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Risky gamble pays off: lecturer’s attempted joke leads to genuine laughter

It’s all in the name of comedy.

Shocking the entire student population, reports have confirmed that a lecturer’s joke received actual unfeigned laughter in a class on Friday morning. The 9am lecture featured 34 bleary eyed maths students and one aspiring comedian: Professor Ed Campbell. 

“I first got into comedy through open mics and club nights, but I heard that you’re not a real comedian until you’ve landed a joke in the middle of a Geometry lecture.” said Campbell. “They say if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.”

Allegedly, Campbell has been preparing this one joke for years. “It’s been difficult, climbing the ranks of academia to get to the comedic status I have now. About halfway through my master’s project, and 27k into debt, I wondered if what I was doing was really worth it, but I’m proud of what I’ve achieved. It’s all in the name of comedy.”

Unfortunately, Campbells’ department supervisor did not see the funny side of the situation. “When he told me he was writing a new set, this isn’t what I had in mind.”


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