Monday, 12 December 2005

Everyone Carries Around His Own Monsters

Richard Pryor said that, he also said "what the fuck am I doing here" and the motherfucker has at last passed away. Bless him, he was, for me, the greatest stand-up comedian of all time; many of his performances are more like jazzy, theatrical monologues that are as dark as they are funny. His angry nigger style not only cut lose a whole raft of black comedians but also liberated the whole medium of stand-up and raised the bar. No one can touch him but it's good to die trying.

One final quote of his that I love: "I live in racist America and I'm uneducated, yet a lot of people love me and like what I do and I can make a living from it. You can't do much better than that." Indeed you can't you crazy diamond.

Sunday was post less because I was in bed with a hangover after too much port at a great party and then Marie's family came to hang out and then I went to the Prince Edward theatre to see Jon Stewart of The Daily Show fame.

He was reading excerpts from his book and then doing a quick Q&A and being very funny indeed, whilst ripping America and its government to shreds. Needless to say, we the audience lapped it up and I had a fantastic night. But...

I can't help but think he's preaching to the converted and that all of us liberals can satisfy ourselves by thinking we're actually doing something about the situation by going to see his show or watching the tele. I'm bored with all the same Bush jokes, they have to stop and be replaced by coherent policies put together about what the American people want for their future and more importantly the apathy felt towards the political processes of both the US and the UK by it's voters. 99% of us should be voting, not 46%, that's disgusting! We need to win back politics from the politicians and empower ourselves through decision making. But I suppose that's not very funny...

I'll leave you with some Jon Stewart quotes:

"If the events of September 11, 2001, have proven anything, it's that the terrorists can attack us, but they can't take away what makes us American: our freedom, our liberty, our civil rights. No, only Attorney General John Ashcroft can do that."

"We begin tonight with a simple, indisputable fact: as a young man, President George W. Bush benefited from family connections to get a place in the Texas Air National Guard, thus avoiding service in Vietnam. As you would guess, this has led to calls for the resignation of Dan Rather."


  1. I could watch that episode of Jon Stewart on Crossfire over and over and over . . .

  2. So True about Richard Prior.

    And of course painfully true about America...

  3. I love Jon Stewart! He is doing a lot of preaching to the converted, but he's also having a huge influence on our young people. When they see the absurdity of what our politicians are doing and saying, they refuse to give in to the hypocracy and craziness. We can't minimize the effect he's having, and the effect the people who take their direction from him are having. He COULD be as important as Richard Pryor if he continues his path.

  4. Richard Pryor and Tookie Williams. Both victims of the best America has to offer.

    Richard Pryor was genuine, which was his genius. Simplicity becomes complex when a determined attempt to understand why we do what we do, and nothing clears the intellectual bullshit that bogs us down out like listening to someone whose eye is kept on the real thing.

    "Some people die in car crashes, some get hit by a bus. He died in your pussy."

    You know which line I'd be in.

    As far as how bad America is, face it, criminals are running the Empire and need to be stopped. Is anyone disputing this anymore?

    In America, there is gain, there is loss, and there is the paper it is written on.


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