Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dale Black Died and I Maintained Some Modicum Of Decency and Respect

Dale as Santa with me, my wife and our then 2 month old baby
My friend Dale Black passed away a couple of weeks back. I was invited to speak at his wake and to read one of Dale's favorite poems alongside Mark S. Allen.
This experience taught me that I do indeed have a filter. Here are the two jokes I DID NOT perform tonight.

"I invited Dale to play Santa Clause at a Santa Roast I wanted to put on. Dale said "A roast? The comedians at a roast tend to be somewhat bawdy. Will they be working blue?"

"Of course!" I answered. "It's a roast."

Dale looked very uneasy. "Keith, I don't think thats the kind of thing Santa would want to be involved in."

And so we didn't get to roast my favorite Santa. I just saw that his ashes are in the lobby. Guess we got to roast him after all."

Insert groans here. And now, joke two:

Dale was my daughter's first Santa. We're an atheist family so there are many things my daughter will not be taught to believe in, but she will grow up believing in a very sweet man named Santa Clause.

Of course, thanks to Dale, she'll also believe that Santa Clause died when she was two.

Woah, rough crowd. It's like a funeral in here! Who died? Oh yeah, that's right. If it helps, I know Dale would've scowled at both of those jokes and then he would've facebooked me the next day to share some tags he thought of for them. He was a talented, warm, fun loving, sweet guy and I will miss him.


Unknown said...

Thank you for being a part of his memorial tonight. You were hilarious and I'm sorry you didn't hear me laugh harder after your atheist joke. Good one.

KLJ said...

Ha ha. Well, I left the punchline off the atheist joke. I was actually very pleased with the crowd. I felt a lot of warmth and love. it was perfect. I just wanted to respect that it was a wide range of temperaments and sensitivities present. :D

Matías Bombal said...
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Matías Bombal said...

Very nice job tonight,especially bouncing off Mark S. Allen. I may never see that act ever again!

Thanks for your kindness in being part of this loving night.

In appreciation of your gifts that you share,

Matias A. Bombal

Caroline Meier said...

My condolences to you and your family and of course Dale's. The thing about death is you miss the person gone, hie presence will be missed. No matter what you do or don't believe, remember him always - keep him in yours thoughts as in WWDD - What would Dale do?...Every now and then....and he will always be with you. some of your friends/fans didn't have the pleasure to know Dale...our loss. Lucky you unlucky us. My heart goes out to you.....don't forget to return it.....kinda need it!