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QUACKCAST 478 - Pity da fool!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, May 12, 2020

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Fools are an iconic character trope and I wanted to explore them. They're a lot more varied and interesting than is readily apparent. There's a LOT more too a fool than what something like TV tropes suggests, unless you get into the sub-types… And that's what we explored in this free-form discussion. I introduced the idea in the Patreon only video where Tantz, Banes, Pit and I try and get a handle on the idea for the first time, so that's a good behind-the-scenes insight into what goes on!

We worked out that there are many different kinds of fools. The classic idea of “The Fool” comes from King Leer where the fool speaks truth to power, like the little boy who tells the emperor that he's naked, or a lucky, untouchable character that succeeds regardless and gets automatic protection from those around them; reminiscent of the time when mentally disabled people were seen as being “touched by god”.
They can be sidekicks like Barney on the Flintstones, or main characters like The Tick, or Maxwell Smart. They can be lovable rogues like Flashman or the famous Scaramouche character. They can be innocents like Andy from Parks and Rec, or they can have an altogether different purpose like Jerry in Parks and Rec: he's a sort of a court-Jester style fool but his role is to show the darker sides of the otherwise good characters as they make fun of him.

Who is your favourite fool? And do you make use of a fool in your work?

The musical feature this week that Gunwallace has given us is theme to Cragwater: Magical, bucolic fairy music. Lush green idyllic meadows on high mountains overlooking sunlit valleys, washed in golden brilliance, walled by faint purple mountains that fade into the distant hazy sky. A brook glitters at the centre as it bubbles and flows between the rocks and grass. This music evokes high places, greenery, and sunlight.

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TV Tropes on The Fool -

Featured comic:
SteveAndMelvin -

Featured music:
Cragwater -, by TallFroyo , rated T

Special thanks to:
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Gunwallace -
Tantz Aerine -
Ozoneocean -
Banes -
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Ozoneocean at 4:33AM, May 13, 2020

@EssayBee that's genius!

Ozoneocean at 4:33AM, May 13, 2020

@marcorossi what about the audience point of view though?

marcorossi at 8:15AM, May 12, 2020

A fool is only a fool from the point of view of someone else, though. So it is more a matter of the use of a point of view than a kind of carachter, IMHO.

EssayBee at 7:15AM, May 12, 2020

Favorite fool is--hands down--Pocket, the fool from King Lear, as reimagined by Christopher Moore in "Fool," "The Serpent of Venice," and the just-released "Shakespeare for Squirrels." He's equal parts fool, genius, pervert, and hero, and a lot of fun to read about. I mean, how can you not like a fool who articulates his own failing witticisms under pressure with such poetry as, "“A hundred brilliant witticisms died suffocating on the captain's heavy glove. Thus muted, I pumped my codpiece at the duke and tried to force a fart, but my bum trumpet could find no note.”

Ozoneocean at 4:41AM, May 12, 2020

@Kam Hahaha, reminds me of Rygel from Farscape! Who was a serious Space-muppet created by Henson's son!

KAM at 3:19AM, May 12, 2020

Gertrude is the fool in my comic. Jim Henson once said that Muppets are great because they would say lines no actor would want to say. So Gertrude is my Muppet. When I have a line no other character could pull off..., "Oh, Gertrude!" ;-)

Ozoneocean at 1:51AM, May 12, 2020

@Dpat57, it's from Pinky TA, the fantasy part (a collaboration)... "Badge" was one of the few fools I've used

Ozoneocean at 1:50AM, May 12, 2020

There were only a couple that I could find Bravo :/

bravo1102 at 12:55AM, May 12, 2020

Amazing amount of typos in this. You've truly outdone yourself. :D

dpat57 at 12:55AM, May 12, 2020

Just asking, what's the artwork behind the Pitty da FOOL title? If I should recognize it, sorries, much shame. :)

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