10 February 2006

Make 'Em Laugh

This week has been a long one. In fact, the last few weeks have been longs ones. Various issues at home and at work have made life overly serious and me overly critical. I’m at the apogee of my job-hate cycle and am completely unsatisfied and completely petulant and sulky. To the point that my co-workers seemed to have noticed. I can’t turn on the television without hearing about some government conspiracy or scandal and the weather is tormenting me by being on the cusp of spring, although I’m sure there will be at least one or two snowstorms between now and May. All in all, not the best of times. So when I got back from the gym last night, I was in a funk. The kind of funk that inspires me to eat seven chocolate covered cookies in a row. So I turned on the television in an attempt to turn off my mind.

Low and behold, I was only one short half hour away from The Office, my new television obsession. I liked the British version, but haven’t been able to religiously watch the American version due to changing time slots that are invariably up against some other obsession. But now it is on Thursdays. It was a Valentine’s Day episode and it was hilarious. My two favorite moments involved the temp tearing out his hair because he had inadvertantly 'hooked up' with a co-worker on February 13th and didn't know how to handle the V-Day situation and the ‘financial presentation’ given by the branch manager to the CFO at corporate that involved a montage of all the branch employees set in slow motion to U2’s With or Without You. I couldn’t stop giggling.

Then I found my way to Comedy Central, which isn’t a channel I usually frequent, except for The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Where else can you find laughs in such things as the Cartoon Riots, the illegal wire-tap hearings, Bush’s budgetary machinations, and the war in Iraq? The most giggle-inducing moment came when The Colbert Report aired a clip of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales saying (and I paraphrase, of course): “Senator, I believe in my opening remarks I discussed President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, and President Roosevelt’s electronic surveillance programs under their administrations.” I have never laughed so hard at the sheer inanity of our government.

So what was shaping up to be a night spent whining that it wasn’t Friday, turned out to be a night of hilarity. Perhaps I was primed, through sheer exhaustion, to find everything funny. But that hour and a half of television strangely made it all bearable.

10 comments:

t said...

Well, I'm glad you rested your brain with funny shows, the same shows I watched last night as well. I live for Thursday nights! On the Office, I especially liked the Giant teddy bear that Phyllis got and that her boyfriend signs the cards with his full name and business name, like really formal. The bobble head Dwight was pretty comical as well. My Name is Earl was funny too. Christine Taylor guest starred.
I was also watching the Atty Gen make the dumbest comment ever. I realized it right away. Not the best choice of words. I can't wait till the 2008 elections. The President has led the country into a downward spiral and it keeps going. We need a change.

Scully said...

Remember back in the day when we would both get home from class and watch Newsradio on A&E? Good times! The season 1-3 DVDs are in my queue at Netflix. And just thinking about The Office, makes me giggle. Like the visual image of the temp and his hair and all the Phyllis gifts signed 'Bob Vance, Vance Refridgeration' is just hilarious. But the part that kills me is the U2 backed office montage. I think I will laugh every time I hear that song. And 2008 cannot come soon enough. Except for the fact that I will be turning 30. Ok, might have to go have another Valentines sugar cookie after that thought.

t said...

Yeah I totally loved that!! I need those DVD's!! They should start showing it again on AE. I remember when Parker wouldn't let us watch it sometimes.
Wow, by 2008 I'll already be 30. Valentines sugar cookies sound good, maybe I'll have one too.

Miss Parker said...

Why wouldn't I let you watch Newsradio? Was it because you two would get totally out of control or something? Or was I just in my "THAT looks familiar" phase? Hee.

Scully said...

It was during the "THAT looks FAMILIAR!" phase. You wouldn't turn off your Sonic the Hedgehog Sega video game so we walked to the gas station to buy ice cream.

t said...

Yeah it was that Sonic Pinball game that I was totally bad at. Thank goodness for the Crest station. By the way, I live near Crest Avenue now, interesting. Anyway, Parker, I get that way now when Fabian and his brother watch those stupid MTV shows. I usually just leave the room or clean something.

t said...

And speaking of stupid government officials, did ya hear the one about the VP that shot a guy on a hunting trip? How much dumber could our administration get? The Pres and VP make up the duo known as Dumb and Dumber. Is it that hard to not shoot a guy in the face on a hunting trip? Maybe they shouldn't have been killing little quails anyway.

Scully said...

Especially a 78 year-old guy in your hunting group? Aren't they all supposed to be wearing bright orange anyway?

t said...

A 78 year old with a heart condition...

t said...

Now he has a heart condition...