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Have you heard the one about…well, maybe you haven’t. If, for instance, you are deaf. Are Monica jokes more or less amusing when told via sign? One may argue that the height of humor occurred during the silent film era, when even lower-tier comics like Harry Langdon could ring more laughs from a soundless gesture than, say, Pauly Shore can manage today with his whole “weasel” language. So Al Sonnenstrahl is probably on to something with his presentation, “Deaf Humor in the 19th Century.” Both voice and sign language interpreters will be present to provide the full effect of punchlines, such as the one for this Swedish deaf joke: “I switched off the light.” Ba-da-boom (or its ASL equivalent). At 7 p.m. at Arlington County Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. (703) 228-6336, (703) 228-6320 TTY. (Dave Nuttycombe)