughing can help relieve pain.


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