OLD MAN FUNNY
Maugham laughed at the smartass remark, and then said, “Man, I wish I were as naturally funny as you.”
“Natural, hell,” Steinthal answered shaking his head. “My old man bred it into me. Nothing natural about that.”
Maugham looked at his friend quizzically.
“Seems like to me,” Maugham said almost reprovingly. “That there is everything natural about that.”
Steinthal looked at his friend as if considering what he had said.
“Yeah, you got a point I guess,” Steinthal replied. “But you’d just have to know my old man. He bred funny.”
from The Detective Steinthal