Monday, November 18, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Watching Anthony Jeselnik's 8th of August interview with Conon O'Brien, where he discussed the trouble he got into with New Zealanders for his "great" and "amazing" jokes at the expense of Adam Strange, a New Zealander killed by a shark, it was obvious who the real victim in all this was: Anthony Jeselnik.
It was hard not to feel an overwhelming sympathy for this man as I watched him relate his tale of woe, yet somehow I managed.
I felt compelled to learn more about this wonderful human being, and that's when I truly came to feel sorry for the man. For not only is he cursed with a TV show, The Jeselnik Offensive, whose title sounds like a series of battles from outside Stalingrad in 1942 ... to be fair the show is almost as funny as the siege of Stalingrad ... I also discovered a terrible tragedy in Mr Jeselnik's past.
Anthony Jeselnik's sense of humour was killed on 9/11.
Jeselnik's body was safely home in Pittsburgh on that tragic day, but his sense of humour was working as a financial consultant in the second tower. It never got out alive. Crushed under tonnes of twisted steel and metal it died that day, and has never been seen or heard from since.
To make matters worse, Jeselnik's attempts to seek compensation for his loss were, at first, refused. Officials claimed there was no evidence Jeselnik even had a sense of humour, and produced hours of footage of his stand-up work as proof.
But then a Ms Anthea Stringe came forward and told her tale of survival in the second tower on 9/11, and how she was helped down the stairwell by Anthony Jeselnik's sense of humour, which keep her going by making knock-knock jokes and singing bawdy limericks. Once she was safe Jeselnik's sense of humour selflessly re-entered the tower to try and help others. The last words Ms Stringe heard it say were 'There was a young lady from Flint ...' before the sense of humour was lost to the noise and dust of that horrible day.
Compensation was finally awarded to Mr Jeselnik, in the form of a cable TV show and a over-inflated sense of entitlement, and he continued on ...
Incredibly, this brave man has continued to work in the field of American comedy, despite the tragic loss of his sense of humour.
He's not the only American comedian to carry on after the untimely death of his sense of humour. Andrew Dice Clay soldiered on despite his sense of humour being shot in a cocaine deal gone wrong. And Andy Kaufman's sense of humour may not have died, but it did run away and join the circus when it was only twelve.
So let's salute Anthony Jeselnik, a brave hero whose life serves to remind us that even without a sense of humour an American can continue to be a functioning, well-respected member of the comedic fraternity.
I think we can all agree that the true horrors of global terrorism are never so apparent as when watching Anthony Jeselnik trying to be funny.
Oh, and if anyone is offended by this, let me reassure you it's only because you don't know me. If you did know me you'd understand this is classic Tulloch. Classic.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
Monday, April 1, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
In June 2012 I decided I should start drawing things. I hadn't seriously attempted to draw since I was told that I was useless by my fourth form art teacher ... thirty years had gone by. I started slow. I'm still going slow.
However, I sent a couple of pages of what I had done to a webcomics friend, and he very kindly asked me to be a guest artist for one page of his webcomic ... B.A.S.O.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Way back in 2011 I had an idea for a series of strips for a community webcomic on The Duck (formerly Drunk Duck) called Duck and Quail. Duck and Quail are the site mascots, and there were a number of stand alone pages done by some very talented people for Duck and Quail. The Duck website had just removed the Drunk part of its name, and undergone a series of coding changes that remain unfinished to this day. Overall the website's traffic plummeted, and what is left in 2013 is a mere shadow of what once existed when the duck was intoxicated. So I wrote a series of 80 strips that told a satirical tale of a sober Duck's quest to find his old drinking buddy Quail ... and somehow save the universe from destruction along the way.
From the first strip in September 2011 ... http://www.drunkduck.com/Duck_and_Quail/5355156/ to the last in May 2012 http://www.drunkduck.com/Duck_and_Quail/5394188/ I was lucky enough to have a large group of artists volunteer their time to get the strip done. The editor of the Duck and Quail community comic, VegaX, was very supportive and encouraging, and the whole project raced headlong to its sappy conclusion.
It was a fun project to be involved with, and through it I cyber-met some wonderful people who I have since worked with on other projects.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
I haven't been posting on this blog for a while, but it suddenly occurred to me I could use it to mention some of the writing I've been doing of late, starting with something I helped co-write; the end to chapter 7 of the wonderful webcomic Hocusha.
The creator of Hocusha, Vig Starmax, was suffering from a case of the dreaded writer's block, and his excellent webcomic was on indefinite hiatus. I was fortunate enough to be a fan of Hocusha and to have worked briefly with Vig on another project, so when he posted a call for help I was quick to offer my assistance.
Vig put together a Hocusha bible containing character notes, setting, and over-arching plot details, and from that I helped work out an ending for the chapter he was stuck on. I got to write the dialogue and give some page layout suggestions, and Vig took that and made it much better.
Now Vig seems to be inspired once again to write and draw Hocusha, and it looks like there's a long series of adventures to look forward to. I for one can't wait to see what Vig does next with Hocusha.
You can read Hocusha here ... my contributions started from page 10 of Chapter 7.