This is one of my favorite joketeller bios of the year.
Jesse Cohen’s son David writes, “Dad’s always had an interesting sense of humor. I was having a party in my backyard for my tenth birthday. He told me that my Cousin Susie came in for the occasion. I was confused; I didn’t even know I had a Cousin Susie. He informed me she was a distant relation and went to get her. Dad walked back in holding hands with a chimpanzee. ‘Meet Susie,’ he deadpanned, introducing the diapered chimp. My friends went nuts – and so did Susie. She screeched, ripped off her diaper – and took a large dump in the middle of my backyard. Unfazed, Dad said, ‘I told her not to adlib. Oh well, let’s just put a candle in it and sing Happy Birthday.’”