And the "Funniest Person in the World" is...?
The semifinalists at Hollywood's Laugh Factory on Friday! (Image: Naharnet)
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Here's an update on Hollywood's "Funniest Person in the World" competition!
Although two contestants, Nitin Mirani from the United Arab Emirates and Waddah Swar from Saudi Arabia, represented the Middle East amongst the competition's 10 semifinalists, it was Ismo Leikola from Finland who made the judging panel laugh their socks off at the finals in Las Vegas.
It was this joke, told by Ismo, that got the biggest laughs during the semifinals:
"Countries don't owe money to each other, countries owe money to banks. If the countries owe money to banks how stupid are the countries to pay. Like the country has an army. The bank has four cashiers and a cleaning lady." Ha ha!
One Arab funnyman did however come in third place! When the votes were counted Monday, Leikola had 158,945. In second place was Saad Haroon of Pakistan with 59,213.
Mustapha El Atrassi of France was third, Nitin Mirani of United Arab Emirates was fourth and Archie Bezos of Spain was fifth.
The funny competition was the brainchild of Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada. He believes that the competition, which he hopes to make an annual one, will show the world that if people from different countries laugh together they can set aside other differences, reported AP.
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