(The latest pandemic has caused an outbreak of poetical inspiration in me.)
There’s nothing to fret about, see?
Even though treatment won’t be for free
Now ladies and gents,
I give you Mike Pence
Whoops, we just lost our latest VP
Corona is better as beer,
There’s nothing from that I would fear.
A bottle or two–
We laid up a few–
Will brighten the rest of the year
The Plague isn’t new in the mix
In London in Sixteen-Oh-Six,
They shuttered the plays
For hundreds of days
For Lear and for Hamlet, no tix!
Please pardon the lace and damask
And the heavy gauge armor–don’t ask
The pads and the plugs
Are all for the bugs
And excuse, please, the Donald Trump mask
Jonathan Swift’s brilliant satirical proposal regarding the dual problems of poverty and famine still feels fresh and apropos. Here’s a version I performed and produced that was broadcast yesterday on the Arts Express radio program on WBAI 99.5 FM NYC.
Thanks to Mary Murphy for directing the piece.
Click on the grey triangle to listen.
When people who are the best in their field talk about the nuts and bolts of their creative process, it always interests me.
Jerry Seinfeld is generally considered one of the masters of his craft. It’s like Stephen Sondheim and songwriting—there’s no denying his originality and influence, even if you don’t particularly care for his songs. About four years ago, Seinfeld sat down with a reporter from The New York Times, and talked about the crafting of one five-minute routine, “The Pop Tart,” a routine that took over two years to hone. I found it very enjoyable to hear Seinfeld talk about the meticulousness of his search for the perfect way to frame a joke.
Click on the video above to watch.
Comedy writer Larry David is known for his creation of two of the greatest ever television comic sitcoms, the enormously successful Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. But David started out as a stand-up comedian, and though he disliked it, once in a while in the last decade or so he would return to delivering a stand-up set.
Click on the video above to hear the very funny Larry David do a couple of bits.