The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Jesters of the Republic #15

Rip Taylor


Vanwall said...

The last episode of "The Monkees" TV show: "The Frodis Caper", where Rip played the evil Glick - sublime lunacy.

Mabeuf said...

A favorite - pure silliness.

Brent McKee said...

This is what happens when you send someone to the Senate (Rip Taylor had been a page in the US Senate).

Bryce Digdug said...

Isn't Rip Taylor fabulous? I've always loved him.

Tom Sutpen said...

Same here. Something about Rip Taylor has always set him apart from other comics in my book, and I think it's this:

He's got an act that should not work. I mean prop gags are rarely, if ever, funny (no matter who does them), and every joke he does, as a joke, is either obvious or old or wretched . . . or all three at once. Yet he injects this blisteringly insane comic energy into every second of performance. He's a little like Gilbert Gottfried in this respect. He just barrels ahead and somehow carries you along despite every theoretical defect. It's almost as if he wills us to laugh; and, at least in my case, he's never failed to succeed. Guy's brilliant, y'ask me.