A ventriloquist on a UK tour was going down great guns in the Grand Opera House
in Belfast with a string of jokes about the Welsh, the Scots, the English and
'Now,' he said, 'to finish off, I'm sure you won't mind if I tell a joke about
the people here.'
At this point a rather large gentleman got up in the front circle and said: 'We'll
have none of that. We are not as stupid here as people think we are.'
'Don't worry, sir,' said the ventriloquist, 'I can assure you that the joke will
not be in the least offensive.'
'I'm not talking to you,' said the heckler, 'I'm talking to that wee fella on