On the road to find the world’s funniest person

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was last summer and Israeli-Palestinian tensions were at their highest when Los Angeles comedy entrepreneur Jamie Masada hit on a formula for world peace: Forget about guns and bombs, just tell jokes to each other.

So Masada scoured joke festivals from the Middle East to Asia in search of people to take part in Monday night’s Funniest Person in the World competition at his Laugh Factory nightclub in Hollywood.

Five finalists selected by online voters will advance to a championship round Friday at the Las Vegas Laugh Factory.

The winner of that stand-up showdown will be crowned world’s funniest person.

Masada admits his plan might seem funny to some people.

But he figures if we can laugh at each other’s foibles we won’t want to fight each other.


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