Key question: who is the joke on? or how do you 'deploy' the joke?
I'd have to add a random number generator to it, so repeated runs give differing answers.
What leading characters can you use to start a class name? I'd have expected it to require an alphabetic character, but clearly that's wrong on my part, since underscore works.
How about some look like hyphen characters, like an N-dash? would that work? perhaps some non-English character sets have things that look like a hyphen. Maybe a typesetting minus sign, which is not a hyphen.
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Were you really a comedian? How did you develop such a wit? I find you and the other Marc to be the finest pair of wits at javaranch.
Originally posted by Chunnard Singh II: Were you really a comedian? ...
Well, not a funny one. I performed at least weekly through 1985, but that's not very long for stand-up. Most of that time, I was experimenting with different personas -- most of which didn't work very well. (Tom Arnold once told me my act was "too dirty." ) One character I tried briefly was the "bad comedian," where the joke was that no one other than the comedian himself thought the material was funny. (How instructive is that?) Anyway, the main club I was using changed owners, and I decided that would be a good time to take a break. For some reason, I never went back.
If I were to try it again now, I think I would take a more "literary" approach -- kind of like Spalding Gray's monologues, or William S. Burroughs' satiric readings. For one thing, I'm not 20 anymore. And more importantly, I have a better idea of who I'm not.