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Robert Orben

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Robert Orben
Born(1927-03-04)March 4, 1927
New York City, U.S.
DiedFebruary 2, 2023(2023-02-02) (aged 95)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Years active1946–2023
GenresObservational comedy
Subject(s)American culture

Robert Orben (March 4, 1927 – February 2, 2023) was an American professional comedy writer and magician. He wrote multiple books on comedy, mostly collections of gags and "one-liners" originally written for his newsletter, Orben's Current Comedy, and also wrote books for magicians. Later, Orben moved into politics, and in 1973 he became head speechwriter to Vice President Gerald R. Ford.[1]

Orben died at a nursing home in Alexandria, Virginia, on February 2, 2023, at the age of 95.[2]


  1. ^ Wickberg, Daniel (1998). The Senses of Humor: Self and Laughter in Modern America. Cornell University Press. pp. 197. ISBN 0-8014-3078-X.
  2. ^ Sandomir, Richard. "Bob Orben, One-Man Gag Factory and Speechwriter, Dies at 95". The New York Times.

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