Monday, March 2, 2009

Oh crap!

So, I was sitting in the reception area of the Late Night With Conan O'Brien offices, taking a break from my grueling post-last show schedule of sitting in the conference room of the Late Night With Conan O'Brien offices, when I came upon this delightful little book. It's called Ant Farm, and it's by an author named Simon Rich, a former president of The Harvard Lampoon, as it happened. Intrigued by the cover blurb from none other than Jon Stewart, who raves, "Hilarious" (There's a longer version of it on the back cover, but I can't remember it).

The book is a collection of short sketches and monologues--most don't even top two pages--and they are indeed hilarious, with the most inspired recalling the singular wit of The Kids in The Hall (who are the best sketch comedy group in history, an assertion I will defend to my death). I read through the entire book in about half an hour, laughing quietly to myself. Then I got to the back page and saw this:

Simon Rich is a former president of The Harvard Lampoon and will graduate from Harvard in June 2007

Dude wasn't even out of college yet when he published this. I need to step up my game!

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