Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Good Evening Ladies and Germs

You know, I did a lot of standup comedy in the eighties.

But now I don’t care what the temperature is.

Lately, I’ve been following Norman Cho’s blog about his experiences doing standup comedy across the pond in England. It’s been over 20 years since I last told a few bad jokes before an audience of live drunks. Thanks to Norman in England, it seems the old comedy eye of the tiger has been working away at my gut. I’m thinking about banging out a few bits and dragging my tail out to a local open mike night.

But am I still funny?

My five year-old thinks I’m the funniest man in the world and so do her little squirt friends. Sometimes a random neighborhood pipsqueak will show up at my door.

“Hello,” the kid will say.

“Hello.”

“Are you Sophia’s dad?”

“Yes I am.”

“Can you sound like Goofy?”

“Yes, can,” I say before executing a dead on Goofy impression, “Yuck, yuck. Hey Mickey, you wanna go fishin’? Yuck, yuck.”

“Ahh ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,” The kid goes in to hysterics.”That was good. Thanks.”

“You’re welcome.”

“Bye.”

“Good bye,” I say, shutting the door.

Yeah, I can crack five year-olds up. If only I had that kind of power over half-drunk adults in low rate comedy clubs. If only they had kiddy comedy clubs. Yeah, I’d slay ‘em sitting there at their little kiddy chairs and tables. Yeah, it would be comedy Heaven - a laugh a minute … until the milk came up someone’s nose.

OK, it would have to be a milkless kiddy comedy club.

I dug up a few snap shots from the glory years.

"What is this, an audience or an oil painting?"

"Hey, where're you guys going? I'm just getting to the good part."


Did I mention I watched a lot of Miami Vice in the eighties?

9 comments:

Lazy Writer said...

The Miami Vice look made me laugh. Maybe you could just go in dressed like that and get a few ha-has! Seriously, though, you never know how funny you still are until you try. I say go for it!

kavita said...

Today your page loaded quite fast...i think you have removed some page elements..otherwise it used to take very long.

Stand up comedian....WOW..is that you in the pic...very impressive with audience and tv camera focused on you...Dad,you are very funny,Sophia is quite right ....Can you sound like POP EYE ? nO,this request is not from a five year old but from a *****year old.

#167 Dad said...

Lazy Writer,
They were laughing at my MV duds in '85. In fact, on the night the picture was taken, I think the only thing they laughed at was the way I was dressed...

Thanks Kavita,
I can do Brutice and Olive-oil better than I can do Popeye.

And I don't know what the heck's going on with my computer...

italgalmm said...

The last picture just makes ya want to get all MC Hammer and say..
"You can't touch this"..

I'll give you this much ... it takes cahones to do Stand Up.. OR.. to show your pictures from the 80's !!

Norman Cho said...

Re Free Beer - check out my latest posting. I'm doing a gig later this month where the payment is ... drumroll... all the beer you can possibly drink in two hours...

#167 Dad said...

italgalmm,
cojones - yeah that's what it is...

Norman,
Sounds like comedy Heaven.

Guely of Sweden said...

A man of different talents indeed, "sixteen seven"! That explain the so many excellent quotations at the rightside of the blog.

JennyMac said...

Love that old school look!

#167 Dad said...

G-Man,
I appreciate your insight.

Jenny,
Me too. Think I'll watch another rerun of Miami Vice.
Thanks for stopping by.