November 16, 2004

The AP stole my joke

But here goes.

I can see it now. I live in Brooklyn, and I decide to commit suicide. I stand on my roof, wailing to the moon. Neighbors are concerned. They call 911. Cops arrive, fire trucks, suicide negotiators, and EMTs ... ready to minister to my wounds should I propel myself off my roof.

People scream up to me: "DON'T JUMP! LIFE IS WORTH LIVING! HANG IN THERE! DON'T DO IT!"

But there's one EMT ... one who looks vaguely familiar to all of us ... he stares up at my precarious position ...

And instead he shouts:

"JUMP! Go ahead and ju-ump!"




I actually think it's really cool that he's doing this ... but I yearned to make that joke.

Posted by sheila
Comments

DLR just moved into my hood and has been hanging out at one of my bars all the time. I haven't seen him yet, but a friend of mine has hung out with him a few times there. She says he's completely insane, and ALL he talks about is being an EMT.

Posted by: jess at November 16, 2004 12:02 PM

I have always been strangely charmed by him.

Posted by: red at November 16, 2004 12:09 PM

He came and saw our artist Ethan Lipton at the Living Room last spring. Ethan's kind of a Tom Lehrer meets Randy Newman guy; touching and funny. DLR loved the show, bought a CD from us for $40 (they cost $10), came up and said hi to everyone and was generally incredibly charming.

Posted by: Linus at November 16, 2004 12:09 PM

Have you read his book?

If not, you must, must, must read his book.

Posted by: jess at November 16, 2004 01:42 PM

Jess, I had a classmate in law school who was a former EMT, and it was almost all he talked about, too. It's a pretty intense experience, to put it mildly.

Posted by: Dave J at November 16, 2004 04:28 PM

jess - what's it called? Something with Gigolo in it, I imagine?

Posted by: red at November 16, 2004 04:28 PM

Crazy from the Heat. I cannot express to you the awesomeness of this book.

Dave J, I didn't mean he was insane because all he talked about was being an EMT. I meant he's insane. And he talks constantly about being an EMT (neither of which were meant to be derogatory)

Posted by: jess at November 16, 2004 04:47 PM

I have seen that book on display, Jess. I can see the cover right now.

Posted by: red at November 16, 2004 04:52 PM

Also:

hahahahahaha with the "I meant he's insane".

Period. End-stop. Nothing further to say. The man. Is. Insane.

Posted by: red at November 16, 2004 04:52 PM

hahahahahahaha - I love it that I get the joke.
(I'm pretty slow sometimes.) But why is this news today? He's been working on this for a couple of years now and I heard about it when he first started.

Posted by: cw at November 16, 2004 07:56 PM

Both my kids knew all the words to "Gigalo", especially the "boze-de-boze-de bop, diddy bop" and the "hum-a-la-babe a la zeeb a la boob a la hum a la babe a la zeeb a la bop" parts at embarrassingly young ages. I gotta tell you, I LOVE that video STILL!

Posted by: Beth at November 16, 2004 08:53 PM

Beth, you have NO idea how impressed I am that you were able to spell that out. I dig that part of the song and will literally stop what I'm doing so that I can belt it out... sometimes even with "jazz hands." I think you're doing your kids right by instilling the value of a good campy cover song in them at a young age. :)

Posted by: curly mcdimple at November 16, 2004 11:12 PM

To this day, I still use the phrase "Gimme a bottle of anything...and a glazed doughnut...TO GO" on a regular basis. Ah MTV, how I miss thee.

Also, I just got done watching Conan (O'Brien, not The Barbarian) and he mention DLR and his new EMT fun. He said his EMT team would be replacing him with Sammy Hagar.

Posted by: Mark at November 17, 2004 01:57 AM

All I can say is it's a bloody good thing the pun tax has been repealed... ;-)

Posted by: Ken Hall at November 17, 2004 08:44 AM