Friday, July 13, 2007

The Pakistani joke was lame

I find the comedy of Conan O'Brein quite amusing, but his timing, wit, and punctuality really gives him a unique trade mark as a comedian...and it makes me literally laugh out loud.

My fellow Sri Lankan CAIR colleague Nabeel Jawahir posted this on facebook and I found it quite entertaining. Not just because of its comedic value...but it is very interesting to see the type of stereotypes which follow every human being on the planet earth.

To understand what I'm saying, Conan did a bit where he showed fake Euro coins. One of those coins made fun of the Ukraine, which provoked a lot of angry letters. Here's the interesting part: those letters were from the Ukraine. Conan had no idea that Late Night was aired in the Ukraine, and began to wonder where else he was on. You would think he could just ask NBC, but they won't tell him, because then they'd have to pay him more.

There is just one way to find out, and that is to viciously insult every nation in the world, and see which ones he gets letters from. So he basically made a stereotypical joke about every single country in the world.

I was sad to see that Sri Lanka didn't make the list - there is so much material on that island. But worst of all....the Pakistan joke was pretty pathetic. There are a lot things you could say about Pakistan, which will make Pakistanis laugh out loud.

The Middle East jokes were a bit redundant too. I guess the bottom line is, we're not promoting our own stereotypes enough for Conan and his team of writers to notice!

Here they are:

Afghanistan
The bad news is, there's a new article about everyone farming opium.
The good news is, you can't read.

Albania
The perfect getaway for people who love Kosovo, but hate the working phone service.

Algeria
It took you eight years to beat France.

Angola
Hey, call me when your life expectancy catches up with your inflation rate.

Azerbaijan
Believe it or not, you can use oil for more than just killing seals.

The Bahamas
It takes a lot of rum to forget your major export is crawfish.

Bahrain
A thriving centre of trade and culture... until 2000 BC!

Bangladesh
If you can hear this, your television isn't underwater. Congratulations!

Barbados
There simply isn't a more beautiful island... to sail by on your way to Jamaica.

Belarus
Clay, sand, and chalk: Your richest natural resources are what a toddler throws up after a big day at preschool.

Belgium
The only European country to never successfully invade Belgium.

Belize
Get your camera; they're paving a road!

Benin
Keep practicing those voodoo spells and maybe someday you'll be as rich as Rwanda.

Bhutan
So they took away your freedom of the press? Who needs it when your only headline is "Bhutan Continues to Suck?"

Bolivia
Remember kids, you must be at least nine years old to overthrow the government.

Bosnia & Herzegovina
Nothing spells a bright future like signing your peace accord in Dayton, Ohio.

Botswana
Diamonds are forever; too bad your people check out at 35.

Brunei
If there was ever an argument for the death penalty, it's chicken smuggling.

Bulgaria
So what if you misplaced a little weapons-grade uranium? The important thing is keeping track of all those hand-made doileys and goat hair rugs.

Burkina Faso
In the traditional tribal language, that's Burkina for "land of" and Faso for "people who want to get the hell out of Burkina Faso."

Burma
The bad news is, you've got rampant malaria. The good news is, it doesn't stop the kids from making those shirts.

Burundi
All that coffee in a country with no reason to wake up.

Cameroon
Not to be mistaken with the macaroon, a small, chewy cookie... with a longer life expectancy!

Canada
With massive overpopulation threatening the globe, Canadians maintain a population of less than 35 million. How do they do it?

Cape Verde
Millions visit your island nation... to refuel their planes!

Central African Republic
So bad, the gorillas learn sign language for "Poach me."

Chad
Good news: Ustad Ali Khan is headlining the Locust Plague Festival.

Chile
The good news is, it's finally legal to get a divorce. The bad news is, who gets the active volcano and who gets the 55,000 square miles of lifeless desert?

China
If you're gonna be in prison, it might as well be for no reason.

Colombia
You'll come for the enticing beauty of the Caribbean Sea. You'll stay because you've been kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a Dodge Dart.

Comoros
On a list of the world's purchasing power, you're ranked 222. Did I mention there are only 190 countries?

Democratic Republic of Congo
Where even a poor boy with no prospects can grow up to be run over by a presidential motorcade.

Republic of Congo
Without you, who would the elephants trample?

Costa Rica
Thanks for giving us a place to dump our potheads.

Cote D'Ivoire
Cocoa, sugar, and mass killings. Are you a country or a Willy Wonka nightmare?

Croatia
Congratulations on your candidacy for the European Union. Imagine, if that comes through, it could employ two, maybe three people.

Cuba
Where "high-tech" means you've got a radio on your homemade raft.

Cyprus
Where the Mediterranean climate makes it a joy to spend each day mining asbestos.

Czech Republic
The country that explains why Kafka never wrote a happy story.

Denmark
Too bad you can't build a warm, sunny day out of Legos.

Djibouti
Imagine how great life would be if you had the rich natural resources of Ethiopia.

Dominica
Where the national catchphrase is "I'm sorry, officer, I didn't mean to interrupt your armed robbery."

Dominican Republic
The perfect place for anyone who's ever asked themself "Where'd my car go?"

East Timor
It takes a lot to admit you live on the bad side of Timor.

Ecuador
Street crime is on the rise, so keep your ransom note in an inside pocket.

Egypt
Where priceless ancient statues and mummies are so close, you can fly to London and see them at the British Museum.

El Salvador
Where no resumé is complete without the phrase "Supervised six-person death squad."

Equatorial Guinea
Congratulations, you just discovered vast oil reserves... I mean, we just discovered vast oil reserves. *evil laugh*

Eritrea
You only have one TV station, but cheer up - it's got locust reports on the eights!

Estonia
Home of the European flying squirrel, the only Estonian mammal that's not an alcoholic.

Ethiopia
I can't do this one, let's move on.

Fiji
If you're visiting Fiji, you have to go snorkeling, 'cause it's the best way to flee cannibals.

Finland
We're so dumb, we can't wait to be insulted to send a meaningless postcard with a tire on the front.

You've had over 5,000 years of culture, and the world's most famous Finn is still Huckleberry.

France
You gave us the term "deja vu," as in "Wow, I have this weird feeling you've been obnoxious and arrogant before. Deja vu!"

(Wait a miniute, this is France, so I think I can't do just one.)

France
Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Gauguin, Manet: You're number one when it comes to great minds that died of syphilis.

Gabon
You have to question a country that grants five terms to a man called "President Bongo."

The Gambia
The only nation brave enough to say "Let those offshore oil reserves wait. We've got a good thing going with these peanuts and palm kernels."

Georgia
Where Europe meets Asia and says "Hey, why don't we both dump our crap here?"

Germany
The great 20th-century power that said, "Ditch Einstein, get Hasselhoff."

Ghana
The 'h' is silent, like a room full of people after you ask "What's worthwhile about Ghana?"

Greece
Big news: Historians now think the first marathon took place in August 490 BC, not September. That means nothing good has come out of Greece for a month longer than previously believed.

Grenada
When you're at the end of a grueling fifteen-hour day peeling the husks off nutmeg, remember this: without you, the world would have to sprinkle its eggnog with cinnamon.

Guatemala
Where the Mayans invented the zero, as in "What are the chances this shirt was made by someone over the age of eight? Zero!"

Guinea
Even guinea pigs have the good sense to claim they're actually from Peru.

Guinea-Bissau
The only book that mentions it is The Audubon Guide to Locusts.

Guyana
The Eskimos have sixty words for "snow." The Guyanans have eighty words for "dysentery."

Haiti
You just celebrated two hundred years of independence. Congratulations. Now make a wish and blow out your burning pile of tires.

Hungary
Sure, your next-door neighbour Austria was home to Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Schubert, and Freud, but don't forget, you make pretty good stuffed cabbage.

Iceland
I'm amazed you don't have a military. How do you protect your 85,000 square miles of uninhabitable land?

India
A nation so richly diverse, you can walk into a single neighborhood and find cholera, dengue fever, malaria, typhoid, and plague.

Indonesia
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of your first democratic election, in which apparently, everyone voted to never have another democratic election.

Iran
Just two more years 'til you have a nuclear warhead, and two years and a day 'til you use it on a woman holding a beer.

Ireland
You know, there's a wonderful old Irish legend that goes something like this: Once upon a time, many years ago, there was an Irishman who could hold down a job.

Israel
Hey, remember when life in Israel was vibrant and carefree? Man, that was the day.

Jamaica
Of course you've got an astronomical murder rate. You've had "No Woman No Cry" on repeat for 25 years.

Japan
Last century, you brutally defeated China and Russia. This century, you make Hello Kitty toasters.

Jordan
Thanks to your country's progress in human rights, now your citizens can choose which hand you cut off.

Kenya
It's a beautiful place to grow old, assuming you're one of the 2.3% of Kenyans who live to 65.

South Korea
Your biggest natural resource is coal, which gives dog a nice, smokey flavour.

Kyrgystan
If your country could afford vowels, you could spell "this place sucks."

Laos
You'll come for the early Asian ruins. You'll stay 'cause you've been stricken with avian bird flu.

Latvia
Your leading industries are textiles, heavy machinery production, and trading your daughters for second-hand American blue jeans.

Liberia
Are you bummed out 'cause your country has only 120 miles of paved road? Well, cheer up! Your 41-year life expectancy should give you plenty of time to see all of it.

Luxembourg
Come visit our country, but make sure you also have an afternoon activity.

Malawi
Just like Florida, except without the electricity, phones, drinkable water, or protection from roaming death squads.

Malaysia
Where the police cane you first, then ask for a bribe.

Maldives
You'll come for the tropical climate. You'll stay 'cause you've been eaten by tiger sharks.

Mali
What's that noise? People arguing in tribal languages over the last pile of ground nuts!

Marshall Islands
To write a joke about your country, we Googled it. No results were found.

Mexico
Look, there's an honest policeman! No, wait, they got him.

Monaco
Where Eurotrash goes to gamble away their facelift money.

Mongolia
Where Chinese freedom meets Siberian comfort.

Mozambique
The good news is, you only have the fourteenth highest death rate in the world.
The bad news is, you border numbers one, three, four, and seven.

Myanmar
Remember when your government was almost toppled by a pair of cigarette-smoking twelve-year-old twins who you thought were immortal? Man, you sure have come a long way since 2001.

Nepal
Home to eight of the world's highest peaks; nine if you count your unemployment rate.

The Netherlands
Congratulations, you've turned 500 years of culture into a pot joke.

New Caledonia
Still a world leader in beach erosion.

Nicaragua
Come learn about the heritage of your nanny.

Nigeria
Where children come first... in the draft.

Norway
Sweden has Ikea, Finland has Nokia... Hey Norway, what do you have? Nothing-kia!

Oman
As in "Oh man, I can't believe you cut my hand off for stealing an orange!"

Pakistan
Guess what? You're not worth jack-istan!

Palau
How do you enter Palau? Arrive in a national airport.
How do you leave Palau? Through a shark's colon.

Philippines
Mi casa es su landfill.

Poland
We'd write an insult about Poland, but they'd just send themselves the hate mail.

Romania
Come see our museum of the Middle Ages. We call it "Romania."

Russia
The perfect marriage of rampant corruption and tacky track suits.

St. Kitts and Nevis
You know, after you get through the shrinking population and the low birth rate, there's almost no one left to die during hurricane season.

Samoa
Kind of like Fiji, but without all the reasons to go there.

Saudi Arabia
You'll come for the history, you'll stay because they arrested your wife for accidentally showing her ankles.

Serbia
You tried ethnic cleansing; how about cleaning your armpits?

Sierra Leone
You fought for the British in World War I, now you're fighting for your first working toilet.

Slovakia
In 1993, Czechoslovakia was split into two seperate parts: Slovakia, and the good part.

Somalia
Plagued by decades of civil war. Come on, guys, there's plenty of rubble for everyone!

Spain
Five hundred years ago, you were a global superpower, and now you're not. Hmm, that's strange. Oh well, time for another four-hour nap!

Sweden
Your contributions to the world: crappy furniture and Stockholm Syndrome.

Syria
We haven't bombed you yet. Still, I'd hold off on any major construction projects.

Tajikistan
Congratulations, you're where Uzbekistanis go to feel better about themselves.

Trinidad & Tobago
The Siegfried & Roy of the Lesser Antilles.

Togo
You've got it all... and by "it all," I mean risk of both bacterial and protozoal diarrhea.

Turkey
Formerly the Ottoman Empire, whose greatest achievement was inventing a piece of furniture to rest your feet on.

Turkmenistan
Why don't more people give their children Turkmen names? I don't know, let's ask President Gurbanguly Berdymuhammedov.

Turks & Caicos
Where the national library is housed under the reception desk of a Sandals Resort.

Tunisia
Remember that scene in Star Wars when they're on that desert planet and they go into that bar with all those weird creatures? Guess what, that was filmed in Tunisia, and those weren't actors!

Uganda
Situated right between Rwanda and the Sudan. Jealous?

Uzbekistan
You've got a novel way to fight corruption: you don't have anything worth stealing!

United Kingdom
The sun never sets on the United Kingdom, and it never rose on British dentistry.

United Arab Emirates
You're remarkably tolerant on women's rights: you let them drive a car to their stoning.

Vanuatu
You have more than a hundred local languages; in other words, over a hundred ways to say "Hey, remember when Survivor was here?"

Vietnam
Come and reunite your sneakers with the eight-year-olds who made them.

3 comments:

Karen Dabdoub said...
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Karen Dabdoub said...

what an interesting, pathetic and loooooooooong set of "jokes" that aren't funny (most of them are lame)!!

Affad Shaikh said...

LOL, i agree, they were funnier when he said some, maybe the video clip would have been better(?)