The AARP Orlando@50+ event has provided me two more firsts: (1) An in-person performance by humorist Dave Barry (joined by 4500 other boomers and retirees) and (2) my first press conference, also with Mr. Barry. If you are not a Barry fan, you should be. Lucky for you it’s not too late. He is still the funniest writer (and now speaker) I know.
Barry is 63 years old. He looks 15 years younger. If humor is at the root of that, I need to go to comedy school.
Nothing I write about his performance would do it justice. Here are a few nuggets for your consideration:
Barry is from Miami, known to many of us as a violent city. According to Barry, the city leaders are combating that reputation with a new tourist slogan: “Come Back to Miami – We Weren’t Shooting at You.”
Barry has often written about the mostly unknown phenomenon of “spontaneous human combustion.” He has an explanation for why it exists: For some of us who find ourselves in a personally embarrassing situation, to spontaneously combust can be the best option available.
As to raising children, Barry believes in a practice that many of us have adopted, perhaps unintentionally: “parenting by embarrassing”
Baby boomers perhaps more than any other generation are familiar with (and victims of) that wonderful procedure known as “colonoscopy.” Barry recently endured his own, describing a “nuclear laxative” preparation that was so thorough and powerful, he “expelled food he hadn’t eaten yet.”
Finally, Barry had some profound views about the economy in general, and government spending and debt in particular. His analysis is quite simple. Extreme government debt is primarily a problem for younger generations, not for boomers and older.
Therefore, referring to all of this spending and debt, Barry has concluded as follows: “The hell with it. It’s payback for hip-hop.”
I’m still smiling about this philosophy and am eager to share it with our 20-something sons.
Do you think they will see the humor?