Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Funniest Comedian Ever

Years ago, just around the time my father had passed awayl, I stayed home one Saturday night. I opened a beer and started watching a comedy show on HBO. The comedian was Jake Johannsen, and his show was called "This'll Take About An Hour." I laughed for the entire hour as my beer got warm. I had one sip and spit it out I was laughing so hard.

I recorded the show on VHS to show my college roommate, Derek. He never really laughed at TV shows or comedians. However, when he returned from winter break and watched the Jake video, he nearly suffocated from laughing so hard. It really is that funny. We would go out drinking, return home, and watch until we couldn't breathe.

I misplaced that tape somewhere along the way. And I even found Jake's website and wrote him an email asking to send me a copy. He wrote me back, but I was too broke to send him a check or a blank tape. I never stopped looking though. I really think it's in a box in my attic somewhere. I just haven't fast forwarded all of them far enough.

In any case, I still use quotes from this show in my regular daily life as a teacher. Some things are just that good. Like the aliens living and working among us bit or "The laws of physics would still apply."

Then, miracle of miracles, came into being. And here is that show that all those years ago made me cry from laughter, when I really needed it.

Honestly, if you have 5 minutes to spare, you won't regret it. I don't know why he isn't more famous. Watch Jake do his thing:


oyster said...

I agree JJ, was definitely overlooked.

LatinTeacher said...

And I think this is clearly him at his best.