Happy 200th Birthday, Frankenstein!

Wow! It’s hard to believe that Mary Shelley first published “Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus” 200 years ago! Even crazier is that it was originally printed anonymously with nearly 5 years passing before her name was put on it! One of the shitty critics of the time wrote of the book, “The writer of it is, we understand, a female; this is an aggravation of that which is the prevailing fault of the novel; but if our authoress can forget the gentleness of her sex, it is no reason why we should; and we shall therefore dismiss the novel without further comment”

There was even a stage version of the story performed in 1823, just a year after the first printing, that Shelley was able to see.

“Frankenstein” is probably one of the most influential works of fiction, and an early example of Sci-Fi with themes that persist to this day! If you’ve not read it before, and all you know of the work is the Unviersal films with Boris Karloff (which are truly fantastic) I recommend it highly!

RETROCRUSH AND THE PODCAST IS COMING BACK!!!

Thanks to my super cool buddy Jason Malmberg for taking me to see Jon Hamm, Andy Richter, Kevin Pollack, and more doing a live reading of “Stinker Gets Loose” at The Castro Theater today. Talking with Malm on the way there and back and seeing this creative retro energy and love made me realize what a great thing I’ve squandered with the retroCRUSH site and podcast. Gonna bring it back and build that audience back up again. In it’s heyday, retroCRUSH had more than 600K monthly visitors, was the talk of may publications and media, and my podcast got as many as 30K subscribers. It’s stupid to not bring it all back to help promote my comedy, books, records, and appearaences. Coming soon, y’all! Thanks

Buy “Robert Berry’s Big Book of Jokes” Today!!!

At long last, “Robert Berry’s Big Book of Jokes” is ready! Over 1,000 amazing jokes and essays all written by Robert Berry for your reading pleasure. This 210 page book is chock full of hilarious knee-slapping greatness! Only $15.00 plus $4 shipping and I’ll send an autographed copy your way, with a free download code of my first comedy album, “RETROCRUSH”, too!  International orders, please send $25 total to cover the additional shipping.

Just click the link below, and you’ll be set. Thanks for your support. I’m pretty excited about this and am thrilled with it.




Is This 1978 “Mork and Mindy” Card The Inspiration for a 2002 Mitch Hedberg Joke?

I recently bought a collection of “Mork and Mindy” trading cards. I used to have a set when they first came out and they were full of fun scenes from the show with word balloons with goofy puns and dialogue that was never actually mentioned on the show. It’s as if they just gave some grizzled old joke writer the job of writing captions for it who never even bothered to watch it. Anyway, as I was looking at card #13 above I felt an eerie chill. This is almost exactly the same joke the great Mitch Hedberg told, “Rice is great if you’re really hungry and want to eat 2,000 of something.”

What’s funny is that in 2016, an Australian company named Aunt Betty’s, that makes rice pudding, got in trouble for stealing Mitch’s joke and putting it on their packaging. They issued an apology, “It has come to light that we made a big mistake on some recent packaging & unknowingly used a quote from a well-known & loved comedian.”

But it’s funny that in 1978, this “Mork and Mindy” trading card had virtually the same exact joke 24 years before Mitch wrote his. Mitch was born in 1968, just a year before me, so it’s highly likely he was a Mork fan and got this card as well. That being said, as a one liner, groaner, and pun writer myself, it’s pretty easy to come up with jokes that other people have thought of, too.

Mitch Hedberg was one of the greatest joke writers and tellers the world has ever seen. Maybe he never saw this Mork card, but I think it’s kind of cool if he actually paid tribute to it with his act.

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THANKS, TARGET…

…for not stopping me from bringing a copy of my book to put on your shelf! Amy seems pretty cool with it. I wonder what will happen when someone tries to buy it? I was inspired by Mitch Hedberg’s joke, “The only way I could get my old CD into a store is if I were to take one in and leave it. Then the guys says, “Sir, you forgot this!” “No, I did not. That is for sale. Please alphabetize it.”

GOING IN STYLE REVIEW

It’s a testament to how amazing Freeman, Caine, and Arkin are as actors that they manage to make this piece of shit watchable. Zach Braff directs this one in his sleep for a paycheck and the script by Theodore Melfi who wrote the really good “Hidden Figures” and “St. Vincent” is a predictable bore. Extra small roles by Christopher Lloyd and Ann Margret are nice, but it’s the headliners that shine. They give it their charming best and watching them in action somehow makes this a passable movie.

BUY “Robert Berry’s Big Book of Jokes” NOW!

At long last, “Robert Berry’s Big Book of Jokes” is ready! Over 1,000 amazing jokes and essays all written by Robert Berry for your reading pleasure. This 210 page book is chock full of hilarious knee-slapping greatness! Only $15.00 plus $4 shipping and I’ll send an autographed copy your way, with a free download code of my first comedy album, “RETROCRUSH”, too!  International orders, please send $25 total to cover the additional shipping.

Just click the link below, and you’ll be set. Thanks for your support. I’m pretty excited about this and am thrilled with it.