• The Hoyk

    A lesson too long forgotten from a truly twisted genius.

    I can only fathom the irreverent revelry he and Terry Southern are engaged in wherever that spiritual plain may be.

  • No…fart jokes are the lowest form of humor. Just below crotch hits.

    But yes, I get your point.

  • R. Hunt

    O’Donoghue was a genius, and one who I suspect is largely unknown to anyone under the age of 40. Check out the “Mr.Mike” biography. And remember his other great quote that tv was just a lava lamp with slightly better sound quality.

  • Sax

    Does anyone else remember his little treatise in National Lampoon, “Michael O’Donoghue’s How To Write Good”? His all purpose ending: “Suddenly, everyone was run over by a truck” (English aspiring authors can substitute,’lorry’). The best part was the cheesy little cartoon, advertising the lessons. In the first few panels, hapless writer Dave suffers rejection after rejection. Even his wife thinks he should give up Then he reads Michael O’Donoghue’s “How To Write Good”. He submits a story and then … two weeks later, he makes his first sale! … There’s a classic panel where the beaming editor is saying “Great story, Dave! I especially liked the part where everyone got run over by a truck!”
    Mr. Mike lives up to his own credo here. It’s silly and it makes me laugh just typing it out, but he also makes his point about mail order con-jobs and the whole culture of American smarmy salesmen from P.T.Barnum to Cialis ads on TV … not to mention the delusional pathos of most would-be writers. Mean spirited? Yes. That’s what makes it so funny.

  • I pause to mourn SNL’s long and sad decline: from the sublime “Least-Loved Bedtime Stories” to the ridiculous “Dick in a Box”.

  • GeorgePrager

    Dick in a Box was hilarious. When did humorless nuns start posting on HE?

    This is funny SNL:

    Fly High Duluth


  • So if you don’t find “Dick in a Box” funny you are automatically a nun? Guess that’s better than being a dick. In a box or otherwise.

  • I love “How To Write Good.” I reference it all the time to unknowing friends.

    But suddenly, I am run over by a truck.

  • GeorgePrager

    I wanted to know what kind of person doesn’t think “Dick in a Box is funny, so I looked at sister carla’s charmless, unsexy blog. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
    I’d rather be a dick .

  • Congrats, then, George. Success!

  • GeorgePrager

    Ooops. I see that you’re Canadian. That explains everything. My apologies. I take it all back.

  • Sax

    Christian — don’t forget, the perfect ending for your French translation: “tout a coup, tous le mond sont ecrasse par un camion.”

  • Sax

    Christian — don’t forget, the perfect ending for your French translation: “tout a coup, tout le mond sont ecrasse par un camion.”

  • GeorgePrager

    What is up with all of these double posts today?