How to Tell Someone How You Are "Doing"

The idea of the bowel cannon is one that predates the comic. It started out as a piece of stand-up material I could never get to work.

It’s amazing how many of my memories of my stand-up career start with the phrase “There was this bit I could never get to work ...”

The original idea was that a typical meal at a steakhouse—a bunch of bread followed by a big piece of meat followed by a cup of coffee—was analogous to the wadding, cannonball and explosive charge they used in breach loading cannons.

Back then I described the results in greater, or at least more graphic detail. The bit did not contain the word “analogous.” Drunk comedy club patrons in smaller towns do not take kindly to words like “analogous.”


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