My old friend and colleague Thom died the other week. He was one of the funniest guys I ever knew, with a laugh that came from his toes. He was a wonderful guy, a joy to be around, and a proud member of the acclaimed Washington Gay Men's Chorus--which sang beautifully and 70-strong at his memorial service.
Thom had a bit of the Paul Lynde in him, and he'd sometimes present a silly premise and invite everyone to contribute examples. My favorite was his declaration that with so many cable channels there are just too many TV shows. We need to cut back, he said, and the easiest way to do that is to combine as many of them as possible. So the game is to pair up TV shows that seem to have something in common. But of course the combination must be funny, and in honor of Thom, just a little catty. His favorite example was to combine Dancing With the Stars with the Westminster Dog Show.
My contribution: 60 Minutes and Antiques Road Show.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. -- George Bernard Shaw