Today, we offer a "Shelter-at-home" edition, especially for those who have temporarily had to moved their office to their their home.
This is, of course, not even the closest to the "greatest of all tweets," but it sure is a lot of fun.
As someone commenting on it wrote, "At first I thought the dog was being mean, but then I realized he just wanted to make sure they got a good family portrait."
Actually, this will be three videos. I thought about posting them one at a time, but they all fit together so nicely I thought it best to just make it trilogy set.
They come with thanks to the inveterate Chris Dunn for bringing this to my attention. To be more accurate, he brought the third of these to my attention, and when I looked to find out more about the guy, it turned out that he's done a series of others.
These are play-by-play videos by Andrew Cotter about his two dogs, Mable and Olive. It turns out that he is an actual BBC sportscaster, and (as he notes on one of his tweets) he was bored during this coronavirus shutdown without any sports to broadcast.
As far as I can tell, this is the first one --
He follows it with a rematch.
Fun fact, an article about the videos (and this in particular) made note that the voiceover and final line was all done after-the-fact and edited onto the video later, in case people didn’t like what he says at the end….
And finally, this was the video that Chris sent me --
Without too much difficulty, you’ll know where this is going -- but it still has somewhat of a funny twist on how, in the end, it gets there.
Short, but sweet.
A few days ago, my pal Mark Evanier had a very funny video about a white Labrador retriever called "Stella's Best Leaf Jumps of All Time." It's great fun and worth checking out here.
I was intrigued and did a little of my own exploring. It turns out that there are a whole bunch of videos about Stella, under the heading of "A Dog Named Stella." They're an awful lot of fun. Stella really is quite the hoot.
Here's one I particularly enjoyed. "The Struggles of Stella."
This is just sort of bizarre and really unexpected. But still, totally endearing. Definitely not what one thinks of as "adorable" when it comes to animal videos. And yet -- it is.
As one person responded online, "We are NOT all meant to be “service dogs.” But if people let us.. we will, all, figure out what we are good at."
The additional fun here is watching the reaction of the trainer go from bemused to accepting the calamitous effort with total enjoyment.
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, is a regular columnist for the Writers Guild of America and was for the Huffington Post. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.
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