Michael Ian Black - Camp Na-Jee-Wah

  • Season 12 , Ep 10
  • 02/07/2008
  • Views: 25,741

Even Jewish summer camps have Indian names. (3:28)

THESE PEOPLE, I WAS DOING COMEDY

FOR A LONG TIME BEFOREI DID STANDUP COMEDY.

'CAUSE, YOU KNOW,ME AND MICHAEL WERE IN"THE STATE" TOGETHER,

AND THAT WAS SKETCH COMEDY.BUT I'D ALWAYS REALLY ADMIRED

STANDUP COMEDIANS. BUT I DIDN'TKNOW HOW TO WRITE JOKES.

LIKE I DON'T KNOW ANY JOKES.YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

THAT'S NOT WHAT I DO.I'M A GUY WHO TALKS ABOUT

THE RUBIK'S CUBE ON VH1.THAT'S WHAT I DO.I DON'T KNOW ANY JOKES.

SO, LIKE, WHEN I FIRST STARTEDLIKE, MY BIG OPENING JOKE WAS

I'D COME OUT AND I'D BE LIKE,"HI. HEY EVERYBODY.

I'M RICK MARTINO."

- GET IT?- [LAUGHTER]

THAT'S THE JOKE IS,"MY NAME ISN'T RICK MARTINO."

HILARIOUS.

SO I DIDN'T KNOWHOW TO WRITE JOKES.

AND SO I LITERALLYWENT TO THE BOOKSTORE

AND BOUGHT A BOOK ABOUTDOING STANDUP COMEDY.

AND YOU CAN BUY THESE BOOKS.IRONICALLY, THEY'RE VERY DRY.

AND THE BOOK SUGGESTED THATYOU WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW,

YOUR FORMATIVE EXPERIENCES,AND ALL OF THAT.

AND SO I DECIDEDTO WRITE ABOUT WHEN I WAS KID.

'CAUSE, WHEN I WAS A KID,I WENT TO A SUMMER CAMP

CALLED CAMP NAJIWA.WHICH IS A JEWISH CAMPWITH AN INDIAN NAME.

AND WHAT YOU FINDIS THAT MOST JEWISH CAMPSHAVE INDIAN NAMES.

AND I THINK I UNDERSTAND WHY.

FIRST OF ALL, CAMP NAJIWA,OR CAMP APACHE, YOU KNOW,

THAT SOUNDS A LOT MORE FUNTHAN LIKE CAMP JEWY-JEW, RIGHT,

THAT'S JUST MORE FUN, YOU KNOW.

ALSO, I THINK JEWS CAN RELATETO PEOPLE WHO WERE ROUNDED UP

AND PUT IN PLACES WHERE THEYDIDN'T WANT TO BE, RIGHT?

BUT SO-- BUT MOSTLY WHATI WAS DOING IN THE BEGINNING,

AND, AGAIN, I'M GONNA NEEDBOTH HANDS FOR THIS.

MOSTLY WHAT I WAS DOINGIN THE BEGINNING

WAS CONCEPTUAL COMEDY, YOU KNOW.AND CONCEPTUAL

IS ANOTHER WORD FOR NOT FUNNY.SO I THOUGHT I WOULD RECREATE

ONE OF MY CONCEPTUALPIECES FOR YOU.

IT'S CALLED "CAT".

WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKETO BE A CAT?

I WONDER WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKETO BE A CAT?

WHAT DO CATS HAVE?WHISKERS RIGHT?

CATS HAVE WHISKERS.I'M FEELING MY WHISKERS NOW.

HOW DOES A CATMOVE THROUGH SPACE?

MOVING THROUGH SPACE NOWAS A CAT.

USING MY WHISKERS TO SENSE.MY PAWS, CATS HAVE PAWS.

- SOFT PAWS. SHARP CLAWS.- [LAUGHTER]

HOW DOES A CAT USE HIS BODY?HIS BACK? ARCHES IT.

THE CONCEPTUAL.HE ARCHES HIS BACK.

[LAUGHTER]

HOW DID THE CAT DIE?WHAT KILLED THE CAT?

WHAT KILLED THE CAT YOU GUYS?

- Audience: CURIOSITY.- Michael: I HEARD CURIOSITY.

NO. FELINE LEUKEMIAKILLED THE CAT.

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