I have a real name, Mark Stout. If you dig this site, know that I am a practicing satirist, writer of many things, and am looking for well-paying work along those lines. I am also a Christian (God will, I know, forgive me for my uninteresting posts, should they occur, as well as all my other sins), a former Air Force officer and military-industrial complex worker, a husband, and the father of four really (yes, really) beautiful girls.
Growing up, I survived the turbulent 1960s, to include the peace sign and pretentious rock opera. As a young adult, and through the power of Adidas Superstars, straight-leg, button fly, Levis 501s, and loving parents, I survived the 1970s (the fashion, political, and cultural challenges were great). As an adult, I survived the government cheese era, the end of the Cold War, and the loss of all things analog. And I still survive to this day.
Here’s the low-down from my Gravitar/alter-ego/fount of some knowledge, Professor Mockumental:
I enjoy almost all forms of parody, buffoonery, and general high-jinks. Satire has shown itself to be an essential societal need; I therefore humbly offer my services in such a manner.
I enjoy mocking the usual suspects at the New York Times (Charles Blows, Moron Dowd, and the earth is flat guy) and Washington Post (Dana Milkbag, E.D. Dijon, and David Ignoramus). There are many others as well, but sadly, there are always too many targets and too little time.
In the real world, among my many sources of inspiration, is popular culture. A representative but very incomplete list of things I like includes laugh-your-guts-out movies like Animal House, Tropic Thunder, Almost Famous, A Night At The Opera, Some Like It Hot, The Great Race, and It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. It includes books like Foul! The Connie Hawkins Story, The Tipping Point, The Secret Knowledge, and The Caine Mutiny. It includes the music of Heart, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Elton John, U2, and of course, The Beatles. (For what it’s worth, I think Depeche Mode is superior to the Doors and New Order is far superior to Depeche Mode.) Television? Mainly cartoons (Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Jonny Quest, Sponge Bob, and Futurama), ancient favorites like Seinfeld and Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and even more ancient favorites like You Bet Your Life, The Ernie Kovac’s Show, and TCM.
The other great source of inspiration is current events, especially politics. There is literally unending comedy gold to be mined in these areas.
I’m so glad we had this talk and I hope you enjoy the site!