Thursday, January 31, 2008

barry and levon, part duex

the quality of the footage is not the best, but the comedic excellence transcends the technology. AHHHHHHHHYEAHHHHHHH!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

laughter IS the best medicine

i becoming more and more convinced that every single day i need a dose of comedy to combat my glacially inevitable march toward becoming the embodiment of a grumpy old man. so – youtube has become my morning fix of choice. this morning i recalled a hilarious sketch from a forgotten show from comedy central called the state. the sketch features two forgotten comic heroes, barry and levon. the sketch is called “$240.00 worth of pudding.” and for my $240.00, it’s about as funny as it gets. enjoy as you “cook and chill all night long.”

Friday, January 11, 2008


i’ve been fascinated with the straight razor shave since childhood. i grew up watching westerns with my dad, and always thought it was cool when the cowboys shaved in the river with a straight razor. i got my first straight razor shave when i was eighteen in houston. the barber was a woman. it was an existential moment for me. for about thirty minutes there i caught a glimpse, i think, of whitman’s sublime. but that’s another story. shortly thereafter, i began to collect straight razors and barbering paraphernalia. my favorites of the collection are my granddad’s straight razor and a wooden burma shave sign. when i began teaching at pearl river community college, i discovered they had a barbering program. one of the requirements for graduation is proficiency with the straight razor. when klelly ran the program, he had a woman named misty whose specialty was the straight razor shave. and faculty could receive barbering services for free, so about once a week in ’98 and ’99, misty would knock the sandpaper off for me. but misty graduated and most of the students since have made me a bit nervous. however, for christmas this year, my sister and brother-in-law got me one of the coolest gifts i’ve ever received. it was a straight razor shave from a high-end boutique shop called the art of shaving, new york. if you are a man, i highly recommend that you put a straight razor shave on your list of 100 things to do before your die.