That's where the plot begins and ends, but this is 20 minutes of hilarious knockabout , culminating in everyone getting drunk.
People are so sick of the Punch and Judy knockabout which passes for political debate that they are voting with their backsides and refusing to make the trip to the ballot box.
It takes something close to idiocy to think that Shaw's comedy Arms and the Man can be played as knockabout farce.
Behind the day's knockabout lay serious politicking over both policy and personalities.
His writing was often deceptively whimsical, full of surreal creations and semi-fictional characters, but behind the knockabout humour lay some of the sharpest political commentary to be found in the educational press.
Now, at one level this is all harmless political knockabout .
These were lively, swift-moving knockabout sketches with a slightly risqué edge for its young audience.
It may have gone down well with his party activists, but most members of the public will see it at best as political knockabout .
It is a fairy tale with links at various points to The Magic Flute, though there is less knockabout and more gentle humour in Henze's comedy.
If this sounds like an unlikely subject for knockabout comedy, it is, but Booker prize winner DBC Pierre almost pulls it off.