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Drabblecast 148 - The Last Great Clown Hunt

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:33 am
by Kevin Anderson
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The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

It was clown-hunting weather. It was time to gather the musty costumes, clean the slide whistles, bag up the guns, and spin the lures of cotton candy...

Artwork by Bo Kaier
Music by Gringo Motel, Randy Edelman, Wayra, The Clown Orchestra and Norm Sherman
Special Closing Music by Evil Masquerade

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:43 am
by normsherman
wow, record story thread creation by Kevin Anderson.
*pats Kev on the bum*
*or back...wherever's appropriate, really*

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:54 am
by moonowl
If the story is 1/8 as kick ass as the artwork....whoooot!
*scampers off*

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:13 am
by moonowl
Bravo! Fantastic bit of fiction. I love it when a story can drop me right out of reality and leave me smelling the cotton candy and pink lemonade. I'm sure someone else can point out deep observations about Native Americans and adult disenchantment of the Big Top. For me, stiltwalking tribes of clowns is good enough.

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:43 am
by ROU Killing Time
Well, it's been quite awhile since I haven't been wowed by a story on the drabblecast.

It's not like I feel like going to court to sue for 28 minutes and 57 seconds of my life back or anything. It was entertaining, just not amazing in my book, and of course the narration was excellent as usual.

Maybe it's the high water mark set by Clown Eggs which I still see as a strong contender in this years peoples choice awards, but even more so, I think it has to do with the fact that the clowns were noble savages, not the scary Pennywise/Uncle Smarmies that haunt our nightmares.

Now that I've been a big buzzkill I will say I agree that Bo's artwork was indeed rockin, as was the closing clown-metal music.

I also quite enjoyed the drabblenews piece. Whoever dug up that gem and posted it on the forums deserves a big raise.

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:22 am
by moonowl
ROU Killing Time wrote: I think it has to do with the fact that the clowns were noble savages, not the scary Pennywise/Uncle Smarmies that haunt our nightmares.
I respect your opinion, but why do clowns always have to be a horror baddie? We can use zombies in an Austen novel, vamps and werewolves become teenage idols, but clowns can't be noble savages?

Digression: I should probably admit I find Steven King insufferably prolix and effusive. I have never read, or plan to read It. I like to pretend his Bachman short stories were really done by someone else. So um, I guess the point is that "Pennywise" is just a punk band to me, and I don't have this heavy clown baggage.

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:59 am
by ROU Killing Time
Oh yes, art is subjective and your opinion is certainly as valid as any other listeners. Merely pointing out why this particular story didn't grab me by the boo-boo.

Viva La Differénce... :)

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:32 pm
by strawman
Instant Epic Classic.

Punk'd James Cameron with his blue people. This episode is so outrageously politically incorrect that I expect Norm, Kendall, and Luke to be Keith Olberman's Worst People of the Week, if Breitbart doesn't hire them first.

ROU, it's that time of year when it's so cold your boo boo gets really tiny and hard to grab. Listen again, and I'm sure it will grow back, with stilts.

It is exceedingly rare that slapstick parody can actually be TOUCHING. That is some kinda weird.

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:02 pm
by ROU Killing Time
Hmmm, yes it is frightfully cold in Massachusetts, and I'm sure I'll listen to it again. When I wile away the hours I often re-listen from the most recent episode on back and certainly there was nothing wrong the story. It was entertaining. It just didn't give me the "wow that was THE most awesome story I've heard in a long time" feeling, and I think that's ok.

The editorial staff is so good that I'd be greatly surprised to ever hear something that struck me as "bad" on the show, and that is just as true this week.

With so much good content it's always going to end up as a matter of subjective taste as story after well written story vie against each other for those top spots in the listeners hearts.

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:50 am
by munsi
when this story started, i sort of thought it was based on a cute conceit rather than an idea, and by the end i hadn't really changed my mind.

however, it's all handled incredibly expertly, it's phenominally well written, so my attention was held through the story, i wound up taking what is a pretty silly premise incredibly seriously by the end. loved it, very well handled

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:13 pm
by eric_marsh
Seems like it was just a metaphor for what the whites have done to Native Americans. Entertaining, yes, but no exciting new concepts were introduced.

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:06 pm
by strawman
I suppose I just have to come to terms with it. There's nothing at all phenominal about the world. Nothing extraordinary in the slightest happening out here in the Gobi desert. There's nothing but boring, unremarkable worms in the ground, and boring, unremarkable stars in the sky.

Happy Bonnukah.

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:27 am
by munsi
yeah, this definately grows on me. i'm fascinated that the central (insane) concept can be maintained so straight-facedly, the fact that it doesn't veer off unintentionally into silliness is a testament to the quality of the craftsmanship here. enjoying it very well...

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:16 pm
by poorturtle
Chief Hairy Eyeball - that's about the best character name I've heard in a long time.

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:57 pm
by Phenopath
This one I like a lot.

It could have been one dimensional, but it was excellently written and fantasically inappropriate. It got better and better as it went along - a strong finisher. It also gave Norm the opportunity to unload with the sound effects
poorturtle wrote:Chief Hairy Eyeball - that's about the best character name I've heard in a long time.
How about 'Runs with Sissors''? Welcome to the forums poorturtle (I want to say pooturtle - sorry).

Because of the Ennio Moriconne clip in the story I must link to the barmy Spaghetti Western Orchestra...

http://www.spaghettiwesternorchestra.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false

a clip from Jools....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMFWMrIB4a8" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:04 pm
by Phenopath
Oh, here is The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the same show....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Kqln6NMws0&NR=1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:17 pm
by Phenopath
I don't want to derail this thread with Morricone covers (because this was not strictly a western story IMO), but I am going to anyway. Here is my favourite from back in the day; Dreadzone - The Good, The Bad & The Dread.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8PD1rc4290" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:13 pm
by Talia
My mind kinda wants to mash this story up with 'Clown Eggs.' That'd be interesting/horrific.

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:35 pm
by normsherman
Phenopath wrote:Oh, here is The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the same show....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Kqln6NMws0&NR=1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false

I've always this song needed kazoo and this story finally gave me justification to dub it in. You wouldn't believe how hard it was to find a kazoo on short notice in this town though. It's half the reason this episode didn't make it out till Friday. :-)

Re: Drabblecast 148- The Last Great Clown Hunt by Chris Furst

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:02 pm
by Richmazzer
I lOVED that part with the kazoos. I agree with Phenopath that the story got better and better, with a great finish. The characters in this story were fantastic, the jokes and ideas all very funny, the overall concept so hilariously inappropriate but taken so seriously you totally forget.

Favorite moments:
"Wilson, Hairy Eyeball is Dead..." (music swells)

The Keaton introduction seemed right out of a Cohen bro's movie. I could see Keaton running and fading into montage footage with the music. "If a clown put on a polkadot, Keaton knew about it."

The soft pan flute playing while Wilson relays the beautiful moments living with the clowns, sharing in their traditions and simple fair of corndogs and pink lemonade. Right out of Dances With Wolves.

"What the hey Billy Boy...what they hey?"
"What the hey jack, it's been a long time. I see you bring guns and ammo, which wil you shoot first?"

Epic Men's Choir singing Shenendoah during the giant clown battle at the end. "Under the bigtop brothers..under the big top!"

And of course the showdown at the end. Great show.