Archive for May 29th, 2009

Dulce Et Decorum Est

Laughter in a war zone – The Irish Times – Thu, May 28, 2009

IN COMEDY , of course, respect only extends so far. A few years ago I asked Irish stand-up Ed Byrne (who has featured in previous Cat Laughs) what sort of audience British squaddies were.

“Rough, it’s gotta be said,” he replied. “I told them they could heckle me all they wanted, because in a week they’d still be there, whereas I’d be back home with my 21-year-old girlfriend! There was a massive cheer and they were great after that.”

Jesus, imagine you’re in a war zone and they lay on Ed Byrne for entertainment! It’s a testament to the civility, tolerance, discipline and endurance of the British Army that Byrne’s appearance did not kick off a massive bout of fragging in the ranks.

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