Richard Jewell we hardly knew you.

Richard Jewell has a very special place amongst Schadenfreude. Many many years ago we were all really young and performing in what is now Stargaze in Andersonville. It was our first fifteen shows, and we wanted to be topical, we wanted to RIP from the headlines. We were also new at this. Yes, we did a Richard Jewell sketch to tie into the Nagano Olympics.

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I mean it. We really hardly knew him. I know two things about him. Every article I’ve read about his death has stated that he never lived down the shame of his accusation. How can that be? Name two things everyone know about Richard Jewell. 1) He was accused of bombing the Olympics, and 2) He didn’t.

But I was actually posting this to let you know something you may not know, Richard Jewell has a very special place amongst Schadenfreude. Many many years ago we were all really young and performing in what is now Stargaze in Andersonville. It was our first fifteen shows, and we wanted to be topical, we wanted to RIP from the headlines. We were also new at this. Yes, we did a Richard Jewell sketch to tie into the Nagano Olympics. “The Jewell Of Nagano” I’m certain was the title. It was easily one of the least thought out sketches we ever did there and consisted of a hastily written monologue of list humor read into a Radio Shack mic as I, with as many pillows as I owned stuffed in my fat clothes, did Starsky Rolls on stage. Over the 9 years since, this sketch would become our shorthand for the worst that Schadenfreude had to offer. To make fun of ourselves and that bar we redid the sketch for the Playground 5th Anniversary, and it was even in a Schadenfreude Radio show that never got written. So while most read the news and thought what they thought we all had to smile just a little.

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