Entertainment May 23, 2012
Calvin Trillin On Being Funny

Calvin Trillin joins George to talk about animals, politicians, and why it's not always easy to be funny. Calvin's most recent book -- "Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin" -- looks at forty years of the long-time New Yorker writer's work and he explains to George that while funny is what he does, funny is not always what people think.

Calvin's in the red chair tonight, along with actor Dominic Monaghan.

In this clip, Calvin talks about...

Not being able to tell people something's funny
"You can't tell somebody 'oh, that was funny. You know, if the woman in the second row doesn't laugh then it's not funny to her and you can't say -- that's one of the reasons stand-up comics are so neurotic, although not the only reason -- you can't tell her 'madame, in the previous show, intelligent people such as yourself laughed hilariously at that joke.' She doesn't think it's funny. So there's nothing you can do about it. It's indefensible humour."

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