Saturday, May 9, 2009

A Realist Responds

One of my comedy heroes, Paul Krassner, disagrees with me. I couldn't be happier. Honestly.

Paul doesn't mention it, but he gave me numerous insights about O'Donoghue and the Lampoon when I was writing "Mr. Mike," and published me in The Realist, a true highlight of my life. Paul not only was rejected by Dennis Miller, as he relates in this piece, but also by SNL, submitting sketches about abortion and Guatemalan guerrillas, if memory serves. Paul has long been my model for rejection -- the word "Krassnered" describing material that is too radical, dark, or indecent for American TV comedy. Or in Paul's case, too fucking funny.

Here's a brief look at Paul's career, via High Times. And do check out his web site, as well as The Realist archive.