Pedantry

Sometimes scribbling my thoughts leads to some comedy, sometimes just a rambling monologue.

I am not generally a pedant (he says pedantically) but there phrases that do light the little blue touch paper (metaphorically speaking), and push me from  lexicographical liberality to full-on pernickity pedantry.
The Toll booth signage at Studland for example urges you to, “Use both lanes!” which has for years had me wishing I had a 14ft wide vehicle so I could, in fact, do this. ( Whereas “Use either Lane” would be a useful and achievable prompt).
I also find myself audibly incredulous at the sign:
“This garage is in constant use!”
Watching it for 30 seconds in which time no ingress or egress occurs, renders this statement demonstrably untrue.

Particularly winding me up at the moment though is the (admittedly brilliant) Meatloaf Song “I’d do anything for love (but I won’t do that!)”
What bothers me is the use of the word “but” suggesting that the “that” is the exception to the clause, “I would do anything for Love.” Meatloaf does in fact reveal in the song that the “that” is an “and” not a “but!” That is to say that the “that” is an extension to his commitment to love, that the not doing is part of his commitment to doing anything for love. Conjunctions matter!

Well, this is the substance of what i was shouting at the radio anyway.
But, on the whole, I am definitely not usually a pedant!

Small Town Hero

tom gloverThis is a lovely 10 minute documentary that reveals a whole bunch of stuff about the life of an aspiring Comic. It follows West Country Comedian Tom Glover as he juggles his day job and his growing career in comedy. There was much that I could relate to and much that made me smile.

I’ve performed once at a night that Tom was MC-ing, and I  can confirm that he’s really good at working with the audience, and very funny.

Link to the video here (Can’t embed  video in the free version of WordPress)

The Brick Wall

comwallThe Story has it that it was ‘Hungry’ in LA from where the bare brick wall behind the Comedian came from. I like the stark ‘feel’ of the brickwork as a back drop, it reinforces that Stand Up Comedy is the performer, the mic … and that is it. Given that the history of Stand Up has some of it’s back story in the front of curtain performers who would entertain whilst set changes happened on the full stage, the brick wall seems like a nice homage to the fact that that comedy generally does not have a set.  All of the comedy and story is embodied, enacted and enabled by the performer.

I loved one very ironic moment on this theme.  I was unsure what the performance area would look like and I wanted to create a bit more of a comedy feel to the ‘stage.’ I’d heard that they had a built in projector and drop down screen, so I sent a picture of a stark brick wall to be projected to create a backdrop. This was all in place BUT the irony was that the screen was then covering an actual stark brick wall. Doh!