Archive for the Humor Category

Italian Spiderman is Hilarious!

Posted in Entertainment, Humor, Video with tags , on June 28, 2008 by Bob

My buddy shiv over at Obner alerted me to a series of hilarious short films called Italian Spiderman.  They are produced by an outfit called Alrugo, who we’ll need to keep our eyes on for more web-based hilarity to come.  Here are the six episodes of Italian Spiderman released so far:

Episode 1:

Episode 2:

Episode 3:

Episode 4:

Episode 5:

Episode 6:

The Return of “Match Game” Has Me So Excited I’m Liable to _______ Myself

Posted in Entertainment, Humor, TV with tags , , , , , , , on June 21, 2008 by Bob

Match Game was my favorite show as a kid growing up in the ’70s, so I am overcome with excitement about its impending revival on TBS. It’s got some of my favorite funnymen, including Norm MacDonald and Bob Einstein, and is being executive produced by the comedy giant Robert Smigel.

Best of all, it will be hosted by Andrew “Dick Pepperfield” Daly!

New “Side” Blog

Posted in Entertainment, Family, Humor, Personal, Sports with tags , , on June 11, 2008 by Bob

Otisburg remains my primary blog, but for those of you who are fans of SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket in Dallas, check out the blog I’ve started called “Sideshow Blog.”  It’s just me providing running commentary on shows like The HardLine and Dunham & Miller, as well as mixing in some occasional schtick (fake ads, etc.)

Time for Celebrations!

Posted in Entertainment, Family, Humor, Otisburg, Personal on June 6, 2008 by Bob

It certainly is time for celebrations, as I have been offered and accepted a new job.  There are many, many reasons this calls for celebrations, but these are the main ones:

  1. I will be shaving 68 MILES off of my daily round-trip commute.  Not only will I finally be able to put months and months of extreme fatigue behind me, but I won’t have to cough up $20 in gas a day just to get to and from work.
  2. My new job is a promotion both in terms of salary and title.  I’m not fixated on either, but both are very nice perks, to be sure.
  3. I will be returning to a career in my original field of study after a prolonged absence…nine years, to be exact.  If I ever hoped to go back, it was pretty much now or never.
  4. I will no longer be required to wear a tie every day.  I don’t mind wearing a tie every now and then, but now that it’s getting to be summer and triple-digits are fast approaching, I’m much less likely to sweat myself into spontaneous combustion while in business casual attire.
  5. My new job is located close enough to my mother’s place of employment that we can now carpool to and from work.  This really is a good thing.  Really.  I’m not just trying to convince myself.
  6. Health and dental insurance take effect as of my first day of employment.  I had to wait 90 days for it to kick in at the last job.  Suffice it to say that my household has its fair share of prescriptions to fill on a recurring basis.
  7. Last, but most certainly not least, the time I save by not spending up to four hours a day in rush hour traffic should free me up to start posting somewhat regularly to this blog again.

And isn’t that really the greatest gift of all?

The Genius of Sawyer

Posted in Entertainment, Humor, TV, Video with tags , , on March 8, 2008 by Bob

One of the greatest things about TV’s Lost is all of the hilarious nicknames Sawyer peppers all of his fellow castaways with whenever the mood hits him (which is almost always). Thanks to YouTube, we can now bask in Sawyer’s genius, as three seasons worth of “Freckles,” “Hoss,” and all the rest are condensed into this single clip. I still think the best one is, “Union trouble down at the sand factory, Norma Rae?” Classic!

Bob’s Sideshow – Episode 1

Posted in Bob's Sideshow, Entertainment, Humor, Otisburg, Video with tags , on February 22, 2008 by Bob

I Was Once Published in a Magazine

Posted in Entertainment, Family, Humor, Music, Personal with tags , , , on February 19, 2008 by Bob

Several years ago, I submitted an entry to CMJ’s New Music Monthly magazine, to be considered for the “Geek Love” column that ran at the end of every issue. Each installment of “Geek Love” was a first-hand account by the writer of his/her first favorite band, one which would typically be very uncool to admit liking. I always found it to be an enjoyable slice of life, and decided I’d like to give it a try, even though they really weren’t officially accepting submissions.

My first attempt was a rather bizarre reminiscence of my Devo devotion. The editor didn’t think it was quite suitable for printing content-wise, but liked my writing style enough to suggest I give it another shot. So, I went even further into the wayback machine and wrote this piece on Grand Funk. My dad had passed away a year or two earlier, and a lot of the emotions I felt at the time were still pretty raw, which becomes evident rather quickly upon reading this piece. I feel kind of bad about that aspect of it, in retrospect, but I can’t go back and change things. Like Todd Rundgren once sang, “Time heals the wounds that no one can see.”