23 July 2009

More standup comedy from Gordon Brown

The story about Ronald Reagan that Gordon Brown told at the TED conference the other day wasn’t the only one that got a laugh from the audience (see previous post).

He also had one about singer Amy Whitehouse and Nelson Mandela. It was a neat example of the puzzle-solution technique illustrated last week with clips from Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and William Hague.

Puzzle: “Amy Whitehouse said “Nelson Mandela and I have got a lot in common.

Solution: “My husband too has spent a long time in prison.”

But I was always taught that you shouldn't laugh at your own jokes, and this would surely have worked better if he hadn't done so.

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