Way back in the history times when I was a child in the suburbs of Buffalo, I had a small TV in my bedroom. With the bent rabbit ears, I could pick up a small handful of channels and the clearest was WNED PBS, channel 17. As part of their “cultural offerings”, the channel showed British Comedies each evening ending with an episode of “Benny Hill” at 10 and “Dave Allen at Large” at 10:30.
Benny Hill’s antics – and his scantily clad Angels – may have gotten all of the attention, but I connected with more Dave Allen’s brand of intimate, laid back, yet deeply challenging humor. At the age of nine or ten, I often didn’t understand what he was talking about, but adored the quiet passion which which he said it.
He had a powerful ability to lovingly mock the institutions of authority, especially religion, while maintaining a genuine respect the people that formed them. Like all great comics, he ran the gamut from serious and complex to silly and shallow, but his body of work has a clear, overarching message: it’s a pretty damn good thing to be alive, so enjoy yourself and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.
This wonderful biography captures much of the feelings that I have, although my exposure to him was quite small.
If you’ve never seen him, do yourself a favor and follow some of the related links. If you’re an old fan, I hope this brings a smile to your face.
This has got to be a familiar situation to some of you.
It’s Ash Wednesday! Last year we reviewed all of the Evil Dead movies, but as things are more hectic this year, we decided to go with a simple, solemn viewing of “Evil Dead 2”.
To add to the festivities, Entertainment Earth has announced an amazing, full sized Ashy Slashy Puppet Prop Replica (pictured) from the amazing Ash vs. Evil Dead series! It’s not coming out until July, but preorders are open.
In the past we’ve shared quotes from the films to spread the wisdom of Ash. This time, let’s delve into the TV show:
Ash on Puppets
Puppets? I hate puppets! Even stunningly handsome ones.
Ash on Traveling
Yes, I’m upset. Yes, I’m behind the wheel. Yes I’m drunk, and maybe my license isn’t the fancy kind from the DMV, but at least I’m drunk!
Ash on Coincidence
You’re the one that grew up your entire life looking for that book and you never found it. Me on the other hand, can’t fart without tripping over that thing, and I fart a lot!
Ash on Exercise
Brand spanking new hand, or…brand new ‘spanking’ hand!
Ash on Meditation
Ruby: I’m not dead you dumb bastard.
Ash: Oh wow, that was weird you were really still for a minute.
Ash on Racial Etiquette
Hey! He’s not “the Mexican” okay? He’s Pablo. “Pablo the Mexican.”
Ash on Education
Okay, uhh…obviously I know exactly what’s going on but, for the sake of these people, maybe you should explain.
Ash on Romance
Linda, from the moment I saw you I realized, that you were one of the only Lindas for me.
Ash on Nostalgia
Wow. Last time I was here I was hopin’ to get laid. Didn’t quite work out that way. I did cut my own hand off with a chainsaw, though. Fun weekend.
So, however you celebrate the glory that is Ash, we hope that you do so surrounded by loving family, strong walls and very few deadites.