Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Zizek and Fozzy Bear, Separated at Birth?
Fact: They both have two zs in their names.
Fact: They are both fuzzy.
Fact: They both traffic in "unfunny jokes" for a living.
Fact: They both have an Eastern European heritage. (Literally for Zizek, but a strong case can be made for Fozzy Bear being a parody of an old-style Catskills-circuit Jewish comedian)
On Sunday night, Dutch and I cuddled up to the first season of the Muppet Show. Then on Monday night we viewed Zizek! the documentary. As I struggled to follow Zizek's thinking and accent, strange patterns started to emerge, Fozzy Bearlike patterns; absurdism and gentle self-mockery (intentional or not). And while its unlikely Fozzy Bear would sit down and discuss anything remotely pretentious (hallelujah!) they both are commenting on culture and ideology.