Europe can't handle poop (apparently)
A few weeks ago I had a great interview with one of Europe's biggest newspapers. Three million Europeans, the reporter promised me, would soon be learning all about Poop Culture. It was to be a full page on the cover of their arts section dedicated to my theories on, among other things, the media's aversion to taking poop seriously.
More prophetic my interview could not have been. I received this email from the reporter a few days ago:
Oh Dave I'm so bummed!
The article was supposed to run last Sunday. I submitted it and my editor-in-chief loved it. We bought some cool pictures for the layout and it looked great.
But... it wasn't in there. Turns out people from 'higher-up' were shocked when they heard about the subject and pulled it out last minute. It's so weird to have people do exactly what we were warning against in the article itself! As if they didn't read it...
It's the first time this has happened to me in the three and half years since I've been working for the paper.
This is the problem with poop: no one wants to touch it. The reporter did say she'd try to submit the article to some other publications, but she didn't hold out much hope.
If you're in New York City this September, you can witness the birth of a movement. Remember Bobby Tisdale from the Poop Culture book release party? He and I are going to be co-hosting a poop culture/poop comedy series at Rififi in the East Village. Called "I Doo Indeed," it will feature poop-related stand-up comedy and storytelling from NYC's funniest comedians, punctuated with history and context from your humble webmaster.
(The debut of I Doo Indeed has been pushed back until September because Bobby has to film a pilot for Comedy Central. Let's hope the pilot fails miserably so he can focus on what's *really* important.)
But if you're not in NYC, you'll still be able to join the fun. We'll be uploading videos to IDooIndeed.com -- and if we get enough subscribers, we'll certainly be able to justify taking the show on the road. Check out IDooIndeed.com to get yourself on the mailing list.
In the meantime, I've got a sneak peak for you. First off, here's a few minutes of Bobby Tisdale and I on stage at Rififi a few weeks ago, talking about what we've got planned.
And next is the best eighty seconds of comedy from the Poop Culture book release party, edited down by Paul.