FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA — FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Entertaining troops in Saudi Arabia should be a breeze after Bob Hope's tough Saturday audience.
Mr. Hope, in town to film a segment of his 1990 Christmas television special, kept a crowd of football players and teen-agers in stitches with his famous one-liners.
More than 300 people turned out at a high school football field to watch Mr. Hope introduce the Associated Press All-America college football team.
With a little help from cue cards, Mr. Hope introduced every player with a joke.
One hulking player ate three square meals a day, "and six round ones." Another player, "blocked more passes than Brooke Shields' mother."
Mr. Hope's Christmas special will air on NBC (Channel 2) at 10 p.m. Saturday.
Mr. Hope's crew filmed most of this year's special in the Bahamas, but chose South Florida for the football segment.
Why South Florida? Because Mr. Hope said he is enchanted by the warm Florida weather and, at one point, blew kisses at the sun saying, "You baby. You baby."
Mr. Hope's jokes went over well with the crowd -- mainly family and friends of the high school's students.
One woman's granddaughter plays in the school band, but she had another motive for Saturday's visit.
"I came to see him," she said. "Bob's been my favorite for years."