First listen and then answer the question.
Who made the only funny joke that evening and why?
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!’
New words and expressions生词和短语
Notes on the text 课文注释
1 a slip of the tongue，说走了嘴；失言。
2 do anything to see a free show，想方设法看不花钱的戏。
3 when the news got round that…，当……的消息一传开，这是一个时间状语从句，get round作“四处传遍”讲。
4 need not have felt disappointed，本来不必要感到失望。
5 who should have appeared 是定语从句，修饰artistes。should +不定式的完成式表示本来应该做而实际未做的事。
6 …what the poor man should have said, but what he actually said was…，这个可怜的人本应说什么，但实际他所说的却是……。
这里两个what都是连接代词，指所说的话(＝the words which…)。should和actually两词都用斜体印出，这是强调“应该”和“实际”，形成了对比，应重读。