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  1. ‘Tickling Giants’: The Story of the Meteoric Rise of Egypt’s Jon Stewart […]Occasional Daily Show guest and one-time member of the Time 100 Influential Persons of the Year Bassem Youssef is more than just a late night […]
  2. Going Viral in Beijing and Other Adventures of an Aspiring American […]You’re about to graduate from college. You don’t know what you want to “do with your life,” but you know you want to “do” comedy. So what do […]
  3. Who Lives Like That? The Most Absurd Aspirational Ads Out ThereThis #NoBollocks content was produced in partnership with Newcastle Brown Ale. If you enjoy this article, won’t you be a doll and watch a TV […]
  4. Your Summer Road Trip: Some of the Best Comedy Clubs in the U-S-of-AContent series are produced in partnership with our sponsors. This edition is brought to you by Bing. $(’.slug […]
  5. The Least Alienating Political Comedian, Unless You’re the Current Italian […]Parma, Italy: the birthplace of Parmesan cheese and the modern Italian’s “Stalingrad.” For those of you non-history buffs, Stalingrad was a […]
  6. (Some of) The Muslims Behind ‘The Muslims Are Coming!’Did I say Muslims? I meant comedians. Comedians who also happen to be Muslim. They also have a Kickstarter campaign for a feature documentary […]
  7. JayHind! A Barrel of Lakhs for IndiaIn India, the expression “Jai Hind” usually functions as a patriotic salutation to the homeland. Like L’Chaim, but instead of “to life,” it’s […]
  8. Live From Seoul, It’s Saturday Niiiiiiight!On December 3, 2011, South Korea got its first taste of this famous sentence. With its affinity for broad physical comedy and variety shows, […]
  9. Talking to You Laugh But It’s True Director David Paul MeyerLast year, Comedy Tourism checked in with the red-hot stand-up comedy scene of South Africa. Three years earlier in 2008, then-film student […]
  10. The Ex-Pat Revolutionaries of EstoniaAn American, Australian and an Estonian walk into a bar… This may sound like the lead-in to a joke about general stereotypes, but it is […]
  11. An Idiot Abroad Recap: ‘Whale Watching’At the mid-point of Season 2, I found myself actually agreeing with Karl for the first time. Each week, I am usually filled with the greenest […]
  12. An Idiot Abroad Recap: ‘Swimming with Dolphins’In which our intrepid traveler never actually swims with marine mammals. I would normally invoke the “spoiler alert” were this plot twist not […]
  13. An Idiot Abroad Recap: ‘Trans-Siberian Express’Whether Karl Pilkington is the so-called idiot Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant insist on reminding us he is, or he is a brilliant comedic […]
  14. The Cuban Comedy (Non-)CrisisWhy are there no swimming pools in Cuba? Because everyone who knows how to swim has already left the island. This barb entitled “Swim […]
  15. That Wacky Foreigner Said WHAT? The Comedy of Culture ClashSponsored posts are purely editorial content that we are pleased to have presented by a participating sponsor — in this case, […]
  16. 11 Comedy Tourist Destinations of 2011It’s been almost a year since I first invited the readers of Splitsider to join me in asking “what is the deal with international comedy?” […]
  17. 2011: The Year of Women in Sitcoms, at Least According to the Liberal MediaMan Up! Last Man Standing. Two and a Half Men. In my day, it was Three Men and they didn’t even need a woman to raise a baby. These days, […]
  18. Klovn Your Enthusiasm: The Many Layers of Discomfort in Danish HumorThere certainly is something rotten in the state of Denmark: the dark and twisted Danish sense of humor. So-called “Danish Humor” gained […]
  19. Those Clowns Down in PeruAmericans may be familiar with Peru as home to the breathtaking Machu Picchu, or perhaps as a bordering nation to Lake Titicaca. But, the […]
  20. Bhutan, a Big Wooden Phallus, and the Secret to HappinessPicture, if you will, a wooden phallus resting atop your head. Imagine using this phallus for a traditional house-blessing ceremony. Then […]
  21. Can I Finnish?Geographically, Finland is sandwiched between two countries that could not be more different. Its neighbor to the left Sweden took first dibs […]
  22. The Evolution of the Sitcom FamilyThe sitcom is a format difficult to define in detail but instantly recognizable when we see it. The field is broad, as is often the comedy. It […]
  23. Egypt’s Ancient Comedy HistoryHave you heard the one about the bored Pharoah? It’s literally one of the oldest jokes in the book, or the papyrus scroll in this case. It […]
  24. Better Living Through Hilarity: Looking at the Healing Power of Laughter […]When approaching the idea that “laughter is the best medicine,” I proceed with a healthy dose of skepticism. But when the idea is expanded to […]
  25. Stand-Up, CroatiaIf the cerulean waters of the Adriatic Sea aren’t enough to compel you to visit Croatia, then perhaps a burgeoning comedy scene will tip your […]
  26. Looking at Hong Kong HumorThe Chinese have no sense of humor. At least that’s what the title of a recent study published in the October 2011 issue of HUMOR would have […]
  27. Eleven Non-English Humor Publications (In No Particular Order)Different approaches to satire do not translate well across national borders, nor often does the subject matter. But if ever there were a case […]
  28. Belgium: The Kingdom of ComicsFlemish humor. Sounds like a joke about my imminent Sinus infection from all this rain, right? Now that you’ve indulged me my one terrible pun, […]
  29. Commedia All’Italiana: Comedy, Italian-StyleA confluence of economic prosperity, skilled directors, screenwriters at the top of their game and equally gifted actors created a perfect […]
  30. Putting the Laffs in LaffghanistanTo say Afghanistan has had a rough go of it since the late 1970’s, is to guarantee an F on your Intro to International Relations term paper. […]
  31. Singlish, Subversion and the Singaporean SitcomFor a country as small as Singapore, they sure like their humor broad, at least when it comes to their sitcoms. Although much of Singapore’s […]
  32. How To Be a Comedy Tourist at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival […]Plenty of comedy festivals tack on the word “international” to the end of their titles, but usually the worldliest name on their roster hails […]
  33. American Exports: The Top 10 Highest-Grossing Comedies OverseasThe rest of the world just doesn’t understand our humor. In a recent article in the LA Times, it was reported that studio fat cats are […]
  34. The Comedy Central of CameroonDid you know the Comedy Central of Cameroon is a Facebook app? It all started when Facebook developer Mohamed Ahmed Felata recognized the […]
  35. Coluche: The Tragic Arc of France’s Boundary-Pushing Comic ConscienceC’est moche, c’est sale, c’est dans le vent: it’s ugly, it’s dirty, it’s going to happen. It’s difficult for me to stand by this translation […]
  36. Arabian Comedy NightsWho knew the home to Mecca was also a new mecca for comedy in the Middle East? Much like many of its neighbors, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is […]
  37. Inside the Spanish Version of Saturday Night Live That Aired on ThursdaysOne week off from Comedy Tourism and I get scoops-i-daisied by Splitsider herself. Lesson learned. In past CT’s I’ve written about American […]
  38. Inside South Africa’s Young Comedy SceneWhat is the deal with international comedy? Join me each week to ask that very question in Comedy Tourism as I explore different trends and […]
  39. The Backlash Against Brazil’s Anti-Humor LawWelcome to beautiful Rio de Janeiro. Home to the world-famous Carnvial, Christ-the-Redeemer, Stan Getz’s Ipanema, caiprihinas, samba! And also […]
  40. Exploring the International Franchises of The OfficeWhat is the deal with international comedy? Join me each week to ask that very question in Comedy Tourism as I explore different trends and […]
  41. The Absurd Mayorship of Jón Gnarr, Iceland’s Comedian PoliticianWhat is the deal with international comedy? Join me each week to ask that very question in Comedy Tourism as I explore different trends and […]
  42. The Myth of Universal HumorWhat is the deal with international comedy? Join me each week to ask that very question in Comedy Tourism as I explore different trends and […]
  43. The Moustache Brothers and the Risky Act of Doing Comedy in BurmaWhat is the deal with international comedy? Join me each week to ask that very question in Comedy Tourism as I explore different trends and […]
  44. Inside KVN, Russia’s Mega-Popular Comedic Talent ShowWhat is the deal with international comedy? Join me each week to ask that very question in Comedy Tourism as I explore different trends and […]
  45. Parazit: Iran’s Subversive Comedy News ShowWhat is the deal with international comedy? Join me each week to ask that very question in Comedy Tourism as I explore different trends and […]
  46. Yoshimoto and the Business of Comedy in JapanWhat is the deal with international comedy? Join me each week to ask that very question in Comedy Tourism as I explore different trends and […]
  47. Looking for Comedy Under Communist Rule in East GermanyWhat is the deal with international comedy? Join me each week to ask that very question in Comedy Tourism as I explore different trends and […]
  48. Searching for Comedy in Libya, or, Did You Mean: Lesbian Comedians?What is the deal with international comedy? Join me each week to ask that very question in Comedy Tourism as I explore different trends and […]
  49. Israel’s Eretz Nehederet: What a Wonderful SatireWhat is the deal with international comedy? Join me each week to ask that very question in Comedy Tourism as I explore different trends and […]
  50. Welcome to Gabrovo, Bulgaria’s Comedy Capital and Favorite PunchlineWhat is the deal with international comedy? Join me each week to ask that very question in Comedy Tourism as I explore different trends and […]
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