Why comedy is harder for women...

WTF: Weekly Trivia File

  • Bill Bailey says of how the hung parliament is resolved: ‘It goes to a Royal dance-off, The Queen puts on some drum and bass and shouts “dance, Crack-Monkeys!”’

  • Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus unveiled her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week – only to find they’d misspelled here name. It said ‘Luis’ instead of ‘Louis’ and missed out the hyphen, ‘It’s a great metaphor for show business,’ she said. ‘Right when you think you've made it, you get knocked down.’ The star will now be remade.

  • Jenny Éclair says her most embarrassing moment was having her tampon fall out while on stage. She recalls: ‘I had leggings on and suddenly felt it creeping down my leg. I had to run off stage… I had to tell the audience the truth. People often ask why comedy is harder for women and the reason is because a tampon will sometimes fall out when you’re on stage.’

  • John Cleese passed away in his sleep on April 25 – at least according to Wikipedia, which killed him off prematurely.

  • Shappi Khorsdandi: ‘I am violently against bum cracks. I get terribly upset seeing a big fat bum hanging out of low-slung jeans on girls. Very often I’ll be in a bar trying to enjoy my Tia Maria and coke and see this fat thing that reminds me of what goes on in toilets frankly, and it makes things awkward.’

  • Have I Got News For You has got through three carpets in its 20-year run.

  • Victoria Wood fans are an erudite lot, if this email that Chortle received from Amazon is anything to go by. ‘As someone who has purchased or rated books by Victoria Wood, you might like to know that Some British Empiricists In The Social Sciences, 1650-1900 (Raffaele Mattioli Lectures) is now available.’

  • Comic Will Smith was unimpressed by The Sun’s front page this week evoking Barack Obama’s posters to back David Cameron. ‘Dear The Sun, Cameron is to Obama what Jive Bunny is to Elvis,’ he Tweeted.

  • Comedians are almost universally tortured, and not even redeemed like normal writers are by being ‘deep.’ Sarah Silverman

SOURCES: Twitter, Mirror, Sunday Mirror, Wikipedia, Mirror, Daily Mail, Chortle, Twitter, Sarah Silverman: The Bedwetter

Published: 7 May 2010

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