Why Are They Laughing?

In February of last year, Joel and I performed at the Montreal Improv as part of the Venezuela and Friends event. A video of a small portion of our set, “The Evening Planner” (a play of considerable literary merit), was uploaded to YouTube by one half of Venezuela (one person, not 13 million). By the next Monday, all of my coworkers had seen the video and so naturally my credibility was irreparably undermined. (I would leave the job within a month.) One young woman played the video in the office and, as she watched, asked earnestly,  “Why is the audience laughing?”


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