Unintended setup lines are the best.

They’re gifts from the god of comedy.

This evening I dined at a fine fast-food restaurant. Behind the counter were a young high-school girl and boy. The girl began to chide the fellow for his messy hair.

“I can’t help it,” he replied. “I overslept and could only take a quick shower. I didn’t blow-dry it.”

“Don’t you have a comb?” she asked incredulously.

“No,” he scoffed. “I’m a guy. I don’t own a comb.”

“Gross,” she said as she rolled her eyes. “Look, I’ll buy you a comb.”

This is when my comedy powers became activated. I leaned across the counter toward the two of them and asked the young man, “If she does buy you a comb – you know what you should tell her?”

“Uh, no…” he replied. “What should I tell her?”

“Tell her,” I said…

“‘Thanks, I’ll never part with it!'”

Hey-ohhh!

Ladies, gents, Dave Letterman is right. There is no “off” position on the genius switch.

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