Gary Gulman's hilarious history of postal abbreviations for states


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/11/21/gary-gulmans-hilarious-histo.html


#2

You’ve chosen this track and you better hope it brings you to the next station instead of suddenly ending in warped rails over a crevasse.

I feel your pain Dude.


#3

He reminds me quite a bit of Garrison Keillor. This isn’t stand-up, this is storytelling!


#4

Any links to the referenced Jake Johannsen thrasher set on Letterman?


#5

Too bad the video is US only.


#7

What every new parent says!


#8

For me, also reminiscent of a short-form Mike Birbilly Birbasky Birbigaboo Bir-big-lia.


#9

Worked fine here in my particular corner of non-US. For a change.


#10

Old school comedy like you don’t see much of anymore.


#11

Pretty funny, but what’s he looking at? Is the audience up above him?

(BTW, I still instinctively write Ill. for Illinois, then have to correct. Shows how old I am. Oh, and my old phone number started ID-2, for the Idlewood exchange.)


#12

I couldn’t find it either


#13

TOwnsend-7-5-309!
TOwnsend-7-5-309!


#14

Sometimes I write Chicago Sr. Sometimes Chicago Jr. Very rarely Chicago III


#15

Here you go.

Also, I’m not usually much of a stand-up fan (too much repetition and relying on vulgarities in place of actual humour), but that was very funny and extremely well done. I wanted him to keep going.


#16

As much as I like Helvetica (not that I spend a lot of time contemplating typefaces, but it’s nice) the failure of it to distinguish upper-case “i” from lower-case “L” is so blatant that it is hard to take it as anything less than an intentional dick move.

It bothers me.


#17

Yeah, I wish BB would enter the 21st century and start using Comic Sans already like the rest of us!


#18

Don’t know the letterman bit, but the kid was named John Thompson:


#19

I actually remember hearing that bit! I think he must have also done it one one of those Just For Laughs comedy specials (unrelated to the current candid camera series of a similar name, to be sure). Can’t seem to turn it up, alas.


#20

The link went immediately to the “we hope you have enjoyed your sample of free access to Bismarck Tribune, now pay up for a subscription” screen. As in, instead of the article.

I enjoy Prussian political history as much as anyone, but that’s some bullshit.


#21

Spoiler alert: The punchline is “won’t”.

If Dotty could look over the minutes and see if we could’ve contracted the “high five” into just a simpler thumbs up?