When we moved to Belfast over a year ago , a good friend gave me a CD entitled, “The Best of Bert and I… Celebrating 50 Years of Stories from Down East” (2008). This disc did not get played immediately. However, on a recent return drive from a visit to Washington DC, I became very tired of The Eagles and Roy Orbison (well, except Pretty Woman) after about six hours. Rummaging through the glove compartment, I rediscovered “Bert and I” and popped it in the player. And what a hoot!
Robert Bryan and Marshall Dodge have been dishing out dead-pan Yankee humor since the late 1950s. Here are a few lines from the skit, “At the Graveyard.”
Bert: Sorry to hear that you’re burying your pa.
Digger: Got to, he’s dead.
Bert: They say he was a self-made man.
Digger: If he was, it sure relieves the All Mighty of considerable responsibility.
Bert: Isn’t that grave a little too shallow?
Digger: Maybe, but he ain’t never gonna get out.
Bert: How come this graveyard has no fence around it?
Digger: Why put a fence around when them inside can’t get out, and them outside aren’t in any hurry to get in.
Some of my other favorites are “The Pet Turkey”, “Directions” and “No News” If you find that XM comedy is just not funny, buy this CD and give yourself a treat.