ARTS & CULTURE
05/02/2011 03:17 am ET | Updated Jul 01, 2011

Albert Brooks's '2030,' His First Novel

In his most recent film, "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World," Albert Brooks can be seen as a stand-up comic trying to entertain an audience in India. He tells a few jokes. Nobody laughs. He wonders why. Then he has the bright idea that maybe the crowd simply can't follow him. How many people in the auditorium understand English, he asks? Every person in the audience raises a hand.

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