Friday, January 29, 2021

Friday Funnies - R rated

The Divine Miss aka M Better Midler is a consummate performer and as River reminded me in a comment after last weeks Friday Funny featuring her farewell to Donny.

They may be called steam rooms, bathhouses, saunas or more formally sex on premises venues but in late 1900's they were often the way gay men connected. Bette's career kicked off as a performer at a (NYC?) gay bathhouse and she knew the lingo, jokes and gay humour to get gay men excited and applauding her. 

Midler performed in London in 2014 using swear words and vulgarity. Just wonderful. I loved the clotted cream remark. 

Sit back, turn up the sound and enjoy this clip. There may never be stage performers and song writers of her calibre again in the more conservative 2020 and on.

33 comments:

  1. How could you not love her? I am always impressed at her range.

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  2. She is fabulous and SO talented! I think there's still a LOT of risque humor happening out there, although I don't come across much of it myself.

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    1. Steve, maybe it is an age thing, our age being the reason we don't come across such things.

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  3. She's some gal... a true show-woman.

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    1. Cro, I loved the way she ran on stage with tiny step.

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  4. Didn't know that she did that, how interesting.
    Loved the video.

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  5. Living in small town one misses somethings.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, lucky you have me to show you big brassy places, haha.

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  6. I remember watching Bette's show on HBO back in the late 70s. My cousin's family paid for HBO (mine didn't) and when I stayed over at her house we stayed up late to watch. Hilarious. Raunchy. And lots of Sophie Tucker jokes. :)

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    1. Walt, I don't thin 'her show' was shown here but I could be wrong. A nice memory for you.

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  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you. A have a smile from ear to ear.

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    1. I am pleased you are pleased River.

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  8. "A have"? Look at that, suddenly Ah have a southern accent.

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    1. River, which would work if Bette was from the south but I think she is from The Bronx.

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  9. The first film I fell in love with Bette Midler was in 1979: The Rose. I already loved Janis Joplin a decade earlier.

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    1. Ah yes, a moving film Hels. I only know Janis from the Mercedes Benz song, which I very much like.

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  10. There are black-and-white films on YouTube of Midler performing in New York City bathhouses in the early 1970s.

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    1. Really Kirk. I am not sure if I want to see them. Would I be disappointed? Can you confirm it was New York?

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    2. You may not want to see them as they look like they were filmed with a home movie camera that someone had hidden in their towel.

      As for New York City, here's a bit of Midler's history (though it's not all that easy to view either):

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyxoDwAQDGE

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    3. Thanks Kirk. I will take a look.

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  11. I need a little funny by Friday.

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  12. Yes, I've seen this elsewhere. I am a long time admirer of Bette and her enormous talent.

    XO
    WWW

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  13. Brilliant Andrew, she is definitely a fabulous character! The pantyhose joke 😀😀😀😀😀

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    1. Grace, my favourite was the naked ironing one.

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    2. No that was too close to home 😀😀😀

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  14. She's a doll. Such talent. Some of us are wired "prudish." Husband made a really risque comment on FB lately, not bothering to tell people that he was the one writing, so it looked like it came from me and it was SO not me. I was furious. He was in the doghouse for 2 hours. I finally let him out. BTW, we bought a stick vacuum at your recommendation and are SO pleased with it. The dinosaur vacuums are being readied for donation. Let someone else heave-ho them around.

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    1. Thanks Cynthia. I am pleased you like the stick vacuum cleaner. So much easier.

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  15. Divine Bet indeed. Why can’t there be more like her? Perhaps the younger comediennes haven’t got the balls?

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    1. Friko, modern comedians and comediennes can't perform on stage without using the eff word multiple times in every sentence.

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