Woody’s Nightmare

While condemning Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen said, “You also don’t want it to lead to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself.”  Hackers have obtained and leaked one of Woody Allen’s actual nightmares to ...

Loyal

Posted on Jun 8, 2017 in Music, Ostensibly Funny, Politics, Shoe Substitutes

James Comey’s account of the president’s words to him during their private meetings was not only shocking; it was also surprisingly catchy and tuneful. (In other news, the president not only invented the term “priming the pump,” he also apparently invented Lorde.) But everyone’s like Sessions, Mike Flynn, hangin’ with Kislyak, Wire tapps, fake news, ...

The Professional Protester

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 in Ostensibly Funny, Politics, Shoe Substitutes

One of the lessons we all learned in the past year was that we should pay more attention to the hardworking American laborer.  The quiet working man who rolls up his sleeves every morning and gets things done.  The forgotten patriot. Chip Groffler is one such man.  Let’s listen to his story. Every morning, Groffler ...

Make Rhymed Couplets Great Again

Posted on Jan 20, 2017 in Literature, Ostensibly Funny, Politics, Shoe Substitutes

Someone wrote a poem celebrating today’s inauguration. Literary research and Wikileaks have uncovered, however, that — as with any great work of art — this opus wasn’t the first draft. Below are some early lines that didn’t make it into the final version:       The mane ‘top his heed all flaxen and bushy, He ...

Bartleby the Religioner

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 in Literature, Ostensibly Funny, Politics, Shoe Substitutes

The nature of my avocations has brought me into more than ordinary contact with a singular set of people – I speak of county clerks. One such registrar was a certain Bartleby. It is, of course, an indispensable part of a clerk’s business to issue licenses to citizens who, for whatever reason, wish to marry. ...

How a Season Falls Apart

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 in Ostensibly Funny, Playwriting, Shoe Substitutes

At Howlround, David Dower posted a compelling insight into a theater’s season planning called How a Season Comes Together.  Of course, not every theater has the same priorities.  Accordingly, my colleagues at the Rust Belt Repertory Theater have similarly shared a glimpse into their season planning process.   CULTURE FEAR FACTOR LOGISTICS STRATEGY PROGRAM? Play ...

You Got Servered

The State Department’s review of emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal server continues to turn up items of crucial importance. A sampling: From: HRCFleetwoodFan1947@hotmail.com To: bboy@aol.com Subject: RE: funny bill, the one about the dead golfer is minimally funny. was somewhat funnier the last time you forwarded it to everyone in your address book, & exponentially ...

This is what it sounds like when doves condescend.

If you were faced with two doors to a shopping center, one labeled “Beautiful” and the other “Average,” which would you walk through? In its latest inspiration-via-advertising campaign, Dove set up labeled entrances in Shanghai, San Francisco, London, Sao Paulo and Delhi, and filmed the results. –Time magazine Two doors labeled BEAUTIFUL and JUST KIND ...

These Macarons Taste Like Religious Liberty.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 in Ostensibly Funny, Politics, Shoe Substitutes

Welcome to Hoosier Pastrymaker!  We’re delighted to provide for all your cake, cupcake and cookie needs, with some minor exceptions. Under the protection of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and in keeping with our deeply held beliefs as they’re expressed through our own interpretation of our scriptures, we’re very sorry but we cannot in good ...

Aggrievopedia Brown is On Your Case

In a New York Times profile, the blogger and activist Charles Johnson — often accused of being an internet troll — spoke of having strong ties to law enforcement. “Have you ever read the book or heard of the book Encyclopedia Brown?  That’s the capacity in which I help them.”   Socks Sodpucker marched into ...

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