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June 29, 2008 5:56 PM   Subscribe

The original Emo. Wikipedia states that much of Emo Philips' standup comedy "stems from the use of paraprosdokians and garden path sentences." And, while there are plenty of quotes to support this, it doesn't quite do justice to the man who wrote the best God joke ever--it's in the way he delivers these lines. Experience true Emo here, through these links which I like to call, "Audio and Video Clips from Emo Philips' Website."

Bonus:
• The Episode of Home Movies where Emo provides the voice of Shannon, the bully: "The Art of the Sucker Punch" - 1 | 2 | 3
• The hot new music video for "I Like to Shop in Downtown Downer's Grove"

And always carry with you in your heart Emo's advice: "Cell phones are like a dog's nipples... you don't have to shout into them!"
posted by not_on_display (72 comments total) 36 users marked this as a favorite

 
requisite Dinosaur Comic (™?)

Also, one of my good friend's favorite stand-up bits of all time, couetesy of Emo Phillips:

"I love to go down to the playground, and watch the kids running and jumping and screaming. They don't know I'm only shooting blanks."
posted by Navelgazer at 6:00 PM on June 29, 2008 [3 favorites]


OK, but....Steven Wright.
posted by DU at 6:31 PM on June 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


One of my favorite Emo moments came when he was sitting in on one of the morning radio shows (Bob and Tom, I think?). The hosts were engaged in some idiotic banter about the size of a woman's breasts that went on for a good while, until there was a momentary pause. Emo spoke up: "Well, you know what I always say. More than a forkful's wasted."
posted by EarBucket at 6:38 PM on June 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


I used to love Emo when I was a kid. And Judy Tenuda. Coincidentally they used to be an item, if I remember rightly. But after growing up I didn't find them as funny. Maybe that's more an indictment of me than of them.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:43 PM on June 29, 2008


When I was in college my roommate and I were headed to a pool hall and we were driving through Downers Grove, IL (Emo's home town) and Emo Phillips jaywalked across the street right in front of us.

I said. "Hey look! That's Emo Phillips."

He said. "Who is Emo Phillips."

There really isn't a point here except I always figured he'd get more famous and I could use that story some day. I guess I just did.
posted by Bonzai at 6:50 PM on June 29, 2008


I'm generally a Nice Guy but if I saw Emo Phillips on the street I'd gun it real hard and do my damndest to run over his pathetically bird-like body hence crushing into dust every ounce of his evil person.
posted by Dizzy at 6:56 PM on June 29, 2008


I'm amazed Emo never got more famous. He had some of my favorite one-liners of all time. Particularly:

"Today I came home and someone had replaced all my possessions with identical copies".

I think he was a victim of TV, actually. His schtick is really hard to write, takes months and years, but it's used up in a single 10-minute segment on TV. At that point you have two choices.

1. Stop doing TV
2. Become Howie Mandel
posted by unSane at 6:57 PM on June 29, 2008


I remember seeing Emo & Judy Tenuta perform in San Diego in the late 80s. At one point Emo admitted that they were once a couple, and then he said it was a shame they broke up because their union would've been the start of the Master Race.

Seeing them onstage together at the time, that comment seriously cracked me up. I really wanted to see what their children would've looked like.
posted by miss lynnster at 6:59 PM on June 29, 2008


"Today I came home and someone had replaced all my possessions with identical copies"

Steven Wright, actually
posted by empath at 7:01 PM on June 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


I heard The Gettysburg Address was written by Steven Wright.
posted by Dizzy at 7:03 PM on June 29, 2008


I was permanently scarred as a child due to my listening to E=MO2 endlessly. To this day I can probably quote 90% of his routine from that LP with unerring accuracy.

Despite this, he remains one of my favorite people. I hope to someday be able to meet him in person and weird him out. Or at least come up to him and ask"Emo... do people really... come up to you?"
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 7:13 PM on June 29, 2008


Judy Tenuda & Emo Philips were both great on Dr. Katz. I loved seeing their routines illustrated.
posted by jcruelty at 7:21 PM on June 29, 2008


He is actually doing a fundraiser for Christopher Harmon, a twin cities chap who is quadriplegic, deaf, and legally blind, and raising funds to make a movie.
posted by edgeways at 7:23 PM on June 29, 2008


Also, since people seem prone to quoting the wrong guy, here's some choice bits picked right from my unerring memory:

"I was looking at drapes the other night... and a few were open, so that was nice."

"People come up to me concerned that I'll reproduce. I don't know if I want to have kids, though I was a cute baby. My mother told me when I was born they threw away the mold... and some of it grew back."

"I was in the park the other day, minding my own business, staring at people. Trying to make their brains explode, you know. And I saw this old woman digging for food through a garbage can. I don't know about you, but I have a lot of love for old women digging though garbage cans. They saved my life so many times as a baby."

"Any catholics here? I'm not catholic, but I go to confession all the time. I say bless me Father, for I have sinned. I'm just in here to develop film. He hates that."

"I caught my girlfriend in bed with this other guy. I was crushed. I said get off me, you two."

"You know who my hero was in high school: James Dean, huh? Boy, could that guy make sausages."

"New Yorkers are very rude. I was in the library and I asked for a card and the guy says you have to prove you're a citizen of New York. So I stabbed him."

"I don't have to tell you folks about scuba diving. So, that'll save some time."

"I was in a bar a few nights ago, moving from stool to stool, trying to get lucky. But there wasn't gum under any of them."

"So I ask her if she wants to go back to my place, and she says do you have cable? I say I'm sure the ropes are plenty strong enough to hold you."

Emo: You know who I hate more than anyone else in the universe? ...no, I take that back. ...Do you know who I hate more than anyone else?
Audience: Who?
Emo: People that imitate owls. But you didn't know, don't feel bad.

"My parents were very protective of me. I couldn't even cross the street without them getting all excited and placing bets. My father had rules for me, because he loved me. Rules like I couldn't be home until a certain hour."

"As you leave tonight, remember the last words of my grandfather, who said: The truck!"
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 7:26 PM on June 29, 2008 [11 favorites]


Never cared for him. In fact, I've always thought of him as an untalented Yahoo Serious.
posted by dobbs at 7:28 PM on June 29, 2008


My favorite Emo joke goes something like: "I was walking down the street the other day, and I saw kid I'd gone to school with. I said 'Hey, Eddie,' and I ran over and laughed and slapped him on the back and wrestled him to the ground and then I realized, if it really was Eddie, he'd be a lot older now..."
posted by Faze at 7:34 PM on June 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


The odd thing about Emo Phillips to me is that I read his jokes and laugh and think how clever he is and how I really like his style of comedy and I should find some more of his stuff and then I either see a video or hear a sound clip and I say, "Oh. That guy. No thanks."
posted by yhbc at 7:38 PM on June 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


Never cared for him. In fact, I've always thought of him as an untalented Yahoo Serious.

Christ, I'd love to see the talented Yahoo Serious...
posted by Jimbob at 7:49 PM on June 29, 2008 [4 favorites]


No luck googling this one so I'll have to paraphrase:
So I meet this beautiful woman and we go back to her place. She dims the lights, gets me some wine to drink, starts some incense burning and then lights some candles. She sits next to me on the couch and says "Now its your turn to make a move", so I sacrificed her cat to Zorkon the space God.
posted by 445supermag at 7:57 PM on June 29, 2008


Oh, and:
My parents taught me how to swim the hard way, I thought I'd never get out of that sack.
Most kids get a rubber duck to play with in the bathtub, all I got was the toaster.
posted by 445supermag at 8:00 PM on June 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


^yhbc: I read his jokes and laugh and think how clever he is and how I really like his style of comedy and I should find some more of his stuff and then I either see a video or hear a sound clip and I say, "Oh. That guy. No thanks."

Why are there no "cover" standup comics? Who can reinterpret previous material? Your case is a great argument for one... And you, yhbc, are probably the furthest person (caucasian-type) from Emo... picturing you doing his schtick provides me right now with a few minutes of entertainment.
posted by not_on_display at 8:01 PM on June 29, 2008


Why are there no "cover" standup comics?

Carlos Mencia and Denis Leary don't count?
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:16 PM on June 29, 2008 [10 favorites]


Why are there no "cover" standup comics? Who can reinterpret previous material?

You mean Carlos Mencia?
posted by chrominance at 8:17 PM on June 29, 2008


"My brother says 'Hello!' Hooray for speech therapy."

I used to work in Downers Grove and I'd spot Emo on the BN train occasionally. I'd just wave, say hi and leave him be. I've always loved his stuff.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:21 PM on June 29, 2008


Why are there no "cover" standup comics? Who can reinterpret previous material?

There are (previously)
posted by Poolio at 8:21 PM on June 29, 2008


Wow he's really funny, thanks for this.
posted by Grimp0teuthis at 8:28 PM on June 29, 2008


I've met Emo and he's an incredibly nice and generous man. He still plays the Emo character a bit on stage, but its softened considerably over the years. I've had the pleasure of seeing him twice in the last four years and each time, he killed. He does a great bit about Chicago that goes something like "Its so good to be back here. I love Chicago. The north side with all its exciting culture and events and sports. And the south side, with all its exciting proximity to the north side."
posted by Joey Michaels at 8:33 PM on June 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


Hmm. This is the bit I always think of.

So I go to the school psychologist. And the psychologist gives me a chocolate Easter bunny. And this shows how tricky those guys are. I eat the chocolate and I think, wait a second. This isn't around Easter. "Was this a test?" He says "Yes." "Well what does it mean?" He says, "Well, had you eaten the ears first you would have been normal. Had you eaten the feet first you would have had an inferiority complex. Had you eaten the tail first you would have had latent homosexual tendencies." I said, "Well, go on. What does it mean when you bite out the eyes and scream, 'Stop staring at me!'?'"

Unerringly one of those guys who, when you read his material, you cannot avoid mentally reproducing his voice.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 8:37 PM on June 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


"Today I came home and someone had replaced all my possessions with identical copies"

The phrase was "exact replicas", not "identical copies". The full bit:

I woke up one morning and looked around the room. Something wasn't right. I realized that someone had broken in the night before and replaced everything in my apartment with an exact replica. I couldn't believe it...I got my roommate and showed him. I said, "Look at this--everything's been replaced with an exact replica!" He said, "Do I know you?"

- Steven Wright
posted by spock at 8:38 PM on June 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


Material-wise Emo consistently has some of strongest material out there, but that delivery style is so grating I'm not surprised he never made it past cult status. I'm sure in the beginning it was a good way to separate him from the pack, but it's definitely not going to win over the masses. After years of exposure to him I've developed an acceptance of his delivery schtick, but I would never argue with anyone that says they can't listen to him.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 8:47 PM on June 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


It's weird for me. His delivery is grating, to be sure, but that's not exactly what my problem is with him. I love his material, but he was never the stand-up I was seeing in clubs or watching or listening to back when I was hanging onto that scene. I've got a bunch of fridns who adore him, though, and I think my thing is that I've just heard him quoted so often, and his material is so great, that when I hear it actually come out of his mouth, with his voice, my initial reaction is: "You're doing it wrong!"

Still, his material is brilliant, and if the delivery works for you, I understand, then it makes the material that much funnier.
posted by Navelgazer at 8:51 PM on June 29, 2008


Speaking of the Emo and the BN train, Emo earns a special place in my heart or spleen or whatever organ is appropriate by being a full 50% of my celebrity encounters. When I first moved here I took the Metra BN line into Chicago and, at or around the Downer's Grove station, Emo boarded the car I was on.

The pattern-matching part of my brain said to me "Dude, you know that guy! (Yeah, my pattern-matching brain bit says things like 'dude', I don't know why)". The skeptical filtering part of my brain said "No way. You don't know anybody around here." Pattern-matching part said "Oh yeah, well that guy is a dead-ringer for Emo." Skeptical part said "Uh-huh, a lot of people look just like a lot of other people. Big deal." And that was the end of that mental conversation. Wasn't until later that I found out Emo actually does, or did, live around there and would ride the train into Chi-town.

Hey, when you're casual celebrity encounter-deprived, you take what you can get.
posted by mdevore at 9:35 PM on June 29, 2008


I've been a closet Emo fan for a while -- his underwhelming delivery never fails to make everything he says even funnier. Another paraphrase:

I was pushing a kid in a swing. The kid says, "Higher!" So I backed up and pushed him really hard. And the kid yelled, "HIGHER!" So I baaacked up the Buick...
posted by davidmsc at 10:36 PM on June 29, 2008


> The Episode of Home Movies where Emo provides the voice of Shannon, the bully: "The Art of the Sucker Punch"

Shannon went on to appear in numerous episodes of Home Movies -- he gets to spread his wings in one of my favorite episodes, "Bye Bye Greasy." Emo's also Space Ghost's second guest in the SGC2C episode "Curses."
posted by churl at 12:21 AM on June 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


Psycholinguists have gotten a lot of mileage out of studying garden path sentences like "the horse raced past the barn fell," which is undoubtedly the most cited example in the entire field. That's about the level of humor involved, however, which is to say meager. Here are some other classics; they either have two parses (they're ambiguous) or they set you up for one but resolve into another.

"I saw the Statue of Liberty flying to New York."
"Jane had worn old tennis shoes."
"The spy saw the cop with the binoculars/donut."
"John believed Bill was lying."
"John said that Bill will leave yesterday."

It takes a certain amount of skill to notice these things, but once you do, you realize that most sentences exhibit some degree of temporary ambiguity (ambiguity as you are making your way through the sentence). Several types of humor (puns being another obvious case) exploit this property of languages.
posted by cogneuro at 1:10 AM on June 30, 2008


the horse raced past the barn fell

I don't get the ambiguity?
posted by A189Nut at 4:34 AM on June 30, 2008


Just clicked on the garden path link which says:

"The horse raced past the barn fell."

The reader usually starts to parse this as an ordinary active intransitive sentence, but stumbles when reaching the word "fell." At this point, the reader is forced to backtrack and look for other possible structures. It may take some rereading to realize that "raced past the barn" is in fact a reduced relative clause with a passive participle, implying that "fell" is the main verb. The correct reading is then:

"The horse (that was raced past the barn) fell."

Eh? Who on earth would construct a sentence like this "The horse raced past the barn fell." to mean this "The horse (that was raced past the barn) fell"? There's ambiguity and there's dumbness too.
posted by A189Nut at 4:38 AM on June 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


Don't forget UHF!
posted by starman at 4:50 AM on June 30, 2008


Emo has always been one of my favorite comics. No one can deliver lines like he does.
posted by about_time at 5:08 AM on June 30, 2008


Who on earth would construct a sentence like this...

The reason the sentence is interesting is not because of who might construct it but because of how you parse it, once constructed. What exactly is going on in your brain when it creates a structure to represent the meaning of the sentence? And how does that structure get modified into the right one?

How the brain deals with dumbness is an exciting field.
posted by DU at 5:28 AM on June 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


A189Nut, you may be interested to find that your reaction to that sentence is almost exactly the same as that of the straight man (straight dinosaur?) in the Dinosaur Comic linked at the very top of the thread by Navelgazer.
posted by Partial Law at 6:43 AM on June 30, 2008


When I was a child, my parents told me
"Don't go near the cellar door
you can play anywhere else you like
but don't go near the cellar door"


One day, when they were gone
I went to the cellar door
and I opened it
and I saw things,
things I'd never seen before


trees, and grass, and the sky...


That one has stuck with me for decades.
posted by TedW at 7:09 AM on June 30, 2008 [11 favorites]


I one point he used to be on TV in the UK all the time... I liked him a lot better after watching a documentary about him performing at the Edinburgh Festival and getting to see the real guy (which is basically just a bit toned down version of the stage version)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:25 AM on June 30, 2008


the horse raced past the barn fell
I don't get the ambiguity?


It's not ambiguous. It's the classic garden path sentence. The question is not whether anyone would ever talk that way to express the idea. The question is why the sentence is so hard to analyze correctly. Compared to, say

The dog seen in the park barked

which has the same structure. If you really understood the differences between the sentences, you'd understand something important about how people comprehend language.

A sentence like "I saw the Statue of Liberty" flying to New York" is genuinely ambiguous: it's consistent with two interpretations. The same general parsing principles apply to every sentence; some end up being garden paths from which people can't recover (the horse fell sentence), some end up yielding two interpretations, and some just get comprehended no problem. obviously comedians are exploiting this principles for humorous effects: they lead you one way and then you have to back up and reanalyze the utterance.

If you want to know why the sentence was created, you could ask the person who thought of it. Tom Bever, University of Arizona.
posted by cogneuro at 8:01 AM on June 30, 2008


Great post, not_on_display, thanks - I loved Emo!
I have one of his lines on my profile page - it sums up my philosophy of life:
Some mornings it just doesn't seem worth chewing through the leather straps.
posted by madamjujujive at 8:17 AM on June 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


It's so sad when you realize that someone you love so much...is Satan and you have to kill them.
posted by quercus at 8:33 AM on June 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


When I wake up in the morning, I just can't get started until I've had that first, piping hot pot of coffee. Oh, I've tried other enemas...
posted by miss lynnster at 9:31 AM on June 30, 2008 [3 favorites]


God... I have so many favorites now that I think about it though...

Well, my brother says Hello. So, hooray for speech therapy.

People come up to me and say, "Emo, do people really come up to you?"

I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he said, "I'm going to mop the floor with your face."
I said, "You'll be sorry."
He said, "Oh, yeah? Why?"
I said, "Well, you won't be able to get into the corners very well."

You know what I hate? Indian givers...no, I take that back.

How many people here have telekenetic powers? Raise my hand.


He and Steven Wright have always been two of my favorites for pure subtle dry humor.
posted by miss lynnster at 9:40 AM on June 30, 2008


The similarities between transcribed Steven Wright and Emo Philips highlight to me just how much is in the delivery--what a difference it can make.

Thanks all for your comments and quotes--I've been a wonderful audience!
posted by not_on_display at 10:10 AM on June 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh, another:

At the close of his set when I saw him a few years ago, he urged all the Jews in the audience (very sincerely) to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior so they wouldn't go to hell when we died. There was kind of an uneasy, "is he joking?" kind of nervous titter and Emo said, indignantly, "Hey, don't kill the messen--oh. Oops."
posted by EarBucket at 12:32 PM on June 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


I have to admit, I like him better in his later years or in audio, because the all-elbows hair-grabbing mania he used to have so much more of really stressed me out.


When you meet people, it's handy to recall that Emo's a lot like a litmus test, and turns red in sulfuric acid.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:41 PM on June 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'm not Catholic, but I gave up picking my belly button for lint.
posted by Challahtronix at 12:50 PM on June 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


Saw him a few years ago in Edinburgh. He remains THE MAN.
posted by Pallas Athena at 3:07 PM on June 30, 2008


It's so surreal to realize this guy is actually this guy. Man, I'm feeling old.
posted by miss lynnster at 4:02 PM on June 30, 2008


When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord, in his wisdom, doesn't work that way. So I just stole one and asked him to forgive me!
posted by popechunk at 4:48 PM on June 30, 2008


Distressed school principal to Emo, shaking his head, " Emo, Emo, Emo!"

Emo to principal, "I'm the one in the middle, you drunken fool!"
posted by vers at 5:13 PM on June 30, 2008


You said it, miss lynnster. Those are pretty much how I remember him to how I saw him after a long delay (did he vanish for awhile or just drop from my radar?). Quite the shock. I never think of him as the "older Emo" he is now.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 5:20 PM on June 30, 2008


Love EP.

When I went to college,
my parents threw quite a going away party for me
according to the letter.

My father said
"I'm going to miss you, son,"
and I said
"Well, now that I broke that sight off your rifle..."

---
I was at the doctor's and he showed me one of those inkblot pictures and asked me what it reminded me of. I said, "It looks like No. 37 in the Rorschach series for diagnosing paranoid schizophrenia." He looked all disappointed, so I said, "Alright, it's a pretty butterfly."

"And what does this inkblot look like?" I said it looks like a horrible, ugly blob of pure evil, that sucks the souls of men into a vortex of sin and degredation." He said, "No, the inkblot's over there. That's a photo of my wife you're looking at."

"Was I far off?"
"No," he said.

Then the psychologist gave me a chocolate easter bunny--and this shows how tricky those guys are. I eat the chocolate bunny and I think, Wait a second... it's not Easter. "Was this a test?"

He says, "Yes," so I ask "What does it mean?"

He said, "Well, had you eaten the ears first, you would have been normal. Had you eaten the feet first, you would have had an inferiority complex. Had you eaten the tail first, you would have had latent homosexual tendencies. And had you eaten the breasts first, you would have had a latent Oedipal complex."

So I say, 'Well, go on....what does it mean when you bite out the eyes and say 'STOP STARING AT ME!'?.

He said, "It shows you have a tendency toward self-destruction."

"What do you recommend?"

He said, "Go for it!"
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 7:08 PM on June 30, 2008


EMO PHILLIPS IS A SAINT!
posted by ZachsMind at 7:18 PM on June 30, 2008


...oh. Sorry. My bad. I meant to type "Emo Phillips is anti-semetic!" Boy, am I embarrassed!
posted by ZachsMind at 7:40 PM on June 30, 2008


Do you believe in dreams? I'm in a subway and it goes into a long dark tunnel. Then it stops. Panic-stricken I leave the subway, start running down this corridor which turns out to be a sewer. Pretty soon I'm over my head in filthy stinking liquid and I'm swimming and I get to the end of the corridor and there's my mother.

She says, "Have some coleslaw, Emo." And I passed out from exhaustion.

Now here's where I had the dream.

I died, and I'm in the waiting room in heaven. And Jesus walks in behind me-but I didn't know it was him, I said, "Close the door, what were you born in a barn?" And I look...

So He takes me to the great Throne of Judgment and all the people who have ever lived are gathered round, and God says "Whoever has done the most selfless deed will sit by my right side for all eternity" and Albert Schweitzer stands up. He says, "I devoted my whole life to curing disease in the jungle!"

And God says, "Well by doing that, Albert, you totally upset their ecosystem now they're all starving to death, smart guy. Next? ...Your turn, Emo."

Huh, I thought, this is tough. "I'll tell you a selfless deed. Once in a spirit of extreme selflessness, altrusim, and generousity: I filled a rental car with premium."

And there was a loud Hosanna! I said, "I knew I'd do it, Lord. We have a lot in common. We both drive a Galaxy."

Then He pulls a trap door and sends me to hell, where they chop of my arms and legs and I have to work as a Pez dispenser.

Eternity is a long time, my friends. It's hard to imagine how long eternity is. Imagine you're at a supermarket checkout line, and there's fifteen people ahead of you, and they all have a full basket of groceries. And none of the items are marked. And everyone wants to pay by check. And it's the girl's first day on the job. And she doesn't speak English.

You take a few minutes off that, and you start to get an idea of how long Eternity is.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 8:00 PM on June 30, 2008


Emo interviews himself. (circa 1990)
posted by miss lynnster at 8:02 PM on June 30, 2008


I have trouble getting past the grating delivery. Saw Emo a decade ago, liked the jokes but kept thinking "You're already a famous headliner, can you drop the annoying hair and voice maybe?"

Also, he has some great jokes, but his "paraprosdokians" look a lot to me like misdirection using puns. Which is fine, I like puns, but I'm surprised he escapes the general stigma for that kind of thing.

cover comics

They do exist, for reals, with super-sweet web design.
posted by msalt at 3:52 PM on July 1, 2008


Isn't this Emo, too?

"I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather ... ... Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car ..."
posted by msalt at 3:56 PM on July 1, 2008


"I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather ... ... Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car ..."

That's a variation on an old Bob Monkhouse joke... one of my favorites
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:35 PM on July 1, 2008


So Emo is like the Mencia of skinny white guys?
posted by Dizzy at 6:45 PM on July 1, 2008


I believe Emo's big grandfather joke was:

...and always remember the last words of my grandfather, who said: "A truck!"

And how dare you, Dizzy. HOW DARE YOU.
posted by miss lynnster at 6:57 PM on July 1, 2008








(please don't shun me.)
posted by Dizzy at 7:02 PM on July 1, 2008


MetaFilter: the Mencia of skinny white guys
posted by not_on_display at 9:27 PM on July 1, 2008


That's a variation on an old Bob Monkhouse joke

Right you are, I stand corrected. First I've heard of him, but I love this line:

""They laughed when I said I was going to be a comedian. Well, they're not laughing now!" "
posted by msalt at 5:04 PM on July 2, 2008


Saw him headline at the Alternative Comedy Fest in Boston and he just KILLED. One of the best standup sets I've seen. See him live if you get a chance, these videos don't do it justice. (Do they ever?)
posted by stvspl at 1:40 PM on July 8, 2008


I ordered his CD based on this thread. It's pretty good! If you like his delivery... which I do.
posted by jcruelty at 10:53 AM on July 11, 2008


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