In elementary school I liked to cover shoeboxes and similar cardboard boxes with pictures I cut out of magazines, and then laminate them. Most of the pictures came from my mom’s old copies of The New Yorker. I didn’t read them because they were boring, but the advertisements were pretty good to cut out, and sometimes the cartoons were funny. Actually, there were only three cartoons that I liked, but I really liked them. I thought they were the funniest things I had ever seen. In one cartoon, a man and a woman are in an antiques store and looking at a freaky African mask, and the man’s saying, “You’re right, Ethel, the resemblance IS uncanny.” And Ethel’s face, obviously, looks exactly like the mask. The second cartoon was a man painting the name of his boat onto the back of it (while he’s standing in the boat), and he’s smiling, and the name of the boat is “My First Bo–,” and he’s painting it upside down.
This is getting long, whoops. The third New Yorker cartoon–or maybe it was a Far Side one–was a picture of a cave-people family sitting on their stone couch staring at the wall, and the caption says, “The days before television.” Oh man. I think I laminated that one (I had a home lamination kit) and brought it into school.
The point of this is, What do you do now that you can’t watch some of your TV shows? There’s a comedy show tonight at Comix to benefit the Writers’ Strike: Write-Aid, A Comedy Benefit for (Striking) Writers, and it features lots of the people who would be writing for the shows that you might watch. For instance:
Join us as Andy Borowitz (CNN, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, creator of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”), Brian Kiley (“Late Night with Conan O’Brien”), Laurie Kilmartin (“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”), Bill Scheft (“Late Show with David Letterman”), Brian Stack (“Late Night with Conan O’Brien”), and others put down the picket signs and pick up the mike for a night of “anything goes” comedy.
It costs $20 in advance, $25 at the door, but if you’re a member of the Writers Guild of America, you get a $5 discount! Starts at 9pm.