My, how the Brits have fallen. Thirty years ago, Monty Python revealed that they had discovered the funniest joke in the world. It was so funny, in fact, that a team of translators were working on snippets of the joke. The sketch begins somberly, and escalates in classic Python style, until the Colonel declares that one translator who saw two words together ended up in hospital for two weeks. For my money, it remains one of the better Python satires.
“Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other man pulls out his phone and calls emergency services.
He gasps to the operator: “My friend is dead! What can I do?” The operator in a calm, soothing voice replies: “Take it easy. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.”
There is a silence, then a shot is heard.
Back on the phone, the hunter says, “Ok, now what?”
To sum up: Monty Python – a joke that is lethal. Today’s British humor: a joke about someone getting killed. Just not the same, you know?