February 5th, 2008

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

How an Aesop Fable will change under Hilary....

OLD VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat
all summer long, building his house and laying up
supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs
and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the
ant is warm and well fed.

The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out
in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!



MODERN VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer
long, building his house and laying up supplies for
the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs
and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press
conference and demands to know why the ant should be
allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold
and starving.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide
pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video
of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled
with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth,
this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so ?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper,
and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy
Being Green.'

Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the
ant's house where the news stations film the group
singing, 'We shall overcome.' Jesse then has the group
kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake.

Nancy Pelosi & John Kerry exclaim in an interview with
Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back
of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax
hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity &
Anti-Grasshopper Act
retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate
number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay
his retroactive taxes, his home is
confiscated by the government.

Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the
grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and
the case is tried before a panel of federal judges
that Bill Clinton appointed from a list of
single-parent welfare recipients.

The ant loses the case.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up
the last bits of the ant's food while the government
house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old
house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain
it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related
incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over
by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful
neighborhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2008

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show" pays homage to Buffalo Bill Cody



Given his box office success with **Wedding Crashers** in 2005, Vince Vaughn sought to understand his connection with comedy. After touching base with his long time friend Peter (little Ralphie in **A Christmas Story**) Billingsley, Vince Vaughn conceived the idea of launching **Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show.** Taking six up and coming comedians, Vaughn and Billingsley plotted a road trip from Hollywood to the Heartland. Essentially a road trip documentary, **Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show** tells the grueling story of a band of brothers who spent thirty days and thirty nights trying to make strangers laugh.

Inspired by **Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show,** Vince Vaughn makes an entrance and spoofs himself as a Hollywood celebrity and recreates some of his movie bits for the live audience. He gracefully leaves the stage and let's his comedians share the spotlight.



Ahmed Ahmed is the Arab American with a funny take on the war on terrorism. John Caparulo is a hick from the sticks with a funny sounding voice. Big Bret Ernst is a big sweaty Italian whose Mom lives in Boca Raton. Sebastian Maniscalco is a germaphobic waiter who moonlights as a stand up comedian. On stage, these four men share is hilarious.



Off stage, the audience sees four men who are suffering. After putting a heckler in his place, John Caparulo states how bad the heckler made his feel. Unlike New England Patriots's coach Bill Belicheck, Vince Vaughn provides the guidance of a paternal coach to the distraught Caparulo. Ahmed Ahmed admits to being detained at an airport because of his Middle Eastern appearance. The common thread of all these comedians is how tears and fears generate laughter.



This point is made during a concert in Birmingham, Alabama. After twenty days on the road and feeling burned out, the sleep deprived comedians try to promote their concert at a trailer park. The jaded jokers realize that many of these people are refugees from Hurricane Katrina.
A benefit concert is created instead and the four comedians provide a family friendly performance. The backstage comedy of this concert features John Caparulo's attempt NOT to use profanity in his act. The stars shine on Alabama during this poignant sequence.

The tour of the heartland contradicts the stereotypes generated by Hollywood. Country Western icons like the late Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakum add to the atmosphere of showmanship and laughter. The musical score is upbeat and features music appropriate for each town.

At 100 minutes,**Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show** is just long enough for a comedy feature. Yet as a documentary, **Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show** feels like a good old fashioned American epic that celebrates life, liberty and free speech.