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Book Review: I Am Lucille Ball

I Am Lucille Ball, by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos Does making people laugh make one a hero?  I don’t think so, unless one was a comic in a World War II concentration camp or gulag who kept the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The New Art Of Writing Plays

The New Art Of Writing Plays, by Lope de Vega, translated by William T. Brewster, with an Introduction by Brander Matthews In all fairness, this new art of writing plays is not very new, but that hardly matters, given that … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: “Weird Al” Yankovic

[Note: Updated To Reflect Information About “Mandatory Fun.” 7/27/2014] There are only a few comedy musicians who have managed to make a successful career in music. While there are a great many funny men (and the occasional funny woman) who … Continue reading

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Lowered Expectations

As a teenager, I remember on Saturday nights staying up to watch MAD TV, a comedy show. One of its funnier recurring clips was a spoof on dating services called “Lower Expectations,” which featured personal videos from less than desirable … Continue reading

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Comedy Is A Choice

I am a big fan of both “Weird Al” Yankovic and Jane Austen, and these two are not as different as they might superficially seem. “Weird Al” has had a lasting and successful career of making comedy albums that ruthlessly … Continue reading

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Happy Endings

Why do most stories have happy endings? One reason is that our day and time is not of the sort that appreciates tragedy. Though some of us (myself included) are of a tragic bent by nature or experience, it is … Continue reading

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Comedy And The Art of the Roast

Though I’m mostly a serious person, I am profoundly interested in comedy [1] (as well as the psychological profile of people predisposed to be comedians), and one of the most intriguing aspects of comedy to me is the roast.  Now, … Continue reading

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