Reflections on recent events, plus the occasional fact
free rant unfiltered by rational argument.
So many great comedians have left us early. John Belushi, Bill Hicks, Chris Farley and Andy Kaufman all passed off our screens too soon. Denying us laughs that keep people sane in this topsy turvy world. Thus, it with a heavy heart that we note the passing of one of the greatest … Sean ‘Spicy’ Spicer.
After only six short months, Spicy has had his White House gig cancelled. It is only possible to reflect on what could have been, whilst relishing the comedy gold Spicy gave us. In groundbreaking sketches, he reinvented the English language, then speared the ‘false-news’ media. Who can forget his opening salvo? His assertions that Trump had the largest inauguration turn-out since the Nuremberg rallies stood firm. Even in the face of photographic evidence. He demonstrated a unique talent for flipping the facts to get those belly muscles trembling. Nice one!
Next, he rewrote the English lexicon so that an immigration ‘ban’ didn’t mean ‘ban’. We're still not sure what it means. Don't worry Spicy, the Courts are taking a position. Then, to help tickle the funny bone, the White House introduced us to the term ‘alternative facts’. A classic that explains Spicy’s world view.
As a Navy Reserve Officer, Spicy is well schooled in military history. That’s why he knew that Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons against people in World War II. Although, he admits Hitler was a nasty guy. He chose to give us this comic gem on the Jewish Passover holiday. What a hoot!
Fortunately, Spicy the Navy Reserve Officer does not take himself too seriously. He ‘tongue-in-cheek’ managed to misplace an entire carrier battle group. Hey, Navy guys don’t need to know the difference between the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. That’s a specialist role. Plus, it's pretty hard to hide the USS Carl Vinson and her fleet of support ships.
Yet, he reached his nirvana with a biting portrayal of Saturday Night Live. His parody of Melissa McCarthy is up there with the Monty Python’s dead parrot sketch. A timeless classic that laid bare the left leaning hypocrisy of the liberal elite and their snowflake admirers. It will be some time before anything displaces that performance.
There's an old axiom. Everybody in politics wants to be in show business, everyone in show business wants to be in politics. Spicy should try politics next having carried off the comedy world.
So, farewell Sean ‘Spicy’ Spicer. No more laughs from you. No matter, the biggest joke still resides in the White House.
Walter De Havilland was one of the last of the colonial coppers. He served 35 years in the Royal Hong Kong Police and Hong Kong Police Force. He's long retired.