Tuesday, December 27, 2005

The Whore of Mensa

When I was 14 or 15, I got a book of short humorous pieces by Woody Allen called Without Feathers. I already liked to write, and I liked to try to be funny, but this book had a huge influence on my style, to the extent that I have one. Although many other people, especially Mark Twain, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Steve Martin, have had a big impact on what I think is funny and what I do to try to make people laugh, even today, nearly 30 years later, I can hear echoes of Without Feathers in a lot of my humor.

There's a lot of good stuff in the book, but my favorite bit has always been the hard-boiled detective parody "The Whore of Mensa." You can read the story on-line here, or you can even listen to Jeff Goldblum read it here (scroll down to Program #9).

1 comment:

  1. OH MY GOSH. That was hilarious. Thanks for sharing that. I never would have found that without your blog entry.

    Wow.

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