We strike gold in the third section of the DVD, "Behind the Scenes of the Deleted Scenes and the Extra-Deleted Scenes: The Editing of the Making of McSweeney's #11 DVD (with audio commentary)." It is to this audio commentary that I cracked up. Sarah Vowell can go off on tangents, "sound" understated, and do lit stand-up better than any one.
Her future's not with NPR. We'll be catching her on Comedy Central's "Daily Show" if they check this clip out. A published, popular essayist, Vowell is a tight observer of details with Lily Tomlin timing. The camera watches a film editor watch a computer screen. Boring stuff for sure. Put Sarah Vowell behind the mic describing that static scene and it's a hilarious episode. Even better than the McSweeney blooper track.
We kid. We have to in these unbalanced times. Just to stay sane--afloat even. Mea culpa, I tithe to NPR. I'm locked in there for real news at dawn; for fake news, nothing beats Jon Stewart's Daily Show. For real fake news, The Onion wins flat out. It's the quiet pledge-drive week on the dial, but we all cracked up when a friend showed me the latest Onion headline: "NPR Listener Acquires Kick-Ass Tote Bag."
Back-to-school, end-of-summer, vacation credit card maxed--phew--we need some laughs. McSweeney's DVD and a kick-ass tote bag come at just the right time.
Contributing Writer John Valentine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org