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Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brown Cow

Jim Gaffigan

I don’t know about you, but I’ve categorized at least three types of comedians:

1.) There are the lofty, philosophical comedians that tell jokes that only Albert Einstein would appreciate fully (if he weren’t dead and his brain wasn’t cut into samples and spread around the world, and all). George Carlin does this all the time, and he acknowledges that he’s the “thinking man’s” comic because he wants to prove he has a brain even though he never really had a formal education (because he dropped out of high school).

2.) The comedians that tell fart jokes and steal bad ones (a la Carlos Mencia, the putz) fall into category two. This style also jumps into the comedians who do mainstream work (like the atrocious Larry the Cable Guy—honestly, “Git ‘er done” isn’t a universal phrase for every situation—ranging into accomplished comedians who jump into sitcoms and movies (like Ray Romano and Mike Myers).

3.) Then, and this is probably the most widespread style, there are the comedians that jump back and forth between jokes at random, saying things like “that reminds me of the time…” or “what’s the deal with…?” or just jumping into another joke without even the slightest segue. It seems to be a sort of ranting that works for stand-up, and I hear it with comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan and Dane Cook. And everyone loves a good joke about Hot Pockets or Kool-Aid, don’t they?

I’ve lumped comedians together and simplified their styles. People may have other views about this—since, c’mon, you monitor the media and love to laugh as much as I do—but isn’t this verifiable fact? Purely physical comedians who do slapstick might deserve a fourth category, you might say. But, that’s really lowbrow comedy that’s technically the same as the comedians in the second category. So go suck on a lemon.

Thank you, thank you. You’ve been great. No really, stop, you’re embarrassing me.

::Exit Stage Left::


A Life in Song Titles

Roots of Creation. The Mystery of Life. Made in America. Doctors. On the Way. Here I Come. Beginning to See the Light. What Is the Light? Blinded by the Light. Ya Mama. Fortunate Son. Born in the USA. Lovely Day. Born to Be Wild. Grew Up Hard. Grew Up a Screw Up. Living Like a Refugee. In the Ghetto. Waiting on the World to Change. Roundabout. It’s Getting Better. Each Day Gets Better. Everything Will Be Alright. Focus on Sanity. I’m the Toughest.

First Date. Make Out Kids. Jaw Gymnastics. Don’t Speak. Suck My Kiss. Get in the Car. In the Car. In the Back Seat. Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon. Come Undone.

The Kids Aren’t Alright. Who Am I to You? Girl Afraid. Too Young to Go Steady. Too Much Too Soon. She’s a Rejector. She Has a Girlfriend Now. Told You So.

Bradbury Thompson’s Rock ‘n’ Roll

It’s My Life. Have Love Will Travel. Movin’ Out. Move Away. My Way. Half a World Away. Working for the Man. Ain’t Nobody. Minimum Wage. What Difference Does It Make? I Feel Like Going Home. Subterranean Homesick. Don’t Ask Me Why. I Can’t Quit. Help. Making a Name for Ourselves. Working Class Hero. Beggar to a King. Going Home. Where I’m From. Yep, I’m Back.

I Get Around. Layin’ the Trap. Hints. Hey Good Lookin’. You Don’t Know My Name. Pleased to Meet You. Call Me. Under Your Charms. More Than A Feeling. If I Told You. Two Words. All I Need is You. I Think I Love You. You Could Be the One. Until the End of Time. I’ll Do Anything but Break Dance for Ya, Darling. That’s Amore. Diamond Ring. Size Too Small. All Rise. Love and Marriage. Happy Together. Experience Dedication. Don’t Violate. Some Sense of Security. Accidental Babies. There is Power in a Union.

The Times They Are A-Changing. Things Ain’t What They Used to Be. Silent Treatment. Isolation. Nag Nag Nag Nag. Communications Breakdown. Confusion is Nothing New. Got That Vibe. On the Surface. The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows. Money Talks. Throw Some D’s. Can’t Stop This. Too Late. It’s a Fight. Just Got Wicked. Hands in the Air. Tell Me the Truth. Fed Up with the Bullshit. I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It. Throw It on Me. Love Seems Doomed. Confession. The Startling Facts. Impossible Things. Truth Is Stranger Than Fishing. Silent Sigh. Honestly? Say It Ain’t So. You Sent Me Flying. I’m Not Okay (I Promise). Do What You Wanna Do. She Says What She Means. Baby, We’ll Be Fine. Please Don’t Go. Don’t Leave Me Girl. Big Yellow Taxi. Then She Left Me. She’s Gone. Lookin’ Out The Back Door. Bye Bye Beautiful. Girl Why’d You Run Away? Broken. Torn Apart. It Ain’t Me, Babe. 300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues. Won’t Get Fooled Again. You Just Can’t Smile It Away. Tears Dry on Their Own. I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You. C’est La Vie.

Pieces of a Man. The Recluse. Mind Contorted. 59 Times the Pain. A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left. Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Start From Scratch. Stir It Up. A Passing Feeling. No Woman No Cry. Clog Up Yo Mind. A Distorted Reality Is Now a Necessity to Be Free. I Will Be Grateful for This Day, I Will Be Grateful for Each Day to Come. God Put a Smile Upon Your Face. Smile Like You Mean It. The Perfect Me.

Old Man Time. Heaven is One Step Away. Numbered Days. Waiting Around to Die. Retrospective for Life. Feeling Yourself Disintegrate. Don’t Fear the Reaper. The End. Over and Out. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. Paradise City. The Great Beyond.

That’s All Folks.