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What makes me Laugh

Some may well be wondering just what I find to be funny or amusing, well I love clever wordplay and inventive insults that make good use of the delights of the English language Boris Johnson, the current Mayor of London is a talented wit.

• Last year, when the London assembly voted not to debate Johnson’s budget amendment and requested that he leave the hearing, he berated them as “great supine, protoplasmic invertebrate jellies“. Once again choosing jelly (see Clegg, above) as his insulting noun of choice, he qualified it with no less than four adjectives. Great, meaning large; invertebrate, meaning spineless (not like those spine-riddled jellies you get nowadays); supine, meaning inactive (again, not to be confused with those jellies you see hard at work, doing press-ups and the like) and protoplasmic – an especially odd choice of adjective for a jelly, as protoplasm is the colloidal liquid from which cells are formed.


I am very much inclined to thinking that Johnson is channelling Oscar Wilde in his put downs and insults and it should surprise no one that Wilde is also right up there on my list of great wits and masters of the Queen’s English. However when it comes to contemporary humorists and purveyors of satire  my tastes are very eclectic and largely apolitical. While I certainly do like social commentators like Pat Condell I also enjoy  ardently left wing comedians like Alexi Sale. In many ways I’m pretty old school when it comes to comedy and satire, The Goons, the Goodies  and Monty Python are utterly classic prototypes for good humour as far as I am concerned. They all managed to produce satire and and clever jokes that are largely immune to being dated the way that many contemporary stand up routines that focus on politics become dated.

Cheers Comrades


1 Comment

  1. GD says:

    While I also share your appreciation of fine British humour, I also find Australian politics quite funny..or is that tragic?

    To wit, the leftoid meltdown as Tony Abbott does what he said he would do: turn back the boats.

    Sarah Hansen-Young is spewing that Abbott’s decision may endanger lives.

    When the Labor/Greens government’s policy led to the drowning of over one thousand people, Sarah Two Fathers’ comment was ‘accidents happen’.

    Pressed on whether her party accepted any responsibility for the tragedy, Senator Hanson-Young said: “Well, of course not. Tragedies happen. Accidents happen”.

    And now Abbott and Pine are re-aligning the school curriculum from the leftards’ idea of an ‘education revolution’, one which resulted in lots of unnecessary school halls being built and a ridiculous focus on ‘Asian, indigenous and sustainability issues’, regardless of the discipline, to a common sense approach to education. The 3Rs before ideology.

    The lefties are shrieking as if showered with holy water.

    Now that is funny.

    Remember, the Abbott government won by a vast majority.

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