I was relaxing in the reading room of my club, (as is my wont) when I happened to pick up the latest issue of the Times. It seems that my old chum Mr. Haggerty has, on more than one occasion, written about the humourous aspects of common household pets through the comical lense of anthropomorphism.
No one enjoys a good laugh more than yours truly, except for my wife, and perhaps Reinhardt, the concierge. So it is perplexing to me that a large percentage of Cambridge citizens were not amused by Mr. Haggerty’s literary stylings. Perhaps the sentences were too long and some of the readers got distracted. This often happens when the reader’s lips get tired after sounding out long words.
Let me provide you with a brief precis of what I think Mr. Haggerty’s column was about. Cats; obviously self centered, that’s why they say…ME-ow. Ha, ha. If cats could talk they wouldn’t bother, (insert hilarity here).
I find it very difficult to understand what appears to me to be a total lack of a sense of humour in this city. Cambridge is fairly “chock a block” with talented humourists these days. Drop into any Indigo Chapters this month and you will find the ubiquitous Craig Williams and his book Constant Interruptions, (insert shameless plug here).
In fact, I had the pleasure of viewing some of the most entertaining “stand-up” comedy this city has to offer on Monday Nov. 8th. As I recall the venue was the City Council chambers during a Council meeting and the theme of the evening was senior citizens. City Councillor Rick Cowsill did his impression of an elderly councilor who, despite having been in his seat for decades, had no idea where to find copies of new or revised city bylaws. When he was shown the file folder where the aforementioned papers had been located for probably the last 60 years I was laughing so hard I thought I would have a stoke. I must find out who writes his material.
Next up there was a comedy duo that reminded me of Dan Rowan and Dick Martin. Their schtick was some sort of presentation from a so-called Seniors Advisory Committee and it was hilarious. The punchline was when they were unable to answer most of the questions as it seems they had not actually talked to any senior citizens.
Then, in a classic moment of comic improv, Mr. Thomas Vann insisted on speaking to council on an issue relating to senior citizens. Despite the fact that his comments had nothing whatever to do with seniors he bravely soldiered on for the benefit of the cameras until reality enforced its ugly grip upon the council chambers. It was kind of like an episode of Mr. Bean. It was all I could do to refrain from an outburst riotous laughter.
I most heartily recommend the following to my fellow citizens going forward. For a good laugh, be sure to attend City Council meetings, and remember the key element of great humour……………………..timing. Feel free to find me on Facebook.