Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A quick thought.

I once saw this episode of Mad About You where Paul and Jamie* get into a fight with another couple over a cab, and the other couple were on their way to see Cats, and Jamie snaps, "Cats has been out for fifteen years and you haven't seen it yet?!"

I think about this whenever I see someone reading a David Sedaris book on the El.

Coincidentally, has David Sedaris entered the same lame collective consciousness of Cats and Mad About You in the sense that he's now so popular and a mainstay of funny little personal essays that he appeals to the lowest common denominator? Could one compare his career to that of the greatly underrated Paul Reiser? I'm sure someone must think that.

*To be clear, I had to look up their characters' names on IMDb, because I never watched Mad About You because that show sucked.


BG5000 said...

I don't think that just because you and your friends are familiar with him means most of mainstream America really knows who he is. He's not Dave Barry. When your aunt starts clipping out his newspaper columns and mailing them to you on your birthday, then i think you might be on to something.

(Also, don't look now, but this post reeks of "been there, done that" elitism that's not really flattering on anybody. Just a heads up.)

Tyler said...

My mom loves Sedaris. Just sayin'.

And also? I'm not writing a dissertation here. The jury's still out on this one.

wachel said...

your blog is getting too gay.

The [Cherry] Ride said...

Umm, was Cats ever anything but low brow?

amanda said...

you also have to get a little excited knowing that david sedaris is out there telling america just how fun you gay folk are. so next time you let someone know you're a gay, also let them know how funny you are so they think they can know you. it's the only way you gays can really make friends!

lkbom said...

"I think about this whenever I see someone reading a David Sedaris book on the El"

Maybe they're re-reading it.

Also, Cats is magical. Even you think so.

And Mad About You didn't suck that bad. At the time.