|"ranney"s Seven is Heaven Cosmic Choices
Each month, as determined by the span of days for each sign of the zodiac, this site will display recommended films, written works, and albums:
|Leo choices - 2017
Cho Revolution - Margaret Cho
In a show where she mercilessly re-visits a side-splitting Bangkok sex-show
bit, the Counter-Culture Comedy Queen drops the crown and just gets real. Is it
possible that she lost the overshadowing pretense when she lost the weight?
Always talented and insightful, here Cho is evolutionary.
The Comedian - Jerry Seinfield
Some of the best insight into the life of stand-up comedians and what it
takes to keep getting back on that laughing horse. The film focuses on Jerry’s
effort to build a set from ground up, and also spends time on an emerging,
egotistical youngin’, Orny Adams. There are appearances from all-time greats,
Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Robert Klein, as well as moments with road legends Colin
Quinn, Jay Leno, Gary Shandling, George Wallace and so on.
Complaints and Grievances - George Carlin
In his twelfth HBO comedy special, the Dean of Laughter verbally assassinates
the people and the things that get under his skin. My favorite: "My Daddy."
Cracks me up everytime. Wicked! So long, Air Marshall Carlin. Miss you
Live on Broadway - Robin Williams
This one performance could be divided into 4 different specials for any other
comedian. The King of Stream takes us on a crazy ride through the absurdities he
knows we see but we dare not speak. At times, Williams brings the house down
with material out of which others couldn’t possibly get a chuckle. A remarkable
Live On The Sunset Strip - Richard Pryor
The King of Comedy bares naked his private life, unveils the
behind-the-scenes madness of Hollywood living, and testifies about his love
affair with the Motherland - all while giving an jedi-level clinic on
personification. R.I.P. Richard Inconcievable Pryor.
Not For The Easily Offended - Carlos Mencia
What an incredible hodge-podge of cultural dissection by the Taboo Task-
master. This a consistently funny concert that reveals a spark
of incredible brilliance by Mencia in the show’s closing. He comes out
swinging to eventually point out that we swung first. After all of the swinging,
Mencia lands a devistating blow when he makes it clear that he was just getting
out attention for a really endearing and elevating hug. Not for the lazy
thinker. Carlos - get back to this!
Sane Man - Bill Hicks
What any underground, alternative,
cutting edge - hell, what any comedian or anyone reaching for laughs aspires to
achieve. Not the best video or audio technologically speaking, but one of the
best sets you are likely to see from a stand-up comedian. I mean, imagine if you
had footage of Jesus going to the temple, and it was a little grainy and moments
were hard to listen to. SO?
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
The best. Everyone’s life can be an adventure. We can all learn to do like
Tom, who, instead of accepting misfortune as the gravity of life, kept living on
his own terms. If you think contemporary teenagers are a bunch of riff-raff,
read this one. There’s nothing new under the sun.
Atraud Anthology - Antonin Artaud
The Don-Quixote of humanitarian thought throws the subconscious around like a
tennis ball. Mind-freezing essays on theater, suicide, magic, astronomy, and
world conflict within and without.
The Misanthrope - Moliere (translated by Richard Wilbur)
This particular translation of
Moliere’s comedy about a jilted lover, who is constantly criticizing society’s
customs and inadequate tastes, is poetic playwriting at the absolute
supreme level. CRUCIAL.
The Newcomer's Guide To The Afterlife - Daniel Quinn and Tom Whaler
It takes a sick mind to delve into an
illogical manual about proper post mordem procedures and happenings, then love,
laugh, and learn from it. I have that sick mind. Do you? Join us.
New Rules - Bill Maher
Senator "Keep it Real" delivers slices
and whole just desserts for the political and cultural junkie. Always cutting,
but never predictable. Funny and challenging.
When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? - George Carlin
Read the title. If the title makes you flinch or even pause, do NOT read the
book.If the title and artwork of the cover both crack you up, have at it. What a
splendid brain the Dean of Ha-Ha graced us with. Thanks for sharing
White Boy Shuffle - Paul Beatty
History, as we know it, is absurd. Beatty offers this alternative absurdity
in a relentlessly jabbing novel about Gunnar, the "real" black man who started
the Boston Massacre. The hip-hop nation’s poet laurette will slay you with hip,
The Antholgoy - Richard Pryor
The Best. Richard Pryor is an untouchable comedic artist from another world.
BANANAS X INFINITY!
Business As Usual - Men At Work
Great party music for serious people with a great sense of humor. Not for the
American Pie crowd. "And he said, ’Oh. I come from the land down under!’" You
know you feel that. Don't even front.
Comedian - Eddie Murphy
We have forgotten that this is one of the most significant comedy albums
ever. Before everyone had cable, before so many HBO Specials, before Def Jam and
Comic View, this album was playing EVERYWHERE (radio, television, cassettes,
LPs, barbecues, backrooms, parties, etc.). Stand-up comedy’s first megastar puts
together a flawless set on the album that ignited the comedy boom of the last
quarter century. Also known as Delirious.
Greatest Hits - Weird Al Yankovic
Four Words: I LOST ON JEOPARDY. Either
you just snickered or you just don’t get it. Al makes you laugh before you know
it and even when you’ve sworn to yourself that you will not laugh at his
unparalleled silliness, you still die laughing. Just stupid and gleefully so. I
Race - Paul Mooney
Hard to come by, but worth the pursuit, ( I have an autographed copy.),
Malcolm X and Toni Morrison had a baby and let Little Richard babysit him. I’m
certain that happened, because his name is PAUL MOONEY. The Jet-Li of comedy was
sent here to remind us that life is not fair, so you better wake up and smell
the coffee bean fertilizer. Now, this is what I think of when I hear "edgy
Standup Comic - Woody Allen
Original. Authentic. Always makes me wonder what would have happened if Woody
had stayed behind the mic instead of the camera. Many surrealists and comedians
who use fragmented thought have followed, but few have been so distinctively
earnest. Who knows? Maybe the other issues wouldn’t be there if he had stayed
with mic therapy. Oh well, we have what we have and it is
The Time - The Time
Funky and without apologies. Fun, Fun, Fun! The Time is to Post-Parliament
funk what the Animals are to post-Beatles rock. Just listen and find out why
there are actually great memories of the 1980s in music. Funny, hip, sexy,
intelligent, and infectiously silly lyrics ride on top of music meant
for the true late night party people. "Cool."