Janey Godley was all excited to meet Joan Rivers for the first time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. And when it happened, the first words out of Rivers' mouth were an insult. For Godley, it was perfect.
"Our American Cousin" was a British melodrama that poked fun at uncouth Americans. When it came to the United States, a rewritten version turned it into a farce that mocked pompous Brits. But for 150 years, no one wanted to laugh at the play Abraham Lincoln watched on the night he died.
Back in 1997 Eddie Izzard took the stage in France and did an entire set of stand-up in French. It wasn't funny, he admits, but it was the start of a career goal to do stand-up in as many languages as possible. Eddie comes on the World in Words podcast this week to talk about language learning and translating humor.