Saturday, May 27, 2006

(STRAY THOUGHTS) Topic: In Concert

I was rereading George Carlin's book Napalm and Silly Putty recently, in which the "About the Author" blurb claims that Carlin performs over one hundred concerts a year.
What instrument does Geroge Carlin play? Has anybody ever heard him sing?
A comedian's performance isn't a "concert." A concert is a musical performance. Comedians stand up on stage and tell jokes. The only stand up comedian you could say gave "concerts" was Steve Martin, because at least he played the banjo. He even had a hit single with King Tut.
Apparently, there are also "dance concerts." Wrong. No such thing. Sure, there's music involved, but it's not the main point of the performance and the featured performers aren't making the music, just reacting to it. So it's not a concert.

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