Happy May 3rd everybody! Is it May already? Good golly, miss Molly! (Or Mister Rollie!)
Well, I’d better waste no time in getting to the goods then! This just in: the Sugarhill Gang did NOT invent rap music! No, that was done by a heroic guy named Dewey “Pigmeat” Markam and he did it to peculiar, yet interesting, effect. Here’s an excellent Cracked.com article that profiles the legendary deed, while also giving lip service to one of my leading ladies: the indelible Françoise Hardy. Bonus points: the article also discusses a band called Lothar and the Hand People. How ’bout it!?!
Speaking of my leading ladies, my leading-est lady Amb brightened my day yesterday. As I was on the way to a Jazz Post-1946 midterm where I had to show off my knowledge of Wadada Leo Smith, Ambrose Akinmusire and Afro-pessimist scholar Hortense Spillers, I received this surprising message.
“So apparently you and I are, like, kind of a big deal.”- amb, May 2, 2013, stating the obvious
You see, she gave me a link showing that she and I recently made news now that we’re a “serious item” (how can two comedy bloggers be serious anythings? Kind of defeats the purpose). This fulfills personal goals we’ve both had for ages: my goal to be important enough to get my name in the headlines and “very-nice-person-commenter” Amb’s goal to be covered tabloid-style like they do in those Hollywood gossip mags… you know the type: “Who’s that sizzling arm candy who’s been hanging out on the red carpets with Dave lately? We’ll give you the scoop on all the latest juicy gossip.” That kind of thing. I obviously spend my free time in extremely productive ways 🙂 We were also described as “zippy,” which is a first for me, but probably not for amb. She’s zippy to the core! Anyway, thanks to the clever and entertaining What Do You Do for An Encore (wdydfae or “wadiddifay” for short) for making us feel like
celebrities the celebrities we are.
And just because she loves the limelight, our Trying to Clear Her Scrabble Rack of Extra U’s correspondent amb also reports on a momentous event in Vulture pop culture news. I’ll leave it to her to report.
Some of my favourite funny people have funny names! and Vulture put them into a countdown! Singling out Baron Vaughn because of his “the theme songs of early 90s cartoons take up valuable space in my brain” bit. He gets me, man. Feel free to mock me about this for maximum comic effect, amb xo.
What amb doesn’t realize is that I would never mock her! She’s my fay-voo-rit! 😉
Our Washingtonian Whimsy correspondent Fannie Cranium brings us news that 76-year-old Puyallup, Washington resident Mafwana “Maffy” Kelsch has taken up the lawn mower and now mows 35 lawns in her gated community. And Fannie artfully adds “There’s no tomfoolery with a leaf blower, she prefers a broom.” Heavens to Betsy, there’s no news like local news if you’re looking for funny names!
Moving on to another of my leading ladies, Kathleen Edwards, who unfortunately doesn’t have a funny name. (P.S. If you think I’m making up the fact that Françoise Hardy and Kathleen Edwards are some of my leading ladies, you’d be sorely mistaken… in the past six years, I’ve listened to more songs by them than almost anyone else… and yes, I keep track of that.) Anywhoo, Kathleen is quite a witty lady and has a tremendous stage presence, and my only fear in sharing this link is that I hope she doesn’t upstage the humorously named comedian Tig Notaro.
And that sums up another exciting edition of…
Stop the presses, we have some poll results!
Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU 30 46%
Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia 11 17%
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut 9 14%
Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State 6 9%
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah 5 8%
Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame 4 6%
Makes me wanna shoop, shoop ba-doop, shoop ba-doop, shoop ba-doop ba-doop ba-doop!
See y’all on Monday, with an exciting new Funny Names theory!