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We Come in Peace

We Come in Peace Keith Skipper and Friends, Marina Theatre, Lowestoft   Review published in Eastern Daily Press, 2 June 2014 and Lowestoft Journal, 6 June 2014 The squire of squit travels abroad Norfolk folk legend Keith Skipper braved the perils of foreign travel leaving his natural habitat to bring local squit, mirth, stories, dusty jokes across the border into Suffolk. Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre hosted ‘Skip’ and friends Sheilah Olley, Pat Nearney, Danny Patton and the ‘sit-down comic’, Colin Burleigh. Suffolk man Ian Prettyman showed the truly inter-county flavour of the mission. Songs from our shared East Anglian sea and farming past and jokes about aging were interspersed with poems and ditties, letters, wisecracks and accounts of mardles from village pumps to high streets, current affairs and old adventures. Timeless Singing Postman songs enriched a warmhearted, generous afternoon … Read entire article »

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Humour In the Most Unlikely Places Can Be the Funniest of All

Intentional or not, there is comedy where people least expect it, and that can be lucrative in the arts, business or just keeping everybody’s spirits up. Man is inventive, creative and enjoys humour. Even the Bible is full of humorous devices like irony, puns, wordplays and sarcasm. From the office joker, to the stand up comedian, the circus clown to government directive that’s laughably unbelievable, people find something to laugh about in almost every circumstance. Humour in Enterprise Finding and creating a comical business enterprise can sell. Special occasion cards, wind-up and prank calls and messages, role-playing at parties – these have all been successful business ventures. Geoff Williams from Loveland, Ohio is one of a number of writers pointing out the financial benefits for companies … Read entire article »

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The Bible as an Unexpected Source of Humour

Comedy, parody, sarcasm, wordplays, puns, irony are not the first Bible elements that spring to mind as literary devices, but they’re all there, and more. According to Practical Dreamers Drop-In Centre‘s Evan R Lewis ‘checks scriptures for jocular materials’ making connections, noting what was funny 3000 years ago, may not seem such today. He argues comic texts must be fictitious, not sober historical reporting, containing surprise or shock that make a point beyond expected ridiculous, irrational or exaggerated behaviour, which is the essence of basic comedy. Jonah is a prime candidate, he argues: it’s parody, funny because here is a prophet behaving in an un-prophet like way telling God what God should have done. Old Testament Sarcasm, Derisive Amusement Friedman’s and Stern’s … Read entire article »

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