France has been invaded several times and there’s a classic war joke:
Q: Why do the French have so many civil wars?
A: So that they can win one.
English actor and comedian John Cleese (a founding member of the Monty Python comedy troupe) has told the joke many times. “‘Why did the French have so many civil wars? So that they could win one...’ - John Cleese” was cited on Twitter on October 8, 2009.
Wikipedia: John Cleese
John Marwood Cleese, (/ˈkliːz/; born 27 October 1939), is an English actor, comedian, writer, and film producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. In the late 1960s, he co-founded Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the sketch show Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the four Monty Python films: And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.
Petter Andre Ådland
“Why did the French have so many civil wars? So that they could win one...” - John Cleese
4:36 PM - 8 Oct 2009
Daily Nexus (University of California, Santa Barbara)
John Cleese Leaves UCSB Laughing
April 4, 2011 at 12:06 am by Erika Martin
Legendary British actor John Cleese graced Campbell Hall with his comedic styling yesterday as part of a week-long free event series hosted for students by UCSB’s Arts & Lectures department.
By John Cleese
New York, NY: Crown/Archetype
But then what about a joke like “Why do the French have so many civil wars?” Answer: “So they can win one now and again.” We don’t laugh because we hate the French, yet there is nevertheless a hard-edged quality here, as there is in all laughs that involve cultural stereotypes.
“Why do the French have so many civil wars? So they can win one now and again.” John Cleese #realtime
9:16 PM - 21 Nov 2014
The Huffington Post
John Cleese & Bill Maher Debate Political Correctness, Muse ‘You Can’t Make Jokes About Muslims, They’ll Kill You’
Sara C. Nelson
27/11/2014 17:10 | Updated 27 November 2014
Cleese complied, saying: “It’s so awful isn’t it. It starts out as a halfway decent idea and then it goes completely wrong.
“I used to go out and do these race jokes. I’d say ‘The French, you know, why did the French have so many civil wars? So they can win one now and again’.”
Why have the French had so many civil wars
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so they can win one now and again
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