During the Middle Ages in Europe and the Middle East there was much armed conflict between Christians and Muslims. Christians called these conflicts the Crusades because they were fighting under the sign of the cross to save the holy lands of the Bible from being desecrated by non-Christians. However, the true reason for fighting for these lands was less than holy. It was mainly a desire for economic gain that prompted the Christian leaders to send soldiers to fight in the Holy Land.
Analysis: Notice, I have put laugh lines where I anticipate possible laughs and you might think the (LAUGH) sometime is put after a line that is not really a joke. Yes, you're right, but three points. 1. Experience has taught me not everything people laugh at are jokes, per se. Based on my experience I have put laugh pauses at places where the audience might laugh and, if the audience does so, I'm prepared to shut up and not step on my laugh. And 2ndly, because those are not obvious "jokes," if the audience doesn't laugh, you don't feel foolish, because it just sounded like factual stuff to the audience and 3rdly because they are not obviously "jokes" THAT'S what tends to make your audience think you are an "observational" comedian/humor writer - that you see everyday things in a "naturally funny" way - that you have the ability of finding laughs in non-joke situations. Yeah, right.