Crowdsourcing Phyllis Diller’s Legendary Joke File

Posted on March 4, 2017 at 3:09 pm

Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 3.17.04 PMNow this is cool. Legendary comic Phyllis Diller’s legendary joke file of more than 52,000 index cards is now at the Library of Congress, and they have invited all of us to help digitize the files. It’s like Wikipedia; anyone can participate, for just one joke or for hundreds or thousands. Just take a look at one of the jokes and type it up (some of them are just a few words). There are a few simple rules about formatting to indicate underlines, strikeouts, etc. Or, you can be a “reviewer” and just confirm or correct some of the draft transcriptions. Even if you don’t want to participate, it is a lot of fun to scroll through the files online, a real artifact of an era, and of course very funny.

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