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The last bastion

Compiled by SUBHASH JEYAN

EDINBURGH'S FRINGE FESTIVAL: Making humour truly international. PHOTO: AP

EDINBURGH'S FRINGE FESTIVAL: Making humour truly international. PHOTO: AP  

Comedians from round the world have descended on Edinburgh's Fringe festival, believing they have what it takes to make humour truly international. American comic Dave Fulton, thinks he has found the perfect solution; mocking every country he has ever been to.

"Humour is invariably translatable. It is all about recognition and surprise, and stand-up comedy is the last bastion of free speech," he told Reuters after mocking fellow Americans as much as the rest of the world in his high-octane gig. After working around the world, Irish comedian Dara O Briain has come up with what he believes could be the routine that crosses all frontiers. "I do one about swimming badly with dolphins. That seems to work on all five continents. It clearly taps into the primeval," he said. Over 16,000 performers will be giving nearly 30,000 performances in the show, the world's largest arts festival, which will go on till August end.