Here's a classic Emo Philips's joke: "When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way, so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me." This type of construction is known as a paraprosdokian: the latter part of a sentence, phrase, or larger discourse is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part.
This is a classic Emo Phillips inversion, like his on-stage persona—that of the idiot savant with the childlike falsetto who dispenses gnomic nuggets. Philips performance at The Beverly in Kingston on October 19 is a rare appearance in the Hudson Valley for this comedy icon. No less a humor personage than Patton Oswalt has remarked on Twitter, "I will never, ever, ever, write funnier, darker, more disturbing, more inappropriate and 100% clean jokes than @EmoPhilips. Good God."
High Falls resident Tina Barry partnered with 14 female visual artists in a collaborative project that pairs Barry’s poems with visual works inspired by the poems. "The Virginia Project" will open at the Wired Gallery in High Falls on October 27, and will remain on view through November 25.