Off The Record Post-Mortem

You notice that the word “The” is capitalized above. This is a joke by Dennis Roddy and Company: you see, capitalization of the word “the” is not accepted style! LOL! Or, should I say, LoL!

The use of internet acronyms like above got an inexplicable huge laugh from OTR’s geriatric audience. And old they were: 2politicaljunkies’ dayvoe must have been relieved after his harrowing exposure to teenagers at Bill Richardson’s fish-market stop to find himself in a crowd where his ability to walk without a cane marked him as among the halest and heartiest. Speaking of, I introduced myself to him, to which he responded “oh, okay,” and scurried off. He may have been trying to avoid David Johnson, who was standing nearby and is apparently still on television.

The other inexplicable big hit of the evening was a disturbingly racist sketch about the Hill District. The less said about that the better.

Before the show proper began jokes were delivered by Ken Rice, who apparently is also still on television, and Dan Onoroto. Both had funny jokes. Rice’s delivery was fantastic, Onoroto’s surprisingly poor. The great questions raised by the county exec’s delivery, which featured his face buried in his notes and the top of his head pointed squarely at the audience, were: Is that guy a monk? Or does his hair just grow like that? Couldn’t his hairdresser come up with a way to make his head look less tonsured?

The unparalleled highlight of the show was Council President Doug Shields as Pirates owner Bob Nutting delivering a lengthy speech in a “Pirate accent,” which sounded like equal parts Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Spanish, West Indian and drunken slurring, while executing a 360-degree wide-legged scurry that called to mind a meth-head crab in a basket.

Meanwhile, the mayoral candidates were having a serious debate across town, which Ravenstahl attended, there being no sporting events to interfere. They both agreed that development is good, and further each agreed that his opponent is an asshole. Luke conclusively lost my vote by committing this sin against the English language: “Myself and the county executive have been meeting regularly with the organizations in the Hill District” and this one: “I’ll put my one-year record against any mayor previously.”

Mark said he would mandate LEED green building standards for the North Side casino, which falls short of my proposal to mandate blowing it up with a cruise missile as soon as construction is complete, but I suppose is a step in the right direction. Luke correctly pointed out that the mayor has no power to do that. Ann Belser pointed out that she was missing Off The Record for this crap. Call it a draw.

3 Comments so far

  1. dayvoe (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 7:22 pm

    First off, it’s been years since I “scurried” (ha-ha-ha) but I apologise if I offended or my actions were otherwise percieved of as rude. That was not my intention at all.

    Fact of the matter is, it was 10pm, I’d been awake since 5:30am and I had to go find a bus to ride home. Any “scurrying” on my part was because I knew I needed to get home to write up the short interview I had with Gov Richardson.

    I do have to say, however, that I remember things a little differently. Not that it matters. I remember it was David Johnson who introduced us (or at least pointed you out to me) after I introduced myself to him – so “avoiding David Johnson” can hardly be an accurate description of events of that portion of the evening.

    To be honest, I was on a noisy street and I heard a mumbled name that I didn’t recognise – which is why I wrote on my blog, “And I’m not sure, but I think I met Mac Booker last night as well.”

    While I’m certainly not an expert in such things, I wouldn’t go anywhere near calling any part of “Off The Record” a “disturbingly racist sketch about the Hill.” Indeed Dr Goddess (who was also at “Off The Record”) wrote in her blog:

    I really appreciate the lack of racism, folks. It’s so refreshing, especially in Pittsburgh. I also enjoyed the satirical take on appealing to Dan Onorato on behalf of the Hill District community. I think, perhaps, I enjoyed it so much because, well, I had already done this near-exact act in my own show…

    I’d hazard a guess that had there been any racism in “Off The Record”, August Wilson’s niece would have mentioned it.

    Anyway, it was nice meeting you last night and again I apologise for any miscommunication on my part.

    dayvoe
    2PJ


  2. Bram R (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 9:22 pm

    That’s odd. Dr Goddess (of the Hill District) just put out a blog post that specifically lauded Pittsburgh for the LACK of any racism in the show.

    And yo. A mayor makes the appointments to the planning commission. A mayor can dangle reappointments and other political favors over current planning commission member’s heads.

    The Planning Commission can demand LEED certification.

    In fact … back when Don Barden was merely bidding for the slots license … he suggested that if Pittsburgh required him to go LEED certified, he’d do it.

    But the Ravenstahl Planning Commission? Gave him a total pass.


  3. Mac (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 9:46 pm

    Dr. Goddess is welcome to her opinion, but I saw it differently. She is clearly in the majority, as the response was thunderous laughter and applause.

    You were not rude, dayvoe. Just joshin’. Plus, I applied the same verb to you as I did to Doug Shields, who I like.



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