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Jumping The Shark…by Tom Sumner
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Cindy Williams did an interview for my radio show a few years ago. She played Shirley to Penny Marshall’s Laverne on the classic 70s TV sit-com aptly named “Laverne and Shirley.” It was a spin-off of another 70s TV classic “Happy Days.” When I asked her why the TV shows of the 60s and 70s seemed more fun than contemporary shows, she said, “the mirth is gone.” Her observation has been echoing loudly the last few weeks. I will always...

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Sunday, 11 June 2017
That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick…by Tom Sumner
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Comedy is in the eye of the beholder, but not the beheader as self-described comedian Kathy Griffin learned last week. Griffin’s image holding a “prop” bloodied severed head of the President made the rounds on social media creating a political backlash resulting in her being fired from practically everything. Comedian and wannabe political talk show host and moderator Bill Maher also found out last week that there are limits to being “politically incorrect.” It is, apparently, inappropriate to use the...

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Sunday, 04 June 2017
Looking for laugh in all the wrong places…by Tom Sumner
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Comedian Lewis Black was asked where he gets his material for jokes. He replied “what jokes? I just read the news.” For the last few weeks I’ve been trying to find the funny. I stayed away from the news. Big mistake. The Tom Sumner Program weekly round table ARMCHAIR POLITICS alumni includes “resident cynic” Barry Simon. It was on his recommendation that I watched a movie from 2006 called “Idiocracy” written and directed by Mike Judge (“Beavis and Butt-head”/”King of...

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Saturday, 27 May 2017
Take My Job…Please!!! by Tom Sumner
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  The late comedian Henny Youngman was known for “one-liners” like his signature line “Take my wife – please.” He starts out as if he’s going to say “take my wife, for example…” then realizes that whatever awful tale he’s about to tell could have been avoided if someone had just taken his wife. So, in essence, he’s pleading with someone/anyone in the audience to save him from future woes by taking his wife. One of my favorites from Youngman...

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Sunday, 21 May 2017
Alternative Facts Meet Alternative Humor…by Tom Sumner
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  I want to write something funny and topical. It should be easy. But I’m stumped. It used to be easy for me to find the funny in a wide range of topical events. These days most of what’s topical surfs back and forth between fleeting trends and alternating facts. For example, here are some recent paraphrased national headlines. FBI investigates Russian hacks in 2016 US Presidential Election Trump campaign officials met with Russian spies Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses...

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Sunday, 14 May 2017
Smurf’s Up! by Tom Sumner
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Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette is “on-duty” to protect law abiding cold and allergy sufferers in the state from a practice known as “smurfing.” Last week, the AG teamed with Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene, the Michigan Retailers Association, Michigan Pharmacists Association and Consumer Products Association to launch an “anti-smurfing” campaign. A dear friend, the late Pat Clawson was a former investigative reporter for CNN. He was not a fan of Flint area media. His critical analysis of local press...

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Sunday, 07 May 2017
The Elephant Not In The Room… by Tom Sumner
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I like my Presidents funny. So, every year, I am one of a small number of people who watch The White House Correspondents Dinner to watch the President be funny. But this year, as Daily Show Senior Correspondent comedian Hasan Minhaj observed, there was “an elephant not in the room.” The White House Correspondents Association holds an annual dinner in the nation’s capitol, usually carried on C-Span and watched by a small audience of people like me, and Flint’s premiere...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017
Words Matter by Tom Sumner
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Three years ago state and local officials in Flint, Michigan switched the municipal water system from treated water (piped from Detroit) to drawing its water from The Flint River. That decision, and the fact that Flint’s water treatment facility was not equipped to handle the corrosive nature of river water (like approximately 2 out of 3 U.S. cities do), pulled the trigger on what has become known as The Flint Water Crisis. Six Flint residents who attended a town hall...

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Sunday, 23 April 2017
Makin’ Bacon (excerpt from “A Little Off The Top”) by Tom Sumner
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I love bacon. I don’t even mind makin’ bacon. “Makin’ bacon” used to be (for some) a euphemism for having sex. I love that too. The sex – not the euphemism. Now that I’m over 50, according to some, I should probably be watching my diet – which translates to avoiding bacon. But I’m not the e.e. cummings type that could make a meal out of “pomegranates and a dead fish.” I smoke heavily and have no immediate plans to...

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Saturday, 07 May 2016
The Irene Malloy Affair (excerpt from “All I Wanted Was A Haircut”) by Tom Sumner
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There are life-altering moments in every one’s life. Each of these can be accompanied by sadness, pain, realization, discovery, growth and thankfully humor. I prefer the humor and often I prefer it at inappropriate times. But for me (probably too often) that’s when it’s the funniest and most needed. I am recently divorced. When I say that – people usually look down in sympathy and offer me food. I have gained at least ten pounds since returning from Los Angeles....

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Saturday, 07 May 2016