This week’s post was a challenge. No topics panned out, my enthusiasm waned, and time ticked on. I tried contemplating, meditating, staring out the window, but all efforts to jump-start my creative juices failed. With no positive alternatives in sight, I forced myself down at the keyboard and began arbitrarily typing, hoping to dissolve my mental funk in a flurry of keystrokes.
With each nonsensical sentence; bland, neutral, expressionless tripe.
I pondered the alternatives.
Maybe no post this week?
We all deserve a holiday. After all, I was simultaneously working on a guest post for another site, and that counts towards my weekly output. Doesn’t it?
And then it hit.
A term I’ve always related with. The act of showing no feeling or emotion. A humorless delivery without expression. It fit my funk.
The term dates back to the 1920’s, the word ‘pan’ slang for ‘face’, and the word ‘dead’ a derivative of ‘not alive’ (ha ha). Primarily used in comedic delivery, deadpan humor took off in the 90’s with comedian Steven Wright. For anyone not familiar with him, Wright is a talented American comic, writer, actor, film producer, famous for his observational humor and of course, his deadpan delivery. Many say he defined the style with his outrageous hair, monotone voice and his oddball observations. Google the word ‘deadpan’ and he’ll be in there somewhere.
I’m no Steven Wright, but I did read that the deadpan comedy style was common among shy or socially indifferent people.
That fits. While I’m not socially indifferent, I am an introvert, with a mild case of ‘selective’ social anxiety disorder, so I fit the moniker. I just have to work on the comedy bit.
Perhaps my mental funk was a sign, an awakening, or a glimpse at my destiny. I can see my tagline now; ‘The Deadpan Blogger; posting articles devoid of expression and emotion since 2016’.
My stats will skyrocket.
But who am I kidding? I’m just not that funny.
Perhaps I’ll leave deadpan to the professionals.
To spare you any further expressionless drabble, I’ll keep my post short, and leave you with a smile. Below are a handful of my favorite Steven Wright quotes. The first six are dedicated to the writers in the crowd. The rest are for the normal folk. Enjoy.
How come abbreviated is such a long word?
What’s another word for thesaurus?
Why isn’t the word ‘phonetically’ spelled with an ‘f’?
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
Is ‘tired old cliché’ one?
Imagine Pulitzer prizefighting
When I was in school the teachers told me practice makes perfect; then they told me nobody’s perfect so I stopped practicing.
I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
Whose cruel idea was it for the word ‘lisp’ to have an ”s’ in it?
If a mute kid swears, should his mother wash his hands with soap?
Can you buy an entire chess set in a pawn shop?
The doctor says he has to amputate all of me.
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?
Is it true that cannibals don’t eat clowns because they taste funny?
Why is it lemon juice contains mostly artificial ingredients but dishwashing liquid contains real lemons?
Until next time,