Instead, I'll lament ever so slightly--and apologize, for those of you who take the time to read this blog and enjoy it--that it has been so long since I've posted anything. I guess the holiday season got the better of me, and I was thrown out of my routine. Consistency is what I will strive for this year, and doing things like this through holidays, and all of it.
The last few blogs have been a little serious, haven't they? So I figured I would start out the new year with some funny stuff. I have a presentation to make at my BNI meeting tomorrow, and I was thinking of a joke or funny quote I might insert to break the ice, and that got me thinking of some of the funniest things people have ever said. I have my list, of the people and quotes I have always held in high esteem, in that "hall of fame" of hilarity. There have been so many incredibly funny people who have used different methods and approaches to making us laugh. I guess my earliest crush on humor was--sorry to say, Bill Cosby. When I was 9 or 10 years old, he had two albums out--yes, vinyl--and they were hilarious. My friend Jon Glatstein and I used to listen to them over and over, laugh, quote him all the time. It's disheartening to see what Cosby became.
Another favorite of mine was Peter Sellers. Absolutely one of the funniest human beings who ever drew breath. His Pink Panther movies were works of genius. He was Clouseau, and even Steve Martin (whom I love) will not come close to replacing him. I remember laughing myself sick in the movie theater during the scene where he is posing as a mafia member to infiltrate a group of Italian criminals. He meets them in a hotel and hugs them, trying to sound Italian, saying "Ravioli...Al Pacino..." as he hugs them. Driving home from the movie, I recalled the scene in my head and had to pull off to the side of the Palmetto Expressway, I was laughing so hard.
All the cast of Monty Python were brilliant, but I think John Cleese was my overall favorite. The old crew of Saturday Night Live, too, will always be the best, and Dan Akroyd, when he was in his prime, was one of the most talented people ever in comedy.
Then there are people who are not necessarily television people, or even comedians, who have said things that will live forever in my personal favorite folder. Phil Hendry was a wizard in the radio studio. He had a talk show in which he became some of his callers, by an ingenious method of switching microphones. It was enthralling to listen to, and he was to me the most entertaining person in the history of radio. That's funny people, but now, without further ado, my three funniest things anyone ever said list, and two of them are from football coaches.
3) Dave Barry, humor columnist and book author, who has said many funny things, was once doing a piece about "civic mottos". He wrote, "For example, New York City's civic motto is I've got yer civic motto, right here!"
2) John McKay, coach of the horrible and hapless 1976 Tampa Buccaneers, who went winless that season, and started off the next season 0-12 before they won, so they still hold the longest losing streak, at 26, in NFL history. Their offense was a joke. After one loss, a reporter asked, "What do you think about your team's execution?"
With a deadpan, he replied, "I'm all for it."
1) Bum Phillips, head coach of the Houston Oilers, was known for his wry, country-boy way of talking, and his odd quips that delighted fans and reporters. During an interview he was asked about family life and how difficult it sometimes is for NFL coaches, and he was asked if he ever took his wife on the road games.
He drawled, "I take my wife everywhere I go, cuz she's too ugly to kiss goodbye."
It's awful hard to beat that one.
Have a great and prosperous--and hopefully funny--2016.