Being the somber, sullen dullards we are, it takes one heck of a wack from the humor stick to get us laughing over here at UnBeige. Now imagine us, with our perma-frowns, listening to this podcast from SVA’s MFA Designer as Author series featuring David Rees, the horrendously outrageous but blissfully honest comic artist. We were beyond laughing. We were literally crying.
As attested by his work, Rees pretty much sits at home and cracks himself up all day, and that’s what he does in this presentation, too. He uses an overhead projector to show his work (Wikipedia link for those born after 1987) and easily wins this week’s George Lois Award for Most Gratuitous Profanity.
But Rees also inflects some rather inspired comments about doing stuff that matters, namely by pointing out some stomach-churning ads produced after 9/11 and showing how he’s trying to agitate the political arena through his own work. In short, he’s simply fearless–proven without a doubt during the second part when he delivers six failed stand-up jokes that all incorporate the same very bad pun. He doesn’t care who laughs; he’s giggling so hard he can hardly get the words out.