Pixel Scroll 8/23/21 Your Scroll, The La Pixela, Is On File

(1) INTERNATIONAL SERIES AWARD TAKING ENTRIES. The Sara Douglass Book Series Award judging panel welcomes entries for the 2021 award. The deadline to enter is September 30. See full guidelines at the link.

  • The third iteration of the Sara is underway in 2021, covering series ending (in original publication anywhere in the world) between January 2018 and December 2020.
  • The current judging year is deliberately excluded. This permits an earlier submissions deadline to allow adequate time for the judges to consider all works entered….

(2) REMEMBERING LOSS. In “The Grief in Memories”, a guest post at Stone Soup, TJ Klune frankly discusses personal experiences with death and grief and how they informed his new novel Under the Whispering Door.

… I know grief. I do. Chances are you do too. If you live long enough to learn what love is, you’ll know loss. Though no two people will grieve the same way, there’s still something universal about it, the way it changes us. It makes us feel like our hearts are being torn from our chests. It makes us furious, ranting and raving at the unfairness of it all. It’s all-consuming, this great thing that wraps itself around us and refuses to let go….

(3) FANAC.ORG. One of the fanzines now available at Fanac.org is a rarity mentioned in Ed Meskys’ obituary a few weeks ago. (“Peggy Rae McKnight (later Sapienza) began publishing Etwas in 1960; ‘We traded fanzines at the time, her Etwas (German for something) for my Niekas (Lithuanian for nothing).’”)

Etwas, Peggy Rae McKnight. Added the full 7 issue run of this early 1960s fanzine by Peggy Rae. Peggy Rae McKnight of course is Peggy Rae McKnight Pavlat Sapienza. Contributors include Harry Warner, Jr., Les Gerber, Ozzie Train, and others. The shorter issues may be more like perzines.

(4) PARTY LIKE IT’S 2010 AGAIN. As part of the Bradbury birthday commemoration, Phil Nichols produced a bonus episode of Bradbury 100 LIVE! In the 90th birthday video clip you can see all kinds of people, like the late George Clayton Johnson, Marc Scott Zicree, and John King Tarpinian (even though he’s trying to be invisible.)

On the eve of Ray Bradbury’s 101st birthday, I ran Bradbury 100 LIVE – a livestream version of my Bradbury 100 podcast. Joing me via Zoom was Steven Paul Leiva: novelist, friend of Ray Bradbury, and former Hollywood animation producer. This live show includes never-before-seen photos and video from Ray’s 90th birthday party, held in Glendale California in 2010. And we talk at length about one of Ray’s “lost” films, Little Nemo In Slumberland. We also discuss legendary animator Chuck Jones, who was a friend of Ray’s, and who was significant to the origin of The Halloween Tree and the abandoned Nemo project.

(5) WELL, EXCUSE MEEE. Despite popular demand, “John Cleese to explore cancel culture in new Channel 4 documentary” reports Radio Times.

British comedy legend John Cleese will be exploring cancel culture in a new documentary series for Channel 4.

The series – which is to be titled John Cleese: Cancel Me – will see the Monty Python and Fawlty Towers star “explore why a new ‘woke’ generation is trying to rewrite the rules on what can and can’t be said”.

Throughout the series, the comedian will talk to a variety of people – including some famous faces who claim to have been ‘cancelled’ and others who have campaigned against comedians and programmes – to ask if it is possible to create comedy without causing offence….

(6) LEGAL MANEUVERING. In the Scarlett Johansson-Disney lawsuit, the latter has filed a motion to send the matter to binding arbitration. “Disney pushes for private arbitration in Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ lawsuit” at USA Today.

Disney has filed a motion to settle a lawsuit brought by “Black Widow” star Scarlett Johansson behind closed doors. 

The motion was filed to Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday afternoon by Disney attorney Daniel Petrocelli. In documents obtained by USA TODAY, Petrocelli argued that the contract between Disney and Periwinkle Entertainment Inc., the company representing Johansson, included an agreement to settle any disputes through “binding arbitration” in New York City. 

Disney’s request for arbitration is the company’s first filing in the case since Johansson filed suit on July 29, alleging her contract with Marvel was breached when “Black Widow” was released on the Disney+ streaming service at the same time as in theaters. 

In Friday’s filing, Disney argued the complaint put forth by Johansson and Periwinkle Entertainment has “no merit.” 

“There is nothing in the Agreement requiring that a ‘wide theatrical release’ also be an ‘exclusive’ theatrical release,” Petrocelli wrote. 

Petrocelli cited box office numbers, noting that the combined opening weekend revenue from ticket sales in theaters and Disney + Premiere Access receipts totaled more than $135 million. That surpassed other Marvel Cinematic Universe films that were released before the pandemic, including “Thor: The Dark World,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Petrocelli wrote. 

“Disney is now, predictably, trying to hide its misconduct in a confidential arbitration,” Johansson’s attorney John Berlinski told USA TODAY in a statement. “Why is Disney so afraid of litigating this case in public?”…

(7) THE TIME OF DAY. James Davis Nicoll reaches for the shelf with “Classic SF Featuring Planets With Very Long or Very Short Days” at Tor.com.

…SF authors have noticed this and written books about planets/planetesimals with different day lengths. Consider these five vintage works.

Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement (1953)

61 Cygni’s world Mesklin is sixteen times more massive than Jupiter. A day less than twenty minutes long means that the gravity at the equator is a measly three gravities. Thus, human starfarer Charles Lackland is able to briefly set down near the equator, where he is subjected to extreme discomfort (rather than immediate death). Too bad for Lackland that the object of his quest, a lost probe, is near one of Mesklin’s poles, where gravity is high enough to reduce a human to paste.

Conveniently for Lackland, Mesklin is not only life-bearing—it has natives. Rational self-interest being universal in Clement’s universe, Lackland strikes a deal with local trader Barlennan: retrieve the probe in exchange for services only someone with space flight can provide the trader. What follows is a glorious expedition through conditions quite alien to the human reader….

(8) MEMORY LANE.

  • 1989 – Thirty-two years ago at Noreascon 3 where the Toastmaster was Frederik Pohl, C. J. Cherryh wins the Hugo for Best Novel for Cyteen. It had been published by Warner Books the previous year. Other nominated works that year were Red Prophet by Orson Scott Card, Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold, Islands in the Net by Bruce Sterling and Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson.  Andrew Porter’s Science Fiction Chronicle would give it their SF Chronicle Award and Locus would award it their Best SF Novel Award. It was nominated for a BSFA as well. 

(9) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.

[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born August 23, 1927 Peter Wyngarde. Not one who was a lead actor in any genre series save Department S where he was Jason King but interesting none-the-less. For instance, he shows up in the two Sherlock Holmes series, one with Peter Cushing and one with Jeremy Brett. He’s in a series of Doctor Who with the Fifth Doctor, and he faces off against the classic Avenger pairing of Steed and Peel. He shows up as Number Two in The Prisoner as well. (Died 2018.)
  • Born August 23, 1929 Vera Miles, 92. Lila Crane in Psycho which she reprised in Psycho II. On a much more family friendly note, she’s Silly Hardy in Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle, the very last of the twelve, count ‘em twelve, Tarzan pictures released by RKO. She has done one-offs on Buck Rogers in Twentieth CenturyFantasy IslandThe Twilight ZoneAlfred Hitchcock PresentsI Spy and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  • Born August 23, 1931 Barbara Eden, 90. Jeannie on I Dream of Jeannie. Her first genre role however was on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea as Lt. Cathy Connors, and she’d show up a few years later as Greta Heinrich on The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. She was  Angela Benedict in The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, the wonderful film version of Charles Finney’s novel, The Circus of Dr. Lao. Some thirty-five years after I Dream of Jeannie went off the air, she had a recurring role as Aunt Irma on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Her latest genre was just two years ago, Mrs. Claus in My Adventures with Santa. 
  • Born August 23, 1944 Karl Alexander. Author of Time after Time which was filmed as Time after Time as directed and written by Nicholas Meyer. Cast includes Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen and David Warner. (A thirteen-episode series would happen in 2017.) His sequel of Jaclyn the Ripper is not as well known, nor is his Time-Crossed Lovers novel. Time after Time was nominated for a Hugo at Noreascon II, the year Alien won. (Died 2015.)
  • Born August 23, 1965 Chris Bachalo, 56, Illustrator well known for his work on DC Comics’ Shade, the Changing Man and Gaiman’s two Death series, Death: The High Cost of Living and Death: The Time of Your Life
  • Born August 23, 1966 Charley Boorman, 55. He played a young Mordred in Excalibur which was directed by his father (and he was joined by his older sister Katrine Boorman who played Ygraine, Mordred’s grandmother) He was Tommy Markham in The Emerald Forest, and had an uncredited role in Alien
  • Born August 23, 1990 Jessica Lee Keller, 31. Lauren, Elise’s Best Friend, in The Adjustment Bureau from Philip K. Dick’s “Adjustment Team” story. She also shows up in LuciferTerror Birds and 12-24

(10) COMICS SECTION.

  • Tom Gauld shows it’s not paranoia, if you’re actually being watched.

(11) OUT OF COSTUME. Comics writer Tom King, while signing at Awesome Con in Washington DC over the weekend, had to deal with a fan who refused to wear a mask. Fascinatingly, the fan was dressed as Rorschach. Thread starts here. The fan was removed by the concom.

(12) WHO IS HOSTING JEOPARDY? “’Jeopardy!’: Mayim Bialik To Step In As Temporary Host Of Syndicated Show After Mike Richards’ Exit”Deadline has the story.

Mayim Bialik, who earlier this month was announced as host of the Jeopardy! primetime and spinoff series, will fill in as host of the mothership syndicated program following the abrupt exit of Mike Richards as host after one day of tapings. (He remains an executive producer of the franchise.)

Bialik, who guest hosted earlier this year in the wake of Alex Trebek’s death, is currently scheduled to tape three weeks of episodes (15 episodes) when production resumes this week. Additional guest hosts will be announced as search for a permanent host of the Sony Pictures Television program resumes.

(13) SCI-FI FOR STRINGS. CBS Sunday Morning did a piece on John Williams, with the news that he is rearranging some of his film scores for violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

John Williams is one of America’s most celebrated musical talents – the best-known creator of music for films. He has written the scores for such revered classics as “Jaws,” “Star Wars,” “Superman” and “Schindler’s List.” In a story originally broadcast September 22, 2019, Correspondent Tracy Smith talks with Williams, and with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, who collaborated with the composer on an album of works for violin and orchestra adapted from his film scores, “Across the Stars.”

(14) RAIN DANCE. [Item by Mike Kennedy.] The Hollywood Reporter has a delightful story about an encounter (and aftermath) between Malcolm McDowell and Gene Kelly, recounted here on the 99th anniversary of the latter’s birth. Always remember: it’s showbiz, not just show. “Malcolm McDowell Learned 40 Years Later Why Gene Kelly Was Upset With ‘A Clockwork Orange’ Using “Singin’ in the Rain””.

…McDowell’s character sings the iconic 1952 musical number during one of the most disturbing and graphic scenes in the 1971 Kubrick classic. Talking to the same room of fans, McDowell said the song was not in the script, the idea just came to him during a take and Kubrick loved it. “It was just instinctive,” he added.

It would not be until 40 years later when McDowell would learn why Kelly was so mad about the situation.

“I am telling this story to the Academy, and afterward this lady came up and said, ‘I’m Gene’s widow. Gene wasn’t upset with you, Malcolm. He was really upset with Stanley Kubrick because he hadn’t been paid.’ And I went, ‘My God, there’s quite a gang of us who haven’t been paid!’” he said to laughs.

(15) HOOCH TREK. “Star Trek Wines Adds New Alien-Inspired Bottles”Food & Wine admires the designs. (See full details at the Star Trek Wines site.) Click for a larger image.

…Star Trek Wines has just announced the addition of two more bottles to its now six-bottle lineup.

To recap, Star Trek Wines launched with two options — Chateau Picard Cru Bordeaux and United Federation of Planets Old Vine Zinfandel — produced in partnership with Wines That Rock. (If that name sounds familiar, it’s because they also make wines for The Hallmark ChannelNPR, and Downton Abbey, along with their namesake rock band-themed products.) A year later, in 2020, two more wines joined the mix: Klingon Bloodwine and United Federation of Planets Sauvignon Blanc.

Now, it’s 2021, and as any serialized TV show knows, you need fresh content, so say hello to your latest season of Star Trek Wines: United Federation of Planets Special Reserve Andorian Blue Chardonnay (at $50 per bottle) and Cardassian Kanar Red Wine Blend (at $60 per bottle)….

(16) ON THE STAGE. Michael Toman pointed out a couple of the latest sort-of-genre items available from Playscripts.

When a narrator displeased with her part tries to ruin the happy endings of five Grimm’s fairy tales, a talking lobster must save the day. A charming comedy full of enterprising animals and classic storytelling magic.

When Archer finds herself a captive audience for her dad’s latest masterpiece, it seems pretty familiar for a fantasy adventure screenplay at first. Wars, in the stars. Brides, of the princess variety. This story’s got such an incredibly absurd array of heroes, villains, robots, and romances, it’s total chaos. But once Archer gets pulled in to the mashup tale of a princess with a secret agenda and some space wizards destined for greatness, she starts to wonder: Could this be so much chaos it’s actually… genius? With all the special effects achieved by one actor hurling models and puppets, plus a flexible cast, an epic quest can come to any stage in this hilarious satire of beloved fantasy adventures. 

(17) MIMEO MAKERS. In the Forties, when a couple of fans couldn’t afford a mimeograph, they figured out how to DIY – they made one from a paint can. Now that mimeos practically don’t exist anymore, this technique might come in handy again.

Join Olson Graduate Rich Dana and Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections Peter Balestrieri as they explore the techniques created by Dale and Anita Tarr back in the 1940s of printing zines with a paint can.

[Thanks to JJ, Michael Toman, John King Tarpinian, Lise Andreasen, Dann, Cat Eldridge, Mike Kennedy, Andrew Porter, and Martin Morse Wooster  for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to contributing editor of the day Jim Janney.]

49 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 8/23/21 Your Scroll, The La Pixela, Is On File

  1. 9) Peter Wyngarde was ALSO “Klytus” in the Flash Gordon Movie. I remember watching “Checkmate” as a Prisoner episode for the first time, hearing his voice and saying “OMG, the Prisoner is facing Klytus. That means Ming is Number One!”

    My brother was awfully confused.

    Also apparently, first.

  2. This may be as good a moment as any to mention my Peter Wyngarde Inverse Hair to Evilness theory, which basically says that the more hair he has on display, the more heroic the part he’s playing.

    In Department S and the solo spin-off Jason King, he’s sporting a handlebar moustache and an extravagant bouffant hairdo, and he’s one of the good guys.

    In his Doctor Who appearance in “Planet of Fire”, his hair was hidden under a headdress, and he was a villain – but he still had a thin pencil moustache, which indicated he was a pragmatic villain who could be reluctantly converted to the side of virtue.

    In The Prisoner, he was clean-shaven with a sensible short-back-and-sides job, and was thoroughly nasty with it.

    And of course, as Klytus in Flash Gordon, he wore an all-concealing metal death mask, and was chief hatchetman for Ming the Merciless.

    It all makes perfect sense you know.

  3. 12) WHO IS HOSTING JEOPARDY? I’d like them to fire Mike as Executive Producer as his remarks make him unfit to be involved in any manner with this show. And I’m still not convinced she’s the best choice for Host.

    Soon to be listening to Charles de Lint’s Jack the Giant Killer

  4. (9) And of course Barbara Eden had a major role (as Angela Benedict) in The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, the wonderful film version of Charles Finney’s novel, The Circus of Dr. Lao.

  5. PhilRM says And of course Barbara Eden had a major role (as Angela Benedict) in The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, the wonderful film version of Charles Finney’s novel, The Circus of Dr. Lao.

    A most excellent catch on your part. I’ll have our OGH add it to the Birthday. Thanks much!

    (Now that’s what I call useful feedback.)

  6. (9) Non-genre, but a few years ago I was startled to spot (quite young) Barbara Eden in a rerun of “I Love Lucy”

  7. 5
    I’ve been thinking a lot about this issue in the last few years, and I expect this series is going to be unfortunate. It’s an important issue which needs discussion, but they seem to be asking the wrong questions. I’d beg them to reconsider, but they wouldn’t listen to me. At least stop calling it “cancel culture,” clickbait or not.

    So, wait, Ygraine was portrayed by Boorman’s daughter? Uhhhhh, ew?

  8. @Robin that reminds me that Michael Caine’s daughter depicted Roxane (the woman Sean Connery falls for) in THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING…

  9. Soon Lee: That’s my feeling, too. And remember what we learned from the Puppeteers – Laughter is an interrupted defense mechanism, and no sane being interrupts a defense mechanism!

  10. Andrew (not Werdna) says Non-genre, but a few years ago I was startled to spot (quite young) Barbara Eden in a rerun of “I Love Lucy”

    I just looked her up out of curiosity. She was twenty six when she showed up there in the late Fifties. She was a lot older than I thought when she acted in I Dream of Jeannie, her mid thirties to be precise. I always thought she always in her twenties.

  11. Laying here doing nothing and not likely to do anything. Spent an hour on hold to get a bill properly paid, rather than merely “scheduled” for a date I find inconvenient.

    Currently do not have an audiobook going, since I just finished Deathbeast by David Gerrold. Fun but minor, and some issues that could have been a lot worse, given publication was 1978.

  12. (5) WELL, EXCUSE MEEE.

    I long for the days when the only thing coming out of John Cleese was Monty Python, A Fish Called Wanda, and Fierce Creatures. In real life, he’s repeatedly demonstrated himself to be a first-class A-hole. 🙁

  13. Today I learned that I’ll need to have surgery on my right shoulder as the multiple fractures there have left it severely damaged. That surgeon (I have three surgeons in total in that practice) says I can’t have the surgery until after I’m done taking Eliquis for the blood clots in my lower right leg caused by the right knee surgery.

  14. @Cat
    Oh, owww. (One of my neighbors had shoulder surgery a couple of years ago. Not fun.)

  15. No, Roxanne in THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING was played by Michael Caine’s wife, Shakira Caine, not their daughter.

  16. P J Evans says Oh, owww. (One of my neighbors had shoulder surgery a couple of years ago. Not fun.)

    Yeah, I’m not looking forward but I can’t take Hydrocodone indefinitely for pain control. So the surgery is definitely going to happen this autumn as right now using it to do anything generally hurts. I avoided needing surgery on the other shoulder when I fractured it a second time four years ago though it still hurts, sometimes a lot.

  17. (9) Don’t forget The Brass Bottle (1964) in which Burl Ives, not Barbara Eden, was the genie. Starring none other than Tony Randall, with Eden as his girlfriend.

    Randall and his makeup artists worked mighty hard in 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, but there was no story need for Dr. Lao to also be the sea serpent, et al. I think anyone familiar with the novel would agree. And they got the scansion of his poem all wrong to my ear (the one beginning “This is the circus of Dr. Lao”) and omitted more than half of it, too.

  18. 8) Cyteen is another one of those great books that’s inexplicably not available in eBook form. (Well, TBH, I suspect the reason is very explicable — some combination of rights and money. But I’d still very much like to see it, and the rest of Cherryh’s non-DAW Union/Alliance books, get an eBook release.)

  19. 14) Amusing anecdote but, like most Hollywood anecdotes, probably not true. Gene Kelly didn’t write that song, so there’s no reason that Kubrick would have owed him money for using a snippet of it in the movie.

  20. 9) I haven’t looked, but I’m guessing young Boorman was one of the kids they put in vacc suits on the alien ship set, to double for the Nostromo crew and make the Space Jockey model look even bigger.

  21. (17) MIMEO MAKERS. In the Forties, when a couple of fans couldn’t afford a mimeograph, they figured out how to DIY – they made one from a paint can.

    Britain’s own D. West had much the same inspiration in the 1970s, as recorded in a 1976 letter to the fanzine Stop Breaking Down:

    A rotary duplicator, mind you. Not any of your cheap flatbed shit. All you need is a one-gallon paint tin, four furniture springs, a mangle roller, two wardrobe fittings for hanging clothes rails on, a couple of plates for joining bunk-beds together, a mincing machine handle, some felt, a rubber bath mat, half a clothes horse (for the wood), various screws, nails, nuts and bolts, some sellotape, two pushchair wheels, a pram axle, some draught excluder, and half a baked bean tin. The design is original. […]

    You people who go out and buy these readymade duplicators make me sick. No enterprise. No initiative. You should be ashamed of yourselves, the lot of you.

    I am going to show you how it really should be done.

  22. 9) In a somewhat complex in-joke, when Chris Clairmont and John Byrne used the Lee-Kirby baddie Mastermind in their X-Men run, they gave him the “civilian name” of Jason Wyngarde, and Byrne drew him to resemble Peter Wyngarde in the role of Jason King. Mastermind was, in the storyline, part of a modern version of the Hellfire Club, as was the character Peter Wyngarde played on the Steed and Peele Avengers.

  23. 9) Vera Miles also starred in the decidedly non-genre movie “White Christmas”. Worth a watch even in August!

    @Brown Robin

    At least stop calling it “cancel culture,” clickbait or not.

    The behavior matters more than the label. When the canceling behavior stops, then the label really won’t matter all that much.

    And that includes the recent “canceling” of Arnold Schwarzenegger over his “screw your freedom” comment.

    Regards,
    Dann
    The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. – Dorothy Parker

  24. Patrick Morris Miller says I haven’t looked, but I’m guessing young Boorman was one of the kids they put in vacc suits on the alien ship set, to double for the Nostromo crew and make the Space Jockey model look even bigger.

    It well could be. Now let’s keep in mind that only one person is making this claim, so it may or may not be true. Like all such stories, it should treat as just that — a story which can’t be verified.

  25. Joe H. says Cyteen is another one of those great books that’s inexplicably not available in eBook form. (Well, TBH, I suspect the reason is very explicable — some combination of rights and money. But I’d still very much like to see it, and the rest of Cherryh’s non-DAW Union/Alliance books, get an eBook release.)

    Oddly enough, it is available as an audiobook. There’s a nice Meredith moment as Foreigner is available from the usual suspects for two dollars and ninety nine cents.

  26. (5) obviously the “rules” are changing over what is or is not considered acceptable in comedy. “Cancel Culture“ is both an accurate and appropriate description of the new environment but if it displeases anyone, pick your own description- we all know what we’re talking about.

    A broad discussion that delineates the new “rules” is necessary and a voice like Cleese’s is very welcome and useful to said discussion.

    Finally, can you make comedy without offending anyone? Sure, if you limit it to the level of “Why did the chicken cross the road?”. Otherwise, no. Next question.

  27. @Dann665–

    And that includes the recent “canceling” of Arnold Schwarzenegger over his “screw your freedom” comment.

    Ah, yes. Arnold said, in talking about masks and schmucks who think mask mandates violate their freedom, “Screw your freedom. Because with freedom comes obligations and responsibilities. You cannot just say, ‘I have the right to do x, y, and z,’ when you affect other people.”

    And he lost, um, let me count, one sponsor. A “sports supplement” company. Someone made a video of himself taking down an Arnold poster in his home gym. Others have expressed negative opinions, one rather amusingly, in response to Arnold saying we should comply with mask mandates because freedom comes with responsibilities, angrily retorted, “Freedom didn’t come free, and I will always stand for freedom.” To which I muttered at my screen, “That’s what the governator said, dumbass.”

    I’m sure Arnold cried all the way to the bank. This isn’t affecting his income at all.

    Which, by the way, is true of righties whining about being “canceled,” usually on all the same media outlets that welcomed them before, unless they have managed to offend and outrage their core audience.

    The people that have variously expressed their unhappiness with the governator have every right to do so (as do people criticizing more wingnut media figures). It will hurt Arnold only if there is (as there really seems not to be) widespread agreement in his core audience that he Did Really Bad expressing that opinion.

    Arnold, by the way, has said that yes, he thinks his language was over the top and he should have avoided that, but he stands by the sentiment.

  28. @Miles.Carter and @Dann665

    I am more than happy to defer to your wisdom regarding comedy, culture and language. You are the two funniest, most erudite, most reasonable, and clever habitues of the File.

  29. @Brown Robin

    You know you don’t have to lay the sarcasm on quite that thick, right? I know my sarcasm detector is pretty wonky, but it ain’t THAT wonky!

    Regards,
    Dann
    Libraries are where books sleep when you’re not reading them.

  30. Very little comedy is about offending anyone, really.

    Which is not to say that causing offence with comedy is always bad, but getting your oh-so-daring, edgy comedy stripes by, er, (checking my notes) insulting the people who are already on the bottom of the heap and are therefore some of the most acceptable targets for mockery, that isn’t edgy, or daring, or brave. It’s lazy. It’s treading the path most trodden. It’s just bullying to make other bullies laugh.

    If that’s the audience you want, go carve out your niche. But the rest of us don’t have to indulge your fantasies of being a groundbreaking iconoclast while you’re at it.

  31. @Sandra In re Shakira Caine, Oh I thought it was his daughter all these years My mistake. Wow, did I have that wrong for so long.

  32. Adding to what Meredith said, comedy works better if it’s punching up. Too much conservative humor punches down, which is why people think it isn’t funny.

  33. P J Evans says Adding to what Meredith said, comedy works better if it’s punching up. Too much conservative humor punches down, which is why people think it isn’t funny.

    Punching up humor is inclusive as it makes the audience feel for the subject of the joke. Conservative humor Is intrinsically hostile towards the subject of the joke and expects the audience to be so as well.

  34. Meredith moment: Lynn Abbey and Robert Lynn Asprin‘s Thieves’ World anthology which was nominated for a World Fantasy Award is available from the usual suspects for a buck ninety nine. Absolutely fantastic reading!

  35. @Meredith

    Very little comedy is about offending anyone, really.

    I disagree. A lot of comedy is about offending one group for the entertainment of another group. That’s been the case since humans have been writing/performing all sorts of comedies. IMHO, it is the classless comedians that forget that the people laughing the hardest aren’t the only ones buying the tickets.

    Richard Pryor, early Wanda Sykes, George Carlin, Mel Brooks, Dave Chapelle, Gabriel Iglesias, and a whole host of other comedians invest(ed) a lot of time in holding up a mirror to certain aspects of the human condition where some folks might not be comfortable with the view. But that did it in a way that made the objects of their comedy still feel welcome. Most commonly by changing up the targets of their humor throughout their various routines.

    I think one of the best skills a comedian can possess is the ability to aim their humor cannons at many different targets in succession so that no one feels singled out. When everyone feels like they’ve had something negative pointed out about themselves, then it is rare for anyone to feel uniquely targetted.

    It is taken as gospel on the right that several Mel Brooks movies couldn’t be made today without running into cancel culture. There’s more than a token of truth to that perception.

    @PJ Evans

    Adding to what Meredith said, comedy works better if it’s punching up.

    Sure. But there are some arbiters of humor out there that are fine with punching down if they disagree with the politics of their targets. Additionally, punching laterally is generally OK, or should be.

    Regards,
    Dann
    When I am Weaker Than You, I ask you for Freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am Stronger than you, I take away your Freedom Because that is according to my principles. – Frank Herbert, Children of Dune.

  36. [Trump] called the coronavirus the ‘kung flu.’ I said ‘You racist, hilarious son of a bitch.’ I’m supposed to say that, not you. It’s wrong when you say it.

    It’s one of the great performances of the day:

  37. @Cat:

    I just looked her up out of curiosity. She was twenty six when she showed up there in the late Fifties. She was a lot older than I thought when she acted in I Dream of Jeannie, her mid thirties to be precise. I always thought she always in her twenties.

    Thanks for checking..

    Here’s a scene with Eden on Lucy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4di8rSmg_o

  38. Here’s what may be an excessively obscure one, but it appeals to me

    “If it weren’t for Sar-Chasm, I’d have no Chasm at all; Dune, Diaspar and Ankh-Morpork on me!”

  39. Andrew (not Werdna says Thanks for checking..

    Here’s a scene with Eden on Lucy

    Huh. She was sexy then. Thanks for finding that.

    Now reading Anthony Boucher’s “The Compleat Werewolf” collection

  40. A lot of people on both sides are saying there’s nothing funny about Trump being hospitalized with coronavirus, even though he mocked the safety precautions for the coronavirus, and those people are obviously wrong. There’s a lot funny about this. Maybe not from a moral standpoint, but mathematically, if you were constructing a joke, this is all that you need.

    That was Michael Che’s point of view; this was Colin Jost’s later on-point follow-up.

    If it was Biden who got sick, Trump would 100% be at a maskless rally tonight getting huge laughs doing an impression of Biden on a ventilator.

  41. Andrew (not Werdna) wrote:
    Here’s what may be an excessively obscure one, but it appeals to me

    “If it weren’t for Sar-Chasm, I’d have no Chasm at all; Dune, Diaspar and Ankh-Morpork on me!”

    Heehaw watchers of yore, population 2:
    Salute!

  42. @John A Arkansawyer

    Ah. A fellow fan [of that comic*]. Cheers!

    *added to avoid the suggestion that I was a fan of getting kicked in the balls. No. Nope. Nopitynonononono.

    Regards,
    Dann
    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. – George Orwell

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