Sunday, June 29, 2008

Teakettle Jackson

Many years ago, I was bored while on vacation Up North.

Everybody vacations Up North. It's always the same, too. You leave home (wherever that may be) and drive straight for the pole. You stop when the soil gets really sandy and the sky has been gray for at least 5 hours straight, and then you take out your tent.

While I was bored, I played with a camcorder and my grandmother's salt and pepper shakers. The shakers had themselves a talk show.

There was also a teakettle who kept bouncing in and "killing" the shakers.

I'm going to stop describing this. Some of you might know where I live and be in a position to direct the straitjacket men to my house.

The "talk show" I recorded was unscripted, and sounded a little like this. Ladies and gentlepersons, I give you...Teakettle Jackson. The most annoying man in the world.


Anonymous said...

I like this. I really like the kind of stuff where you are just fooling around.

I am glad that you found a good way to put your salt and pepper talk show, with the "killing" teakettle, to good use.

Keep the good, funny, amusing, entertaining, etc work.

I will look forward to the next thing you can come up with.

P.S. If you ever need a Tee Hee or something I might know someone who could help with a real Tee hee laugh.

Jack W. Regan said...

I agree with the Girlfriend. This is silly stuff and I really enjoyed it. From personal experience, I know that getting too serious about some stuff can take the fun out of it.

My friend Jim and I used to do a bunch of recording like this. Mostly ad-libbed and totally off-the-wall. Then he starting getting all self-conscious and we started trying to make them all "professional" sounding. And we didn't have the training or equipment to pull that off, so...

I think it'd be hilarious to sit down and do an impromptu show together. Whatdya say?

Anonymous said...

I think you guys should do that. It would be hi-larius!

Jack W. Regan said...

Hmmm. Perhaps I should proofread my comments.

Anonymous said...

This is funny stuff. I loved it. You guys should do some impromptu stuff. If you ever need some girl voices I know two girls who could do an excellent job for only a small fee. Like maybe dinner and a movie.

Paul FooDaddy Brand said...

Y'all's sweet, offering your services for a fee.

That came out sounding rather dirty.

I mean, yes. If we need someone to voice some girly bits, we know who to pay.

"Is that a girl? Oh boy! I loves girls! Can I touch 'em?"

Paul FooDaddy Brand said...

Oh, wow. I just realized how lame I am.

Holy potatoes.

It's revelatory and embarrassing at the same time!

Kevin, if you agree, I'll crap on your ceiling fan.

Jack W. Regan said...

Oh, come now. Don't be so hard on yourself. What's a little lamitude among friends? I do it all the time!

Anonymous said...

I should explain that FooDaddy, who was in something like 10th grade and who was a big fan of Bill Cosby's creation Fat Albert but hadn't heard very many other black voices, especially none so chock full of personality as TJ's, came up with this character voice (which he inexplicably gave to his grandmother's teakettle while being bored at his grandparents' summer cottage on Thayer Lake) out of nowhere, fully formed, with no warning whatsoever. Thank goodness he had the family camcorder rolling when he decided to puppet those three humble, kitschy household utensils and give them their own TV show.

By the way, this character had no name until FD named him yesterday and was created years before's Bubs.

Oh, and the salt and pepper shakers were the kind only grandmothers have: in the shape of a squirrel and a giant acorn. Just the kind of figurative commercial art that would ignite the imagination of a young lad. He was in the right cottage at the right time.

Just thought somebody should know.

Anonymous said...

FD you can be lame all you want.

You can also crap on Kevin's celling Fan if you want.

However... you may only touch a girl if it a certain type of girl.(the girlfriend)

That said, I agree with the wife a small fee and you got it.

Jack W. Regan said...

Oooh! The Girlfriend's already laying down the ground rules. I'd nip this in the bud, if I were you, Foo. Hehehe. Actually, I think she's a keeper and I recommend you hang on to her, even if that requires a little sacrifice on your part. :0)

Paul FooDaddy Brand said...

Aww! Lookit her, tellin' me who I can and can't touch! Pretty soon there'll be rules about which rooms I'm allowed to poop in! Where will it end?

That said, sacrifices or no, she is quite swell.