We did a search online for Amish pages. We came across some very good ones.
But, the one we liked the most was the Raymond the Amish Comic. We wrote
him questions asking him about the Amish. He wrote back and answered them.
Q. What is your favorite joke?
A. My all time favorite joke was told to me by my seven year old daughter who first wrote the joke when she was four. She is not Amish. Born and raised in the city like a normal kid. Here is the joke: What happened to the dinosaurs stinker? It became ex-stinky!
Q. How long have you been a comedian?
A. On may 21st of this year I will have been a comedian for 96 months!
Q. If your Amish, then why are you using modern technology. (This is a wery intelligent question)
A. I am no longer practicing Amishman. Although being born Amish, I consider myself to be Amish for life. And I love modern technology! I simply adore anything that plugs in. Growing up without electricity, I believe I look at electrical type devices almost as they were toys for grown ups. I have a TV or I would pronounce it a TEEWEE! I have a VCR or I would pronounce it a WEECEER! I was lucky enough to be in the Tim Allen film " For Richer or Poorer" and I even got to shake hands with Tim Allen he is a wonderful nice fella. I was also on MTV (or MTWEE) this past summer. I love modern technology. And indoor toilets are awesome!
Q. Do you enjoy making people laugh?
A. For me, making people laugh is the most wonderful feeling in the world. And to be able to have this be my job is a dream come true. Farming is hard work and very messy and sometimes smells bad, but comedy is not hard work and also smells very nice! Not everyone is lucky ebough to do something they love for their job. I hope and pray that you kids all find out what you want to do in life, and then get out there and do it! A lot of people told me that an Amish comedian would never work, well I am doing pretty good. Don't let anyone tell you can't succede. But I still don't spell so good.
Q. Do you perform for only Amish audiences or all people?
A. I perform for wery few Amish people. The Amish are way too busy farming to go out to comedy shows. Although, a few Amish do sneak into my shows when I perform in Lancaster, PA. Most of the shows I do are to raise money for Fire Departments and different groups trying to raise money for some kinda charity. I have done shows for the American Cancer Society (cigarettes are stinky don't smoke them) Big Brothers, Big Sisters, MS and The Blind Association and just about every chatitable group you can think of. It's great to make money for myself and my family and raise money for a good cause.
Q. Where do you get your jokes from?
A. I don't tell too many jokes. I mostly tell silly stories. And I get them from just about anything that happens in my life. Look around the whole day and you will see many things to laugh at. My nephew told me a story about those indoor toilets that flush automatically after you get up off the toilet seat. Well he got up and it didn't flush. He couldn't get it to flush so he just put a sign on the door that said "DANGER DON'T GO IN THERE, IT IS BAD" it might have been bad for him that day but its good for my show.
Q. What do you wear when you perform?
A. Real Amish clothing. A black hat, black coat with no buttons no pockets no collar and no lapel, a black vest, or I would say west that closes with hooks and eyes. A white dress skirt. Black pants with no zipper. When I have to make a wee-wee I have to open about 12 buttons that fold open different flaps. (The pants are really crazy) And on the feet I wear black leather boots.