Monday, June 30, 2008


Some years ago Craig Tovey, John Barragan, Matt Chidester and I began making movies. Saturday with the help of Gordon Peterson and Doug Tovey we started a new generation of shorts. It's an homage to a early short Craig, John and I made. If I ever find a copy I'll be sure to post it. Please enjoy Craig Tovey and I in roommates

Monday, June 23, 2008

My dad taught me that George Carlin is funny.

Comedy great George Carlin died Sunday of heart failure at the age of 71. I remember as a kid how much my dad loved watching his comedic style. My dad would let us listen to records of Carlin and whenever there was an HBO special we watched it together. Carlin was Manhattan raised as was my dad. I think that was one of the things that made it fun for my dad to watch. I can honestly say that a lot of my humor comes from growing up and listening to what my dad loved. George Carlin, Steven Wright, Bill Cosby, and others shaped my funny bone. Seeing the article this morning reminded me of times when me and my dad laughed and laughed hard. Where ever George may be I hope he's happy there. I hope for his sake those nuns that taught him in his youth will go easy on him.

Included for your pleasure and in memory of George Carlin I include a favorite piece.

"Baseball is different from any other sport, very different. For instance, in most sports you score points or goals; in baseball you score runs. In most sports the ball, or object, is put in play by the offensive team; in baseball the defensive team puts the ball in play, and only the defense is allowed to touch the ball. In fact, in baseball if an offensive player touches the ball intentionally, he's out; sometimes unintentionally, he's out.
Also: in football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and all sports played with a ball, you score with the ball and in baseball the ball prevents you from scoring.

In most sports the team is run by a coach; in baseball the team is run by a manager. And only in baseball does the manager or coach wear the same clothing the players do. If you'd ever seen John Madden in his Oakland Raiders uniform, you'd know the reason for this custom.

Now, I've mentioned football. Baseball & football are the two most popular spectator sports in this country. And as such, it seems they ought to be able to tell us something about ourselves and our values.

I enjoy comparing baseball and football:

Baseball is a nineteenth-century pastoral game.

Football is a twentieth-century technological struggle.

Baseball is played on a diamond, in a park. The baseball park!

Football is played on a gridiron, in a stadium, sometimes called Soldier Field or War Memorial Stadium.

Baseball begins in the spring, the season of new life.

Football begins in the fall, when everything's dying.

In baseball you wear a cap.

Football is concerned with downs — what down is it?

Baseball is concerned with ups — who's up?

In football you receive a penalty.

In baseball you make an error.

In football the specialist comes in to kick.

In baseball the specialist comes in to relieve somebody.

Football has hitting, clipping, spearing, piling on, personal fouls, late hitting and unnecessary roughness.

Baseball has the sacrifice.

Football is played in any kind of weather: rain, snow, sleet, hail, fog...

In baseball, if it rains, we don't go out to play.

Baseball has the seventh inning stretch.

Football has the two minute warning.

Baseball has no time limit: we don't know when it's gonna end — might have extra innings.

Football is rigidly timed, and it will end even if we've got to go to sudden death.

In baseball, during the game, in the stands, there's kind of a picnic feeling; emotions may run high or low, but there's not too much unpleasantness.

In football, during the game in the stands, you can be sure that at least twenty-seven times you're capable of taking the life of a fellow human being.

And finally, the objectives of the two games are completely different:

In football the object is for the quarterback, also known as the field general, to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense by hitting his receivers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz, even if he has to use shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack that punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy's defensive line.

In baseball the object is to go home! And to be safe! — I hope I'll be safe at home!"

Wednesday, June 4, 2008