Well this was one kooky kind of a week. We have a reality game show host as our impending President and Commander-In-Chief and it has me and some other people I know just a little freaked out. But one thing I’ve learned in my 58 years on this planet is that you’ve got to keep on laughing. So this week I turned to the interwebs and watched and read some stuff from a guy who always tickles the bone that can become funny, Albert Brooks. And below are a half a dozen links that I hope will bring a smile to your face. And then there’s this week’s coming attractions. So there.
Our Mr. Brooks
Here’s an interview that Judd Apatow conductied with him for Vanity Fair. I don’t know why, but this sentence from the interview really cracks me up” “I mean, my two best friends were Larry Bishop, who’s Joey Bishop’s son, and Rob Reiner, who is Carl Reiner’s son.”
The Short Films of Albert Brooks
Before Albert Brooks did feature films, he did a series of short films for PBS and Saturday Night Live, this is a great synopsis of them.
A Wry Eye on Problems of the Future
This is a New York Times review of Albert Brooks’ first novel, “2030.” I haven’t read the book yet, I’m waiting for the year to get here and read it as a double celebration thing.
Comedy Prof Albert Brooks Spits It Out
Here’s a piece on Albert Brooks from Rolling Stone written by Judith Sims back in 1974. She nails it with this line: “Brooks is not like Carlin, Klein or Pryor (and certainly not like Cheech and Chong...)”
Albert Brooks On The Flip Wilson Show
This is a clip from the first time I ever saw Albert Brooks doing his ventriloquist stand-up act on The Flip Wilson Show. This influenced the next generation of comedy including, Andy Kaufman, Steve Martin and Saturday Night Live.
And Here He Is On The Tonight Show....
It’s decades later, but he’s still the funniest person on the planet as far as I’m concerned. Thanks for the laughs, Albert!
I went to a housewarming party last night and I overslept today, so I haven’t even looked at the pictures yet, but I think that’s going to be the post tomorrow. Tuesday we continue the MBIP “A Year In The LIfe Of A Sandwich” tour and MBIP Contributing Writer and Wheelman, Scott Turley and I are taking a road trip to Washington, Illinois for that today, so you can see the results of that after it happens. As for the rest of the week, I have some plans, but nothing’s for certain, so I really need to either take a nap or get to work on this stuff! I think I’ll take a nap. We’ll see you all tomorrow!