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Artist unknown. I did try.

An emu shut down the A21 in Sedlescombe today. They got it penned in a field, but they still haven’t found who it belongs to.

Used to be a flock near us, now gone. I wonder if whoever it was sold it on.

Anyhoo, the article makes a remark about Rob Hull. He was a British comedian of the Seventies who…had an emu. You kind of have to see it.

Here he explains how to groom an emu. Here’s something a bit more camp, if you like that. British talk show host Michael Parkinson once bitterly remarked that, for all his long career, he would mostly be remembered being knocked out of his chair by emu.

Fun fact: later in life, Hull came to resent emu bitterly. Because that’s what people who perform with dummies always do.

In 1999, Hull climbed up on the roof to adjust his TV aerial, slipped and fell through a greenhouse and died. He was survived by emu.


Comment from AliceH
Time: July 23, 2015, 11:23 pm

I’m sorry to say, I now remember seeing Rob Hull multiple times on at least one talk show – probably The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

That experience might have contributed to my decades-long-held conviction that Carson wasn’t entertaining at all. I’ve only recently discovered he was in fact quite funny and had a unique talent.

I dislike all prop comedians, but that emu was extra-awful.

Comment from mojo
Time: July 24, 2015, 1:02 am

According to Mr. Cameron. it’s not just muslim pedo rings and kiddie porn traders that lurk online. No, there are DESPICABLE FAR-RIGHT groups lookin’ to “groom” them youngun’s.


Comment from catnip
Time: July 24, 2015, 6:13 am

Funny act! I’m sorry I didn’t see emu on the Tonight Show.

Comment from Harry
Time: July 24, 2015, 6:55 pm

Never heard of this guy or his schtick…now I see what I am going to waste part of my weekend catching up on YouTube…

Comment from AliceH
Time: July 24, 2015, 11:55 pm

Oh dear. First I criticize Gregory Peck, and now I step in emu droppings. I plead de gustibus.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: July 25, 2015, 1:28 am

Rod, not Rob, BTW.

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