by Joe Buonfiglio
“Wait. Hold on,” you blurt out in confused recognition. “This isn’t a blog post. This is blow-it-off phone-it-in BULLSHIT!”
“Why yes, it is,” I slyly respond, “but don’t blame me. Blame The Ministry of Silly Walks.”
Okay, admittedly, this week’s edition of Potpourri of the Damned isn’t the usual slipstream-genre dive into absurdist humor I try to make happen every week American politics doesn’t see me pound at my PC keyboard in a rageful rant until my family can break down my locked office door and slip the straightjacket back on for the night. However, there is a good reason — to my mind, the BEST reason in the world — for that:
I’m going to see John Cleese live tonight!
To understand what it means for me to FINALLY get to see one of my heroes “live and in person” is to understand me (and how I got this way).
See, years and years ago when I was but a young, impressionable schoolboy, a dear friend took me to a secluded room within his family home. Did we experiment with drugs? Did we delve into forbidden sexuality? Did we read dangerous poetry together?
NO! In this dimly lit childhood sanctuary, my good friend Paul introduced me to the absolute absurd-humor wonder that is Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
You have to understand; for better or worse, the absurdist-humor writing to which I have been unwaveringly devoted my whole life may have been nurtured by reading authors such as Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut, but it was launched by my wide-eyed fascination with the Pythons. That now-classic British TV show, for which John Cleese was a founding member, wasn’t just a source of entertainment for me. It manifested into a philosophy; became a prism through which I view life. It became the foundation on which I built my vocation.
It was fucking funny.
So yes, I am openly and most certainly slightly, somewhat, kind of blowing you all off to rush out and listen to one of my all-time idols speak. As he (and I) are both getting on in years, who knows if the Fates will afford me an opportunity such as this ever again, so I hope you understand and give me a literary pass this week. If not, I refer you to The Ministry of Silly Walks to register your complaint.
And if you don’t know what I mean by that, not only should you Google it or catch a video on YouTube (below), but I’m not really sure why you follow this blog in the first place.
© 2017 Joseph P. Buonfiglio All Rights Reserved.
(Copyright for video and associate Python visuals are held by the BBC and the show’s creators.)