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Archive for the 'Humor' Category


On the Bad Vicarage, by Mr. Frank Key, read by Walt O’Hara

Monday, April 14th, 2014
spoken word, odd stuff, Humor, Sardonic Words | Comments

"The vicarage is bad indeed, as bad as any vicarage in Christendom. But the vicar whose sinecure it is is, shall we say, a fair to middling vicar. I would not call him good, but he is by no means as bad as the Bad Vicar of old.”

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Not for the faint of heart, Mr. Key's spine tingling tale of a monstrous vicar of old and the evil that he wrought! 

It was high time we did a Frank Key piece here, and this tickled my fancy when it was written two years ago.

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They’re Made Out Of Meat, by Terry Bisson

Friday, April 13th, 2012
spoken word, Humor, Science Fiction | Comments

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The following amusing, short piece was written by Mr. Terry Bisson and first published in Omni Magazine in April of 1991.  This story was nominated for a Nebula Award

The full text is available on East of the Web, HERE.  Please give it a read.

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The Windstorm Passes, by Joe R. Lansdale

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
spoken word, Weird Fiction, Humor, Sardonic Words, Texas | Comments

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I'll make no bones about it, Mr. Joe R. Lansdale is one of my favorite writers, bar none.  I had wanted to screw up the courage to ask permission to record a shorter piece of his for a very long time now, but didn't know how to go about it.  Well, sometimes, you just have to ask, I reckon.  Mr. Lansdale very graciously gave me permission to put this shorter piece up (recently available on the "free stories!" section of his website, but out of rotation now).   I love this short story.  Like a lot of Joe's stuff, full of melancholy, observations about life and not a little bit of humor.   I hope I didn't screw it up.  Thank you, Mr. Lansdale!

THE WINDSTORM PASSES, copyright, 1986.  Recorded with permission of the author.

If you like Joe's stories, I recommend EDGE OF DARK WATER, recently published, which I just picked up.  It's a cracking good read.

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A Letter to my Old Master

Friday, February 3rd, 2012
Humor, History, Civil War, Slavery | Comments

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In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdon Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm. Jourdon — who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family — responded spectacularly by way of the letter seen below (a letter which, according to newspapers at the time, he dictated).  As a postscript, it turns out that Jourdon and Mandy lived to a ripe old age, and had 11 children!  Nothing is recorded as to whether they ever visited Tennessee again.

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The Cruel Sea, by Mr. Frank Key

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
spoken word, Weird Fiction, Humor | Comments

An unintended Frank Key double header tonight.. as Frank commented on Facebook that he would like to hear me recite THE CRUEL SEA, which is a long string of tortured adjectives from the Hooting Yard website.  Without further, ado, we present:

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Ambrose and Signor Ploppo

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
spoken word, odd stuff, Surrealism, Humor, Sardonic Words | Comments

We've been missing the work of Mr. Frank Key here at Airy Persiflage, and the arrival of a recent Hooting Yard podcast suggested the perfect piece to perform with Young Gar.  With Mr. Key's kind permission, we present a dialogue between Signor Ploppo, a man of parts, and Ambrose, a cunning and curd-hungry member of the avian family.

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Professor Panini by Matthew Grigg

Monday, July 18th, 2011
spoken word, Weird Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction | Comments

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In this humorous (and cautionary) tale, Matthew Grigg spins a story of a man, a duck, a cat and a toaster, and what this all has to do with Buttered Bagels.   Enjoy

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Hoofprint Advice, by Frank Key

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
odd stuff, Surrealism, Humor, Sardonic Words | Comments

Another visit with our favorite hard living surrealist from across the Atlantic, Mr. Frank Key. this is from his work IMPUGNED BY A PEASANT, and can be found for sale on the Hooting Yard website.  As you can see from the number of times we have read Mr. Key's work, it's obvious we hold his literary output in high regard.

In this seemingly random diatribe, the Regime tunes in to give us some excellent tips on how to deal with the embarrassment of hoof-prints on your ceiling.

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I’m a Modern Man, by George Carlin

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
spoken word, Humor, Sardonic Words | Comments

By George Carlin Read by Walter O'Hara

This is my rendition of the late, great George Carlin's excellent rant on the Modern Age, "I'm a Modern Man"Words viewable here, if you're on Facebook.

I can't do it justice, but I love the piece, so I'll give it a shot.  The backgroun music is once again the excellent Anne Farnsworth, "Coolage", available under a Creative Commons license.  Enjoy

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Ferdinand Feghoot a la Robinson, by Spider Robinson

Saturday, March 26th, 2011
Humor, Science Fiction, Feghoots | Comments

A story pun (also known as a poetic story joke or Feghoot) is a humorous short story or vignette ending in an atrocious pun (typically a play on a well-known phrase) where the story contains sufficient context to recognize the punning humor.   It can be considered a type of shaggy dog story.  The following is a Ferdinand Feghoot story written by Spider Robinson in homage of the creator, Reginald Brentnor.  It might be the only TRIPLE FEGHOOT in existence!

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