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Morbid Humor [Apr. 11th, 2006|02:32 pm]
Oscar Wilde is famously attributed the greatest "last words". As he was lying on his death bed, he looked around the room one last time and, seeing the hideous drapes on the windows, said, "Either those curtains go or I do." And he promptly went.

I don't know whether or not that's true, but there are some more documented examples of comedians dealing with death.

Spike Milligan, a great British comedian of the 50's and 60's (and more), got in a good one. He loved surreal humor (witness The Goon Show, primarily his creation and a major influence in British humor for decades) and clever jabs. He asked that his tombstone read: "I told you I was ill."

Finally, there's the famous comedy/magic team of Penn&Teller. They got a cenotaph (memorial marker) emblazoned with the punchline to many of their tricks, "Is this your card?", alongside a picture of the three of clubs (the card they always use in forces). They want it to be the ultimate punchline and provide directions to the grave site in one of their books so that you can incorporate it into your own card-trick-and-driving-trip.

(In case you're wondering if you missed some news: No, Penn and Teller are both still alive. Anyone can purchase a plot and cenotaph of their choice by ponying up the money. No corpse required.)

True comedians to the end, all.

[User Picture]From: wordweaverlynn
2006-04-11 10:09 pm (UTC)
They're still alive, but a local DJ just got fired for offeri to pay five grand to anyone who killed Penn. (Seven if they made him suffer.) I gather people are upset that Penn badmouthed Mother Teresa.
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2006-04-11 10:14 pm (UTC)
There was a book published some time ago called The Last Word that was a collection of notable death bed jibes and epitaphs. The one that is most clear in my memory was a man who, upon being informed that he was sentenced to death by firing squad, was asked if he had any last requests. His reply: "Why yes sir - a bullet proof vest!"
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[User Picture]From: ysengrin
2006-04-11 10:23 pm (UTC)
{gryn} I see a werewolf-road-trip-picture in our future ... "Is this your card?" indeed :)
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[User Picture]From: bearknight
2006-04-11 11:14 pm (UTC)
*LOL* Excellent! I love morbid humor (as well as morbid knitwear. But that's another story. *grins*). One of my favorite epitaphs is from the movie Spinal Tap. "Here lies David Saint Hubbens . . . and why not?"

On the George Carlin album "On The Road" he does a whole side of death humor (which is very similar to "Death Metal", though completely different). He says, "Comedians say, 'I KILLED 'em! Knocked 'em DEAD!’ Why is there so much death in comedy, which should be so much fun? Like all the BOMBING. He BOMBED! Or else he was a RIOT! A real SCREAM! AAAHHHHHH! I CRACKED UP laughing at him! He BROKE me in two! I BUSTED a GUT laughin'! My friend was in STITCHES! He FRACTERES me with his PUNCH lines, and his GAGS! *chocking sound* Slapstick! Knee slappin', side splittin', rib splittin', gut bustin' . . . Laugh I thought I'd die."

I think I'd like my last words to be something like, "Pull my finger." And then when they do, I die. Or maybe the same line, but when they pull my finger I explode like a party favor, and streamers and confetti fall from the ceiling. *grins*

Thanks for sharing with us, dear rat! You brought a smile to my muzzle! *Warm bearhugs*

Belic Bear

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[User Picture]From: annamaryse
2006-04-12 04:03 am (UTC)
OK, you win.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-04-12 09:50 pm (UTC)
I think "exploding party favor" would be a pretty interesting way to go. :)

Carlin is good, especially with his verbal humor. I need to find some more good recordings of his stuff.
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[User Picture]From: bearknight
2006-04-13 04:13 am (UTC)
*laughs* I think so too. The last thing I want is to be a boring dead person. *grins*

I have all his early stuff on vinal and CD. I'd be happy to make some copies for you if you like. Just drop me an email at belicbear A T furryforest DOT com, with your mailing addy, and I'll ship them out.

Peace, love, and happiness. *warm bearhugs*

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[User Picture]From: redstorm
2006-04-12 12:14 am (UTC)
I actually didn't know Spike was gone.
I'm out of the loop!
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[User Picture]From: penh
2006-04-12 12:17 am (UTC)
Frank "Tight Lips" Gusenberg was the only victim of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre who was still alive when the cops showed up. When they asked him who shot him, his last words were "Nobody shot me."
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2006-04-12 01:21 am (UTC)
Spike Milligan was a genuine comic genius - his war memoirs are required reading. (Wonder if they're still in print? Certainly hope so) I probably have a couple bits of him (*ahem*) you've not seen, for that matter, in particular his appearance on Room 101, and a good retrospective of his comic life the BBC glued together on his death.

o/~ Always look on the bright side of life o/~
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-04-12 09:44 pm (UTC)
I'll see if I can track down a copy of his book. He, and Sellers, are probably my favorite comedians of all time. And, no, I haven't seen the Room 101 appearance.
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2006-04-12 10:11 pm (UTC)
Checking in my archive, I don't seem to've brought the Room 101 appearance over to DVD-R yet, unfortunately; but, there are these nuggets, which may be of interest:

Spike Milligan - Peter Sellers - The Running Jumping Standing Still Film.avi
Hitler My Part In His Downfall - not the film.avi
Spike Milligan Offers a Series of Unrelated Incidents at Current Market Value.avi
Puckoon (audiobook)
A Show Called Fred - Spike Milligan - Peter Sellers.avi

As for his books, there were a couple in his war memoirs series:
Hitler: My Part in his Downfall
Rommel? Gunner who?
Goodbye Soldier
.. and I'm pretty sure there was one with Mussolini in the title, too.
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[User Picture]From: tilt_longtail
2006-04-12 03:32 am (UTC)
My favorite "famous last words" are from Pancho Villa, Mexican freedom fighter type-person....
"Don't let it end this way.... Tell them I said something."
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-04-12 09:47 pm (UTC)
That's pretty good, too! Meta-last-words. :)
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[User Picture]From: annamaryse
2006-04-12 04:01 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link to Spike Milligan's wiki page. Before my Dad dated my mother, he dated a woman named Liz Cowley. She went on to be Spike's mistress for years. She's not mentioned on the wiki page and I think it's best for that nugget to stay off the wiki page, since Liz is still alive and active in that same world today, and there are a lot of other people involved.. but here's a picture of them together:


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