i missed only #6 today.
an old timer/friend i used to work and go fishing with was ernie kovac's sound man way back when. according to him, ernie was not only a genius, and extremely funny, but a true gentleman as well.
one of his (my friend russ's) stories goes that ernie had set up a bit where russ would play the incorrect sound effect for whatever ernie was doing on stage. then ernie would roll his eyes, and yell for "his drunken soundman" to wake up. this was all done to tease russ, who was a non-drinker, and ernie often tried to get him to drink when the crew went out for dinner.
this gag went on for weeks until one day when russ's wife, a school teacher, made russ promise to make it end because her school children were telling her that their parents are very sorry that she's married to a drunk.
russ begged him, but of course ernie didn't stop.
so the next time the crew went out for dinner, russ bellied up to the bar and ordered a big glass of milk, proceeding to get more and more drunk as he sipped it, eventually knocking things down and almost getting sick, and insulting everyone around. it became so funny and embarrassing that the gag died that day. ernie never again referred to his drunken soundman, for fear of being shown up.
in nomine patri, et fili, et spiritus sancti.
beidh ar la linn.
wisdom is often in short supply within ones' ego.