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Joke Science December 13, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Fun, Humor, Theater.
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Yesterday, I was listening to an interview with Jerry Seinfeld, where he describes the process of telling a joke to an audience as the comedian getting the audience to “jump across a canyon.” He stops short of taking the analogy (at least during the interview) to its logical conclusion, but I think I can fill in the blanks.

Jumping Canyons

Fortunately, successfully telling a joke is somewhat easier than jumping Snake River Canyon in a jet-cycle. Well, usually. (more…)

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Jackson Outrages Mimes May 6, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Celebrities, Humor, Race and Prejudice, Stupidity, Theater.
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According to a news article today, Michael Jackson is demanding that GQ magazine pull the current issue from newstands. Apparently, Jackson feels that photos of an impersonator were “spoofing” him. (The photo below is one of Jackson in a police mugshot.)
Michael Jackson, not impersonating a street mime.
In related news, street mimes across the globe (notorious for their white face makeup) are expressing outrage at Michael Jackson spoofing their appearance with his, asking that his color be restored (the photo above clearly indicates he is no longer a “person of color”), or that he be “pulled from the public eye.” Unfortunately, the mimes have not stated this verbally, but have instead acted out their outrage by pretending the be stuck inside an invisible “box of humiliation,” and pulling the invisible “rope of justice.”

The other frequently outraged Jackson could not be reached for comment.

Boo? Who? May 4, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Fun, Humor, Theater.
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Last night, our church did a spoof of “American Idol,” and I was asked to play the part of Simon, the almost-always negative judge. I put on my best British accent, came up with a list of hateful and horrible things to say, and played my part to the hilt.

By the end of the show, they were booing me every time I started to speak (which I think was the goal). I’ve never enjoyed being boo’d before, but now, I think I like it! 😀

News: No Booze in Vietnamese Karaoke Bars? February 17, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Humor, Morality, Music, Politics, Stupidity, Theater.
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The headline got my attention, but the AP story gives even more interesting tidbits in the details:

HANOI, Vietnam – Karaoke bars in Vietnam will no longer be allowed to sell or have alcohol on their premises as part of the country’s continued campaign against so-called ‘social evils,’ a government official said Friday.

…”The decree will definitely help reduce negative activities in karaoke bars and discotheques,” he said.

…authorities have discovered 600 people using the drug ecstasy and 60 women offering striptease dances to customers at karaoke bars and discos over the past nine months.

Perhaps karaoke is more entertaining in Vietnam, but the term “ecstacy” is rarely used in the same sentence with “karaoke” here in the U.S. Between the ‘social evils’ listed, I would be more likely to ban karaoke in bars than to ban alcohol in a karaoke establishment.

On the striptease issue, is this really a problem? Are you likely to hear “Sir, I have never heard someone sing sappy Barry Manilow songs the way you do. May I take off my clothes?”

Perhaps we’ll see a new crop of Nude Karaoke Lounges, where you can karaoke all you want, but you have to do so in the buff. (Unfortunately, the same individuals who are unable to accurately perceive that they should not sing in public probably don’t realize that nobody wants to look at them naked either.) As far as sins go (speaking as a Southern Baptist), I’ve heard some karaoke that may exceed public nudity in terms of offending my sensibilities.

A more serious question is whether or not any of the karaoke singers are dressing up like religious icons? If they do, then they might consider banning cheese danish too.

Why do you Blog? January 28, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Blogging, Computers, Theater.
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Several of my friends have asked me why I’ve started blogging, and in all honesty, the answer isn’t that simple. Tonight, I jotted down a few reasons that I blog.
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