Pass the salt, please

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Pass the salt, please   
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The physical and mental torture of activists for whatever cause, the abuse and sexual harassment of women, corruption, greed and the satisfaction of lustful appetites are hardly chortle-material, although the doyen of Egyptian comedy, Adel Imam, is one of those fortunate individuals who could say, 'Pass the salt, please' and raise a guffaw.
At which point I'll usually reply: "Um, I was just wondering whether you could pass the salt, please."