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I have been told that I have the soul of a Borscht Belt comedian. To which I always answer something along the lines of “and he’s never getting it back.”

I have been told that I have the soul of a Borscht Belt comedian.

But I think my sense of humor is usually more along the British line, rife with absurdity, sarcastic word play, self-deprecation and sexual innuendo (itself an innuendo based on word play…). Thus the time I nearly, literally, did myself an injury one night in the summer of 1975 when Channel Thirteen, the New York City PBS affiliate, began running “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” I first saw the show just as they were beginning the “Ministry of Silly Walks” sketch.

Within a minute of sitting on my bed and turning on the little portable in my room (it was summer break), my father came running to see if I had taken sick or injured myself. He’d heard me making strange noises, and then a loud thump.

I’d been laughing so hard that I had gotten dizzy and rolled off the bed and onto the floor.

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A hyper-annuated wannabee scientist with a lovely wife and a mountain biking problem.


Characterizations: been there, funny, right on!

Comments

  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    Great! Just great. I love the image of you laughing so hard that you fell off the bed. The Pythons can do that to a person.

  2. Khati Hendry says:

    Isn’t it something when your funny bone is tickled that you laugh uncontrollably? Doesn’t happen enough. A Fish Called Wanda is one of my faves.

  3. Laurie Levy says:

    Love this story. Pretty funny.

  4. “Don’t talk about the war!”
    Very amusing reminiscence.

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