Had an unexplainable hankering recently for a chili dog -- a culinary concoction I probably haven't eaten for a couple decades or more. Recalled a nearby fast food drive thru featuring hot dog varieties so I indulged myself. The chili wasn't as tasty as what I made, but I'm not about to warm up my kitchen by cooking. We had a slight cool down outside for a couple days, but we're back to another three digit heat wave again.
The retro dog created a mind set that caused me to be susceptible to a bit of binge viewing of a long ago TV series, "Laugh-In", I coincidentally noticed being featured on current TV one recent day. I had seen some of the broadcasts when they originally aired, but missed many shows given my busy life those years, 1968-1973. Prime time viewing, traditionally 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., might benefit even now for a similar weekly sketch comedy variety show. The only comparable sketch comedy program for many years since is NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live" currently airing well after prime time hours.
"Laugh-In" featured numerous comedic talents, celebrities and even politicians. The show was fast-moving; colorful; full of comedy skits; outlandish costumes; humorous songs, dances, poetry; numerous jokes often described as "one-liners" -- brief, and to-the-point on every subject imaginable.
A comedian, Henny Youngman who lived to be 92 was referred to as the King of One-Liners with his classic: "Take my wife......Please!"
Another of his many jokes:
The Doctor called Mrs. Cohen saying, "Mrs. Cohen, your check came back".
Mrs. Cohen answered: "So did my arthritis!"
Laugh-In's primary hosts were a comedy duo, Dan Rowan and Dick Martin. Numerous featured comic talents whose careers flourished in the entertainment world after "Laugh-In" ended. Some of those performers include: Ruth Buzzi, Judy Carne, Jo Anne Worley, Arte Johnson, Lily Tomlin, Goldie Hawn, Henry Gibson, Alan Sues, Gary Owens, Chelsea Brown, Richard Dawson, Robin Williams.
Flying Fickle Finger of Fate, one of the shows segments with a serious but humorous twist was an award given "saluting actual dubious achievements by the government or famous people. A breakthrough in TV broadcasting" as defined by the Urban Dictionary.
Here's the first award in a brief 54 sec. video:
Recent news items continue to raise questions about our considerably less than transparent U.S. Administration and President's namesake son.
I can hear Lily Tomlin's little girl character, Edith Ann saying after each of his new stories and seemingly never-ending revelations: "And that's the truth!" followed by her making the raspberry sound.
One of Arte Johnson's characters would likely react thusly:
Perhaps this bit of humor will tide me through whatever new insanity may emerge in the week ahead.