From Alan Bennett’s 2001 diaries:
A card from Victor Lewis-Smith with a sanctimonious picture of Jesus and printed underneath:
Jesus loves everyone—except you, you cunt.
This makes me laugh helplessly.
What makes this entry so funny, apart from the content of the card itself, is that AB was both delighted to receive it and saw fit to tell the tale.
Conversely, the way AB is portrayed in Love, Nina is hilarious precisely because his persona there is so boring…
Some readers can be so literal… This article by the glorious Philomena Cunk prompted quite a few BTL comments from readers unaware that it’s a spoof, or that she’s a fictional creation (“Like, hello?”)—inadvertently making the comments hilarious too.