Last week, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog covered the Trump Inauguration for the Conan show. I'm not a huge fan of Triumph, but there are some things in this video that are comic gems, especially a couple of lines near the beginning that make it worthwhile.
You may have seen this video on Mark Evanier's website already, but there's one thing in it that Mark didn't know about which makes it all the more worthwhile.
And it's that at 5:54 in the video, David Apatoff appears.
David Apatoff?, I hear you cry. Yes. As long-time readers of these pages know, I often write about my friend Nell Minow. Well...David is Nell's husband! In fact, I've probably known David longer than I know Nell since he grew up down the street from me. He even remembers going to my 8th birthday party.
These days David is an accomplished lawyer in Washington on intellectual property, and also an expert in, of all things, illustration art and has written quite a bit about it. He's also written about other things, like a six-volume work on The Government Compliance Handbook. Take your pick.
He was minding his own business when pulled into the Triumph video. He's easy to pick out -- David will be just to the left of center (as you look at the screen -- the farthest male to the left) and the only one well-dressed in a tie and coat, as if he's going to the Supreme Court, as well as wearing a dark-brown overcoat. He'll also be the one who's laughing the most of everyone there, having a wonderful time with a big smile on his face, even as Triumph's humor gets fairly, how shall I put it?, gross -- in fact, he probably laughs more than anyone in the entire video.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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