Perhaps comedians are the public intellectuals of our day. Imagine a world where we watched the draft of the nation’s top teachers. I would love to watch that prime time television event.
Sometimes, a good parody is what’s needed in the world.
Two years ago, Columbia College had the honor of bringing Tom Davis, of Franken and Davis, to campus to speak with our students and the community. As the organizer of his visit to C.C., I got to spend a lot of time with Tom and his partner Lindsay. What a kick in the pants he was– so funny, dry and sardonic, sarcastic and cutting in his humorous views of the world. I just loved being around him. News came yesterday that his battle with throat cancer finally ended. I couldn’t help but be sad at the thought of losing such a comic virtuoso, but more so about losing a fun and genuine person. It was such a treat to get to know him, albeit briefly. The afterlife is full of wit now. Rest in peace, Tom.
One of the bits Tom shared with the audience– an SNL classic.
It’s easy to forget that the first ‘books’ were clay tablets from Mesopotamia around 4000 B.C. Or that the first ‘newspapers’ were printed in China 1,200 years ago. Now, archaeologists seem to have found civilization’s first ‘jokes.’
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… for so many reasons. This is the reason today.
I think Stephen Colbert’s truthiness is really getting a run for its money in this election. Check out the link below for this campaign season’s fact-checking machine.
The Annenberg Political Fact Check http://www.factcheck.org/just-the-facts/.html
Stephen Colbert introduces truthiness
Counterculture comic. Obscene. Genius. Fearless. Wise. Revolutionary.
Seven words to describe the man whose seven words defined an era and continue to impact those of us in the wake of his innovation. George Carlin should be the only one speaking about his own passing.
Saying he’ll be missed seems so lacking…