Actually it wasn't a career. While either a freshman or sophomore at Castleton State College — motto: “We've never heard of you either” — I submitted maybe two jokes.
Neither was accepted. Perhaps they were too wry.
In any case, it's too bad my ribald humor stylings got shot down. I seem to recall the magazine paid 50 bucks for jokes it printed on the back of the centerfold. In 1970s dollars, that was real money.
I have never met anyone who claimed to have actually sold a joke to that publication. But for all I know, Spokane is home to many such individuals.
Though I can see downplaying that as one grew older and possibly wiser.