Sunday, July 19, 2009

Jew Reads Agnostic Progeny of Lapsed Catholics

I recently got one of those meters that tells you the number of people logging into your blog, where they're coming from, how long they're there, etc, and found out that, to my surprise, Shadow of a Doubt is listed in Danny Miller's blog, Jew Eat Yet? Miller's most recent post is a million times more serious than my most recent post, yet he maintains his sense of humor. Check it out.

If there are any more blog rolls in which I'm listed that I'm unaware of, I'd like to hear from you. I can be reached at--what the hell, if I'm in your blog roll, you already know how to reach me.


  1. Is a blog roll one of those things your get at Stuckeys in 45 miles?

  2. I know it's celebrated in pop culture, but Stuckeys has yet to reach Cuyahoga County, where this humble blog originates.

  3. From Mark Rothman:
    Kirk, I replied to your comment on my blog yesterday.
    I'll reprint your comment, followed by my response.

    Kirk Jusko said...
    You were there and I wasn't, but I find it odd that you think "The Odd Couple" (no pun intended) was anything for a laugh.

    If there's any show where the comedy was character-driven, it was that one. More so, even, than Neil Simon's original play.

    July 21, 2009 2:58 PM
    mark rothman said...
    Kirk, I think the Odd Couple, the play and the series, were equally character driven.
    But the play was far more reality based than the series.
    Here's a classic example---in the play, in the first scene, Oscar offered the other poker players a choice of brown sandwiches or green sandwiches.
    "Poker player: What are the green sandwiches?

    Oscar: They're either very new cheese, or very old meat."

    Perfect character joke.
    And this would actually happen according to the way Oscar conducted his life.

    In the series one week, Oscar made a dish for dinner for himself called "Goop Melange".
    It was Oscar going out of his way to put bad combinations of food together that nobody would ever do: Sardines, potato chips, whipped cream, etc.
    Nobody in life eats like that. It was gratutuitous. It was "Anything for a Laugh".
    It was the actor's idea. I hated it, but I didn't run the show.
    Neil Simon is a better writer than the actors.
    Goop Melange would not have flied in the play.
    There are countless ezamples of this in the series.
    I'm guilty of it myself.
    In the episode in which Roy Clark appeared, I wrote a joke where he and Felix try to pull a practical joke on Oscar. They put a rubber hot dog in a bun, and offer it to Oscar to eat.
    And he bites into it, and eats it. And swallows it. No questions asked. It got a huge laugh. And it was pure character. But it was also totally surreal. When you're on a show long enough, you fall into the existing habits.
    It was "Anything for a Laugh".

    Your witness.

    July 22, 2009 12:13 AM

  4. Mark, thanks for visiting. It gets lonely here sometimes.

    Since you left a response both here and in your own blog, you MUST feel very strongly about this (incidentally, I don't own a computer, I use the one at the library, which is why it took me so long to answer. This recession is affecting everybody) Again, I was comparing The Odd Couple to Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley (which I failed to make clear in my original comment) where the comedy, especially after you were no longer involved with either show, seemed more contrived. As far as what I said about Neil Simon, a moment of insanity on my part.

    I first started reading the writing credits on TV shows when I was about in the 8th grade (isn't that something all 8th graders do?) and one thing I've noticed over a span of time, is that the shows cosidered "sophisticated" and well-regarded by critics often have the same writers as shows considered "unsophisticated" and looked down upon by critics. Obviously, something larger is at play than who wrote, or even produced, the scripts.

  5. Tag, Michael Wilson, whatever you call yourself (I noticed you removed one version of yourself from the "followers". Made my one post incomprehensible, pal) Don't be offended by my telling Mark Rothman "It gets lonely here sometimes" I know you've been leaving a lot of comments lately, and I appreciate them, but I've been reading Mr Rothman for quite some time, and I was really taken by surprise that he left a comment, even if the comment had more to do with his own blog than mine.

    So far this week I've been surprised by Danny Miller and Mark Rothman. Can the Ohio Lottery be far behind?