The Laugh Factory in Los 
Angeles invited comedians from around the globe to join its Funniest Person in the World Contest. Here are some finalists:

• In Paris, I am driving a Smart car, you know, the very tiny one. But I don’t do it much, because it’s too dangerous. I could get run over by a pedestrian. Ismo Leikola, Finland

• This is the tenth anniversary of my comedy career. It’s also the anniversary of my father begging me not to do comedy.