Saturday, April 12, 2008

For Comedic Effect

On Tuesday night, Jess and I went to see Ross Noble at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The show lasted for approximately forever (about three and a half hours) due to some unforeseen circumstances. Ross was hilarious and got me thinking about comedy in general and got me totally hooked on youtube videos of Whose Line is it Anyway. Helping hands! GENIUS. Anyhoo back to Ross, an audience member had a seizure and had to be taken to the hospital right in the middle of Ross considering why a different audience member had given him a dental dam as a gift - awkward. The seizure man's partner was sobbing and so upset that Jess and I nearly started to cry. After the seizure man was deemed to be alive, and walked out of the theater Ross continued his show.

Ross' technique to get over this slightly disturbing event was to continue to talk about it for the rest of the show it was his own personal therapy. The poor guy was quite shook up and kept making jokes about epilepsy; he kept impersonating the crowd saying "Ross you've taken it to far this time" and then would shout "he's fine! he's alive! he walked out of here!"

The whole incident reminded me of when my blind grandfather had been eating cashews out of a jar for a whole afternoon and my uncle opened the lid and moths flew out of the jar. Gross. My uncle couldn't stop talking about it. And every time he mentioned it my poor grandfather would gag! But my uncle couldn't shut up about it, "but the moths! They just flew out! Thousands of them! All gray! All over the cashews!"

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