A recent discussion on LinkedIn entitled 'Is there an international kind of humour?' had mixed views on whether humour could be 'international’ and someone demanded an example of a 'universal joke'. Here you go: Two planets meet in a cybercafé on the Milky Way. Says one: "Wow...you look awful today!" Says the other:"Right you are...I suffer from Homo Sapiens!" "Oh!" answers the first one: "Do not worry....they will disappear all by themselves after a short while!"
Aaaargh. Laugh? Smile anyhow?
What is generally understood by the term ‘comedy’ in the English-speaking world is the act or the discourse to entertain people and make them laugh - as in stand-up comedy. It's a tough business! Rehearsing too hard in this field will most probably ruin the spontaneity of your show as well as the interaction with the audience. Some say comedy cannot be learnt - you either have comic talent or you don't. The fostering of such talents is exactly what filmmaker Didier Chabi had in mind when he started ESC Berlin in 2010, located just a stone's throw away from the famous Eastside Gallery. This homely yet trendy arch right under the local tramline provides a platform for both local English-speaking comics as well as special guests such as the New Yorker Colin Kane and Jeffrey Ross, a.k.a. "The Roastmaster General", (both January 22) and Lois Bromfield who had her comeback on stage at ESC, 29 January.
"When I founded East Side Comedy Club last spring, it was an English-language stand-up comedy showcase featuring the best of local English-speaking stand-up comics in the Berlin underground comedy scene. Ever since I have been watching the growing process of the club translated through some line-ups of Hollywood stand-up comics such as Jeff Ross, Colin Kane and Lois Bromfield. However the aim isn't to provide big names but fun and laughter to all 'English-language-Lovers' in this town."
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