(and how his reflection somehow became his wife’s!)
(Sorry, couldn’t find a way to invert the first question mark in the title field!)
It’s been a while…
You may have seen some of these before,
They are worth a second look!
After all, this IS Guffaw in AZ!
By now, most of you have probably heard.
Jerry Lewis has passed. At age 91.
Like so many comedians/comic actors he had amazing range and talent. Some Hollywood types are a one-trick pony. Jerry certainly wasn’t. Have you seen King of Comedy?
After his split from straight man Dean Martin, it was publicly asked, “What’s Dean going to do?” 😛
My lovely sister was in one of his movies. The Nutty Professor (the original in 1961) filmed exteriors on Arizona State University campus. My sister was one of the extras! Unfortunately, her scenes were cut! She still adored the man.
Then, there was his long commitment to the Muscular Dystrophy charity. How giving was this man?
I’ll leave you with this. When I heard he had passed, I imagined him just like this, sneaking into the Supreme Being’s conference room and pantomiming again, to Count Basie…
Keep ’em laughing Jerry!
I didn’t necessarily WANT to be, but thought I could!
I always appreciated silly – The Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields, Abbott and Costello,‘It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World’, Warner Brothers cartoons, Steve Allen. Ernie Kovacs. Then, as I grew up, my tastes moved to The Firesign Theatre and Monty Python. George Carlin was a god!
I remember returning from a long high school choir trip, standing in the back of the bus and mimicking Carlin’s first album for anyone who would listen. Word for word, intonation for intonation. The man taught me timing.
And then there’s Dennis Miller. “I haven’t seen choreography like that since the Lee Harvey Oswald prison transfer!” In his own words, “Viva la referencia obscura!”
I began considering doing stand-up comedy in my mid-twenties. After all, my good friend Biff Jannuzzi (who authored the one-act play about the Lincoln assassination ‘A Booth in the Back’), did it! Then, I met a friend of his, Tom (a buddy of his in the local little theater group), who changed my mind. I was quick, clever with a comeback, witty, and thought I was all that.
Tom was quicker, faster with a comeback and wittier.
So, Tom was a stand-up comedian? (You ask)
He sold used cars at one of those buy-here, pay here joints. Jake the Snake’s Garden of Gears! Down in the sketchy part of town.
His talent and ability was ten times mine, and he was selling cars.
It’s all a matter of perspective.
“A man has to know his limitations.” – Inspector Harry Callahan
You guys know I love my TV and movies.
(I don’t get out much)
And we’ve been binge-watching wherever we can, awaiting the ‘new’ season to rear it’s ugly head. Netflix and Amazon Prime are our friends!
We recently ran across The Ranch, on Netflix.
Not a great effort, perhaps, but a good one.
Danny Masterson (Hyde from That 70’s Show) and Ashton Kutcher (Kelso, from the same) star. With the surprising additions of Sam Elliott (for the ladies!) and Debra Winger (in case you wondered what ever happened to her!)
Prodigal son returns to the ranch, after failing at semi-professional football, to be with his younger brother and curmudgeonly father (think Red Foreman), who need help running it.
But haven’t asked…
Winger is divorced from the curmudgeon and runs a local bar – but they still hook up every so often. After a fight.
Small Colorado Western town hi-jinks ensue.
As it’s on Netflix, there is coarse language and jokes of a sexual nature. And, for those w/o Netflix, it’s on You Tube!
Not exactly drawing room comedy, or high drama, but kinda fun.
(that’s GEEK for Mystery Science Theater 3000!) 😅
As most of you know, I love TV and movies. And, being disabled (with limited funds), I am constantly on the prowl for something different to watch.
(For something to do besides hang out on the Internet.)
Some years ago, I heard about MST3K, and was lucky enough to have access to it.
THE PREMISE (wikilink)
Hard to imagine this came about from a tight crew of messed up college guys talking back to the TV while watching cheesy movies!
Now, in it’s (third?) incarnation on Netflix.
A (short) example:
If your geeky, and in need of a good guffaw, I highly recommend it.
It is NOT for the serious! 😛
“When Windows 10 has an update, if you are on a schedule, DON’T DO IT!” 😠
I was doing my morning routine, getting the PC ready for the next exciting installment of Guffaw in AZ, when a message appeared from Windows, offering me an update, or a post-ponement of said update.
It was early, I figured, “what the Hell…”
TWENTY MINUTES LATER it reads ‘Working on updates 17%, Don’ the turn off your PC. This will take a while.
With the added joy of ‘Your PC will restart several times’ at the bottom of the screen!
(But wait, there’s MORE!)
after about an hour…
FINALLY, it finished about an hour and a quarter after it began. It would be nice if Windows warned you in advance of the time sink involved in a requested procedure!
Of course, I have additional commitments, so the planned blog post will have to wait…
It is with a truly heavy heart that I post this.
The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and so many others…
I still have a wooden dollar, commemorating my going to the Arizona premiere of Blazing Saddles – somewhere.
While I am no longer married (although my ex and I remain dear friends), I do have the distinct memory of asking her of doing me the honor of being my wife, after asking her to turn down the sound on the TV so I wouldn’t be interrupted.
We were watching Silver Streak at the time.
It’s said it was Alzheimer’s disease…
At least he can now be with his beloved wife, Gilda Radner.
RIP, funny and talented man!
Addendum – my sincerest apologies to the current Ms. Wilder. Gene remarried after the passing of Gilda, and she loved him for another 25 years. I’m sorry for your loss.
I’m not a big scent kind of guy. Clean, not to chemically-obvious, works for me. (I’ve written about women’s perfumery before!)
With regard to things chemical, I DO like Hoppe’s #9 Powder Solvent. If women used THAT instead of a 55 gallon drum of Froo-Froo#9, I know I’d like them better! I’m certain long exposure to the fumes is not healthy, though. 😦
Long exposure to women is still under discussion…
Another firearms-related chemical scent I like is that of WD-40. I’m certain that’s because it sparks memories of my early gun days, and trying to loosen and clean stuff. And lubricate and coat…
Fun fact – it’s made from fish oil!
Of course, experience has taught me it doesn’t last on bearing surfaces, like slide to frame. And it’s death to live primers. I changed to lithium grease long ago.
I’ve been posting much about the constant encroachment of BIGGOV, and it’s depressing me…
Fortunately, it’s time for Seasonal Humor! 🙂