Categories Archives: Presumptuous Poignancy

The Elephant In The Room

I’ve never made a secret of my political views; I tend to lean left. Honestly, I don’t think my beliefs are that radical but, compared to what serves as the other end of the spectrum these days, admitting to some Conservatives that you have handful of liberal views is like announcing that you once opened […]

The Miller Park Summit

Recently, an acquaintance wrote to me in an email saying:  “Boy, Wisconsin politics must be a gold mine for a comedian.” You’d think. But in fact, it’s more of a mine field. Sure, you can joke about it; just don’t be surprised when the heckling is accompanied by small arms fire. Honestly, it’s like working […]


When I first heard about the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, I was stunned and, frankly, affected more than I thought I would be. I live in the fourth poorest metropolitan area in the Nation, and, every night on the local news, “if it bleeds, it leads.” Sometimes those doing the “bleeding” are elderly, sometimes […]

Me and Stan Freberg

“The story of Little Blue Riding Hood is true. Only the color has been changed to prevent an investigation.” -Stan Freberg (1953) They say that you should never meet your heroes. That’s probably because they would never live up to your expectations. Thankfully, that doesn’t pertain to portraying your heroes…at least in my case. I […]

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Jaws: The Great White Life Coach

35 years ago this summer, arguably one of the greatest horror films in the history of cinema opened in theaters across the country. Directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw and a stubborn mechanical shark nicknamed “Bruce,” Jaws terrified audiences and instilled Aquaphobia in an entire generation. I was six […]

The “R-Word”

Needless to say, this is a touchy subject so I am going to tread lightly. The smoldering offence that many take at the utterance of this word erupted into a full-fledged firestorm when White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel used the “R-Word” (in conjunction with another offensive word) to indicate his frustration with certain […]

Temple Grandin, Autism and Humanity

“Nature is cruel, but we don’t have to be.”  –Temple Grandin I was recently blown away by the new HBO movie Temple Grandin, the biopic of the woman by the same name.  The film illustrates Ms. Grandin’s (Claire Danes) struggle and perseverance with autism in the face of ridicule and isolation during a time when […]

The Evolution of Willy Porter

Willy Porter is on a journey; as are we all.  Despite the archetypal scripts we write for ourselves, Life rarely seems to listen to our pitches.  And while this drives most of us crazy, Willy embraces it; at least for the purpose of his craft.  Once in a while, during our personal treks, we hear a […]

The Blues

I’ve always loved the Blues.  I love the wailing guitars and gritty catharsis.  If there was ever a musical genre that celebrated those aspects of the human condition that seem decidedly UN-celebratory, it’s the Blues.  Inherent in the Blues is that rarest of experiences in our modern world; a shared experience.  When played well, the Blues exhibits a […]

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