And now for something completely different

“‘Ee’s makin’ it up as ‘ee goes along!”

When I went to check the forecast this morning Weather Underground served me up an ad for bipolar-depression medication. Judging by the list of side effects, which ran longer than the CGI credits in a Marvel superhero flick, anyone prescribed it will soon be longing for the good old days of bipolar depression.

Clearly, with another Monday hanging over our heads like a 16-ton weight, what we need here is a solid dose of the best medicine: laughter.

Thus, for your amusement and/or bemusement, we have a twofer from Marc Maron, who last week chatted with John Cleese and Eric Idle, and a New York Times Q&A with Jerry Seinfeld, who basically channels a Cleese line from “Life of Brian” when he says of their shared line of work in troubled times: “We’re figuring it out as we go along.”

• A Cellar’s Market: Speaking of troubled times, the Comedy Cellar, where Louis C.K. has been inching back into the spotlight, is getting into late-night TV on Comedy Central. The piece is worth reading for the gags about Megyn Kelly and Il Douche.

• Wot’s All This Then? And finally, Netflix is airing a ton of Monty Python, from the original TV show to the movies to the various Pythons’ side projects.

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11 Responses to “And now for something completely different”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I turned on NPR news while getting the daily oatmeal going. Five minutes of that felt like the 16 ton weight falling on me.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      It will flat spoil a fella’s oatmeal, is what.

    • khal spencer Says:

      We are now a “No News Zone”, at least when my better half is in the room.

      • Esteban O’ Says:

        I’ll say it again: if you memorize the Sunday NYT, you’ll absorb 0.079% of the information generated each day. So if you abstain completely, at worst you’re 0.079% behind the next fella. I can live with that.

        “But what about your civic responsibility to be an informed voter?” No problem. Vote for the candidate who comes across as less of an asshole. That rule of thumb never fails.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Now we are going to have almost martial law around Nogales and the Arizona border. Armed active duty soldiers in the borderlands. What could go wrong? Maybe they will be patrolling I-25 and I-10 next. Show me your papers.

  2. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Nine days…and counting…
    I’ll soon (again) be saying “Well, I didn’t vote for him!” to my Italian friends the same way they told me they didn’t vote for ol’ Sig. Bunga-Bunga back-in-the-day. No surprise Fat Nixon says someone shooting up a synagogue is not his fault, but plenty of folks can cue up video of the guy spouting all kinds of anti-semitic rhetoric over the years. Gawd help us all!!!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      You must feel like an astronaut strapped into the capsule and listening to Mission Control:

      “Ten … nine … eight. …”

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Exactly! Sadly, I’ve let myself fall into the situation where stuff I hate but used to just shrug off with “Well, in a few years (months) I’ll be outta here so…” is now “Lemmee outta here!” and counting the days. I can blame part of it on the election season insanity of course, but that ain’t all of it.
        So next week I’ll be watching the Italian TV news and feeling like throwing a shoe at the image of the moron at the helm of their interior ministry! But I will also be looking out at the sea and enjoying the best food and wine in the world…so what is it they say about the best revenge……?

  3. khal spencer Says:

    Thank God we get Netflix. I was starting to get really, really despondent this weekend.

  4. Esteban O’ Says:

    Bipolar depression, eh? That’s just one of thousands of ailments that Floyd’s of Leadville can cure.*

    * The previous statement has not been evaluated by the FDA but trust us, have we ever lied to you before?

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