Yearly Annual Playwriting Year-in-Review Wrap-Up Rundown

Posted on Jan 12, 2018 in Ostensibly Funny, Playwriting, Shoe Substitutes

At this point in the calendar a lot of my playwriting colleagues crunch numbers from the past year, quantifying their labor and accomplishments as writers.  I always look forward to these annual posts as a welcome opportunity for self-loathing. But this year it occurred to me that I should try it myself. Because 60% of ...

General Protection

Posted on Oct 25, 2017 in Ostensibly Funny, Politics, Shoe Substitutes

Are you an elected official? Maybe a president? Do you pick fights, say dumb stuff, tell lies, belittle minorities, or disrespect troops?  But you don’t like it when people criticize you?  Then you need General Protection! With your subscription to General Protection you receive one or more former military generals whose gravitas, moral authority, and ...

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. ...

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