Yakov Is Nearly Weeping

Hear a hilarious tale of how Larry and Jerry Seinfeld once unwittingly terrified a young Yakov Smirnoff. That leads to a re-telling of Larry’s hilarious “one no good, five OK” story, where Larry, Jerry and Yakov go to Tijuana to buy fireworks. We do “They Were Expendable” on the Magic Movie Moment, in honor of Veterans Day and “Death Be Not Proud,” by John Donne on The Poetry Corner.

Quote Of The Week: “He was now the head and face of Jerry Seinfeld.”


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Show Credits

Producer: Colonel Jeff Fox
Audio Engineer: Dr. Chris Laxamana

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6 Responses to “Yakov Is Nearly Weeping”

  1. Howard
    2013/11/13 at 11:04 am #

    Larry, Dr. Chris and Colonel Jeff,

    You might wanna also check out http://www.oldjewstellingjokes.com. It’s one of the best sites out there that doesn’t involve someone getting naked.

  2. David Nelson
    2013/11/13 at 11:48 am #

    Larry, if you liked the movie “They Were Expendable,” you should read the book. Written and published in 1942 when we still thought we might lose the war, it is the true story of the sailors and soldiers who gave themselves up to delay the Japanese advance. It is told in the first person by the four young naval officers who were ordered out of the Philippines to return to the USA to teach the torpedo boat tactics they had learned in the fighting.

    Here is how it opens:

    “‘You don’t understand,’ said the young naval officer, ‘we were expendable.’ He was very earnest as he lolled on the bunk in the officers’ quarters of the torpedo station at Newport, along with the other three officers who had just got out of the Philippines.

    “I admitted I didn’t understand.

    “‘Well, it’s like this. Suppose you’re a sergeant machine-gunner, and your army is retreating and the enemy advancing. The captain takes you to a machine gun covering the road. “You’re to stay hear and hold this position,” he tells you. “For how long?” you ask. “Never mind,” he answers, “just hold it.” Then you know you’re expendable. In a war, anything can be expendable — money or gasoline or equipment or must usually men. They are expending you and that machine gun to get time. They don’t expect to see either one again.'”

    I have a first edition that I inherited from my father. The book is still in print and you can buy it at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1557509484/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1557509484&linkCode=as2&tag=dtnesnefoho-20

    There was a follow-up book that came out after the war, “American Guerrilla in the Philippines,” that tells the story of one of the junior officers in the same torpedo boat squadron, who was not flown out of the Philippines but who did not surrender, instead fighting a guerrilla war alongside a few Americans and many brave Filipinos. I do not believe that one is still in print, but I have a first edition of it, too. It was made into a movie starring Tyrone Power, which I saw once and remember little of.

  3. Melanie Ross
    2013/11/14 at 10:12 am #

    “…and the Melanie Ross Dancers…” : adopts perfect Larry Miller voice : –wait a minute: that’s ME!

    :)

    Rowfs.

  4. Danny
    2013/11/15 at 4:17 pm #

    Hey Larry,

    I’m a big fan here in Portland, OR. Do you have any plans of coming up here for any shows or anything like that? I have my own podcast, maybe not quite as popular as your own, but I’d love to figure out how to have you on as a guest. Do you ever Skype in to shows or anything like that? I know you’re a busy guy but let me know if it’s anything you might consider doing. Thanks!

    Danny

  5. Robert Q. Lichtenstine
    2013/11/20 at 10:26 am #

    Hi Larry!
    Glad you’re back and nearly back to normal. Come on! Anyway the comedy club in Newport Beach was called The Laff Spot! I used to work out there too as a baby comic. Love the podcast and I’m truly happy that you’re well and with us every week.

    Best Regards,

    Robert Q.

  6. Robert Q. Lichtenstine
    2013/11/20 at 10:27 am #

    Damn that autocorrect LAFF STOP not Spot!
    Sorry.

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