Friday, March 11, 2016

More Comedy

The other day I was running some errands before the big deluge was predicted to hit our tiny corner of East Texas.   You may have seen on the local news or weather how parts of Louisiana, particularly Shreveport, LA., which is about two hours or so just east of me, got hit hard by all the rain, the swelling of rivers, and such has really made a hardship on some of those people.  They've gotten around twenty inches of rain, and I think here we've gotten a fair amount.  It's like living in a sponge lately and they still predict more of it.  My yard has pools of water in it, but I'm lucky in that I sort of live on a hill or slope and the water tends to drain away from me.  Knock on wood.

At any rate while I was running around town while it was still dry, I stocked up on grub, and listened to Terry Gross's show, Fresh Air, where she interviewed Louie Anderson.  I've always enjoyed seeing Louie on late night shows, and enjoyed listening his stand-up monologues.  He sort of has the reputation of being a family friendly comic as he doesn't use a lot of obscenity or sexual situations, and yet is still interesting and funny to hear.  Another comic and one that I enjoy is Brian Regan.  For some reason, Regan, reminds me of a cleaner George Carlin, whom I enjoy as well.  Oddly they both use body language and facial expressions to drive home their humor.

At any rate, Louie delves into his humor, where it comes from, and also that his home life wasn't all that great.  Being as large as he is you might think he also enjoys eating, which he does, and has a problem with it, which he says that eating is his drug of choice.  Currently he is playing a woman, the mother of a rodeo clown played by Zach Galifianakis on the new FX Channel comedy series.  I have not seen any of it yet, but have been meaning to check it out.   Listen to the full interview here. 

 Let's see what else has been going on?  Well, with all the rain been mostly staying inside and I'm still sorting through comics, which at least I've finding a stopping point.   My sister flies in next week as an aunt died last week, she made it to 100 years old.  I enjoyed listening to some of my family history through her stories.  She amazingly still had a fairly clear mind, however, her physical body had failed her as she was blind in one eye, and wore a hearing aid.   I did swing by a pawn shop, and they were busy, but I managed to buy three CDs (really just one of those combo packs), but it does have three Steve Martin movies in it:  Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (which I already had, but a great movie), The Jerk (which I was wanting), and The Lonely Guy (as I remember, a fair movie).

Also gathering together BS for taxes--don't you hate that?   I do!  I did run across a pretty fun video or vlog from a young woman that lives in Japan.  It's mostly her everyday life over there, but since she was from Texas and married a Japanese man it makes for interesting videos.  She'll show some of their excursions out into the countryside and around town too.   In one of her videos it shows her cooking in the kitchen, and evidently everything, of course, is compact due to all the people, etc.  But the oven or stove she was cooking on looked similar to something you'd take on a camping outing.  It was a small stove and ran off what looked like a propane-powered gas canister.  If interested you can check those out here. 


At 8:32 AM, Blogger Richard Bellush said...

"Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" is brilliant. It takes at least a modest film noir buff to know just how much, however, which is probably why its box office sales were unimpressive to put it kindly.

Do IRS agents find it hard to make friends?

At 9:28 AM, Blogger El Vox said...

I agree about Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, one of Martin's better films. I didn't know about the box office sales. I didn't see it at the cinema. I didn't know about it until quite a few years later. Maybe they fell down in promoting the film?

Ha, probably not. My brother actually had a part time job working for the IRS when he lived in Austin. It was secretive as to talk about what you did there, but generally, I think he just checked over tax forms. Basically if you do your math right and it adds up, you're good, and, if you don't have something on there that raises up a red flag like fifty head of cattle dying on your one acre of land or something fishy as a write-off.

At 5:00 PM, Blogger Roman J. Martel said...

I need to check out "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid". I've always been intrigued by it and I think I've seen enough noire to enjoy it.Oh man, "The Jerk" is one of those that is so stupid, but so funny and yet kind of biting all at the same time.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger El Vox said...

Yes, I agree Roman. Steve Martin was on Stephen Colbert the other night with Edie Brickell, promoting their new album together, but they've also got a new stage play. Martin still has his humor.

You'd probably enjoy Dead Man. The Jerk is silly, but has a few memorable scenes.


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