Friday, February 20, 2009
Comedy should be Seen and Heard not Read
What is Don Rickles doing here? This is the story. I always must have a book with me when I take the trains and buses to work every day. I never know when I can get tied up. Since the small public library down the street has a poor collection, I often have to settle not select a book. Last Saturday I picked up Rickles' Letters. It is a collection of letters that "Mr. Warmth" wrote to real and fictional people. The contents of the book were funny but a comedian like Rickles must be heard and visualized. There is an old saying "it is not what you say, but how you say it." By reading a book you can not see gestures or body language, and not hear the inflection of a comedians voice. I will return this book tomorrow.