The second half of a theatre performance is usually an emotionally deep affair. To prepare the audience to re-enter the everyday world outside, I often end with a joke.
Last night at Gostner Theater in Nuremberg, I told them this – one which shows the importance of having a really good tailor.
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Discussing the story earlier on the Storytell listserv, one friend (not surprisingly) commented that “it takes a lot of balls to tell this”.
Another told me he remembered hearing the same story 40 years ago on the school playground. Yes, such jokes are an important part of our oral heritage!
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