Revolutionary Humor

Heard the one about the storming of the Bastille? Apparently, one of the last prisoners in the famous royal jail suffered from the delusion that he was Julius Caesar. Picture this momentous turning point of the French Revolution, punctuated by "possibly the greatest anticlimax in all history ... a decrepit old boy saying ... 'Did you know I came, I saw and I conquered?'" Ba-da-bum. O.K., it might not generate the laughs author Mark Steel gets in his stand-up routine, but that's not what he's trying to do in his new book, Vive La Revolution: A Stand-Up History of the French...

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