When I think of responding back to somebody’s comment on a post of mine, I can hear, in my head, the voice of Gilda Radner, playing news correspondent Roseanne Rosannadanna on Saturday Night Live in the 1970s.
Rosanne Rosannadanna would introduce her segment on “Weekend Update” like so:
“A Mr. Richard Feder, from Fort Lee, New Jersey, writes in and says…”
and then she would read the letter and answer it, digressing all the way.
For example, here’s the beginning of her answer to Mr. Feder’s letter about smoking cessation:
Here (Internet Access willing) is that entire routine, thanks to Yahoo:
Why do I hear Roseanne Rosannadanna in my head, when I think of responding back to somebody’s comment here? Perhaps, because
- Gilda Radner was wonderful,
- I watched Saturday Night Live, in the 1970s, every Saturday night, and
- I join with her, in the joys of digressing.
Where was I?
A Sitting On My Own Sofa, from WordPress,1 writes in and says2 …
Will I ever be brave enough to wander into a room full of (my) doctors and snap their photos? I doubt it … but if I ever do gain the courage, I hope that I also gain that quality that you have that makes everyone adore you while you do it.
Now, just to warn my readers, I do not do celebrity impressions. Actually, that’s not entirely true. I do one.3 But that’s it.
Therefore, I will answer this comment, as me:
Sitting On My Own Sofa, thank you for writing this. While I respectfully submit that you are doing some mind reading and overgeneralization here, this comment has stuck to me, in a very helpful way. It has helped me see the positive in people’s responses to me. That has been pure gold, especially when I am projecting my own critical thoughts and fears onto them.
See! That doesn’t sound like Rosesanne Rosannadanna, at all! I’m wondering, right now: What about my readers who were expecting more from this post, regarding Gilda Radner or any of her wonderful characters?
It just goes to show you … it’s always something!
Thanks to Wikipedia for the link and the image, to Gilda Radner, to Roseanne Rosannadanna, to Mr. Richard Feder (and anybody else from New Jersey), to Sitting On My Own Sofa, and to you — of course! — for making an appearance, today.
1 Which includes Fort Lee, New Jersey, among other places.
2 In response to this post.
3 I do an impression of Marlon Brando, as did another departed SNL cast member, John Belushi.