Andrew Kennedy - Interpreters

  • Season 11 , Ep 3
  • 01/18/2007
  • Views: 13,915

Andrew's parents had kids because they couldn't afford an interpreter. (1:47)

AND THEY MET IN BOGOTA, WHERE MY FATHER WAS SELLING

ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA'S IN SOUTH AMERICA.

[LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE]

AT WHAT POINT DID THAT SEEM LIKE A GOOD IDEA?

[BRITISH ACCENT] "OH YES, I'VE GOT ABOUT TWENTY-SIX

"LEATHER BOUND BOOKS ALL WRITTEN IN ENGLISH

"AND NEEDING TO BE SOLD IN A BUNCH,

WHERE TO GO-- WHERE TO--SOUTH AMERICA, GREAT!"

[LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE]

MY PARENTS DIDN'T UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER WHEN THEY GOT MARRIED,

WHICH IS, I THINK, THE REASON THEY HAD CHILDREN.

THEY WERE TOO POOR TO HIRE INTERPRETERS,

SO PROCREATION BECAME THE NEXT LOGICAL STEP

IN COMMUNICATING WITH ONE ANOTHER.

I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS THREE, MY FATHER PLEADING WITH ME.

[BRITISH ACCENT] "COME ON, SPEAK IN COMPLETE SENTENCES,

"I'VE GOT TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THAT WACKY WOMAN WANTS.

- "I DON'T KNOW! - [LAUGHTER, CHEERS & APPLAUSE]

BLOODY HELL."

AND MY MOTHER WOULD BE IN THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HOUSE

STARING AT UNSOLD BOXES OF ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA'S.

[SPEAKING SPANISH]

AND THAT'S THE FOUNDATION FOR MY CHILDHOOD.

THAT AND EVERY COUPLE OF YEARS WE'D PACK UP AND MOVE

TO DIFFERENT COUNTRIES.I NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHY.

COLOMBIA, PUERTO RICA, VENEZUELA, HONG KONG,

THE U.S., BACK TO VENEZUELA,BACK TO THE U.S.

APPARENTLY MY FATHER GOT FIRED A LOT.

I THINK YOU CALL THAT "FLEEING NATIONS," TECHNICALLY.

HOW BADLY FIRED DID MY FATHER GET FOR US TO GO TO HONG KONG?

"OH, DADDY REALLY BUGGERED IT UP THIS TIME I'M AFRAID.

COME ON.PACK IT UP. PACK IT UP."

[LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE]

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