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It’s A Dessert Topping! It’s A Floor Wax!

I read an article the other morning and it made me think of the old SNL skit for Shimmer Floor Wax.  If you don’t know it you can watch the skit by clicking this link (I tried to embed it but good luck getting certain video providers to work nicely with WordPress). You might remember it – is new Shimmer a floor wax or a dessert topping?  As with the article, it turns out to be both. Continue reading

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The Blues Brothers

Cover of "The Blues Brothers  (Full Scree...

As you’re reading this, I’m heading down to Myrtle Beach for a few days of golf with a dozen of my closest friends.  One of the things we do there besides play golf is eat, and since the food in Myrtle, with a few exceptions, is not very good, we cook a lot.  While cooking is going on, we generally watch old movies.  “Guy movies.”  You know – stupid comedies from which almost any guy can quote a line or two.  Animal HouseCaddyshack (hey, it’s a golf trip!).  And usually The Blues Brothers. Continue reading

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Hail Caesar!

Today is Sid Caesar’s birthday.  For those of you under 40, Isaac Sidney “Sid” Caesar (who would have believed it was his real name?) is the Rosetta Stone of American comedy.  He makes all of what follows him understandable and sits at the very center of the tree of comedy, with dozens of branches springing from his center.  He is best known for his work on Your Show of Shows, a live, 90 minute sketch show (SNL, anyone) that featured Caesar, Carl Reiner, Imogene Coca,, Nanette Fabray, and many others as performers.  The writing staff included Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart and Reiner.  You get a sense of what it was like from the movie My Favorite Year (well worth the rental) and the shows themselves can be found on DVD at his website and elsewhere.

Sid was best known for his “double-talk” routines, one of which is here:

I love how he captures the essence of the language without speaking a word of it – a good lesson (you knew it was coming) in why listening to tone is important (although understanding meaning is kind of critical in business too!).

Happy birthday , Sid!

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