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It ain't all just all cow-tipping...

For some reason, when people think of New Hampshire, they think of trees and mountains. Snow and moose. Maple syrup and presidential primaries. Fall foliage and hicks.

Lots of hicks. Mile after after mile of unsophisticated bumpkins, northern "rednecks," with impenetrable yankee accents and worn overalls.

But one thing we ought to get a little more credit for is our sense of humor. We can be pretty funny.

For example, the presidential primaries. We force the men (and, increasingly occasionally, women) to engage in some old-fashioned "retail" politicking. We make them engage in pancake-flipping contests. We drag them around to farms and stick 'em in manure-mined fields. We dump snow and sleet on them, force them to walk around in it and still act cheerful. There's an old apocryphal story of an old lady being asked what she thought of one particular candidate. She replied that she wasn't sure, she'd only met him three times and had him in her home once.

Another classic story that captures New Hampshire was when a prominent attorney, David Nixon, was running for governor in the 70's. He visited a farmer seeking his vote.

"Good afternoon, sir, if I may have a moment of your time, I'd like to ask you for your vote."

"I don't trust politicians. What do you do for a living?"

"I'm an attorney."

"I don't trust lawyers, either. What'd you say your name was?"

"Never mind. Have a good day, sir."

But when you think about it, we have to laugh. We have Mainiacs to the east, Hosers to the north, Vermonsters west of us and Massholes due south -- and closing.

Funny people call New Hampshire home. P. J. O'Rourke might have been born in Ohio, but he eventually realized the mistake that had been made and he moved here. Adam Sandler is from Manchester, and Sarah Silverman from Bedford.

Which is why I wasn't too surprised when I saw this report on an up-and-coming comic. She's not exactly work-safe, but funny as hell -- if you are in the least bit amused by Sarah Silverman, you oughta like Cindy Pierce. (BTW, not overly work-safe, but funny as hell.)

(My thanks to Scott of amcgltd.com, who tipped me off to the feature on Ms. Pierce.)


Comments (4)

P. J. O'Rourke, Adam Sandle... (Below threshold)

P. J. O'Rourke, Adam Sandler and Sarah Silverman. Well, I guess one out of three isn't too bad (if you're playing baseball).

Not to offend anybody, but ... (Below threshold)
magnetism87:

Not to offend anybody, but she kind of looks like a man.

I don't really see the simi... (Below threshold)
Reginleif:

I don't really see the similarity to Sarah Silverman, except that they're both women and they talk about taboo subjects. Pierce seems more in the feminist mode of talking frankly about the female body. Silverman is a "shock artist" who says and does truly obnoxious things just to push the envelope, things that are sometimes funny and sometimes...really, really not funny.

Just to add irony as well a... (Below threshold)
forgotten:

Just to add irony as well as humor, Adam Sandler was suspended once from the childrens theather, The director at the time thought he was too undisciplined. How ever, After I left under less then glorified circumstances, He was brought back to replace my place in the performance we were doing.

Now Look at him

In a way, I like to think he owes me for quitting the ACT at the time, else it would be me doing movie scenes ( peeing against the wall),( having a gun up my ass )(having to make out with Drew Barrymore) {{ ok that last one , I would have found a way to make it work }}




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