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Oh, For Christ’s Sake, Just Let People Have Their McRibs And Be Happy In This Crap Show Year

November 26th, 2021
Oh, For Christ's Sake, Just Let People Have Their McRibs And Be Happy In This Crap Show Year

I was scrolling through my news feed on Facebook today, as I am wont to do when I want to incrementally lose faith in humanity, and I stopped briefly on a posting by someone trying to make themselves look far more hip and cool than they actually are. I know, I know, hard to pin that one down when it comes to social media! You’ll never guess who I’m talking about when you’ve got 80 million people to choose from there… Anyway, the person was making a comment about a certain fast food item that some people profoundly enjoy. They post about it. They revel in its return. They write with glee... Read More

Behind The Fluff: The Tawdry Tales Of Festival Of Trees’ Teddy Bear Teas

November 19th, 2021
Behind The Fluff: The Tawdry Tales Of Festival Of Trees' Teddy Bear Teas

Entertainment is a tricky thing. One person’s wholesome fare is another person’s demon-possessed trash. From time to time, I’ll get emails from irate people who are disappointed that I’ve recommended some bit of entertainment they find to be offensive. One of them messaged me about it. Another called me, taking me to task for “leading children down the path of evil.” How she knew I’d been a tour guide at Disneyland is beyond me. But nonetheless, this lady wasn’t pleased. “You shouldn’t be telling parents to let their children go to demonic concerts…you should be warning them... Read More

Was Travis Scott Concert Tragedy A Blood Sacrifice To Satan, Or Something Far Worse?

November 12th, 2021
Was Travis Scott Concert Tragedy A Blood Sacrifice To Satan, Or Something Far Worse?

I’m sure by now you’ve all heard about the Travis Scott Astroworld tragedy in which eight young people, one as young as 14, were killed, and hundreds of people, some as young as 10, were injured, at Scott’s Astroworld Music Festival in Houston on Nov. 5. Concertgoers raged towards the stage during Scott’s set, exhorted by Scott, which isn’t unusual for a performer to do. However perhaps not especially wise given that more and more details are coming out about security people and festival organizers warning Scott against it. Lawsuits will undoubtedly be abundant, and... Read More

REVIEW: Haus of Ruckus’ ‘Jacques Alope’ Is A Hilariously Bizarre And Inventive Romp

November 10th, 2021
REVIEW: Haus of Ruckus' 'Jacques Alope' Is A Hilariously Bizarre And Inventive Romp

I’ve always loved absurdist comedies. From the sketch comedies I’ve written and produced to stuff I watch over-and-over like “I Think You Should Leave” and “Mr. Show,” I’ve always gravitated towards humor that seems to continually come from the far reaches of the galaxy of the mind to offer unexpected laughs, and sometimes just complete and utter tangents into the bizarre. It’s no surprise then, that I loved “Jacques Alope,” the new show from Haus of Ruckus, playing at 7:34 p.m. (with doors open at 6:59 p.m.) Thursday through Saturday... Read More

From Time Travelers To JFK Jr, Is A Celebrity REALLY Going To Return From The Dead?

November 5th, 2021
From Time Travelers To JFK Jr, Is A Celebrity REALLY Going To Return From The Dead?

This week, Q-Anon followers discovered what it was like to be Elaine Benes. No, not because they were denied harshly by the Soup Nazi. But because, much like the “Seinfeld” character, they were disappointed and jilted by their beloved John F. Kennedy Jr. Unlike Elaine, they didn’t meet him at the gym and get beaten to bed by Marla the Virgin. Instead, they were left hanging in Dallas expecting him to return from the dead, and disappointed when zombie JFK Jr didn’t turn up. Ya know, typical Tuesday. At least for Q-Anon. Apparently, there had been a rumor that turned into... Read More

Some Pro Tips To Be Cool To Trick-Or-Treaters, And Have A Happy Halloween

October 31st, 2021
Some Pro Tips To Be Cool To Trick-Or-Treaters, And Have A Happy Halloween

Pro Tips On Being Cool To Trick-or-Treaters This Halloween: 1. Whether or not you “believe in” allergies to peanuts, chocolate, or whatever, is irrelevant. Shut the fuck up about it if a kid says they have one. Have a couple different varieties of candy to give out to kids, including Starbursts and Skittles, which I don’t think have any potential allergens in them, and which most kids love anyway. 2. It doesn’t matter if a kid is shy, autistic, quiet or is just rude. Don’t be that douchebag that makes them say “Trick or Treat” or withhold candy... Read More

On Halloween, Let’s Consider Important Questions. Like, Do Vampires Poop?

October 29th, 2021
On Halloween, Let's Consider Important Questions. Like, Do Vampires Poop?

It’s Halloween weekend, and along with the tricks and treats, and little goblins and ghouls, there are other things that haunt me. Questions. Queries. Imaginings. About These keep me awake at night. Can zombies swim? Whenever I watch a zombie movie, I always imagine different ways that I could escape zombies if I ever found myself in that situation. I’m sure you can all relate. Now, to be clear, I’m talking about your standard issue, usual zombies that you see in TV and movies, the kind that move very slowly, shambling along, whose bodies are in a constant state of disrepair, and who... Read More

Chappelle Needs To Be Heard, Not Canceled, When It Comes To Social Inequality

October 27th, 2021
Chappelle Needs To Be Heard, Not Canceled, When It Comes To Social Inequality

There’s a common phrase used in social justice circles: Pass the mic. Pass the mic means, metaphorically, to let others talk, and it’s usually used in regard to people of color. It’s a reminder that we need to listen to those people of color because their experience is different from ours if we’re white. While, yes, we certainly may share many commonalities, particularly in regard to economic situations if we’re among the same economic strata, there is also an intrinsic bias many in society hold based upon appearance, notably skin color, and regardless of commonalities... Read More

Virtue Signaling Needs To Be Accompanied By Virtue To Accomplish Economic Diversity And Equality In The Arts

October 24th, 2021
Virtue Signaling Needs To Be Accompanied By Virtue To Accomplish Economic Diversity And Equality In The Arts

Diversity in the arts is the latest hot topic on the Quad-Cities arts scene, and it’s certainly a welcome one, as the discussion has long been overdue. There is a definite shortage of minority voices across the arts spectrum, and that needs to be corrected. The only way it will be corrected is by it being acknowledged and addressed. Some groups have certainly been doing so, and deserve credit for it. Tristan Tapscott’s The Mockingbird On Main has been one of the most forward thinking theaters on the subject, with casts and shows that have distinctly featured minority performers and... Read More

With Halloween Approaching, I Think It’s Time We Asked, Do Ghosts Fart?

October 22nd, 2021
With Halloween Approaching, I Think It's Time We Asked, Do Ghosts Fart?

Do ghosts fart? Ever walk into your house after you’ve been away, or walk into a room and notice a strange smell? Of course, once you do, you have to try to find it, to try to get rid of it, because who wants a strange smell in their house? I’ll usually look for some dropped food or something behind or under furniture, and sometimes that’s the case. Some bit of stray potable that tried to escape and sadly discovered its motion was limited to whatever got it there in the first place, and then was left, saddened, and chastened, to rot in bitterness and disappointment. It’s like the Brando... Read More