新概念英语－听录音，并回答问题Who made the only funny joke that evening and why?
新概念英语 - 小编笔记
新概念英语 - 教材原文
People will do anything to see a free show -- even if it is a bad one. When the news got round that a comedy show would be presented at our local cinema by the P. and U. Bird Seed Company, we all rushed to see it.
We had to queue for hours to get in and there must have been several hundred people present just before the show began. Unfortunately, the show was one of the dullest we have ever seen.
Those who failed to get in need not have felt disappointed, as many of the artistes who should have appeared did not come. The only funny things we heard that evening came from the advertiser at the beginning of the programme.
He was obviously very nervous and for some minutes stood awkwardly before the microphone. As soon as he opened his mouth, everyone burst out laughing.
We all know what the poor man should have said, but what he actually said was: 'This is the Poo and Ee Seed Bird Company. Good ladies, evening and gentlemen!"
新概念英语－单词和短语slip n. 小错误
comedy n. 喜剧
present v. 演出；adj. 出席，到场的
queue v. 排队
dull adj. 枯燥，无味
artiste n. 艺人
advertiser n. 报幕员
人们总要想尽办法看不花钱的演出——哪怕是拙劣的演出。 当“皮尤”鸟食公司将在我们当地影院演出喜剧节目的消息传开后， 我们都赶紧跑去观看。