Day: September 29, 2009

Similes: Larry the Cable Guy’s “Tailgate Party” is madder than Dan Rather on Election Night

How many of you listened to and bought Larry the Cable Guy's new CD, Tailgate Party, which came out a week ago? We'll find out soon enough when the sales figures get reported. When I listened to it, one of the things that jumped out at me — other than the fact that "Larry" made a political statement by announcing he had switched from driving a Dodge to a Ford "because Ford didn't ask for bailout money" — was that through much of the CD, he displays a love for colorful similes. Much like another down-home guy, former CBS News anchor Dan Rather! Time to play our new game… WHO SAID IT? LARRY THE CABLE GUY OR DAN RATHER? A) "They're ripping their underbritches off like they've got fruit flies flying around in a cotton patch down there." B) "If a frog had side pockets, he'd carry a hand gun." C) "Don't taunt the alligator until after you've crossed the creek." D) It's "kind of like having the Daytona 500 on a cul-de-sac." E) "I'd rather be pooping in a pair of plastic shorts than do something like that." Of course, the answers are…coming up after the break for this commercial message: And we're back! Larry the Cable Guy also has a hankering for a very specific type of simile on Tailgate Party. For some reason, he's madder than...

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Fire in a crowded theater? Mike Birbiglia riffs as cliche becomes reality (sort of).

Here's something you don't see every day, or night. Comedian Mike Birbiglia was performing at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Michigan when stagehands interrupted him to warn that a fire had broken out…in the theater! Birbiglia handles the entire situation quite humorously. But I'm not sure what's funnier about this: 1) The reaction of the theater's staff and audience; 2) The fact that we never really get a good look at, well, fire; or 3) That all of this was caught on film. Roll the clip! Related: Catch the hottest tour in comedy? Mike Birbiglia's tour continues here and...

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