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Comedy is a highly cultural thing and requires an understanding of its cultural context. If you are familiar with a Japanese TV show "Dekirukana," which Kobayashi was parodying in this skit, you wouldn't take his statement as an endorsement of Holocaust. If you don't know it, you wouldn't get the point.

Mr. Kobayashi was fantastically portraying the famous performer in Dekirukana as an abnormal person. In the questioned line, he was revealing that the performer had even proposed a "Holocaust play skit" for the infant educational program to the program director. In the following lines, the producer had gone mad, and he had no idea why.

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