Late on a cold Saturday afternoon SCA Canterbury met at Lynn Williams’ studio to have a bit of a chuckle. Wine, food, music and warmth certainly didn’t hinder the hilarity. There were eight of us, Dianne, Sister Leonie, Dinie and her husband, Wim, Penelope, Tomascita, Lynn and her husband, Simon.
Sister Leonie is our patron and she always surprises us with a treat. This time it was a box of delicious cupcakes, decorated as chuckling girl and boy pirates.The idea was to share something funny and the offerings were as diverse as they were hilarious.
Dianne tickled us with Wendy Cope’s naughty poem, Reading Scheme, based on Janet and John and revolving around the activities of their Mum and the milkman. She later followed this up with a reading from Witi Ihimaera’s The Other Side of the Fence.
Penelope had two well- thumbed monologue and sketch books and she shared some classic advertisements from the fifties. Tomascita enchanted us with Gareth Owen’s poem, The Owl and the Astronaut.
When Sister was a child she was always given sad poems to say. When she asked meekly for a funny poem, Sister Rosalie said that Leonie did the sad ones much better. But Leonie showed Sister Rosalie on Saturday afternoon that she could do humour with the best of them when she read the short story, My Financial Career by Stephen Leacock. Stephen Leacock was a Canadian teacher, humourist and writer. He worked as a political scientist from 1910 – 1924 and was said to be the most read and quoted author in the world.
Sister Leonie amazed us by prefacing this reading with a number of her “sad poems”, all still perfectly memorised. Simon certainly made us chuckle with the Stand Up Comic, George Carlin’s hilarious piece on Stuff. Check it out on YouTube if you don’t know it.
Lynn shared a funny piece from A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka. It’s a fabulous book if you haven’t read it.
Dinie preferred to listen and to give the limelight to Wim. I think we would all agree that the comedy prize went to him. Wim has just retired, but he really should start a new career as a stand up comedian. He told the story of how his friend, Mark helped Wim to learn English when he arrived from Holland and of what adventures and misadventures there were along the way. His comic timing and use of pause couldn’t be faulted.
We all agreed that Laugh at Lynn’s was a lot of fun and we should do it again.
(With thanks to Lynn Williams for supplying us this story.)