Waiting for

April 8, 2008

When I first met my wife, I told a dumb joke and she started laughing. However, 42 years of marriage have revealed to us that our senses of humor only overlap about 25-50% of the time. It’s quite common for me to laugh enthusiastically at something and then look at my wife and see her sighing in distaste. On the other hand, sometimes she finds something very amusing while I am muttering, “Only a five-year-old would find that funny.” Worse, I get jealous when she finds someone such as CBC classical music morning announcer Tom Allen funnier than me. He is very funny, but still…

When we both find a book or movie amusing, it’s a pretty good indication that people at least as weird as we are may it funny also. David Rochester recently wrote on his Quotidian Vicissitudes blog:

About ten years ago, I saw a film called Start the Revolution Without Me, and found it to be very funny. I watched it again tonight with undisturbed gravity. I don’t know whether it was funnier ten years ago, or whether I was more easily entertained, or whether being coked to the gills * on antidepressants lowered my standards for comedy. The last thing I found absolutely hilarious since I stopped taking mind-numbing drugs was a really disturbing film with Peter O’Toole called The Ruling Class. I don’t recommend it to anyone who is easily offended on the subject of sex, religion, politics, autoerotic asphyxiation, Hollywood musicals, progressive insanity, or serial killers.

* Used figuratively. There was no actual cocaine usage involved in the degradation of my sense of humor, and I am not amphibious. Please do not leave comments with carefully kind recommendations to the ichthyoid division of a local 12-step program.

I will add that David is probably even weirder than both my wife and I put together (which represents serious major league weirdness) and also mention that I have seen The Ruling Class and found it quite funny, probably because of the sex, religion, autoerotic asphyxiation, etc.

I started making coy references to a BBC Series my wife had turned me on to. For a long time, most of the episodes were not available on video. Recently the BBC finally released the entire series. My wife bought me the first two seasons as a birthday present and I have been watching it from time to time as I tread like a demented gerbil on the treadmill. Episodes held up great on second viewing; delightfully, I finally got a chance to see some I had missed when it originally played on PBS for American audiences.

Actually, it makes many great serious points in funny ways. I guess I shouldn’t say that. OK, I will decoy (and probably find out that everyone reading this is familiar with the series already).

The series is called Waiting for God. It ran for five seasons. Only the first two seasons are easily available in the United States yet. The last three seasons are mostly available in England at this time.

The series is about getting old and being (entertainingly) difficult about it. My wife and I (64 and 62) are getting old and have always been difficult so we are unlikely to stop because we are getting old. Actually we are more likely to become more difficult because we are less embarrassed about people considering us stupid or out of bounds as we get older

I’m pretty sure David will like the series and find it funny, but he has my permission not to like it and not to find it funny.

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6 Responses to “Waiting for”

  1. David Says:

    This series has been enthusiastically recommended to me by my friend Russ as well, who keeps trying to drag me over to his place to watch it with him on BBC. I had it on my list of things to check for to see if it would ever come out on video. I will run over to Netflix and see whether they have it.

    Do you have a decoy call? On second thought, I don’t think I want to know.

  2. modestypress Says:

    Too late. Of course I have a decoy call. It’s the Mickey and Sylvia R&B song, “Love is Strange.”

    Love, love is strange
    Lot of people take it for a game
    Once you get it
    You’ll never wanna quit (no, no)
    After you’ve had it (yeah, yeah)
    You’re in an awful fix
    Many people
    Don’t understand (no, no)
    They think loving (yeah, yeah)
    Is money in the hand
    Your sweet loving
    Is better than a kiss
    When you leave me
    Sweet kisses I miss

    [MICKEY:]
    Silvia…

    [SILVIA:]
    Yes Mickey?

    [MICKEY:]
    How do you call your loverboy?

    [SILVIA:]
    Come ‘ere loverboy!!

    [MICKEY:]
    And if he doesnt answer?

    [SILVIA:]
    Ohh loverboy!

    [MICKEY:]
    And if he STILL doesnt answer?

    [SILVIA:]
    I simply say
    Baby,
    Oohh baby
    My sweet baby
    You’re the one

    [TOGETHER:]
    Baby,
    Oohh baby
    My sweet baby
    You’re the one

  3. trucie Says:

    Ah, Waiting for God. I haven’t seen it. Is it like One Foot In The Grave? I imagine it was commissioned by the Beeb to fill that niche. I’ll have to look for it now, to test your sense of humour. 🙂

    The funny-bone gauntlet has been thrown down…

  4. kBells Says:

    I love “Start the Revolution without Me”.

  5. modestypress Says:

    Hi kBells. I haven’t watched “Start the Revolution.” Another movie for treadmill time, I guess.

    Thanks for dropping in. I haven’t decided whether to participate at wmb again after my six month sabbatical ends. At least I will have kept my vow.

  6. kBells Says:

    “Start the Revolution” is funny, but it makes no sense or statement and you will never look at Donald Sutherland the same way again. I hope you have already seen “Ordinary people”. I need to cut down on WMB soon myself. I have to get a real job in August.


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