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Wednesday, May 24, 2006 

Regional laughs

Excellently insightful article on British comedy vs. German comedy by Stewart Lee; I don't think much of the jokes included at the end, for the most part, but the one he was told when he got to Germany* is devastatingly good, and although I've never been there I know enough about the German language to believe his points.



*On my first night in Hannover I had gone out drinking with some young German actors. "You will notice there are no old buildings in Hannover," one of them said. "That is because you bombed them all." At the time I found this shocking and embarrassing. Now it seems like the funniest thing you could possibly say to a nervous English visitor.

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