Remember being a kid? (NOTE: Yep. This is NOT going to be one of those posts about how when I was a kid, things were so much better, because let’s face it, when I was a kid, things were NOT better. Things are NEVER better in the past. The past sucked, no matter what part of the past you’re talking about, unless you mean “last weekend.” Anything further back in time than last weekend was an awful time.
Go back too far in the past and you’ve got plagues and witches. Go back not-so-far in the past and people wore full body wool suits and WIGS all the time, even in August, even in the South. Go back to the “past” that existed when I was a kid and everyone dressed like Melanie Griffith in “Working Girl,” which, okay, I think that shoulder-pads-and-big-hair look is hot but that’s because I grew up in the 1980s and therefore am messed up, which you knew even BEFORE you consider that I first spiked my hair and then got a perm one time.
Anyway, I got thinking about the past because I was watching these “Stand Up For Family” videos that American Family has put out. I know, I know: I’m the kind of guy who watches videos sponsored by an insurance company.
But in this case, even you may want to be that kind of guy. American Family Insurance is doing this thing where they’re sponsoring comics on what they call a “Stand Up For Family” comedy special: a bunch of comedians talking about their family, and some of these guys are funny.
The funniest one I’ve watched so far is Bill Bellamy talking about growing up, and particularly freeze tag. I won’t spoil it for you, but he’s funny, and he’s right about freeze tag, too - -kids are always doing that.
There are other hilarious ones, like Mark Viera talking about threatening his wife that he was leaving, and his wife just laughing and offering to get the door for him. You should go watch all of them; chalk it up to work like I do – AmFam’s an insurance company, remember, so you can probably claim that you had to research it or something—and get some laughs.
They’ll make you think about your family differently – or maybe not Maybe you had a family like Bill Bellamy’s.