Comedian and author Mike Buzzelli
As 2015 is upon us, a bunch of year-end retrospectives will be plastered everywhere. Every news show will do their “Year in Review” segment. Even on Facebook you’ll see a “Year in Review” app, which will randomly catalog a bunch of your FB photos and slapdash them into an electronic photo book.
My personal year in review wasn’t tremendously eventful. Mostly, I ran around promoting my book, “Below Average Genius.” I did some standup comedy here and there; more here than there as I didn’t have very many out-of-town gigs.
As a contributing theater critic for ’Burgh Vivant, I saw a bunch of plays. My favorite was called “Tamara,” which sounds like the beginning of an Abbott and Costello routine. At “Tamara,” we had to chase the actors around inside a Jewish temple. If you were too slow you missed key scenes, bits of dialogue or gratuitous nudity. Two weeks after I filmed my review, my friend Cathy came up to me and said, “You didn’t tell me there was a naked man in the show!”
I said, “I’m sorry. Were you offended?”
She replied, “No. I missed it!”
In 2014, I saw a bunch of movies. My favorite one was about a talking raccoon and a walking tree. A movie about a precocious Procyon and the ambling oak sounds ridiculous, but it was the number-one movie in America this year. My theory is that the same 50 nerds saw the movie over and over and over again, accounting for the $770 million in revenue.
The biggest news came at the end of the year when my car was totaled. After three weeks of riding around in a rental car, I am now the proud owner of a used PT Cruiser. The quirkiest thing about the car is the key ring. When the former owner handed over the keys, there was a gem-encrusted silver peacock hanging from the key ring. She said, “It kept falling off, so I super-glued the key ring shut.”
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(Mike Buzzelli is a stand up comedian and a sit down author. His book, "Below Average Genius," a collection of humor columns culled from the Observer-Reporter, can be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/Below-Average-Genius-Michael-Buzzelli-ebook/dp/B008Y2RDW4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418011733&sr=8-1&keywords=below+average+genius)