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December 6, 2007 |
Each week I look forward to your show. This past week I realized many of your skits are "orifice oriented." Being a pre-school teacher working with three year olds, I sure know lots about every human orifice more than I want oftentimes. What is it about bodily functions that is so hilarious?
San Clemente, CA
Excellent question, Sandy
. I guess you're referring to the song "Sound of Sickness" which was about the flu and which was accompanied by vivid sound effects and which pretty much convulsed the audience at The Town Hall. I don't pretend to understand why. I suppose it has to do with our inability to control certain aspects of our bodies, such as sneezing for example, and the affront to dignity that this presents. I don't think that PHC relies heavily on orifice humor the Guy Noir sketch did not, nor did the News from Lake Wobegon, nor Crispy the Rescue Dog, nor the Ketchup Advisory Board commercial but darn it, whenever we go there, people seem to laugh. I guess there's a three-year-old inside each one of us. And maybe we should be grateful for that.