Thanks to Ben Garrison: https://grrrgraphics.com
Thanks to Ben Garrison: https://grrrgraphics.com
The latest issue of the famed so-called humor magazine from France shows that in the final analysis, the editors actually have no sense of humor at all, they are political extremists dishing out leftist agit-prop in the manner of the old dead Stalinist communist international. If you look at their covers, for years you will not find a lot to laugh at. It is just sick depictions of Muslims and Christians, among others. Compare it to American humor magazines, like MAD Magazine. Even in its wildest issues, Mad never crossed the line of actual depraved political propaganda. Charlie, you ain’t funny now and you haven’t ever been funny. A pity some stupid Muslims attacked your office. You were on the way to propaganda bankruptcy, and suddenly wrapped yourself in victim-hood, and shoveled in millions of dollars from average folks who don’t really understand your game. If the attack had never happened, you’d be in the unemployment line with the rest of your neo-Stalinist pals.
The latest issue shows God drowning all the Texans because they are Nazis and racists. Really? You sick jerks in Paris really believe that? And you think the whole Hurricane Harvey is funny?
Here’s something that would really be funny: Watch the fun if a couple of Charlie Hebdo execs show up in Houston to pass out their rag to those in an evacuation center. Ha! Lights out for the agit-prop boys. And watch out for them gators as you’re trying to swim away from all those angry “Nazis”!
Here’s what the folks in the evacuation centers really look like: Americans. I don’t see any Nazis here. The Charlie boys in Paris must be smokin’ some powerful fear-weed to come up with this one.
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On December 22, 1953, Mort Sahl took the stage at San Francisco’s hungry i and changed comedy forever. Before him, standup was about everything but hard news and politics. In his wake, a new generation of smart comics emerged―Shelley Berman, Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Lenny Bruce, Bob Newhart, Dick Gregory, Woody Allen, and the Smothers Brothers, among others. He opened up jazz-inflected satire to a loose network of clubs, cut the first modern comedy album, and appeared on the cover of Time surrounded by caricatures of some of his frequent targets such as Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Adlai Stevenson, and John F. Kennedy. Through the extraordinary details of Sahl’s life, author James Curtis deftly illustrates why Sahl was dubbed by Steve Allen as “the only real political philosopher we have in modern comedy.”
Sahl came on the scene the same year Eisenhower and Nixon entered the White House, the year Playboy first hit the nation’s newsstands. Clad in an open collar and pullover sweater, he adopted the persona of a graduate student ruminating on current events. “It was like nothing I’d ever seen,” said Woody Allen, “and I’ve never seen anything like it after.” Sahl was billed, variously, as the Nation’s Conscience, America’s Only Working Philosopher, and, most tellingly, the Next President of the United States. Yet he was also a satirist so savage the editors of Time once dubbed him “Will Rogers with fangs.”
Here, for the first time, is the whole story of Mort Sahl, America’s iconoclastic father of modern standup comedy. Written with Sahl’s full cooperation and the participation of many of his friends and contemporaries, it delves deeply into the influences that shaped him, the heady times in which he soared, and the depths to which he fell during the turbulent sixties when he took on the Warren Commission and nearly paid for it with his career
If you are on Twitter you can get the Periscope app for free and watch Mort every Thursday night. His show is only broadcast from the Throckmorton Theater in Northern California. He is amazingly sharp and recalls many funny incidents from his long career in show business that included writing for films, comedy gigs, writing for JFK, and working with Jim Garrison on the Kennedy Assassination, which got him black-balled from Hollywood.
Genevieve Castree 1981-2016
Her tragic early death at age 35 in 2016 was shocking to her fans. She waged a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. It seems so unfair that such a talented young woman would be taken away. The Comics Journal ran a nice article about her life and work, click here to read it. The video from Skylight shows a shy, young lady, who had a fascinating story of her growing up in Canada, which she managed to illustrate in a charming cartoon book format. Click on the box below to watch this wonderful talk by Genevieve.
Sam Bobrick, award winning playwright who from the late 1950s to the 1990s wrote for scores of television shows. Click here to go to his website for a list of his shows and his biography. He says about his shows:
” Most of them were on the air before many of you were born. I think some of them were on the air before I was born.”
He’s written and co-written over thirty-five plays, many of them performed throughout the world, including: Murder At The Howard Johnson’s, Weekend Comedy, Getting Sara Married, and Hamlet II (Better Than The Original). Twenty four of them have been published by Samuel French.
Born in Chicago in 1932 he joined the Air Force after his first year in college following a futile attempt at accounting. It was in the Service that he commenced a writing career as the editor and sole contributor to “The Tribe Scribe” – a bi-monthly politically incorrect base newspaper which, while very popular with the troops, was not held in the highest esteem by the military bureaucracy. After three years, nine months and twenty eight days in the Air Force he was honorably discharged and attended and graduated from the University of Illinois.
He soon made his way to New York where after several years of living on hot dogs and jelly donuts he landed his first big job as a writer for the legendary Captain Kangaroo children’s program. His TV writing career is long and varied, and includes The Andy Griffith Show, Get Smart, and The Smother’s Brothers Comedy Hour.
It was while doing The Kraft Music Hall in New York that he became involved with theatre, co-writing his first play NORMAN, IS THAT YOU? which has been produced throughout the world.
A prolific talent, he has also composed songs which have been recorded by Elvis Presley, Brian Ferry, and Los Lobos. He also co-wrote all the songs for the two MAD Magazine albums, MAD Twists Rock ‘N’ Roll and Fink Along With MAD – both of which have become collector’s items.
Recently – he and his son Joey wrote and released a hilarious but wickedly rude CD called Totally Twisted Country sung by the great country and western group The Cow Pies.
He is married and lovingly-devoted to playwright Julie Stein with whom he co-wrote several plays (including THE OUTRAGEOUS ADVENTURES OF SHELDON & MRS. LEVINE and LENNY’S BACK (a one man show about the legendary comedian Lenny Bruce).
Besides his son he has two fantastic daughters Lori and Steffy, two wonderful son-in-laws, Caleb and Geoff, one magnificent daughter-in-law, Linda and two outstanding grand-children, Ariel and Joshua.
Ed Scharlach, another multi-talented writer who wrote for both television comedies and more serious stuff, like Mike Hammer. Click here for a list of his extensive television writing credits.
He has written and produced more than 300 episodes of TV comedy, including: segments for classic shows such as “The Odd Couple,” “Happy Days,” “Mork and Mindy,” and “Love American Style.” He also penned pristine episodes of acclaimed variety shows like “The Dean Martin Show” and shows for Steve Martin, Bette Midler, and Jay Leno.
He is also worked for several TV hour mystery dramas include writing/producing for “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer” and writing for sci-fi classics such as “Quantum Leap.”
His writing/producing also include such acclaimed animated series as “Duckman,” “The Wild Thornberrys”, “Pinky and the Brain,” the pilot for the cult favorite, “Invader Zim, as well as producing the TV series revival of the famed “Scooby-Doo” franchise.
His work as been heralded in TV Guide’s “101 Best Written TV Series,” as well as in TV Guide’s “100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.” He is an Emmy, Annie, and Writer’s Guild Award nominee and the winner of a Cable ACE award.
He also happens to be one of the kindest and most beloved human beings in the entertainment industry.
Arnie Kogen, another major comedy writer and producer joins the group tonight. Mr. Kogen has written for many of the major stand-up comedians, including Don Adams, Soupy Sales, Jackie Gleason and Johnny Carson. Not only did he write for many television shows, but he wrote for years for our favorite Mad Magazine. Click Here for a list of his credits, and Click Here for the list of Mad Magazine pieces.
He’s written and/or produced for The Carol Burnett Show, The Tonight Show, Newhart, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Empty Nest, Mad TV, The Dean Martin Show, Sinbad, Donnie & Marie, The Jackson Five, Evening At The Improv, The Bob Newhart Show, Tim Conway, Candid Camera, The Golden Globes and The Academy Awards.
Has also written comedy material for Phyllis Diller, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Shelley Berman, Debbie Reynolds, Connie Stevens, Totie Fields, Jackie Vernon, Diana Ross, Flip Wilson, Ann Margret, Sammy Davis, Morty Gunty, Mal Z Lawrence and Freddie Roman.
He has won three Emmy Awards (seven nominations) and one Writers Guild Award (three nominations)
He has been planning on writing a novel but doesn’t have enough material. He feels he has a “leaflet” in him.
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It was just announced that Pep Boys has been sold to Bridgestone Tires, a Japanese company. I hear the statues of Manny, Moe and Jack are being replaced with those of Masaaki, Narumi and Asahiko, now to be called the Manga Boys.
by Ed Murray
Dateline: Holmby Hills
Please don’t say you aren’t shocked. Playboy Magazine has announced a big make-over of the magazine, including the removal of pictures of nude ladies from the pages of the famous man’s mag. These changes are set to take place in the March, 2016 issue. Since Playboy began, it made its mark on society, and made founder Hugh Hefner a fortune. The big thing that attracted a following over the years has been the nude centerfold. If you think that millions of men bought the magazine just to read the articles, then you are seriously deluded. The probable reason that Hefner put some articles and written material in the magazine was that he had to. In the 1950’s publishing “porn” or magazines with only nudes was risky. Various state and local authorities were prosecuting publishers for publishing magazines that “had no socially redeeming value.” Hence the publishers covered themselves with news, fiction, fashion, or other articles. Things are a little different now, a lot of porn has moved to the internet or dvd rentals.
But I wanted to get to the bottom of the Playboy announcement. The magazine has seen its circulation fall the last few years. The magazine, always a little elitist, has failed to make big gains with a younger crowd, especially with working class and middle class men. Totally removing the nudes from the magazine seemes like they are going in the wrong direction. After all, if you want “good” articles, why not read Atlantic, or the New York Review of Books?
The one man who could give me answers to that is dead: porn publisher Al Goldstein. He was the King for a while, publishing the sleazy, irreverent Screw magazine and running various other enterprises. He was always in Court, fighting for freedom of speech and freedom of expression. So I thought I would contact him on the other side. Get some answers from the guy who knows what’s happening.
…Glass of wine…..
…glass of wine….
Murray: Hello, Al? Al Goldstein?
Goldstein: Yeah, I’m here. How are ya, you old putz?
Murray: OK, Al. I hate to bother you, ….you must be busy or something.
Goldstein. Yeah, but it’s not what you think, in fact not what anyone could ever think.
Murray: What do you mean? Like where are you now? If you can say?
Goldstein: Right now I’m down in the hot place, but actually the way things worked out I divide my time between the two places..
Murray: Huh? How’s that possible? I’ve never heard of that before.
Goldstein: Well, I got sent down here for a light sentence because of some bad things I did.
Murray: You mean some of the Porn stuff?
Goldstein: Naw, some other f*cking stuff. So I have to spend four hours every day going to a beginner’s Sunday School. And me a Jew. I’m f*cking outraged.
Murray: I imagine it could be worse, I mean sitting in a Sunday School class isn’t too bad, is it?
Goldstein: It is if your sentence is 30,000 years of the sh*t.
Murray: Well, what about the rest of the day?
Goldstein: The other half of my time I work up top with the good guys. It’s a big universe, and I’ve actually been appointed a kind of Porn Angel, so to speak.
Murray: Porn Angel?
Goldstein: Yeah, well there’s a lot of solar systems in the universe, a lot of planets and a lot of weird people. Some of the races on other planets have declining populations, and they needed someone to spur them on, give ’em LUST, get them f*cking again. I’m an expert on that, so they hired me.
Murray: Wow. Sounds like you are able to continue your career.
Goldstein: Yeah, but the downside is that I can’t participate, you know, I don’t have a physical body anymore. In fact, I’m not entirely sure who I’m working for at this job. I’d give my left nut to have a dick again…..
Murray: I see your point. Hey, the reason for the call is about the new announcement from Playboy magazine. Have you heard about it?
Goldstein: Yeah, I hear about everything. There’s always hordes of new jerks inbound here, we pick up rumors pretty fast.
Murray: So what is it, Al? Is the staff of Playboy all gay now?
Goldstein: Naw, and those schmucks don’t have a creative drop of jizz in their bodies. This decision is coming right from Hef.
Murray: What? Hef?
Goldstein: Well, sort of. Do you remember that radical feminist Andrea Dworkin from the 80s and 90s? She was a big fat woman
Murray: Yeah, the anti-porn crusader.
Goldstein: That’s the one. Well, Hef is weak. I mean the old f*ck is really weak. When you get down like that, you’re susceptible to a walk-in.
Murray: A walk-in?
Goldsteirn: Yeah, that Andrea woman is a spirit now, she saw that Hef was weak, his defenses down, so she moved right into his body.
Murray: Is that possible?
Goldstein: F*ckin right it’s possible. She’s now Hef, controlling him. She’s havin’ a f*ckin ball, makin’ him into a laughing stock, taking the nudes out of the mag. He’s so weak that his last few girlfriends said that all he does at night is cuddle with his dog and watch old fifties movies. He’s done. And Andrea is getting her putrid rocks off,- getting her feminist revenge on all the men. What a country….
Murray: Al, I have to think about this, maybe with a sixpack. This is depressing news.
Goldstein: Well, Ed, as I have said many times, F*CK YOU, F*CK HEF, F*CK ANDREA, in fact,
F*CK EVERYBODY! HOPE TO SEE ALL YOU JERKS REAL SOON!
Murray: Al, this time I really mean it: Sorry I asked….
Goldstein: Uh, yeah, gotto go, Sunday School class starting in a few minutes……
Last weekends Comikazie was to say the least quite interesting. The convention promoters boasted fifty thousand people in attendance. Well, yes, they were able attract a lot people to the convention center, but I don’t think it was close to that number. The people that did come were an army of looky loos. It was mostly kids in elaborate and clever costumes playfully mugging for camera phones. Many of them liked viewing the vintage collectibles, but had no money to buy them. So for us at the Oddball Books booth, it was a little on the slow side. However, we had a plentiful supply of bud lights, rum cokes and cheez-its as well as Maria, Barbara and the Coop Devil Girls as company.
Sadly, I didn’t manage to get anything signed or meet the legendary creator of Spiderman. Because Stan Lee is getting up there in years, he was only there for a few hours a day and sixty bucks for his signature was a major factor in motivating me NOT to stand in his signing line. However, I did pop by is his perfume booth. Gez, you can smell like a comic dealer or worse a ninety year old man…….
What can I say….. The George Barris coolish-ghoulish MASTERPIECE on display!
Richard Anderson who played the character Oscar Goldman in both the Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman television series was so happy to see his doll when I brought it to him for his signature that I thought he was going to start cradling it.
A pretty good Moriticia, but lousy Gomez.
Funny, when I met Nichelle Nichols she didn’t look like that….
I only got to one panel discussion. It was on the Grindhouse Film Festival hosted by Eric Caidin owner of The Hollywood Book and Poster Shop. It’s a monthly 60s- 80’s exploitation film fest at the New Beverly theatre. They show tons of rare over the top, blood and guts flics, mostly from 35 mm film prints and many from the Quentin Tarantino collection. For more information and to get on their email list, check out Eric’s web site.
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