A MACHINE that told jokes. Old jokes. For kids. As if real people didn’t have enough trouble doing this and doing it fucking well. Said machine was called Fearless Fred for a bit, then (with no explanation as to the change) Charles. “In charge” of him were, respectively, THE KRANKIES, ANDREW O’CONNOR and JIMMY CRICKET. PAT COOMBS and JIM BOWEN cranked the handle from time to time. And told a few jokes to boot.