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Monday, March 15, 2010

No luck with Erma

Sadly no joy in the Erma Bombeck writing competition, which I had a good feeling about as I write a lot of fairly humorous essays in my Musings column for The Community Voice.
It maybe that my style of humour doesn't particularly translate to the other side of the pond. Indeed, all five of the Humor (sic) shortlisted entries were all from the USA so possibly its a localised thing. Or maybe I don't know Erma Bombeck!
Frankly, though, I thought my idea of state-sponsored children farms was a great idea...


  1. It's tough to crack the American market. I know, and I'm right next door.

  2. Irish humour is so much more appreciated by me than the back-slapping innane variety of the crudites N.A's. (no offence, I jest since by osmosis I am one myself being transplanted from the island circa 1860 potato famine). Yes, North American humour is dullboy; it is more sardonic than smartly with sarcastic wittisms. In other words, Irish comedy is headier stuff, takes some mulling in the mash, original. Thus being as Irish humour is smarter it is rare and rarely understood. The art is dead, just a lot of jerky "gaffaws" and "teehees". Coming from the master limerick makers of old (auld) the Irish wit, never undone does seems to not be understood anymore in N.A. as the art of the artful communicato volley is dead as a door nail here in N.A. The Irish love to dabble in the pun, and this is just not really understood in the rank N.A. market. Be proud that you have a less crude form of frivolity, and can crack a few with the best ever. I understand and love your art of the clever punsterisms. We here in North America try to remember our quick wit but after all those years of Wild West gunslingin' we just don't have time to sit down and write a good n funny, smart limerick or two. And we all know how sensible the limerick is, and how dignified! Erma Bombeck? Here's a limerick

    There once was a broad named Erma
    Would took all day to play the tuba
    She tried and tried to make it hoot
    Realized her luck was running out
    So she gave one big loud and obnoxious toot

    Somethings are best left in the septic tank

    Got to get some more awards programs, heard something about Gabriel Byrne? and the Irish Cultural ministry in the movie industry briefly on the news today. I will try to hear more of this and get back to you. It was on Channel 11 from Hamilton Ontario. Keep writing, please! You are very talented and oh so VERY funny! You're a RIOT!!! (got to run to the too raw loo raw loo raw now)