When i went to China, trying to describe stand-up comedy to locals was a communication meltdown.
“Ok, so there are a lot of people sitting and watching me and I tell jokes.”
Blank stares. Blinking. I try a different angle.
“Ok, I have a microphone, you know, a microphone? It makes my voice very loud. I hold the microphone, then I talk and all the people laugh.”
Horrified looks. A woman takes my hand and leans in close. “I so sorry.”