Thank goodness Bud gets most of his stuff for free, as now the gang has enough cash to finally get to California.  We’ll stroll into stately Bergstrom manner on Monday, as the foursome spends some time acclimating in the San Diego sun!

Today’s comic title is a bit of a stretch.  “Happy Together” by the Turtles is a cute little pop song about a guy being happy in love with his girl.  Yeah, yeah, sickening. But, at the end of the song, the lead singer sings “happy together” a few times then finally sings “how is the weather?” and it has always struck me funny.  Since I’m nodding my hat to Carlin’s “Hippie-Dippie Weatherman” bit, that song popped into my head.  I’m just that way.

I know George Carlin is not for everyone, but his comedy was SUCH an influence on me in the early 70s that I’m surprised I never did stand-up comedy (again, I’m too lazy for that).  The other biggest influence on my comedy was (is) the magazine National Lampoon, particularly the late 70s issues when people like John Hughes, P.J. O’Rourke and many others were writing a stunning example of cutting edge satire and just plain silliness.  I never went the satire route… it’s too easy in my opinion… but coming up with bits about stoned doctors or roommates dating a mother & daughter, then that’s the comedy for me!

For those of you who have never heard the Hippie-Dippie Weatherman bit, here it is from George’s 1978 HBO special.



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