Secrets - 4/25/2013
SPENCER GREEN, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in My Spam Box.
SHAWN BOWERS, The Secret Behind Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man.
For Those in Peril on the Sea - 4/13/2012
Folk song: "It Was Sad When That Great Ship Went Down."
Here There By Dragons - 1/20/2012
S.J. PERELMAN, "The Flowery Kingdom" chapter from Westward Ha! -- Around the World in 80 Clichés.
Dry - 9/25/2011
Dry Martini Poems and Quotes about Martinis by: DOROTHY PARKER, GEORGE ADE,
P.G. WODEHOUSE, GERALD FORD, JAMES THURBER, ALEC WAUGH,
SOMERSET MAUGHAM, WILLIAM EMERSON, JR., PHILIP LARKIN,
MILTON BERLE, HUMPHREY BOGART, H.L MENCKEN,
HOMER SIMPSON, WINSTON CHURCHILL, OGDEN NASH, HEINZ SCHMITZ,
ROGER ANGELL, ROBERT BENCHLEY.
Wet - 7/16/2011
S.J. PERELMAN, "In Pixie Land I'll take my Stand," from The Rising Gorge.
Gory/Gorey Valentine - 2/27/2011
Sang and accompanied himself on guitar TOM LEHRER, "Irish Folk Song" and "Masochism Tango,"
several Scottish folk tunes, and flamenco guitar.
Villians - 9/11/2010
GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the He-flirt" from The Girl Proposition.
Heroes - 4/10/2010
CYRIL CONNOLLY, excerpt from "Bond Strikes Camp," from The Faber Book of Parodies.
Vice Verse - 2/24/2009
MARLOWE, The Seven Deadly Sins from The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, Act II, Scene 1.
Winter - 1/11/2009
PETER COOK, selection "Partridge in a Pear Tree" from Tragically I Was an Only Twin and
DOMINIQUE RITTER, "Alternative Winter Olympics".
Hollywood/Bollywood - 11/14/2008
Played guitar while all sang along to "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" by NOËL COWARD and "Mad Dogs and Indians" a parody by PETER ROWETT
Rhymes with June - 6/30/08
CHRIS MORGAN, Twelve Words That End in "oon" - a Quiz
Run for the Roses - 5/3/2008
LEWIS CARROLL, "The Queen's croquet party" from Chapter VIII
of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (from an edition signed by Alice Liddell)
GEORGE ADE, excerpts from
"The Fable of How Uncle Brewster Was Too Shifty for the Tempter" from More Fables.
Burns Night - 1/27/2008
Selkirk Grace, To a Haggis, My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose, and several song parodies.
Ghosts - 10/31/2007
JOHN COLLIER, "Are You Too Late, Or Was I Too Early."
Love is Magical - 2/18/2007
Performed Chinese pantomime magic.
Souls - 10/29/2006
JACK HANDEY, "My First Day in Hell" (published in the Oct. 30, 2006 New Yorker).
Birthdays - 3/19/2005
LEWIS CARROLL, "The Unbirthday" from Chapter VI of Through the Looking-Glass and
ROBERT BENCHLEY, "The Chinese Situation" from From Bed to Worse.
Masks - 10/30/2004
ROBERT BENCHLEY "Sex is Out" and "Uncle Edith's Ghost Story" from The Early Worm.
Death - 11/1/2003
BILLY COLLINS, selections and
J. P. DONLEAVEY, "The Unexpurgated Code."