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By prospect   July 2005

Harmonising EU comedyThis may be the twilight era of grand EU political ambitions, but great cultural plans are afoot elsewhere. A series for the BBC World Service will aim to “harmonise the humour of Europe.” The programme’s producer, Eugene Quinn, and a top British comedian will travel Europe testing the comedic taste in each country. The aim is to find one joke that all nations will find funny. Quinn has even been granted permission to tell the joke in the European parliament at the end of the year, to coincide with the end of Britain’s presidency. A “laughometer” will be…

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