Did my swooning give the game away? Were you able to guess my plans for 100th Post-a-palooza Eve?
Dave writes at The Blog of Funny Names along with his best friend Arto and his brother Rob. The three of them are funny men with fantastic vocabularies, so naturally, I love them all. Dave, however, has earned the distinction of being my favourite because in addition to his wonderful wordplay… he has excellent taste in television. Since I’ve started following his blog I’ve discovered that we share the same favourite tv shows, including a little-known drama that’s slated for an upcoming edition of My Favourite Television Show You’ve Never Heard Of.
So, much like I did with the lovely Angie back in June, I
cyber-stalked politely emailed Dave and asked him to contribute a guest post here at Words Become Superfluous. Needless to say, and he was a little freaked out but delighted to agree:
As any blogger will tell you, great active readers and commenters are what make blogging worthwhile, and Amb is on our shortlist for “best commenter ever.” She single-handedly got all of us to start using the word “swoon,” and she appreciates the Blog of Funny Names more than almost anyone – including me sometimes
Usually, writing funny names blog posts is easy. It goes like this:
- Choose a notable funny name from our extensive list
- Research and write a bit about the person
- Make a few wisecracks or puns
- Hit “Publish”
- Hope that people Google weird terms like “Renee Zellweger squinty eyes” or “Funny names for raffle days”
This post proved harder, because I wanted a subject that represented our appreciation for Amber. I considered many names for this post. A strong contender was the late actress Tallulah Bankhead, who – as a hilarious, energetic and highly quotable pocket-sized brunette – shared many traits with Amber, but I shied away from posting about a promiscuous alcoholic on the blog of a polite Canadian girl.
With Tallulah out of contention, my mind couldn’t avoid the inevitable: Cornelius Crane “Chevy” Chase.
There’s a simple reason for this. You never forget your first *swoon.*
That swoon happened on June 12th, when Amber discovered that I shared her love for the greatest comedy on TV – NBC’s Community. In that “swoon heard ’round the world” (that also won her the Florence Colgate Desirability Award), Amber also mentioned Community star Chevy Chase’s full name. I can think of no better occasion to bring Chevy Chase off the list and into the blogosphere, than in a post honoring Amber’s blogtastic accomplishments.
Named after his adoptive grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt Crane, Chevy Chase endured years of abuse from his stepfather, but overcame those obstacles to become one of the greatest comedians of our era. Chevy Chase (first name pronounced tʃɛvi for those who don’t know who Chevy Chase is but know IPA) was an original cast member on Saturday Night Live before starring in all-time great comedies like Caddyshack, Fletch, Three Amigos and, most famously, the four National Lampoon’s Vacation movies.
Cornelius Crane “Chevy” Chase is also awesome because he has an extremely well-documented family history that stretches back to America’s founding through a series of fascinating twists and turns, and he got his nickname “Chevy” from his Scots-descendant grandmother from an old poem The Ballad of Chevy Chase, whose first verse is excerpted below.
This was the hontynge off the Cheviat,
that tear begane this spurn;
Old men that knowen the grownde well yenoughe
call it the battell of Otterburn.
That’s my kind of tune!
He’s also good with words. Aside from getting his nickname from a historical poem, Cornelius Crane “Chevy” Chase won two Emmy awards for screenwriting in 1976 and 1978.
Did I mention that he’s on Community, playing Pierce Hawthorne, whose father is (surprise, surprise!) named Cornelius Hawthorne? In fact, all these Corneli (Corneliuses?) have given me an idea for our newest Funny Names Theory, the “Corneli are Never Superfluous” Truism.
Thanks for the opportunity to write a guest post, Amber! *swoon*
And I didn’t even have to pay him to say such nice things – he did it for free! (Unless you count the hours of work he put into this guest post that came out of his real life… no big deal, he only spends it writing the MCATs and completing medical school applications and pursuing various other frivolous goals like that. Clearly, he needs me around to keep his priorities in order).
Thank you Dave! You really are my favourite.
I’m not sure how I can possibly top that outstanding post, but I’m going to try…because tomorrow, we hit the big 1-0-0! Looking forward to celebrating with all of you!