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Brian Reade attempts a Langdon

Note: a Langdon is the term for the classic joke format exemplified by this joke, printed in The Friday Thing:

It's been revealed that Russell Crowe's prize possession is his bull, Herbie. The wild-eyed beast is known for its uncontrollable aggression, wild snorts and constant rutting. Herbie on the other hand is quite placid.

(A-ha-ha-ha. You thought we were talking about the bull! Well we weren't!)

12 July 2003

Brian Reade, the Daily Mirror columnist, fancies himself as a bit of a liberal. He idolizes Michael Moore, he is sickened by the antics of Bush n Blair, and swings his pen mightily against the iniquities of racism and bigotry. On Thursday, for example, he slipped in a quick rant about Jim Davidson and his 'dumb stereotypical' black character, Chalkie.

Brian hates dumb stereotypes. So whatever possessed the man to craft this joke - on the subject of Stephen Hawking's recent visit to Stringfellow's nightclub:

'I'm no prude, and I don't like to ridicule men with severe
problems, but let's be honest. He is in his 60s, the sight of
him makes most women grimace, and the thought of him ogling
their naked bodies is enough to make them vomit. So what the
hell is Peter Stringfellow doing in a lap dance bar?'

Ah-ha-ha-ha. Very clever. We thought you were talking about
Professor Hawking when in fact you were talking about Peter
Stringfellow all along! Brilliant. However, what Brian seems
not to have noticed is that for this 'joke' to work, all of the
appalling qualities he so wittily attributes to Stringfellow have
to apply to Hawking too. Brilliant. The man has Motor Neurone
Disease. Nice one, Brian.

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