Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side [Updated]

An old friend contacted me the other day. I hadn't seen him in a while. Things had changed since the last time we had seen each other. In fact, they had changed fairly dramatically. You see, the last time I had seen this person, he...was a he. Apparently this is no longer the case.

This friend did not immediately mention this. The email just said that we hadn't seen each other for a while and that we should remedy that, since circumstances would put us in proximity in the next month or so. However, I noticed an oddity about the email address from whence came this message, and being the curious sort, I asked about it. The reply? "A picture is worth a thousand words," along with a picture. A picture is indeed not worth a thousand words, because for a bit, I was speechless. My reply: "And I thought *I* had changed since we last saw each other. :)"

This opened a dialogue about where we had been and what we had done since our last contact (her story was more interesting than mine...).

In a previous life, when she was a he, he ran a nudist colony. The nudist colony had periodic talent contests. I used to do stand-up comedy. At one point he wanted me to come out to the nudist colony for one of their talent contests and do stand-up.

There isn't enough money on God's green earth to get me to have people laugh at me while I'm naked.

However, I did write some material for him to use. He was pretty pleased with it, and it was pretty funny if I say so myself.

The reason I bring this up is that she's (I'm still having some pronoun issues - with most people you don't have to switch them mid-stream) writing a book about her life and asked me to write some transgendered jokes. I haven't written stand-up in a while, but who can resist a challenge like that? I sent her the first batch today. We'll see how things go.


Update: I met with my formerly male friend today, and she loved the first batch of jokes. I guess my comedy writing career is back in gear.


John said...

Good to see a post here. I check in on you frequently and think of your father-in-law and wife.

I'd love to read some of your comedy stuff sometime. ever think about posting it?

Anonymous said...

We're going to see my father-in-law in about three weeks. some comedy...want to see some nudist colony or transgendered jokes? :)

John said...

Why not? In a sick sort of way, nudity can be very funny.

John said...

You may remember Richard Raskinds who later became Renee Richards. There was some suit against the Tennis establishment that wouldn't let her compete in women's tournaments.

I remember a joke about her writing a book about her life story, "Tennis Without Balls"

It was actually called "Second Serve"

Anonymous said...

Yes, I remember Dr. Richards (an opthomolagist, if memory serves). I used to play some tennis, and still follow it.

Many of the players on tour fought to keep her from playing, claiming she had an unfair advantage - size, strength, etc.

As an interesting, related side note, I found out yesterday that my friend is women's state table tennis champion for her state. :)