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Brazilian comedy: a sign of the country's cultural clout

Young comic Danilo Gentili may be Brazil’s answer to Jon Stewart. For the generation that came before him, living under military dictatorship, mocking politicians could be life-threatening. But now the country is a prospering global giant, and this law student-turned-comedian has pioneered a new brand of political stand-up. Along with his comedy contemporaries, like Rafinha Bastos (who David Leonhardt of the New York Times recently named the most influential person on Twitter), Gentili is helping Brazil match economic weight…

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