March 21, 2015

THE PRE-MODERNISM OF POST-MODERNISM:

Dead Parrot sketch is 1,600 years old (Stephen Adams, 13 Nov 2008, tHE tELEGRAPH)

A classic scholar has proved the point, by unearthing a Greek version of the world-famous piece that is some 1,600 years old.

A comedy duo called Hierocles and Philagrius told the original version, only rather than a parrot they used a slave.

It concerns a man who complains to his friend that he was sold a slave who dies in his service.

His companion replies: "When he was with me, he never did any such thing!"

The joke was discovered in a collection of 265 jokes called Philogelos: The Laugh Addict, which dates from the fourth century AD.

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