Cracked #3 is now available

11Dec06

In case you’ve been wondering why posting has been a little light this week, I assure you it’s not because I’ve been sleeping in until 4:00 p.m. and spending the remains of the day playing video games instead of blogging. That’s purely a coincidence. No, it’s because I’ve been creating artificial demand for Peter Lynn–related content to ensure that you’d rush right down to your local newsstand and scoop up the latest issue of Cracked as soon as it hit the shelves. Well, that time is now. Run, run as fast as you can!

As a matter of fact, this issue has some of my favorite fast running since, well, Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, the first film ever written, directed, and acted entirely in Inuktitut, the language of northern Canada’s Inuit people, which sounds like a boring art film, except that it’s actually a completely amazing account of a 500-year-old native legend and has a terrific part where the title character runs naked on frostbitten, bloodied feet across miles of ice to escape murderous pursuers that ranks as the most spine-tinglingly suspenseful chase scene I’ve ever seen. Forget car chases; watching a movie of an Inuit man’s wang flopping around has never been so exciting. This is an incredible film. In fact, go rent Atanarjuat while you’re out picking up Cracked (which is, if you’ll remember, the magazine that this post is actually supposed to be about). This issue of Cracked may not have ever won the top prize at the ImagineNATIVE Media Arts Festival (although to be fair, it should not be expected to have done so), but it does contain the second comic relating the adventures of Fastman, my and Jay Pinkerton‘s parody of the Flash. To be precise, it doesn’t really relate Fastman’s adventures so much as it tells the origin stories of members of his rogues gallery such as Boomerang, Gorilla Todd, and First Lieutenant Freeze, whom comic buffs might recognize as being themselves parodies of classic Flash villains. Again, the illustration team of Steve Sloan and Chris Eisert has done some very spectacular work. I like this comic a lot.

Speaking of foes locked in eternal battle, this issue also has an essay of mine that examines Monty Python alumnus Eric Idle’s “Red Nose/White Face” theory, which is that all comedians can be divided into either of two archetypes based on two classic types of circus clown and that the conflict between these archetypes is the secret behind the great classic comedy double acts, which inevitably featured one of each, a comic and a straight man. I further look at how this dynamic can be seen in modern duos (even working in a shout-out to Achewood’s Roast Beef and Ray Smuckles) and also in solo performers, and I look at how this dichotomy gives rise to distinct styles of comedy and speculate on these styles’ respective popularity and critical acclaim. By the way, although you won’t find this particular observation in the article, it’s interesting that you can see this kind of double act chemistry in duos that aren’t even comedians, such as Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters, Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice from Kenny vs. Spenny, or Don Cherry and Ron MacLean from Hockey Night in Canada. This is probably more of an essay about humour than a humourous essay, and in fact, it’s the essay in which I referred to this dynamic as a conflict between the Apollonian and the Dionysian, to put it in literary terms. Although this is quite true and even perhaps almost insightful, that part got cut because after all, this is Cracked, not the New Yorker.

Or is it? In fact, also included in this issue is Cracked‘s parody of the New Yorker, in which I get off a few jokes at the expense of Malcolm Gladwell, David Sedaris, and Seymour Hersh. Since I’m certain these egghead writers will offer no riposte, I’m going to go ahead and consider this my triumph in a battle of wits with the East Coast liberal intelligentsia.

So, as you can see, this January/February issue of Cracked boasts a healthy helping of Peter Lynn, and you’ll also find it contains the comedy stylings of a bunch of other guys too. So I heartily recommend that you get up out of that chair right now, tear off that housecoat, and sprint naked through the streets as fast as you can to grab yourself your very own copy. After all, it’s what Atanarjuat would do, and you could certainly do worse than to follow the example of a legendary Inuit folk hero.



3 Responses to “Cracked #3 is now available”

  1. 1 Phil Calvert

    Cracked #3 has apparently killed Jay Pinkerton! In a comedy sense anyway, and given that I know about his existence solely from his comedy…. Erm, I don’t have much of complete thought there, but you see where I was going with that.

    Anyway. Boo!

    Phil

  2. No, no, he’s alive! Go look at his site. He just posted a blog update explaining where he’s been.

  3. 3 Phil Calvert

    I get that he is alive but he is going to stop giving his comedy away for free. I’m in the UK so it’s quite hard to get Cracked, or any happiness really.


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