By John Ruberry

When season one of Ozark concluded last summer, the Byrdes, a drug money laundering family from the Chicago area, decided to put roots down at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), is the number-crunching erstwhile financial planner struggling to keep all of the balls he is juggling up in the air. He’s aided, for the most part, by his wife Wendy (Laura Linney), a former Democratic political operator.

Click here to read my review of the first season of Ozark.

In season two, which takes place in November, off-season in the Ozarks, the Byrdes are again plotting their escape from Missouri, but first they must open a casino on the lake built on land owned by Jacob (Peter Mullan) and Darlene Snell (Lisa Emery), who manufactures heroin for the same Mexican drug cartel Marty is indebted to. Getting a casino up-and-running of course means obtaining a license, so the Byrdes scheme with conservative powerhouse Charles Wilkes (Darren Goldstein) to smooth over the numerous blemishes and scars the power laundering couple have.

The sins of the parents taint the Byrdes’ children, high-schoolers Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner), who initiate their own criminal enterprise.

The Byrdes are reminiscent of Tom and Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, while not “careless,” as F. Scott Fitzgerald described them, the Byrdes, to paraphrase his words, smash up things and creatures. And I’ll  use Fitzgerald’s exact prose here, the Byrdes “let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

Those messes include arson, child abduction, suicide, waterboarding, and murder.

The sins of the Byrdes visit the Langmores, a small-time criminal family, who in the first season served as stereotypical redneck foil. Yes, they live in trailers. The de facto leader of the family is Ruth (Julia Garner), who is about 20 years old. She has transformed, maybe, from being a thief preying upon the Byrdes to being the utility infielder and perhaps more for the Byrde operations.

Roy Petty (Jason Butler Harner), plays a tormented FBI agent, who, like just about every other Ozark character, has no moral compass. He’s a law unto himself.

Hmm…an FBI agent who is unaccountable. That doesn’t happen in real life, does it?

There are many lessons in Ozark. Not only do drugs destroy lives, so does drug money. Ten years before the Byrdes fled Illinois Marty and his business partners made a deal with the devil when they started laundering money for that cartel. And that’s a job that no one can quit. And dismissal by the cartel does not entail being escorted by human resources out the door with a severance check in your hand.

As the second season of Ozark was released only a week and a half ago there is no word about a third. I expect there will be one with many more messes created by the Byrdes. When the Byrde family is asked by a photographer to smile at the conclusion of the final episode–they can only come up with grim grins.

The future appears to be an unhappy one for them.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

I speak to Author Geri Guadagno about a few of her books including her latest John of the Smiles at the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show in Lancaster PA

Her web site is here.

You can buy her books here.


The 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Interview Bloglist (so far)

Sept 7th Voices of CMN 2018 Geri Guadagno Author: John of the Smiles

Sept 6th Voices of CMN 2018 Donna Heckler Author Living Like a Lady When you Have Cancer

Sept 5th Voices of CMN 2018 Dennis McGeehan Author: The Diaries of Joseph and Mary

Sept 4th Voices of CMN 2018 Carmela Martino Author: Playing by Heart

Sept 3rd Voices of CMN 2018 Barbara Golder Author: Dying for Compassion

Sept 2nd Voices of CMN 2018 Barbara Kudwa Author of Finding God Anew

Sept 1st Voices of CMN 2018 Anne Feaster Co-Author of Spiritual Deceptions

Aug 31st Voices of CMN 2018 AJ Cattapan Author 7 Riddles to Nowhere

Aug 30th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Lieto Author Finding Patience

Aug 29th Voices of CMN 2018 Tony Agnesi: Author: A Storytellers Guide to Joyful Service

Aug 28th Voices of CMN 2018 Steven Ryan Author The Madonna Files and Mystic Post blog

Aug 27th Michael Manley Author: The Resurrection Network

Aug 26th Voices of CMN 2018 Maurice Prater Author: Saved by the Alphabet

Aug 25th Voices of CMN 2018 Catholic Author Marge Fenelon

Aug 24th: Voices of CMN 2018 Linda Rose Author: Strength for your Journey

Aug 23rd Voices at CMN 2018 Kevin Rush Author: The Lance and the Veil

Aug 22nd Voices of CMN 2018 Kendra Von Esh Author: Am I Catholic

Aug 21st Voices of CMN 2018 Jennifer Angelle Hugs from Heaven

Aug 20th Voices of CMN 2018 John and Claire Grabowski Authors of One Body

Aug 19th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Bill McCarthy Author: God Bless America

Aug 18th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Chris Alar Author: After Suicide

Aug 17th Voices of CMN 2018 Dr Hellen Hoffner Author Catholic Traditions and Treasures

Aug 16th Voices of CMN 2018 Chris Faddis Author: It is well Life in the Storm

Aug 15th Voices of CMN 2018 Bud McFarlane and Ginny Mooney on the Messiah mini series

Aug 14th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Pillars Author Broken Brain Fortified Faith

Aug 13th Voices of CMN 2018 David Tittle Musicians for Life new CD “It’s a Life”

Aug 12th Voices of CMN 2018 Novena for Our Nation Starting Aug 15th & Rosary Coast to Coast Oct 7th

Aug 11th Voices at the 2018 CMN Moria Noonan Co-Author: Spiritual Deceptions

Aug 10th Voices of CMN 2018 Lesliea Wahl Author: An Unexpected Role

Aug 9th Voices of CMN 2018 Gerard Hasenhuetti Compassionate Capitalism The Intersection of Economic Growth and Social Justice

Aug 8th
Voices at CMN 2018 Ruth Apollonia Author of Annabelle of Anchony

Voices at CMN 2018 Kimberly Cook My Hand in Yours Yours in Mine Catholic Authors

Aug 6th Voices at CMN 2018 August Turak Author: Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life

Aug 5th Voices at CMN 2018 Fr. Edward Looney Author A Heart Like Mary’s

Aug 4th: Karina Fabian of the Catholic Writers Guild or A Preview of Blogging Attractions


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Two Real American Ladies in Atlanta
One of the most interesting things about this vacation has been the fact that it’s been an ACTUAL vacation. Other than an interview at EWTN yesterday and a radio show I recorded with Fr. Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for Life (who I ran into accidentally) I’ve not been obliged to cover anything and I’ve only taken a few minutes of each day to write a daily post and send out the occasional tweet while my wife is still asleep or occupied.

But as you might guess vacation or no vacation, anniversary or no anniversary I meet a lot of people some who have interesting stories and I’d like to introduce you to two of them.

First meet Asha Nicole who I met on Monday morning on the way to Game one of the Red Sox Braves series.

As you can tell by the uniform and the background Asha works at one of the many Waffle House restaurants in the area, but what you can’t tell by just that picture is that she just moved to the Atlanta area from Louisiana to pursue a career in music. That she has her first single out which is available on iTunes and various music sites to buy and when she’s not taking your order and providing excellent service to folks like me having breakfast or lunch to make sure the bills are paid she is working hard to try to make her dreams come true.

You can listen to her single F.O.O.L.I.S.H here.

You can buy the song at amazon here.

Perhaps 10 years from now you will all know her name and young girls will dream of being the next Asha, perhaps not, but either way let the record show her first interview was with DaTechGuy at DaTechGuy Blog.

Two days later I was sitting behind home plate at Sun Trust Park for game 3 right below the broadcast booth for the travel day noon start. We met some interesting people but the most interesting were a couple who where huge RedSox/baseball fans that had driven 4 hours from Charlotte to be there.

Meet Rebecca Akins

For those of you who haven’t yet clicked on the video Rebecca has a unique jewelry business. In addition to other various themes she makes jewelry out of baseballs that she gets at major league , minor league or spring training games. Customers can also send her baseballs and she will make custom jewelry out of it.

The name of her business is Gypsy Castaway. Her Facebook page is here, The Web Site is here.

Both of these ladies are very nice people and if either Afro-punk / hip hop music or jewelry are your thing you’ll want to check them out but the real point I want to make is this.

While the media concentrates on Senators grandstanding for the camera, or people Cosplaying at hearings for fun and profit, playing the Manchurian candidate for the NYT and Axios or proclaiming themselves Spartacus in the real world actual there are millions of actual Americans that you will likely never hear about, people like Asha and Rebecca working hard to take advantage of the opportunities that America allows them to try to make their goals and dreams a reality.

I’d like to seem them both succeed.

A closing thought. I don’t know what Asha’s and Rebecca’s politics are and I don’t care but I do know that America is lucky to have them both and for my money they are more authentically American then almost anyone the media has spent the week hyping.

And a lot more interesting too.


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Roseanne Cast pre-revival via Wikipedia

The New fall TV season is coming and as you know ABC has decided they are going to try to play the Roseanne card without Roseanne here’s the old story if you missed it

Roseanne stars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman will star in the spinoff. Additional castmembers and a premiere date will be announced at a later date. “We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience,” Goodman, Metcalf, Gilbert, Goranson and Fishman said in a joint statement. “We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.”

ABC says the new take will explore issues with parenthood, dating an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. The series will take over Roseanne’s Tuesdays at 8 p.m. time slot. The Conners hails from the creative team behind what was to be the 11th season of Roseanne, including showrunner Bruce Helford, Gilbert, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez. The series hails from Werner and Werner Entertainment.

“The Conners’ stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love. The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago,” ABC said in a statement.

the most interesting part of this show is it’s both a win and a loss for ABC and the actors at the same time.

It’s a win because any contracts that they were on the hook for concerning Roseanne will be covered by the show rather than being an overhead expense.

It’s a win because even if (ok when) it draws a much lower rating than Roseanne, it would likely still outdraw any replacement show that they would have plugged in as it has a built in customer base and a pretty skilled cast.

It’s a win because they are guaranteed favorable press from all those who savaged the original series who will now be desperate to show that the new “woke” Roseanne has gotten it right as opposed to that awful pro-trump old version.

It’s a loss because the ratings are unlikely to come anywhere near what the actual series was bringing in and therefore even if the show has what would be acceptable ratings for a 2nd year sitcom it’s failure to approach the previous rating will be the story and that failure is going to reflect large on ABC

It’s a loss because it’s also a revenue loss as it won’t command anywhere near the advertising revenue as the first one did, plus it’s possible that said advertisers might be marked by pro-trump consumers as companies to be avoided.

It’s a loss for the cast and the production as well because they will be associated with failure rather than success, particularly since it’s the absence of one particular cast member that is the only difference t, but it’s still a payday which despite all the piety thrown around, is what this business is all about

While it’s slightly possible that ABC will decide that the new “woke” Roseanneless Roseanne (Hey they can always bring in Ted McGinley if he’s free to fill her role somehow) is drawing enough to renew it for a 3rd season and I’m sure the MSM will push that to prove that it never needed pro-trump viewers to make it but I think it’s more likely that once those bills are paid it will be allowed to die a well deserved death.

This is what is coming, count on it.

By John Ruberry

Next week the fiftieth anniversary arrives of the release of the groundbreaking Sweetheart of the Rodeo album by the Byrds..

At the time, however, the collection was a commercial flop and it received mixed reviews.

Byrds leader and lead guitarist Roger McGuinn envisioned the band’s sixth album as an overview of the history of American music. McGuinn was not originally a rocker, he began his preforming career after graduating from Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. But a new member, who was soon to depart, Gram Parsons, urged the band to record a country album. The result was arguably the first country rock album, at least by a major artist, one that also served as an inspiration for the alt-country and Americana genres.

“Eleven trips to the country” is how a radio ad described the work. And Sweetheart’s eleven songs are dominated by banjo, country fiddle, and pedal steel guitar. This was not your older sibling’s Byrds.

The album begins typically for the Byrds, with a Bob Dylan cover, “You Ain’t Going Nowhere.” Dylan’s primary career inspiration was Woody Guthrie and Sweetheart includes a version of his “Pretty Boy Floyd.”

Parsons’ two Sweetheart compositions–one was co-written by a former bandmate–“Hickory Wind” and “One Hundred Years from Now,” offer a contrast to listeners. The first is a traditional country tune. The second ironically is the Byrdsiest–sounding track on the album.

Sweetheart was recorded in the spring of 1968 in Nashville–after which things got interesting. The Byrds managed to score an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, where these hippies were booed by the straight-laced audience. A deejay covering their concert mocked the band, which inspired McGuinn and Parsons to write a song, “Drug Store Truck Driving Man,” that appeared on the Byrds’ next album.

By that summer Parsons, who some say was not actually full-fledged member of the band but a contract player, quit the act. There are two versions of his departure. One was that he preferred to hang out in London with the Rolling Stones, or that Parsons left to protest the Byrds’ decision to perform in South Africa.

Parsons’ lead vocals on “The Christian Life”, “You Don’t Miss Your Water”, and “One Hundred Years from Now,” were replaced by McGuinn’s on the first two and with Chris Hillman’s along with McGuinn on the latter.

Since 2003 the Parsons leads have been available, but on Spotify only the original release versions play first–you have to scroll down to find Parsons voice up front on those tracks. McGuinn’s take on “The Christian Life” is a sardonic take of this Louvin Brothers song, found on the now infamous, because of its outlandish album artwork, Satan Is Real collection.

Recently McGuinn had this to say about Parsons vocals on that cut. “I was doing almost a satire on it. I was not a Christian at the time,” he remarked. “Back then, it was kind of tongue-in-cheek. I know the Louvin Brothers meant it when they wrote it and sang it. And Gram meant it. He was a little Baptist boy.”

After Sweetheart Hillman bailed on the Byrds and with Parsons formed the highly-influential Flying Burrito Brothers. After two brilliant country rock albums that sold even worse than Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Parsons was booted from the band because of his excessive drug use and overall unreliability. Parsons’ two seminal solo works, also poor sellers, showcased the talents of the then-virtually unknown Emmylou Harris.

Parsons died in 1973 from a drug overdose. The theft of his body and the makeshift cremation of his remains at what is now Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most bizarre tales you will ever hear.

McGuinn and Hillman, two of the three surviving original Byrds members, David Crosby is the third, are currently on a 50th anniversary tour celebrating the release of Sweetheart, which has already included a performance at the Grand Ole Opry.

As Aesop wrote in the Tortoise and the Hare, ‘Slow and steady wins the race.” As that is the case with Gram Parsons and Sweetheart of the Rodeo.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

“Your life is happening now, right in front of you.”

– Madeline (“Christopher Robin”)

“That’s how she knows the difference between a boy and a man.”

– Chris Janson, “Take a Drunk Girl Home”

“You sang and I listened to every word, and then I listened to what they said after… that’s how I got saved.”

– Arthur (“I Can Only Imagine,” the movie)

I led our parish youth group on a Mission Trip a couple of weeks ago. As I mentioned last year <link>, this is a truly inspirational week of prayer, reflection and service, and it was an amazing blessing to once again be able to share it with my daughter. I made a conscious choice to avoid news and politics as much as possible during the week, and it really helped me focus on the purpose of the trip to not be constantly distracted by all the craziness that otherwise tends to preoccupy us. So, as a public service to DaTechGuy’s readers, today’s column will not be about politics. Instead, I’d like to share with you a few pieces of good news from today’s culture that have resonated with me since I’ve gotten back from my trip.

I’m a country music fan from way back in high school and a big reason I’ve loved the genre for so long is because of the stories the songs tell. I recently came across “Take a Drunk Girl Home” by Chris Janson. The song starts out telling of a girl who is partying way too much one evening, and you get the feeling that it might be about how easy it would be to sleep with her. Instead, the chorus of the song goes like this:

Take a drunk girl home
Let her sleep all alone
Leave her keys on the counter, your number by the phone
Pick up her life she threw on the floor
Leave the hall lights on walk out and lock the door
That’s how she knows the difference between a boy and man
Take a drunk girl home

Imagine if young men today were taught to take care of women instead of taking advantage of them?

Last week, my family and I went to see the new “Christopher Robin” movie. I literally cannot remember a time when I did not Winnie-the-Pooh. I even brought a stuffed Pooh with me to college. This movie was wonderful! Not only was it nostalgic to see Pooh and his friends from the 100-Acre Wood come to life, but the message of the movie was just great. Yes, it was a little cliched, with Christopher Robin having become too focused on his middle-management job to spend time with his family, but to see him come alive by playing with his childhood friends again, and realize what is truly important in life, was a very uplifting experience. I don’t want to spoil the movie if you haven’t seen it, so I won’t say anything else, other than that the voices of the characters were nearly perfect. Please go and see this movie.

The last experience I wanted to mention is the movie “I Can Only Imagine,” a movie about Bart Millard of the band Mercy Me, and the writer of the title song, which he wrote for his father. This movie does a wonderful job of showing the power of prayer to transform our lives. Not only our own prayers, but the prayers others may pray for us. It reminded me of a new friend I met on my Mission Trip, who helped me get a handle on some things that have been bothering me, and who promised to pray for me as we returned home to our “normal” lives. I think that these three experiences may well have been the result of those prayers.

If Andrew Breitbart was right that “Politics is downstream from culture,” then maybe all is not lost, after all.

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I Speak to Lesliea Wahl about her An Unexpected Role at the Catholic Marketing Network event in Lancaster PA

She has also contributed to the new book Secrets Visible and Invisible which is just out

You can buy those books here

Her web site is here.

Posts of Interviews from the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network

Aug 10th Voices of CMN 2018 Lesliea Wahl Author: An Unexpected Role

Aug 9th Voices of CMN 2018 Gerard Hasenhuetti Compassionate Capitalism The Intersection of Economic Growth and Social Justice

Aug 8th
Voices at CMN 2018 Ruth Apollonia Author of Annabelle of Anchony

Voices at CMN 2018 Kimberly Cook My Hand in Yours Yours in Mine Catholic Authors

Aug 6th Voices at CMN 2018 August Turak Author: Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life

Aug 5th Voices at CMN 2018 Fr. Edward Looney Author A Heart Like Mary’s

Aug 4th: Karina Fabian of the Catholic Writers Guild or A Preview of Blogging Attractions


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I Spoke to Catholic Fiction author Ruth Apollonia about her upcoming book Annabelle of Anchony at the Catholic Marketing Network event in Lancaster PA

The series had been released under a previous publisher and you can get some of them here but for at least one of them the price isn’t cheap so you might consider waiting for the re-release

Posts of Interviews from the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network

Aug 8th Voices at CMN 2018 Ruth Apollonia Author of Annabelle of Anchony

Voices at CMN 2018 Kimberly Cook My Hand in Yours Yours in Mine Catholic Authors

Aug 6th Voices at CMN 2018 August Turak Author: Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life

Aug 5th Voices at CMN 2018 Fr. Edward Looney Author A Heart Like Mary’s

Aug 4th: Karina Fabian of the Catholic Writers Guild or A Preview of Blogging Attractions


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I laughed when I read these comments from Candice Bergen about the Murphy Brown reboot:

Bergen meanwhile was asked after the panel about the show’s relevance at a time when the president is attacking the press.

“The news now, thanks to our president, is in constant turmoil,” she said. “I think it will be reassuring to see Murphy sticking up for the press and sticking up to the president.”

Stand up for the media?  Mothers and children are still paying the costs of her show “sticking up” for single motherhood a quarter century ago, but funny as that is the real comedy came next

Asked what she thought when Trump called the media the “enemy of the people,” the actress replied, “I just thought: ‘We’re screwed.’”

Bergen added that she’s preparing for the possibility that the president might slam her show. “I don’t know what the reaction will be, and I’m trying to brace myself,” she said.   

“Brace myself?”  That a bigger joke than any we’ll see from the series.  Bergen and writer Diane English are praying for President Trump to attack the show.  They understand that conservatives are unlikely to bother with it and the best way to make their show a candidate for all kinds of Emmy contention and credibility from the never Trump left is a hit from the president.

How stupid does she think we are?

A few days ago my son and I went to the Lynn Auditorium for a screening of the classic movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail which was followed by a Q & A session with comedy giant and founding member of Monty Python troupe, John Cleese.

Massachusetts is a heavily blue state (Clinton by 28) and one of the most politically correct states in the nation so I was pleasantly surprised that as the hall was filling up that the various Monty Python skits playing over the loudspeakers before the start of the movie were uncensored leaving every single liberal triggering utterance intact. I was especially surprised to hear the song “Never be rude to an Arab” played in its entirety. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it goes like this:

Never be rude to an Arab
An Isreali, or Saudi, or Jew
Never be rude to an Irishman
No matter what you do

Never poke fun at a Nigger
A Spic, or a Wop, or Kraut
And never poke fun at…
(at this point the singer explodes)

Watching the movie was like being at a performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show with audience members joining in.  It was a very different dynamic seeing the movie in a theater setting as I was too young to see it at the movies when it came out.  The round of applause for the film at the end was loud but not as loud as the cheers and applause as Mr. Cleese took the stage.

After the movie Mr. Cleese took written questions from the audience and questions from his daughter touring with him.  One of the things he did near the end of his presentation was defend ethnic humor which drew a round of applause from me and silence from the people around me. He then told jokes about the French, the Italians and Jews and then stated he was about to tell a Mexican joke noting that when he said that in California you could hear a pin drop in the audience which had no objection to jokes concerning nationalities considered “European” and said word to the effect Do we consider Mexicans so weak and fragile that they can not take a joke , and proceeded to tell his Mexican joke, which got a pretty good laugh.

I couldn’t help but think of Mr Cleese when I saw this article at Stacy McCain’s site concerning a “Comedian” named Hannah Gadsby

In Hannah Gadsby’s highly acclaimed comedy special Nanette, she announces that she’s quitting comedy. Jokes are too simplistic, she says: they convert her trauma into humor and obscure the ugly truth of her story. Comedy, says Gadsby, has prevented her from evolving.
Gadsby isn’t the only comedian taking at least an occasional break from humor. . . .
Having become political comedians, they’re dropping the comedy act and becoming straightforward commentators. Why?
According to Gadsby, comedy is too simplistic a medium.

To say Gadsby’s show is “highly acclaimed” is to say liberals like it.

Stacy rightly asks

Is this a comedy routine or a Gender Studies lecture? To invite an audience to your personal pity party, celebrating your victimhood — your status as a marginalized person — is stupendously arrogant. 

But Stephen Green at PJ media gets to the heart of the matter in three sentences.

The short answer is: Killing your career is easy; comedy is hard.

The slightly longer answer is that comedy has been infested with leftism, and modern leftism cannot brook dissent. And without dissent, there is no comedy.

Now full disclosure, I’ve never heard of Gadsby before today, I don’t know her humor and I’d not heard of her special Nanette until I read these pieces, but I can make two predictions with full certainty.

Right now John Cleese is 78.  He sold out the Auditorium in Lynn, people were lined up to buy swag and others paid a premium to meet him and get items signed.  He will likely sell out any venue around the world that he chooses to do his comedy for as long as he chooses to do it.  Long after he and all the other pythons are dead and gone people will be reciting the Dead Parrot Sketch, Mimicking his silly walk and laughing at their comedy and spending their hard earned dollars, Pounds and Euro’s to buy them.

Hanna Gadsby graduated high school in 1995 I’ll guess she’s about 40 so therefore in 40 years or so she will be as old as Mr. Cleese’s age today.  I sincerely doubt that at 78 we will see her on tour selling out showings of Nanette with adoring audiences taking Q & A from her, lined up to buy swag or pay a premium to meet her and get items signed.  In fact I’d wager thirty years you’d be hard pressed to find people who know who she is.

A final thought, Cleese, one of the finest comedy writers and performers of the 20th century, noted how difficult comedy is in an era where Kim Kardashian is meeting with the president of the United States on prison reform, but as taking down the self-important was a trademark of the Pythons I’d wager he would be able to write a hilarious skit about the self-absorbed Hanna Gadsby in his sleep with both hands broken.

Cue Terry Jones:

Cue Terry Jones

Update: The difference between Cleese and Trevor Noah? Cleese would have told his critics to C* O and then followed with a chorus of the above mentioned song. Plus nobody will remember who Noah is in 30 years either


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