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Robert Orben

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Robert Orben
BornMarch 04, 1927
New York City

Robert Orben (born March 4, 1927) is best known as an American professional comedy writer, though he also worked as a speechwriter for Gerald R. Ford and as a magician. He has written multiple books on comedy, mostly collections of gags and "one-liners" originally written for his newsletter, Orben's Current Comedy, and he has also written books for magicians.


By the early 1950's, Orben had teamed with Channing Pollock and Ricki Dunn.

Later, Orben moved into politics, and in 1973 he became head speechwriter to Vice President Gerald R. Ford. When Ford succeeded to the Presidency in August, 1974, Orben became his speechwriter. In January 1976 he was appointed Special Assistant to President Ford and Director of the White House Speechwriting Department.


  • The Encyclopedia of Patter (1946)
  • Patter for Standard Tricks (1950)
  • Ad-Libs (1952)
  • M.C. Bits (1953)
  • Crack Comedy (1955)
  • Spotlight on Comedy (1960)
  • Current Comedy (1964)


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