6-22-14 A Comedy Writer’s Challenge!

Longtime subscribers may remember this blog was originally called The Wandering Humorist. I said I’d write about all my funny adventures around New York City.

The weird thing was, it just didn’t happen. I could write easily about photography, directing, my creative process, but somehow, my comedic mirth just didn’t come through. I was perplexed.

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Slice of New York City Life

It’s funny to realize I’m blogging in New York City, and have yet to write anything about life here. Well that ends tonight! I admit after 6 years of New York, I’ve grown used to the frenetic energy. But that to which I can’t adapt, are the wild and crazy people I encounter. Here are some anecdotes.

I was coming home late along 7th Avenue in Park Slope and I noticed a twenty-something walking down the sidewalk laughing in a kooky way. Continue reading

Some Funny Music Videos

While I was waiting for a FedEx package that never arrived, I started watching music videos. And I suddenly realized “I have to make a list of some of the funniest.” So here we go, this is by no means complete, or the end of the effort. Enjoy!

Aqua – Barbie Girl

Electric Six – Dance Commander

Yo La Tengo – Sugarcube

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Synthesizer – Electric Six

Electric Six is a rockingly cool and funny band. When my pal Andy introduced me to their music about three years ago, I became a fan. For those of you wondering, they’re best known for their hit “Danger! High Voltage” featuring Jack White. However, they have other really funny songs too. And singer Dick Valentine is incredible! He is intelligent, witty and completely silly and absurd.

Today, I’m going to share the video for their song “Synthesizer”:

This music video is awesome in so many ways, from the great retro aesthetic (thanks to Director Chris Chambless), to the absurdly funny lyrics. And of course, the incredible performance by lead actor Guy Perry. So weird, odd and funny. I had to leave a comment. And I can’t believe that he wrote me back. What a nice guy:

Guy Perry, lead actor in the music video Synthesizer by Electric Six, wrote me back!
Guy Perry, lead actor in the music video Synthesizer by Electric Six, wrote me back!

Long live Electric Six and Guy Perry!

– The Wandering Humorist

 

England, orginator of ridiculous taxes!

Having just filed my taxes, I saw this article on DealNews.com (a favorite website because it’s written with wit) about weird taxes in history:

“Awful Historical Taxes That Make Yours Seem Not So Bad” by Jeff Somogyi, Media Editor at DealNews.com

This article proves why our early countrymen fought against the British. Just look at how many bizarre taxes they invented: A tax on soap and wallpaper? You’ve got to be kidding me – ATTACK!

-The Wandering Humorist

Be like the driver of this Car!

A car parked up on the curb, yo!
A car is parked up on the curb.

I want to be more like the driver of this car. It’s my personal mission to take life less seriously, and this driver is WAY AHEAD of me. Oh the wonder! To be able to park like this and not care. Or better yet, not even notice. I mean, this driver gave up being a perfectionist LONG ago!

As for me, I constantly battle my perfectionism. Heck, I fight with it just to post to this blog! Because if you try to get everything right, it’s hard to get anything done. Including, apparently, getting your car parked in NYC.

I wonder if he/she got out and just strolled away, carefree. Or if he/she looked, saw they were parked up on the curb, and just shrugged? I like that image best, because they just didn’t give a damn. And I’d like to be more that way, at least when I create art. I’d jettison the inner critic, the voice that likes to say, “Well obviously that isn’t good enough!” and instead hear a voice that says, “I’m gonna do this – critics be damned!”.

And so, the moral I draw from this bad parking job is this: try to take things less seriously, like the driver of this car. Oh, and usually when you do something badly, it’s going to be funny.

– The Wandering Humorist

There was Daryl Dixon staring at me…on the R Train

I walked onto the R train last night and Daryl Dixon was sitting there staring me in the face. I don’t often see posters just sitting on the subway,

A portrait of Walking Dead's Daryl Dixon on the R Train.
Norman Reedus aka Daryl Dixon riding the R with a friend.

so I had to strike up a conversation with his friend. Apparently, you can buy these framed posters of popular TV series at Spencer’s in the city. I had to laugh. The subway is full of surprises, but when they’re fun, they’re really fun; because the rest of the time they can be really weird. More subway tales later…

Crisis: It’s Mustache Time!

Vandalized Television Ad!
Vandalized Television Ad!

Nothing brings a smile to my face faster than seeing a vandalized corporate poster! And what a great example at the Lorimer G stop (Williamsburg). “Look”, said a passerby to her friends, “they’ve got hipster mustaches!”

Yes, wonderful mustachios for the entire cast of Crisis! As for the plot of the show, I have no idea; perhaps coiffing one’s facial hair? That said, the one mustache at which I cringe, is the one worn by Gillian Anderson. She can do no wrong in my book, after her superb work in The X-Files.

Long live Gillian Anderson… and well maintained mustachios!
– The Wandering Humorist