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Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 10/22/2011

Read this: Will Ferrell; the Yes Men; Gertrude Stein


(Bret Hartman for The Washington Post)


“If there’s 25 or 30 percent, even 40 percent, that don’t get it, that tickles us almost more than the 60 percent that are laughing.”




Will Ferrell on his favorite kind of comedy — which, writes Paul Farhi, explains why you might not get this year’s winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.



In other news: The Yes Men — known for their merry left-wing pranks on corporate America — try to mentor young activists, reports David Montgomery. Their tricks are funny, but do they actually succeed at advancing their causes? . . . Gertrude Stein — shallow self-promoter, lousy writer, and subject of a fascinating new exhibit, says Philip Kennicott.

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