Heard the one about the joke writer?

Joker: Gary Rowley
Joker: Gary Rowley
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AND from amateur comedians hoping to be a success to an amateur joke book writer who is fast becoming one. And that’s no jest.

Barnsley salesman Gary Rowley released his debut tome of 1001 tummy-ticklers in September. And after selling some 900 copies and receiving 22 five-star customer reviews on Amazon (“not all written by my family,” he notes), the 54-year-old is to release his follow-up effort this week.

It includes another load of self-penned and self-proclaimed terrible gags.

“After the first went down so well, I thought it would be a shame not to do one for Christmas,” says the father-of-two of, Aldham House Lane, Wombwell. “After all, people like to tell jokes at this time of year.”

So, prepare to potentially hear this one-liner over the turkey: “Ghosts: why don’t they get a life?”

Or: “Wayne Rooney has injured his calf. Animal rights campaigners are furious.”

Erm..ba-bum. Is this thing on? Try the fish. Etc etc.

“They’re cheesy cringe-worthy jokes,” says Gary. “I don’t deny that. But I think people love daft harmless humour. If it goes well again I’ll definitely bring a third out. It’s something I’d like to do for a living. Making people laugh is what I love doing.”

That’s Terrible 2 is self-published and available on Amazon from Friday.