During my preparations for my upcoming move, I happened across a random box in the basement which contained my high school graduation cap, a bunch of letters and clippings, a vintage TV Guide and my 8-track copy of ‘On The Road’ by George Carlin.  It’s a seminal bit of my youth and I vividly remember getting in massive amounts of trouble because of George’s language on a family trip once, but even so, it’s the foundation of my sense of humor.  As an adult, I’ve diversified the jokes I love and the places from which I steal ’em, but George’s love of word play and vivid use of language will always be the cornerstone of my funny, leading to today’s [CENSORED] query.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also credits classic Tom & Jerry shorts and the work of Stephen Wright, asking: What do you consider the most formative influence on your sense of humor?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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    • Bill the Seeker on

      In general; George Carlin, Stve Martin, and Carol Burnett’s TV show, I have this serious love of wordplay from Bugs Bunny cartoons, Alan Alda, and Doctor Demento’s radio show.

  1. My parents had a VHS tape with 3 standup acts on it. George Carlin “The Envelope”, Bill Cosby “Himself” and Robin Williams (the one where he wears the red shoes). I am an amalgamation of that tape.

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