Friday Fun: Raising Your Hands with Tim Hawkins

I got to see Tim Hawkins live in concert several years ago, and I wound up getting a migraine from laughing so hard. Others around me had the same experience. Never before had I gotten to the point of wanting a comedian to stop making me laugh, but it happened that night. He crescendoed to a rapid fire finale that was almost unbearable. Here are a few of his more gentle riffs, separated out so you don’t get a headache.

Friday Fun: A Highbrow Version of ‘Three Little Pigs’

I got to see John Branyan do this riff in concert about seven or eight years ago. As something of a word nerd myself, with an affection for good literature, I had my socks knocked off, and I snortled my way through the whole thing. So, this clip is a gift for all my word-nerd friends out there. It’ll have to suffice until I’m able to play the real “Words with Friends” game with you again. 🙂

Note: The first minute is the remnant of a riff on marriage. That’s funny, too.

Friday Fun: Light It Up Like Dynamite

A few weeks ago I was driving to the Lebanon YMCA for a morning swim. I usually listen to upbeat music to get jazzed up for my workout, letting the tunes take over where the coffee left off. On this particular day, my Spotify randomizer took me to a song called, “Dynamite,” which I had never heard before. I was digging it and thought, “When I get home I need to research who does that one.”

Turns out I was listening to BTS, a K-pop (or Korean pop) group made up of seven members (Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook) who come from various parts of South Korea. I WAS LISTENING TO A KOREAN BOY BAND…and kinda liking it!

Naturally, I started wondering what was happening to me. (“Really, Tim? A boy band?”) My solace came in the realization that: (1) BTS launched in 2013 and has since rocketed to global stardom, so they must have some real musical chops and showmanship; and (2) Spotify was throwing random workout songs my way; I didn’t go looking for this one myself. Small comfort.

So, I guess this post is more of a confession than a “Friday Fun” spot. Either way, enjoy the song if you’d like. I’m going swimming.

Do I detect some choreographic allusions to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video in this dance routine?

Friday Fun: Jim Gaffigan and His Whales

I fell off my bed one night laughing at Jim Gaffigan’s “Whales” routine. That riff gives way in the clip below to a few pokes at Domino’s Pizza. “It’s carbolicious!” 

Anyway, I still fall off the furniture whenever my son comes around. He can imitate Gaffigan’s whale sounds to a tee. I’m not exactly sure why I find it so funny. Your psychoanalysis is welcome, but please try to be nice. 🙂

Friday Fun: Conway, Korman, and the Dentist

I’m finally getting my tooth fixed that I cracked last spring while touring the Bodleian Library in Oxford, so my mind has been on the dentist lately. Thankfully, my dentitst is a whole lot more competent than Tim Conway in this classic sketch with Harvey Korman from The Carol Burnett Show.

Conway plays a recently graduated dentist who accidentally injects himself with Novocain during his first day on the job. Korman, the straight man, keeps losing it. You might, too.

Have a great weekend. And be sure to laugh a little. Let others see your pearly whites, and then watch them smile, too.

Be blessed!

Friday Fun: Forrest Gump at the Louvre

One is supposed to behave at the Louvre Museum, but I just couldn’t help myself. There stood yet another statue seeking to depict the ideal male form, only this one had a discernible defect in the derrière.

Upon seeing it, I blurted out in my best Forrest Gump voice, “I got shot in the buttocks.” Mercifully to those around me, I didn’t offer a surprising reveal like Sgt. Gump did to President Johnson. (If you’ve seen the movie, you get the reference.)

Talk about a race to the bottom. 🙂

Image Credit: gointothestory.blcklst.com.

Friday Fun: It’s Harder to Be the Straight Man

I would hate to be:

  • Harvey Korman playing opposite Tim Conway;
  • Bud Abbott playing opposite Lou Costello;
  • Dean Martin playing opposite Jerry Lewis;
  • Kelsey Grammer playing opposite David Hyde Pierce;
  • Jerry Seinfeld playing opposite Michael Richards;
  • Johnny Galecki playing opposite Jim Parsons; or
  • Anybody playing opposite Bob Newhart.

I would never be able to keep a straight face. Dean Martin gives it a whirl in this old skit from 1965, and he fails miserably. Bob Newhart is just too much for him. That’s part of the fun of it. I dare you to watch it and try not to laugh.

As another weekend approaches in this crazy year called 2020, try to enjoy the intoxicating beauty of fall. As George Eliot once said, “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird, I would fly about the Earth seeking the successive autumns.”

Be blessed!