Despite their hardships, Cubans have not lost the ability to laugh. Stand-up comedy is a tradition in Cuban nightclubs. Cubans turn everything into a chiste (joke), most of which are aimed at themselves. Their penetrating black humor spares no one—the insufferable bureaucrat, jineteras, the Special Period. Not even Fidel is spared the barbs, although his name is never used, and no one in his right mind would tell such a joke in public.
Cubans also boast a great wit. They lace their conversations with double entendres and often risqué innuendo.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition