“How Dare You!”

Janeane Garofalo à la “If You Will”The third and final DVD in the hat-trick of stand-up specials that Santa brought me this year was Janeane Garofalo’s If You Will (2010), recorded live at the Moore Theatre in Seattle.

I’ve had a huge crush on Garofalo as an actress ever since the Larry Sanders Show first aired over here, and it’s reassuring to know that she’s just as crush-worthy as a comedienne… maybe even more so, if that’s possible. I’ve said before that I generally prefer absurdity and surrealism to observational humour, but there’s something so charming about Garofalo’s chatty, self-deprecating style and quirky use of language that she had me mesmerised and chuckling throughout, even though her act did seem a little random and rambling at times. The DVD also boasted two bonus skits that riffed on jokes from the show… they looked like cheap-ass YouTube videos, but they were pretty amusing once the premises kicked in.

Janeane Garofalo à la “If You Will”Unfortunately, Garofalo identified herself as an Atheist in one segment of the show, which left me in the awkward position of being mocked (indirectly) by an artist that I truly admire. It’s not that I’m a particularly churchy person, and I do think it’s important to acknowledge and condemn the terrible things that some people do in the name of their Gods (as well as make fun of the less terrible, but very silly things)… but Atheism is a hard-line position that throws the baby of Spirituality out with the Kool-Aid-tainted water of Religious Zealotry, and I just can’t see the sense in that. So, I had to grit my teeth a little through a couple of jokes… but being able to respect a person who holds differing opinions to yours is supposed to be a sign of maturity or whatever, so hopefully the experience has helped me evolve a lil’ bit…?

About Dee CrowSeer

A comic book writer with an interest in feminism, philosophy, and affirmative action. He/him.
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