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Sleepless in Fulham: Rambling and gambling by David Young
Friday, 9 February 2007
The pun explained.
Topic: Misc.

I have had a couple of people tell me they don't get the joke I made in a recent post:

Tal  - I've just been in France with my uncle. He's got a sanctuary for animals ... all kinds of them. He's got a panther in there that's friends with him. He goes in the cage and gets right up close to it.

Me - Is his name 'Claude'?

For 'Claude' read 'clawed'. Come on folks - a Frenchman who gets in a panther's cage - this was too good to miss.

Friday, 9 February 2007 - 5:46 PM GMT

Name: "anonymous"

Errr David?

When you try to tell a joke it's awful and the rest of the time your writings produce nothing but hilarity.

In a way I quite admire you for at least standing up for what you believe in.

You are the King Knut (I don't think that's an anagram) of reason. Standing before all the facts on a variety of subjects only to be disproved every time. 

However, it is in your best interest to believe all that you believe. A world any different to the one in which you eek out an existence would not be survivable for you. 

You are not a scientist nor a politician. Don't presume so much. You just make yourself look silly-er.

Friday, 9 February 2007 - 5:52 PM GMT

Name: "anonymous"

And I would have said,

"Was he Claude?"


"Was Jean Claude?"

Timing and material. Two aspects of comedy you lack. 

Friday, 9 February 2007 - 10:15 PM GMT

Name: "David Young"


'Was he Claude?' is phonetically identical to 'Was he clawed?' and there would be no reason for him to look for the pun. Furthermore, it's not even grammatical. Tal was describing an on-going process in which his uncle in France habitually gets into the panther's cage, so to be apposite in tense, I would have to ask 'Has he been Claude?', which is crap. The question 'Was he Claude?' would be appropriate if Tal had told me that his uncle had climbed in the cage ONCE.

Friday, 9 February 2007 - 10:46 PM GMT

Name: "anonymous"

In comedy you have to break rules.

"Is his name 'Claude'?" doesn't scan and is too convoluted for a punchline. It also distracts the audience by use of the word name. The pun is in Claude/Clawed.

I can see that you won't understand what I am saying. Needless to say, a true comedian doesn't worry about grammar.

Paul Merton and a host of other London comedians will testify to that!

David Young doesn't do humour... or climatology... or politics.

Saturday, 10 February 2007 - 12:32 PM GMT

Name: "David Young"

Total rubbish. I stand by what I said before.

Monday, 12 February 2007 - 8:50 PM GMT

Name: "onlib"
Home Page: http://haha

"David Young" wrote:
Total rubbish. I stand by what I said before.

Yes.DY is never intentionataly funny.

Unintentionaly he's fucking hilarious.

However he is consistent....consistently wrong on every issue , poker , politics and the environment. Its incredible to witness his increasingly strident views on Iraq,GWB and climate in the face of almost complete evidence to the contrary. But his 1 in a million opposing voice would certainly be admired by John Stuart Mills.

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