I told you about the Tulsa mini-renaissance of my college days in the 1970s, mentioning specifically the Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting, the late night bad-movie and skit-comedy festival featuring Mazeppa Pompazoidi (Gailard Sartain) and Teddy Jack Eddy (Gary Busey). Well, hat tip to my brother Jimmy for pointing out that you can find some of that stuff on YouTube. He cited this example, which has the further value of being a pitch-perfect satire of the high school football culture of those days (and probably still). We all had coaches like “Coach Chuck.” And you can understand why high schoolers of a particular mindset would stay up late for this. See the video after the jump. [Read more…]
The inimitable Lutheran journalist Mollie Z. Hemingway satirically dismantles the practice of journalism as it is practiced today. The piece defies summary or excerpt. Just read it at Intercollegiate Review: How to Be a Really Lousy Journalist for Fun and Profit | Intercollegiate Review.
Comedian Jonathan Winters died. When I was a kid and heard he was appearing on the Tonight Show, back in the Jack Parr and then Johnny Carson days, I would stay up late to watch him. The schtick was to hand him an object–a stick, a rope, a mop–whereupon he would improvise comic riffs that would leave me laughing so hard it would hurt.
Happy April Fools’ Day! This is the day that the internet and other media are full of pranks, hoaxes, and tall tales. So if you come across any, please report them here. Thus we can honor the day.