Thursday, September 17, 2009

Laughing-In & Out with Henry Gibson

By Steve Crum

Thank you, Henry Gibson, who died Sept. 14, a week before his 74th birthday, for my getting many laughs at your talented expense. Back in 1969, when you popped in--long stemmed flower in hand--for your weekly bit of reciting one of your mini-verses on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, I listened. And memorized. Forty years later, I still recite it whenever possible:

Spider, spider on the wall,
Ain’t you got no sense at all?
Don’t you know that wall’s been plastered?
Get off that wall, you stupid spider.

Oh yes, and Henry preceded it with a sincere, ‘The Spider’ Henry Gibson.

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