Weekend Open Thread: A. Whitney Brown’s Wife is a Blues Goddess


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One of the people I knew during my legal career in New York through my online political blogging activities was A. Whitney Brown, a writer and supporting cast member on Saturday Night Live during the 1980s, best known for commentaries on what was then Dennis Miller’s (before his brains leaked out of his head) hosting of Weekend Update and then later a correspondent on the pre-John Stewart Daily Show.  (There was one, you know.  You can look it up.  And its co-creator Lizz Winstead is real, not just a story used by parents to scare their children.)

I went to hear one of Whitney’s shows at a local bar, where he told the single funniest and most insightful (and not really antagonistic, though a bit undermining) joke about Leviticus (or one of those books, anyway) that I have ever heard — and we would continue to hang out in mutual admiration (mine being more justified) on an online political blog for years after I left New York.

This video — at what I take to be from an atheist conference — doesn’t contain that joke — I’d tell it, but I don’t want to mangle it — but you’ll see why I think that he’s in the same vein of precious metal as the late George Carlin and the still around Bill Maher.  To my taste, though, but to my mind more appealing (because more gentle and self-effacing) than either:

Well, anyway, Whitney showed up again recently to write something funny and smart (and tongue-in-cheek) about how it was impossible to prove that the Bible had not been created by Gutenberg in the 16th century and challenging the “Old Bible” theory of the Bible against his creationist alternative.

But he also did something more important. He told us that he had gotten married and moved to Austin, TX. That sort of thing is always nice to hear. But then he introduced us, through the magic of YouTube, to his wife:

To which I say “wow” — except that I say it several times, over and over.

This is your Weekend Open Thread. Talk about what you’d like — and it need not be in the manner of the Winships. (It can be, though, especially if you are a Winship.)


About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.