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Title: 'A Man Without a Head Can Run Burma’
Date of publication: February 2008
Description/subject: "Burmese comedians’ political satire reveals how the people think and how their rulers live in fear... An American without legs can climb Mount Everest,” the American president said proudly at a gathering of statesmen. Immediately, the Russian president said, “A Russian without arms can swim across the Atlantic.” The other world leaders were stunned by the two statements. But the leader of Burma came to the rescue: “In my country, a man without a head can run the country for 20 years.” That’s a joke by a well-known comedian known as Godzilla, and it drew loud applause from hundreds of Burmese in Bangkok in January. Cracking such a joke irks Burma’s rulers and can lead to imprisonment for comedians..."
Author/creator: Kyaw Zwa Moe
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 16, No. 2
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 27 April 2008

Title: Joking With the Generals
Date of publication: May 2001
Description/subject: Humor is one of the few things that make life in Burma bearable for most people, but even this salve for the soul can rub the ruling generals the wrong way.
Author/creator: Aung Zaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 9. No. 4
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Title: Exiles Mock the Year Gone by
Date of publication: April 2001
Description/subject: "The Burmese New Year, celebrated in mid-April, is traditionally an occasion for a good-humored send-up of social and political events of the past year. Troupes form as part of the Thingyan Water-Throwing Festival to give Thangyat performances, providing a running, rhyming commentary on the misdeeds of officials and others in high places. This year, Burmese exiles in India are keeping up the tradition with a recording of Thangyat performances that targets both Burma's military junta and opposition groups..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 9, No. 3
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003