Irish man who was butt of jokes on cruise ship wins payout
An Irish man who brought a civil claim against the owners of a cruise ship after he was the butt of jokes told by comedians on board two of its vessels has won an out-of-court payment. John Wolfe, 74, a retired builder from Dublin, claimed the jokes, which allegedly stereotyped Irish people, were deeply offensive and left him feeling humiliated. He complained to P&O after he and his wife Joan were on board a worldwide cruise on the Oriana five years ago and brought a claim against Carniva... [Read More]
Edinburgh fringe 2012 comedy roundup | The Observer
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Edinburgh fringe festival comedy special | The Guardian
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Monty Python's Life of Brian recreated for BBC comic drama
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