Funny can be educational

As I’m sitting here trying to complete this assignment, I’m half watching Jay Leno. I don’t usually watch it, however, tonight I have learned a few things, such as:

  1. Islamic cleric bans women from touching bananas and cucumbers. Hopefully this is a hoax!
  2. There’s a new book out about ugly Christmas sweaters.Admit it, you’re curious.
  3. You can buy really useless things on eBay. I guess I already knew that…

I guess this is one way to keep on top of current affairs while relaxing in front of the TV.



Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!

Who doesn’t know about Saturday Night Live? As of this year, this show will have produced over 700 episodes and been on the air for 37 seasons.

Amazing comedians, such as Dan Akroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin and Gilda Radner, only to name a few, were part of the original cast. Since then, so many great comedians have taken part in this outstanding comedy show.

In addition to the stand up comedy and skits, SNL also has a live musical performance.  Sometimes, things don’t go as planned. In 1992, Sinéad O’Connor created a stir when she ripped a picture of the Pope at the end of her musical number. She was not the first person to land the show in hot water and probably won’t be the last.

Although difficult to pick only one, I really enjoyed their parody of Adele’s Someone Like You. Take a look.

“Weird Al” Yankovic: entertaining or annoying?

I recently heard that “Weird Al” Yankovic received two Grammy nominations. The first one for Alpocalypse, in the Best Comedy Album category, and the other one in the Best Short Form Music Video category for his parody of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, titled Perform This Way.

Al has been doing his thing since the late 1970’s. Better known for his song parodies, he also has recorded some original music. He never “attacks” the artist who originally made the song popular or the lyrics; instead, he keeps the music and writes highly entertaining lyrics to it. He targets popular culture and nothing is safe: music, television, food, even the news…

Over the years, “Weird Al” has sold millions of albums, received 14 Grammy nominations (won three of them), has toured all over the world, made movies, wrote a children’s book and made a whole lot of money.

In February 2011, Al published his first children’s book. When I Grow Up climbed to the number four position on The New York Times Best Seller list for Children’s Picture Books for the week of February 20, 2011.

Although not everyone can appreciate his type of humour, “Weird Al” has been around longer than many of the so-called serious artists, which proves that comedy always has a place in our lives.

Out of the mouths of babes…

Like I’ve said before, there is usually something funny in every situation. All you need to do is pay attention, look for it, and just enjoy it.

I find children funny. They say what comes to mind without thinking about it.  They’re usually not concerned with looking foolish and so they call it like they see it.

I’ll never forget driving home late one evening with my son, who although quite young at the time, he was able to read. We were driving by this “fine dining establishment” and he said to me “Why would people pay to eat a mystery dinner? Don’t they wanna know what they’re being served?” It took me a second to realise he was reading the sign outside the restaurant advertising their monthly “mystery dinner theatre”. He is now 17 years old, and once in a while, I remind him of that night.

Another one of my favourite is a story a friend told me recently. Her 3-year-old granddaughter dressed up as a cat for this past Halloween. When she was all done getting dressed, she turned to her mother and asked her to paint “whispers” on her face. Priceless!

What were you thinking?

Often, I can’t help but wonder why people do what they do. Some stories make me shake my head in amazement that someone would do certain things. My mother always told me to never call someone stupid, however, I believe that, in certain cases, nothing else can do justice to the act.

For example, I was recently reading the story of a 45-year-old woman who allegedly tried to start a meth lab (yes, a meth lab) in a Walmart store. Store employees watched the woman collect the necessary “ingredients” to make meth. She then proceeded to try and make the drug while in the store. Police were called and the woman was arrested. According to an officer at the scene, this is not the first time this woman is arrested for attempting to make meth, but she’s not very good at it. Really?

If you are interested in reading more stories about stupid things people do, visit CKA Website.

In the news…

News report are usually not very uplifting. Murder, robbery, war, recession, etc. are usually the kind of things you hear about on the evening news. However, earlier this week, an experiment by “Mythbusters”, a popular Discovery Channel show, did not go as planned. The crew shot a cannonball that went off course and ended its trajectory in the wall of a house, but only after going through several objects, including the window of a vehicle. Thankfully, there were no injuries, and that is why we can laugh about it.

And here’s another thing I don’t get…

I do not like clowns. I do not find them funny. In fact, I find them creepy. For as long as I can remember, I have always been suspicious and scared of clowns. I know that I should have outgrown this fear by now, but the fact is, I have not.

Many movies have been made about clowns. Most of them are quite sad, but the ones I remember were filmed in the seventies. That is when clowns became evil, homicidal, dysfunctional creatures, in movies anyway.

Poltergeist had a crazy clown. If you are not familiar with these evil creatures, watch this scene from Poltergeist.

And Pennywise, from Stephen King’s IT, was enough to keep anyone from showering…

Even Krusty the Clown from The Simpsons is mean and abusive. Maybe the time has come for a new generation of clowns to be born. However, I do not think I will ever be able to like them.