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Wrecking Balls is a new novel about stand-up comedians, and it’s for comedians. It’s the struggle to make it in comedy, and you’ll laugh your ass off.

Tested on guinea pigs, otherwise known as book reviewers. Here’s what they said:

“Giambrone has a way with words and telling a story, and this story works.”
–Amy’s Bookshelf

“I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good laugh.”
–Theresa on Goodreads

“Clearly, if you think being funny is easy, you will be enlightened in ways you couldn’t imagine!”
–Tome Tender Book Blog

Wrecking Balls is only $1.49 e-book version until this Friday. There are way more than 150 jokes in this novel, which is truly novel and worthy of the label. Do the math, but the clock is running.

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“Just wanted to let you know I’ve just finished reading Wrecking Balls and if I continue to laugh like so, I may rupture something.”
-Charlie Ferguson

Wrecking Balls – also available in paperback for your erotic tactile pleasure.

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My novel of buddy stand-up comedians, who go to war with each other after a stolen joke idea, has finally hit the streets. Get it now, or forever regret your insolence and mediocrity. Now leave my sight.

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by Joe Giambrone

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“We like nonfiction, and we live in fictitious times. We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious President.  We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons. Whether it’s the fiction of duct tape or the fictitious orange alerts, we are against this war, Mr. Bush.”
Michael Moore Oscar acceptance speech, moments before his mic was cut off.

 

This year may mark a turning point, where the moral bankruptcy was laid bare for all. I’m speaking of the Bernie Sanders flip-flop for Hillary Clinton, the predictable bait-and-switch, which Democrats never seem to imagine in real time. The rest of us have seen it so often that the ruse has become routine Standard Operating Procedure.

A particularly notable case is Sarah Silverman, the filthy-mouthed comedienne, who originally championed Bernie. But she quickly fell into lockstep for Hillary. Silverman had a soul empty enough to go and scold the United States to support a candidate whom she had just been fighting against, and who actually stole the nomination from her own candidate through back-room deals at the DNC and through apparent voting-machine hacking. The thief was rewarded instead of jailed for some reason, which Hollywood has had absolutely zero interest in, as if it didn’t happen. They moved on instantly to lambast us all about Donald Trump 24/7. Orwell couldn’t have written it better.

Hollywood has a highly complex understanding of political philosophy and particularly of this presidential race:

1. Trump Bad

2. Hillary Woman

3. So-called “Lesser Evil”

We should acknowledge, those who are literate, that Hillary Clinton’s repeated threats to escalate World War 3 over Syria leave her as potentially the greater evil, not the lesser at all. The jury is very much out.

“Goldwater Girl” Hillary Rodham Clinton has a lengthy record of supporting every US aggressive war and opposing none. She may have played a part in the killings of over 2 million human beings so far, merely tallying those casualties from the three countries of Iraq, Syria and Libya. One may opt to also add another half-million Iraqi children who died as a result of her husband’s eight years of sanctions.

I noticed Hollywood’s widespread mindless support for Democrats back in 2000, when I kicked that shockingly corrupt party to the curb and joyfully cast a vote for Ralph Nader, an actual American hero whose efforts have saved lives. Die-hard whiners of the Democratic rank-and-file still falsely claim that big bad Ralph gave the election to Dubya Bush, when anyone with the ability to read can see that it was the Supreme Court which stopped the legitimate counting of Florida ballots. Add Bush’s brother Jeb purging nearly two-hundred thousand minority voters from rolls. But the mindless strategy of attacking third parties and attempting to delegitimize democracy itself persists among the ignorant (a majority of Democrats perhaps). This is by design; this is who they are. They do not believe in democracy because the billionaires who fund them do not believe in any democracy they cannot control.

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Joke Thieves

Posted: August 18, 2015 in -
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Theft is how you make big bucks in a fascistic economy.

The Internet Plagiarist Taking Over the World

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Jerry finally got his show about nothing, and that’s what Larry David told him, on it.  It’s reality enough tv, shot with little GoPro cams stuck to the windshield and minimal crew.

Each week Seinfeld takes famous friends of his out for coffee (often forgetting money), and he shoots the breeze with celebrities like Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, David Letterman, Ricky Gervais, Don Rickles and even Michael Richards made a rare, nervous, public appearance.

The webisodes are like a car wreck, because you can’t stop watching.  You never know what the hell they’re going to say next.  Mostly fluff, small talk and trying to be funny, but absolutely nothing is off-limits.  The depressed, bleak, absurdist views of the host shine through.  Seinfeld also has a caretaker/curator mentality for dinosaur comedians and producers, getting them on the record before they croak.

What I like about it is that there’s no character, and no script, and whatever happens is the show.  In the season opener with Chris Rock, for example, they get pulled over in a classic Ferrari for speeding, Seinfeld driving of course.  And Chris is truly nervous about being hauled out and beat on for being black in America.

Seinfeld himself is without guarded image protection, and he comes across as a bit spoiled and full of himself.  Most of the cars – a different one or two every show – are from his own personal car collection.  No effort is made to disguise that the guests are paid to be there, and Seinfeld’s the producer, which guests occasionally bring up.

It’s an exercise in minimalism, just highlighting these quirky personalities.

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Watch the Stewart / O’Reilly debate here ($4.95 download):
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by Peter Michaelson

Insight is a good thing, and insight into where our laughter comes from not only can spare us a lot of misery but is worth a laugh in itself. Still, as one witty writer said, “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” Despite the risk, I’m putting humor and laughter on the dissecting table. I love humor as much as any cutup, and obviously I have no wish to fracture its funny-bone or see it croak.

Humor, bless its existence, is often a byproduct of the clash in our psyche between inner aggression and inner passivity. The voice or “intelligence” of inner passivity (our unconscious ego) often produces humor for the purpose of deflecting and reducing to absurdity the harsh pronouncements and judgments of inner aggression (our inner critic or superego). Last week’s online “Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium” between TV personalities Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly serves to illustrate this point.

From the perspective of psychoanalysis, Stewart, the easy-going liberal humorist and host of “The Daily Show,” sees and relates to the world from the vantage of inner passivity. He generates much of his humor by cleverly mocking the pretensions and inconsistencies of the establishment and the right wing. O’Reilly, of course, is the gruff Fox TV commentator known for his denouncements of liberal positions. His persona, while capable of humor, is a caricature of our authoritarian inner critic. Each man represents an opposing side of the major clash in the human psyche between inner aggression and inner passivity. Stewart provided some evidence of this unconscious connection when he said, O’Reilly’s “like comfort food for me. I feel like I grew up around these guys. He’s my shepherd’s pie.” Since O’Reilly is the embodiment of Stewart’s inner critic, Stewart obviously feels right at home dueling with him.

The two men are friends, and it’s a tribute to them that they’ve connected with some measure of goodwill, despite coming from opposing positions in the psyche. Still, when watching their “rumble” we’re like children giggling at two quarreling puppets when we don’t appreciate the “intelligence” (unconscious dynamics) pulling the strings behind the scene. Deeper awareness makes humor an even better medicine.

Humor comes in many guises, among them wit, irony, sarcasm, jocularity, buffoonery, and whimsy. Jocularity often holds people up to ridicule; someone is made the butt of a joke. Yet why should human foolishness or suffering be laughable at all? Instead of laughing, we could be callous, scornful, or compassionate, as indeed we often are. However, we very much desire the delightful pleasure of laughter, and we grasp for it when we can. Laughter comes easily as an intense momentary release of inner freedom, like the toot of a safety valve or the exalted cry of an escaping prisoner. We’re liberated momentarily from the considerable weight of inner reproach and disapproval that comes at us from our ubiquitous inner critic. When a joke identifies someone else as the fool or failure, he or she is offered up as a prisoner to our inner critic: “This person is obviously a better object of ridicule than I,” we unconsciously proclaim, “and much more deserving of disapproval.” In that moment, we’re experiencing sharp relief that someone other than ourselves has been “captured” by the inner critic.

TV comics Jay Leno and David Letterman nightly roast celebrities and politicians on their shows. Leno cracked me up a few years ago when he said, “Today, Mick Jagger is 65 years old–and it’s also the 30th anniversary of him looking like he’s 65.” The laughter is all sporting, good-natured fun; the iconic singer himself would probably chuckle. Still, technically, the joke is at his expense. For the joke to work, he’s sacrificed for our emotional relief. I laughed gleefully because I felt in that moment: “Imagine looking 65 when you’re only 35. I never looked that ridiculous.”

This reveals the degree to which, on an inner level, we live under the inner critic’s constant, hostile surveillance and oppression. Our inner critic is the giant of the psyche and the hidden master of our personality. It constantly holds us accountable and questions our actions and decisions. It’s important for us to know this. Otherwise, we function to a considerable extent in a state of inner passivity, unable to neutralize our inner critic and continuing to waste much mental and emotional energy doubting and defending ourselves against its relentless assault.

Like Leno and Stewart, people who become comedians have from an early age made a fine art of deflecting inner attacks by directing them on to others or by reducing them to absurdity. While such people can confound the inner critic as well as authority figures in society, the effect is temporary. Their unwitting use of political and sarcastic humor is not going to overthrow the tyranny of the inner critic, nor will it trouble the economic and political establishment. Their humor, when unconsciously employed, is simply too defensive. The court jester, a specialist at self-preservation and a dogged approval-seeker, is no threat to the king.

While some humorists present artificial victims to their inner critic, others present themselves as the victims. This is the Rodney Dangerfield self-derision persona, where a comedian makes himself an object of ridicule. Once again this humor gets laughs because people are happy to see someone other than themselves–it doesn’t matter who–dangling from the butt-end of life. This formula applies, too, to the “insult comedy” of Don Rickles and the “big oaf” persona of Jackie Gleason. Some humorists of the Rush Limbaugh school practice an especially vicious variety that’s fired off like cannonballs of cynicism, with hostile sarcasm for gunpowder. Their explosive cynicism draws in people who are eager to blame others for their own suffering. This “humor” registers high collateral damage because it serves not to placate inner aggression but to direct it unmercifully and unjustly toward others.

Humor as a form of defending ourselves from the inner critic is passive and unstable. It’s like playing chess against a supercomputer–one nervous twitch and you’re done. Some famous comedians have died young from drug abuse–notably, Lenny Bruce, John Belushi, and Chris Farley–because intense inner conflict undermined the power of self-regulation.

When we become stronger on an inner level, we don’t compulsively resort to humor as a way to maintain our inner equilibrium. Nor will we laugh at stupid jokes that present the folly or misfortune of others solely for our selfish glee. In inclusive laughter we express the spirit of joyfulness.

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Peter Michaelson is an author, blogger, and psychotherapist in Ann Arbor, MI.   He believes that better understanding of depth psychology reduces the fear, passivity, and denial of citizens, making us more capable of maintaining and growing our democracy while flourishing in our personal life.

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