Musings: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Like you, we enjoy TV commercials that make us laugh out loud. An Eighth Muse favorite right now is Geico’s “Do Dogs Chase Cats?” and All State’s “Mayhem Man”, which The Chicago Tribune recently wrote about.  Hey, who knew insurance could be funny? Or creative – actually, the ad agency behind the spots are the […]

Musings: Monday, March 14, 2011

Print is dead. – Dr. Egon Spengler. More than 25 years after a ghostbuster falsely declared it’s passing, print is alive and well, particularly in comedy form. Another beat of the art form’s heart registered last week, this time thumping strong enough to be seen on more than just the industry’s EKG. As first reported […]

Books That’ll Unwrap Laughs This Holiday Season

If you’ve ever watched America’s Funniest Videos with a group of people, you know just how varying senses of humor can be. Such was the challenge of compiling this list of gift recommendations. But other questions popped up, too. For example, there are two books written by Steve Martin (Born Standing Up; The Pleasure of […]

Provenza, Satiristas Overthrow Conventional Wisdom

“The Graduate,” director Mike Nichols says, “was really about a very specific thing: it was about what happens to your life. It was about drowning in objects, becoming an object – and saving yourself through passion. Madness and passion. That’s why the sense of Ben and Elaine’s liberation at the end, fighting to be free, […]