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Was Today April Fool’s Day?

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I’ll admit I’m not much of a prankster. In fact I’m kind of a huge baby when it comes to falling victim to practical jokes. Come to think of it, I’m not sure I’ve ever really had anyone pull a “real” practical joke on me. I think the closest thing is hiding in the closet to scare me or something along those lines.


So I was a little taken back, by the disappointment I felt, that April Fool’s Day came and went without even a hint of presence. The only person that even mentioned it to me was my wife this morning when I got up. She gave me a brand new toothbrush and said, “Happy April Fool’s Day”. I kept asking her things like, “Does it shock you?” “Does it stain your teeth black?” Does it leave a bad taste in your mouth?” Her answer to all my questions was, “No.” So I opened it and brushed my teeth with it. Sure enough, she was telling the truth, it was just a regular, old toothbrush.


As I drove to work I kept thinking, “Is my wife secretly an alien that has just come to this planet and is unfamiliar with the custom of April Fool’s Day?” As hard as I tried, I couldn’t convince myself of the fact.


All day long at work I kept waiting for someone to do something to somebody, anybody, but it never happened. No one even mentioned it, nor told a story of a “great prank for years past”. My boss came in today with a “pinched neck”. He kept walking around the office as though he was wearing an invisible neck brace, never once turning his head. Plus he was kind of lopsided because of the “pinch”. I kept laughing at him all day, every time I saw him and of course was anticipating the big, “April Fool’s Day” to come spilling out of his mouth. It never did. Quittin’ time came and the day was gone. April Fool’s was dead as far as all my co-workers were concerned.


After work it was off to the comic book store, (it’s Wednesday, new comic book day of course. Not to mention Previews day as well!). I figured I’d get something there, if nothing else an old standard like, “Books didn’t come in today” or “Your total is $11,543.72”. Again, it was as though the world had skipped over the “fool”.


Where did the love go for the fool? This world is full of them. Most days I think that not a single one of us is free from being included in “a world full of fools”. Yet, we’d ignore the day to celebrate our “fooldom”? What’s that? Fool… as in trick? Oh, yeah, I guess that makes sense. I got confused there for a minute.


So Happy April Fool’s Day! E-mail me your address and my wife will send you a toothbrush.


Egg On!

Ramblin’ Rooster

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April 2, 2009 at 4:39 am

Comedy: Hardest Thing On Earth?

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I’m sure being a doctor or a scientist or a grammar school teacher is difficult. Both in the schooling to the actual job duties, but I don’t think that it can overcome the most difficult of all. That of which would be comedy.

I can’t think of anything more difficult than being funny, at least on demand. I think everyone has a moment of being funny or making someone laugh, (whether they intend to or not) but to be able to deliver on the spot is a much different talent. Have you ever had someone say, “Make me laugh. Say something funny.”? That’s quite a task, but harder than brain surgery or splitting and atom? How would I know?

This leads me to the comedy album, (CDs as they’re called now, soon to be Bluray). In theory, the comedy album seems by all rights a hard sell. Recording comedy material for people to buy and listen to at home or in their car? Comedy is like magic in a way, once you’ve seen the surprise ending it kind of loses the flash and appeal. Although circulating e-mail jokes seem to blow this theory out of the water. I’ve been reading the same e-mail jokes since I got an e-mail account two hundred years ago.

Unlike magic though, some comedy is just too funny to dispose of after only one listening to. Some comedians are just so talented you can hear their jokes over and over again. Even so, it does change the fact that the joke is never the same or as funny as the first time you heard it.

I guess the world just doesn’t see the comedy circle in every day life. I would think the biggest buyers and listeners of comedy albums would be budding comedians. I’m sure there is an underground movement of fellow joke tellers than move in shadows, whispering as they hand off bootleg copies of comic giants to one another is dark alleys in the middle of the night. I’ve never seen it though.

When was the last time you heard someone ask for or tell you about a great new comedy album? Have you ever walked into a department store and heard a comedy album playing for you while you shop? I don’t read Billboard, but do they have a comedy album section on the list? I’m sure there is a list, (consisting of sales no doubt) but does anyone say, “And coming in at number one for the fifth week in a row it’s John Doe with Funny Shit”?

Give it up for funny men and women, it’s a hard and not funny world they live in. If you need to put it to perspective, go to your local comedy club on amateur night and get up on stage. That should show you how hard being funny is.

Egg On!

Ramblin’ Rooster

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December 17, 2008 at 4:16 am