I’m sorry for the lack of posting today. Two days ago, I mentioned that I was suffering from some kind of illness. I managed to push through yesterday, but it became even worse last night and I’ve not managed to get much of anything done. Now I’m feeling significantly better, but I’m very tired. Hopefully, I will be in full health tomorrow — just in time for the Friday-Saturday readership slump.
There are a lot of articles piling up and that isn’t even counting all the things that went on today that I’ve missed. So it shouldn’t be hard to get back on schedule. I spent the day watching comedy, which may not have been the smartest thing to do. Seventy minutes of Sarah Silverman is approximately sixty minutes too long. I did notice that she repeats the same joke format again and again. I wonder if all comedians do that and I just don’t notice it because I’m enjoying the presentation. Watching comedy while in severe pain makes one more analytical.
And what’s with Russell Brand? He isn’t really a comedian. He’s just kind of a spaz. An hour of him goes a rather long way. But watching his comedy special reminded me of something I really like: comedy specials that are just stand-up comedy. That thing where comedians bookend their acts with some kind of sketch comedy is dreadful. It would be one thing if the sketch comedy was good but I can never remember that being that case.
I also watched about an hour of Louis CK. Here’s a perfectly good comedian. But I don’t know why people make such a big deal about him. In fact, he seems rather retro, if you ask me. If he did routines about airplane travel, he’d fit right into 1970s stand-up. Oh, that’s right.
Mostly, I watched Monty Python’s Flying Circus. I’ve been doing that quite a lot recently. It is a remarkably uneven show in terms of comedy. But I think it is consistently brilliant. I’ve also been able to put the show in a historical context in a way I hadn’t before, even though I was watching the show as soon as it made it to America. But this skit is extremely funny about the great, but surprisingly forgotten German composer, Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle-dongle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-ein-nürnburger-bratwustle-gerspurten-mitz-weimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shönedanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm:
So that’s how I spent my sick day. See you tomorrow! (Hopefully.)