Bob. And Weave

Getting a new website up and running, while little (if anything) is actually happening on the 2019 haunt, is daunting. It’s challenging to come up with content when there is no content to come up with. But it’s also a good time to revisit memories from the old site and past blogs and update them in case you missed them. And so, we flip through old photos, meme’s and concepts to jog the synapses and find the ghosts of haunts past. What worked, what didn’t? What comedic devices made the best posts the best posts?

Was it Repetition? The essential comedic device of returning to a theme or concept to reinforce its absurdity – often used in combination with other devices to reinforce them.

Understatement? A figure of speech in which statements are purposely understated. It may be used to indicate the speaker’s nonchalance (or obliviousness) regarding an often important or otherwise remarkable situation.

Double Entendre? A spoken phrase that can be understood in either of two ways: an innocent literal meaning or figurative and often risqué meaning often ironic requiring the hearer to have some additional knowledge to understand the joke.

Juxtaposition? A literary technique which causes the audience to compare two elements simply because they are placed next to each other.

Bob Ross provides all of this and more became an instant comedic device. So, we knew we struck gold when we began to weave Bob into our blog-o-sphere.

He was super chill…Zen-like. Unflappable. He took life as it came and adapted flawlessly to every wrinkle, mistake, or goof up. After all, in Bob’s world, there were no mistakes…”just happy accidents.”

But Bob also was as creepy as a carnival clown hanging out at the playground with a bag of almond joys stuffed with rufi’s and wrapped in leftover duct tape.

His lithium-soaked tranquillity and innocence exuded a palpable and contradictory air of perversion and deviousness. I mean, here is a list (just google it) of ACTUAL Bob Ross Quotes:

• “I like to beat the brush.” …

{Author’s Note: You realize I COULD stop right there, right?}

• “In painting, you have unlimited power…

• “You need the dark in order to show the light.” …

• “Look around…

• “Just go out and talk to a tree…

• “There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.” …

• “Trees cover up a multitude of sins.”

Yeah, kiddees. The hypnotic ‘fro-sporting painter with unlimited power is probably hiding behind the tree he just told your kid to go talk to and befriend in the dark so he can show the light – and he KNOWS it’s a sin!!!





Now would be the perfect time to note that Bobby’s comedic element works for us because he was everything Jeff and Greg are not. He is a comedic juxtaposition. Completely understated. His quotes are pure double entendre, and returning to that well for repetition frequently gave us endless laughter and some of the richest blog posts we ever conjured. Below are some samples of …and you can IMAGINE the ones we came up with but knew we could NEVER post in public.

R.I.P. Bob

Bet you’re in heaven hiding behind a friendly tree, covering up a multitude of sins as you dip your 4 inch fan brush in the Van Dyke Brown…and enjoying a “happy accident.”


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