Yesterday, I posted what I said was my favorite sketch by Mike Nichols & Elaine May, "the $65 Funeral." And it is most probably my favorite. But Nichols & May were best known for their "mother and son" sketches. And this is most likely their famous, and one of their very best.
It's also a quintessential example of what a) made Nichols & May so popular, and b) so lasting. As I noted, they rarely tell jokes, instead they do this highly-focused and insightful looks into people. And looking at people and personalities and quirks that have been universal over the centuries, their humor is never dated. Even though this was done half a century ago...
Besides, the acting and timing is about as good as sketch comedy gets.
And so, here is "Mother and Son."
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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