The temperature tomorrow in Tel Aviv will be 75 degrees. Keep this in mind for later - it becomes important.
On Monday night I played at a fundraiser for ImprovBoston. When I say “played,” I mean it - it was a tremendously fun reunion of my mighty two-man sketch dynamo “The Irwin Smalls Trio,” and the whole night was terrific.
Except for this one moment. Some comedian - and I’m 98% sure it was the great Tony V - said “Happy Holidays” to the crowd. And one guy, out in the audience off towards stage right… booed. That’s right, a guy booed “Happy Holidays.” Swear to god.
Most of the crowd was perplexed. Even among East Coast, hyper-informed Boston comedy fans, there are not all that many people who live inside the bubble of the Hatfield-McCoy Appalachia that is cable news. In fact, if the reason for the booing was readily apparent to you, be warned - you’re inside that bubble.
Tony handled it beautifully, and used the moment to segue into a great riff about Christmas. I’d be willing to bet that he’d run up against it before.
“It” is the new, virulent anger against the idea of saying “Happy Holidays” - which is to some people as horrifying and awful as some commie trying to sneak a “Season’s Greetings” by you - which is in turn as bad as a hearty, happy “Fuck Jesus!” apparently. It’s a sign that you hate Christmas and Christianity and the Constitution and the principles that our nation was founded upon. It’s a sign that you hate America, just like the President of the United States. Continue reading this entry »