Ep. 16 - Your Good Driving Changed Greg K’s Life

 

How do you build an entire surrealist narrative out of a normal everyday bumper sticker? And what, if anything, does this have to do with Facebook friend requests? Greg wants to do something fun with a joke about taking a “how’s my driving?” truck sticker too seriously, but he’s not sure what direction to take it in. Meanwhile, Dan is working on a joke inspired by a very strange recent news story.

Greg runs a monthly showcase in Mt. Vernon and, much to Dan’s delight, publicly invited Bill Burr to fill a spot that had opened. Greg and Dan discuss jokes that comics tell for their own personal amusement, even when audiences hate them, although Dan thinks there is value in resolving not to do this. They explore the common experience of comedians being told by well-meaning friends and relatives to put things in their “skits,” and break down the reasons why such comments don’t really make sense.

Dan wants to write a joke about a Scottish woman who sabotaged her own vacation to America by accidentally checking a box on a form indicating that she was a terrorist. That idea is funny enough, but Dan and Greg have a good time pondering the rationale for having such a checkbox on a form to begin with. Meanwhile, Greg wants to concoct a narrative about someone so impressed by a truck driver’s driving skills, that it becomes almost an obsession. Dan suggests that Greg write himself into the joke, and Greg sees a couple possible directions. This spawns an elaborate, absurdist, completely improvised dialogue on a trucker whose driving was so good, it made a positive impact in the world.

Dan Kapr