Two recent bits on television had telephone humor:1) On Jay Leno of 2/4/11, a comedian parodied phone mail and collection agency calls. I can't do justice to him, but it was something like this: "The phone rings late Friday night as you're getting ready to go out. It's a cute friendly girl on the phone: 'Hi Tyrone! Whatcha doing?' [real friendly enthusiastic girl's voice] 'Getting ready to go out.' 'Whatcha wearing?' 'I got this new shirt and pants.' 'Did you get them at Macy's?' 'Yes I did.' 'Well, fool, you didn't pay for them yet! When you gonna send in the money?"
2) On Raising Hope of 2/9/11, son is making an important telephone call where he wants to leave a good impression. He gets the person's voice mail. He leaves a message and then realizes it's terrible. He tries to delete it, but realizes the delete won't work from the rotary phone he's using. He complains to his parents "why are we still in the 1970s?" His father comes over and says, "I can handle that." The father makes a whistling sound like a Touch Tone key*. But the voice mail thinks it's a different number, not delete. Then the mother comes over and plays a flute note and the message is deleted. The rest of the scene is him trying to leave a sensible message. He's interupted by his confused grandmother picking up the extension.*In real life that would be impossible since Touch Tone signals consist of two tones, deliberately designed that way so that accident tones wouldn't disrupt making a call. Now if two people whistled their correct portions of the desired tone. . .