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Kick Me by Paul Feig
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Apr 01, 2008

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In a fluke moment of inspiration, young Paul Feig composes a mildly clever humorous poem about a knight with wardrobe difficulties. Both his teacher and classmates, all of whom usually hate his guts, react positively to it, instilling the belief in Feig that everything he writes from here on out can't help but be raw, unaffected genius. And of course his next poem is incoherent and awful, and everyone hates him again.

That's the kind of embarrassing school-days anecdote that's funny to look back on. In sixth grade homeroom, I put on a puppet show about safety starring a squeaky-voiced character I made out of a pillowcase and a balloon named "Blue Boo", and quite unexpectedly my every word and action was met with uproarious laughter. I spent the rest of my middle school career failing to capture that magic, putting on one forced, horrifically unfunny puppet show after another. Devastating at the time, funny now. I still have that pillowcase, mouldering in a drawer somewhere. Fuckin' Blue Boo.

When the humiliation is the result of Feig's naive nature and active fantasy life, it's funny and charming. Otherwise, there's really no way to make physical attacks and relentless verbal cruelty all that funny or enjoyable to read. Unless you were a bully once yourself, and you'd like to relive the thrills of torturing people weaker than yourself, in which case by all means pick it up. That way maybe retroactive guilt will consume you, and you'll buy a gun and blow your brains out! Wouldn't that be great, Scott Clukey? I mean, nameless reader?
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