Essays, notions, one-offs, early work, and oddities from the archives.


 

NEW YORK PHOTOGRAPHY

Images of the city increasingly dominate my Instagram. So that's why I'm on Instagram!

 

WAXING OFF

An essay about the first season of Cobra Kai, the supremely unlikely 34-years-later Karate Kid streaming series, and the aesthetics of fan service.

We WEre SLAVES IN EGYPT - OR NOT

An essay about the bigotry and historical inaccuracy embedded in religious origin mythology, and how we can lead the exodus from faith.

CANNED GOODS IN WASHINGTON

The heartwarming memory of a school field trip to our nation's capital, and the lessons I learned about friendship, and how to transform a hotel room into a nightmare.


THE UNITED NATIONS SONG

VaudeVisuals and Trav S.D. produced this Vaudephone video of my "United Nations Song," as seen in Travesties of 2012. (Older version here.)

BREAD AND BUTTER

Amanda Sisk and Noah Diamond present Bread and Butter. Watch their lovable antics in The Best Things in Life Are Free and Bread and Butter at Work.

CELEBRITIES WITH CARS FOR HEADS

Hey kids! Captain Fun-N-Games presents an addictive new game! Guess the celebrity with a car for a head! It's a real FUN-TEASER (TM, C, R, All rights reserved)!


POEMS BY JOSEPH LERNER

Poetry by my grandfather, Joseph Lerner.

CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE TOO

Watch a video of the stirring anthem "Corporations Are People Too," written by Amanda Sisk and me. More Nero Fiddled here.

DR. HACKENBUSH RESTORED

Watch Dr. Hackenbush Restored, which restores the song "Dr. Hackenbush" to its rightful place in the Brothers' 1937 film A Day at the Races.


AMERICAN BANK

In America, planning your future means planning your future, in America. American Bank. Because your dreams are like the sun. (More here and here.)

THE CRADLE WILL ROCK

Read my essays on the lyrics, the original recording, and the 2013 Encores production of Marc Blitzstein's agitprop masterpiece.

AMAZING FIGHTER PILOT ADVENTURES

If you can stand the excitement, watch this thrilling video, Amazing Fighter Pilot Adventures #342. It's even better than the first 341 episodes!


TRAMPLED BY A HORSE

Most of my work is comedic, but once in a while I do something gravely serious, such as Trampled by a Horse.

THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN BIRDS

During one performance of Life After Bush (2008), I spent two and a half minutes ad-libbing about birds.

NEW FACES OF 1492

New Faces of 1492 is an animated film that dares to tell the truth about Christopher Columbus: He was a schmuck.