I started blogging after I read a post by Dr. Zaius this past spring that had been linked on Crooks and Liars. It was about a convention of all the various Jesuses(or would it be Jesusi?), the Baptist Jesus, George Bush Jesus, etc. and it was howlingly funny and oh so dead on the money. Once I saw that that was the type of thing some people were putting on their blogs I knew I had to jump in with both feet and so after a few shitty first tries I finally came up with this submarine sandwich of a blog.
My all time favorite post that I wrote is Ingmar Bergman Reviews the 2nd Republican Debate. I only watched two minutes of a five minutes of the debate wrap up, it was all I could stand, and then I wrote that post. It combines my love of surrealism, foreign film, the arcane and esoteric, and mockery. I just pulled pictures off the web and wrote it off the top of my head. As I was writing it I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes and I was afraid I would wake my sleeping girlfriend up. It still cracks me up when I read it now.
I'm also partial to my Deep in the Bowels of the White House posts and my Interviews with the Republican Presidential Candidates posts.3. Where/how did you come up with your blog alias (I'm assuming it's not your real name). Is there any deep meaning attached to it, besides being freakin' hilarious?
I've always found our simian cousins interesting and amusing. I've loved Jane Goodall and her work with chimps since the minute I heard about her and the late Dian Fossey as well. I'm a sucker for most every monkey or ape related documentary on TV. I also love aliteration and repetition, it's must be one of the results of all those years I spent doing improv comedy. So I chose the alias because I thought it was funny that a blog could be written by a monkey, a monkey with a doctorate no less. I also loved how stupidly crazy the name sounded, it made me laugh when I wrote out 'Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein.'
4. What childhood event(s) helped shape who you are today? Where/how did you develop this wicked funny sense of humor?
I got my sense of humor from my Mom. She was a joker and I learned to follow suit and the biggest childhood event that shaped me was her death when I was ten. We kids were sent to live with an aunt and uncle because my Dad was not able to care for us properly. It was during those years that I honed my sense of humor, it was a defense mechanism because life with them was so bizzare and fucked up at times. Also when I discovered that the hot chicks in high school would let me hang out with them if I made them laugh, then I really went into high gear. When I got to college I discovered that there were other people out there who were as funny as I thought I was and or who were a different kind of funny, so I just rolled with it and let it grow organically.
5. If you could sit across from Dumbya, what would you say to him? How do you think he would respond?
I'd say, "Man you sure lied your ass off didn't you? You said you were a uniter and not a divider but you kept this country divided for 8 fucking years because it suited your political needs to do so. You're place in history is assured but it's not gonna be a good place you idiot. You will be thought of as a stubborn stupid ass of a man who put his hard right wing agenda ahead of the good of the country. You started a war for no other reason than to make money for your pals in the corporate world and you have the blood of hundreds of thousands of people on your hands. If it was up to me your stupid ass would be in Gitmo right this second and your guards would be family members of Iraqi's and Afghanis who died in your useless war."
He'd respond like he always does, with a patronizing little chuckle and he'd give me that stomach turning little wink he gives. Then he'd send in Dick and Mary Cheney to kick my ass because he is too much of a chickenhawk to do it himself.
Thanks Pam for the opportunity to give my readers a peek under the fez!!!
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