November 6, 2008
Get to the Punchline
Greetings from the lost city of Atlanta! I am at the Punchline this week, pulling split duty -- Headliner Greg Fitzsimmons had a slight change of schedule, so I am headlining in his place on Thursday and Sunday. If you show up for the show, and you're disappointed not to see, Greg, deal with it. I want to be the starting third baseman for the Phillies. We all have our disappointments.
This is my first time at the Punchline, and I like it. It's not new and fancy, but instead it's covered with wood paneling, so it's like you're watching a show in your parents' basement! Only you can't steal beer from the Punchline and it would probably be bad form if you tried to get under your girlfriend's bra while the show is going on.
It's Wafer Thin
Take this, from the shelf next to the Saltines, and eat it ...
Me and a guy in the Punchline office were watching History Channel before the show, and there was a special about breadmaking. They were focusing on religious-themed bread, and there was footage of eucharist wafers being made in a factory environment.
I'd like to think that the Body of Christ is, at the very least, homemade. Can you taste the difference? "Oh, this is the store-bought Body of Christ. And is that the screw-top Blood of Christ? Man, this church has gone downhill."
This is Pretty Good
Onion print stories can be bit stale ... like my brother Dave has noted, you basically have the whole joke after the headline and the first paragraph. The rest is just filler, like an inverted pyramid of humor.
That said, their audio and video dispatches have been great lately. There production values are great and nothing drags on. Watch this one about obsessive Obama supporters. And click around -- they're all pretty funny (though the Barbara Bush one just seems mean-spirited for no particular reason. Why go after the Silver Fox?).