Cute Babies & Dead Pets

Because Seven Second Delay is a strange kind of therapy for Andy, this entire episode was modeled after his life. It was an experiment in yins & yangs, ups & downs, happy music & sad music, and, of course, cute babies & dead pets. You can hear a whole bunch of stories that Andy wasn't at all interested in listening to here (RealAudio) or here (MP3).

The greatest story of the whole episode was the one about the mother who grabbed her sobbing child and rolled off a Disney tram in order to rescue a bag of toys. To help all of you who want to tell this story as your own, here's the best picture I could find of a Disney tram:


Also, I was thinking that maybe our comments on this episode could alternate between really positive reactions and remorseful responses. Who wants to cue the music?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Towards the end of the show, Andy makes some comments which gesture towards a profound insight into what makes a good 7SD. The show ended feeling that nothing had been learned. Why does this matter? It's not because a good 7Sd show usually has some coherent moral message, but because the successful shows do have the sense of something being learned in the process of the show, however pathetically banal the thing learned might be. Even learning whether you can get people to call in from all 50 states is learning something, and the process of finding it out creates a degree of suspense. This show was bad because it was set up like a bad experiment: the hypothesis (life alternates between happy and sad...a woeful misunderstanding of both Taoist and Judaic philosophy, as it goes...) was in place and was never going to be TESTED, but merely ILLUSTRATED. If the show had, for example, started with an open-ended question (e.g. Will we get more dead pet or cute baby stories, discounting stories which are unclassifiable?) then it might have been much more entertaining. This is why the Andy vs. Ken shows often work so well: it's not the competitive element as such, but the fact that in a way every formal contest (from an election to a sports match) is a kind of experiment: to determine who is the better team, or the most popular candidate, or whatever. The best 7SD shows, like good improvised music sessions, are an experiment with parameters which give some structure to the process without predetermining the results. That's why even the train wrecks can be entertaining: they're failed experiments, but they're still experiments. This is how was not an experiment - we already knew what was going to happen at the start of the show, and it happened.

robin.g said...

What's the name of the "Happy" song Ken played to cue the baby stories? I love that.

TOR Hershman said...

I hope you all groove with the weather 'cause it's a gonna change durin' this weekend.
Und dër change izzzzz gonna be
B-B-B-B-B-B-B-BIG!

Oh yeah, last eve when Andy asked Ken if he began his
"State of the Station" address with
"The state of the station is sound" 'twas most amusing.
If'in you wanted to get all Macbethy you could add
'The state of the station is sound and fury.'

Stay on Groovin' Safari,
TOR

I. said...

The happy music is Happy Go Lively. It's a terrific piece of production music - it's available on this compilation.

I. said...

Hm, that doesn't seem to have worked.

http://tinyurl.com/y6ksc5

robin.g said...

thank you!

Anonymous said...

What's with the Monk episode all Christmas killshot.?

Anonymous said...

Best live show since "Bar Bets". Cheers!