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Pulling no punch lines: 'Humor Me' director and his Delray Beach dad

Pulling no punch lines: 'Humor Me' director and his Delray Beach dad

Early on in their relationship, Sam Hoffman’s wife had some advice for him to consider the next time they were at a dinner party or family function: It’s OK to slow down, chew your food and swallow it before dropping the punch line to a joke into the conversation. The line can wait. No need to rush.

“I said, ‘I don’t know. That’s not how I was raised,’ ” Hoffman says, laughing.

A veteran director with numerous small and large-screen credits on his résumé, Hoffman comes from a long line of dinner-table comedians, multiple generations of siblings who didn’t allow a mouthful of food to get in the way of a perfectly timed gag. This family history helped to inform his...

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