The Last Funny guy!
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The Last Funny guy!
Sure, we had lots of 'em back in '07, but not so much now!
The Day The Funny Died!
Remember when it was OK to laugh?
Maybe George Orwell Was Right!
He missed by 38 years!
(Set in 2022)
It all started when they let lesser skilled comics perform on cable TV in the late eighties and nineties. Then a couple of one joke wonders like Dice Clay, Carrot-Top, and Michael Richards of recent racist fame made it semi-big. Idiots like these two poisoned the well and prevented a lot of capable attitude acts from getting their shots. (And some joke acts as well!) Then everything just went downhill from there.
Only seven years into the new millennium, some stupid standup act primed the pump to censor us all as he insanely suggested that his free speech was being encroached...if he couldn't make bomb jokes at the airport. Well, we all remember he spent five years in
Then, as those of us old enough to recall, in 2008, some damn fool made one too many jokes about the President. I heard it was Leno, but I've always remembered it was on the Letterman show, that started quips about our Commander-in Chief being outlawed. (All Dave did was replay clips of Bush's recent stumble-bum speeches!) They used to say nobody could keep comics, as a bunch, in line, but when Homeland Security arrested Ellen Degeneres, the word went out. Six years later, when the brutal truth about what happened to road comics who were captured and detained by TSA hit the tabloids, it made most of our surviving practitioners sad and very wary.
On that infamous day, April 1st, 2009, events snowballed when the mass arrest sweeps in
Amidst this surging perfidy, some well-known names were left unmolested. Bill Engvall and Jeff Foxworthy turned Benedict Arnold and joined the other side. Dennis Miller was ignored because reigning authorities classed him as not being funny anymore! Bill Maher bought Catalina Island near
With a twist that would make your upper left chest cavity hurt, it fell to standup's unlikeliest member to vainly fight back!
Oh, there was resistance to the ban on ridicule at first. The bald guy, the last honest booking agent that ran the old Comedy Caravan tour, was marooned on the mountaintop at
Now, in 2022, since the clone wars have gone to another truce, urban legends are being passed about the last of the funny guys. In
Internet sources have been babbling about The Last Funny Guy ever since the Vice President took over. Fom
taking ourselves to seriously? I think maybe, we are. Does the world...this world ...that world...does
any world realize how ridiculous life can be, and that mankind needs to laugh at fools? This last vestige of mirth, this singular monologist, this hero of sarcasm wanders our country trying to revive the will of our people to laugh at their predicament. Look for him.
So, we still have hope! Risk it, and listen for The Last Funny Guy! He's looking for you!
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