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Stephen Hawking displays great comic timing with John Oliver
Stephen Hawking displays great comic timing with John Oliver

If the key to comedy is in the timing, then you'd think a man without the ability to speak would be at a severe disadvantage. But as Stephen Hawking demonstrated on "Last Week Tonight" on Sunday, he has a higher understanding of time and timing than most humans. Hawking, the much-honored theoretical physicist, is almost completely paralyzed due to the effects of a motor neuron disease related to ALS. The 72-year-old travels in a wheelchair and can only communicate through a computer device the generates speech for him with minimal inflection. Not exactly someone who you'd think would be able to handle sarcasm, banter and teasing well. But you'd be completely wrong. Hawking is no...

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