There are some punchlines so good that, even in the absence of the joke that spawned them, they can still make you laugh.
Sadly, I have no memory for jokes, so, even though I distinctly recall giving Mack my favorite jokeless punchline, I now cannot remember what it is.
“Why?” you may ask. “What could make a girl forget her favorite jokeless punchline?”
It is because, in perusing the Wikipedia entry for Blazing Saddles, I have learned this one line was cut from the film:
I’m sorry to disappoint you, miss, but you’re sucking on my arm.
I am going to be laughing at that all day.
My favorite line from the movie is, of course, the list of all the bad guys:
I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists.
When we were kids, we howled at the thought of Methodists being included in with the hornswogglers and bushwhackers. I still think Blazing Saddles is the Butcher’s favorite movie. In fact, I just had to call him and tell him about “I’m sorry to disappoint you, miss, but you’re sucking on my arm.”