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Can you explain what this joke means please?

“I did a gig in a fertility clinic. I got a standing ovulation.”

Tim Vine: Timtiminee Timtiminee Tim Tim to You
(Pleasance Courtyard, One)

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    Play on words: standing ovation (applauding audience on their feet). – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 2 '15 at 22:11
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    The line underneath is a great play on words too... I never expected the Edinburgh Festival to appear in ell.se, but perhaps its an annual occurrence... – Brian Tompsett - 汤莱恩 Sep 2 '15 at 22:18
  • I love play on words. – kyle Sep 2 '15 at 22:25
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    An additional play on words: "Gig" can mean a performance, or a temporary job. – Andrew Grimm Sep 2 '15 at 22:41
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    To be fair, it's a crap joke. – Alec Teal Sep 3 '15 at 11:33
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A "standing ovation" is when people stand up and applaud after a performance (concert, comedy, opera, et cetera) to show their support.

An ovulation is when a woman produces an egg cell - when she is fertile.

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    That's not quite right -- egg cells aren't produced during ovulation -- "all of them are present at birth in mammals and mature via oogenesis" (see Wikipedia). – joriki Sep 3 '15 at 11:55
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    @joriki: To produce can also mean "to bring forth/to provide", without having to include its creation at that time. (Definition 3 in the provided link) – Flater Sep 3 '15 at 12:50
  • @Flater: The way I understand that meaning of "produce", that might work if a) the woman brings forth the egg cell, i.e. it ends up outside of her body, or b) if it said "an ovary produces an egg cell" (and the egg cell ends up outside of the ovary), but I don't think someone can "bring forth" something within their own body. – joriki Sep 3 '15 at 12:53
  • @joriki: "a woman produces an egg cell" => Depending on how deep you define "a woman", that statement can easily be inclusive of all her cells and internal organs. – Flater Sep 3 '15 at 12:55
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    Well, because ovaries bring forth egg cells and larynxes don't speak. There are more subtleties in language than appear to be dreamt of in your philosophy. – joriki Sep 3 '15 at 13:01

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