Just some thoughts:
In the late 1950’s and a bit into the 60s’ Dave Gardner was one of the most recognized comedians in the business. A southern comedian of sorts. Often referred to as Brother Dave.
Dave was born poor in Jackson, Tennessee in 1926. In his youth he was ordained as a minister but evidently the ways of the world came calling and he found his vocation while playing drums in nightclubs around the south. He hardly could be thought of as a man of the cloth.
In 1957 he hit tall cotton appearing on the Jack Parr Tonight Show. This ended up being ground breaking for him and he had a huge hit with his first album “Rejoice, Dear Hearts.” This would be followed over the years by a number of other albums. (I have them all) In the early 60s’ he became very successful building himself a twenty-three room mansion in Hollywood and various other perks of fame. In the late 60s’ his popularity faded and he ended up dead broke and sadly in 1983 died suddenly of a heart attack.
Much of his material was anything but political correct. In fact such of his doings led to his demise.But he did have this one bit that he often did in his stand up routine. I always thought it was pretty interesting. It went something like this.
There was this man who went to Hades (not his word) and while visiting there he saw the horror of people forced sitting at dinner with nothing to eat with but spoons. These spoons were permanently affixed to their arms that were too long for their mouths to reach. From there he went up to heaven and saw that the blessed they also had the same situation. Spoons permanently affixed to their arms that also were too long for them to reach their mouths.
There was a difference in the two groups, one was doing nothing about their situation the ones in heaven, well they feeding each other.
Kinda interesting thought isn’t it. Some never got past their situation, they allowed themselves to be victims. The other group they found a way to over come and not be victims.
Any lessons there?
March 2, 2019
Posted March 31, 2019