It is common knowledge by this time that the chattier of the around town columnists do little more than editorial work on the precious little tid-bits sent them by around town press agents. So much for Joe McCarthy's weekly column in the Hearst Sunday supplement. Mr. McCarthy is the first to admit it. And so much for this whole collection of ""bright sayings of clever adults and smart children heard over the years"". This is a joke book and most of the jokes, categorized ""Kids"", ""Family Life"", ""Wives"", ""Doctor Oh, Doctor!"", ""Teen Agers"", ""Religions and the Religious"", etc., are not terribly good. The prose has the turgidity of that little feature which the Daily News most inappropriately titles ""Bright Remarks"". Among the contributors: James Thurber, Frank Parker (he's the ""witty tenor""). Betty Ann Grove, Irving Rudd (Irving Rudd?), Walter Breunan, and Clyde Fitch. Overheard at Gertrude Stein's table in El Phynque: ""What's so funny?