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Repost: Comedy Isn’t Funny

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Tom Lehrer is devastatingly witty. He’s right up there with my idols, Dorothy Parker, Mel Brooks, and George S. Kaufman. He is (was? He hasn’t written in decades, though he lives on) one of the most gifted comedic lyricists of our time and our parents’ time, too. One of the reasons his work so speaks to me is that I’ve written quite a number of parodies over the years, and I’m in the throes of one now.  It’s not turning out to be an easy birth.  (They rarely are.)  This clever, clever man has inspired me to press on.

I don’t want to spoil for you all the wonders that await you in this Buzzfeed article (I know, Buzzfeed is typically more for soundbites than true writing, but it really is an article, and not badly written, at that!).  Let me just give you a taste of the brilliant mad man that is Tom Lehrer.  He wrote a “Dissertation on Education” for his application to college.  It worked, by the way.  Here is the last stanza:

“But although I detest
Learning poems and the rest
Of the things one must know to have ‘culture,’
While each of my teachers
Makes speeches like preachers
And preys on my faults like a vulture,
I will leave movie thrillers
And watch caterpillars
Get born and pupated and larva’ed,
And I’ll work like a slave
And always behave
And maybe I’ll get into Harvard…”

Enjoy the Buzzfeed article about Lehrer!

And if you listen to nothing else of his, please oh please listen to this song.  It’s seriously funny!

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

7 thoughts on “Repost: Comedy Isn’t Funny

  1. y am having tons of fun with family but this was a fun way to start the day hal

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  2. Been a Tom Lehrer fan for many years! Haven’t run across too many people who have heard of him. Faves- “Vatican Rag” and “Who’s Next?” Still relevant!

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  3. I was raised on Tom Lehrer. There are still song of his that I can sing all the way through, and many that I remember most of the lyrics. We used to play his record loud, and sing along, as we cleaned the house. Fun.
    Alison

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