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Explaining A Joke

Performance, 2009

When you explain a joke, does it stop being a joke?


An event that happened in Turkish State Tv in the 1980s: Ersin İmer, who presented meteorological news on a cold winter day, ended the news wishing the audience ‘frostless nights.’ However, In Turkish the word frost has another meaning: underwear...

Işıl Eğrikavuk and Jozef E. Amado's performance work ’Explaining a Joke‘ is based on this case and examines the im(possibility) of explaining a joke in different cultural and language contexts. The work was performed at the 2009 International Performance Studies conference in Zagreb.

All image credits: Işıl Eğrikavuk & Jozef E. Amado, Explaining A Joke, Performance, 2009.

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