I’m gonna be honest – Joel and I fought nonstop when we were growing up. It wasn’t my fault – Joel used to do unforgivable things when he was younger. Like try to play with my cool Star Wars toys when I had friends over, or look up to me.
And what could be more humiliating than a trip to the Salem Mall with your kid brother in tow? I mean, what if I was browsing through Borders or Waldenbooks, skimming a really awesome Advanced Dungeons & Dragons module or the latest Garfield book – Joel might grab an – ugh, it’s too embarrassing to say – a Heathcliff book. I mean, what if a girl was watching? (Thankfully, they never were.)
The truth is, when we were living under the same roof, we didn’t get along very well. But comedy changed all that. A few shared albums, like our parents’ copy of “Stan Freeberg,” the truce we called once a week to laugh together at the new episode of The Simpsons. And the time our dad took us to see Top Secret, in the theater.
It was probably Joel’s first time seeing a Rated-R film (Joel: It was my first time seeing a film as far as I can remember. Also, 1984 may have been before ratings.) It was definitely our first time watching boner-jokes in the same room as a grown-up. But the film changed everything for us. The way the writers would do anything – totally break reality, sidetrack the story – for the sake of a joke. The delivery, the timing, the attention to detail and filmmaking. It was an inspiration.
These days, making comedy is just how Joel and I relate. It’s what we talk about when we’re together. But we haven’t actually watched Top Secret together in decades. Will the movie inspire us the way it used to? Will it hold up? This Saturday I get to find out, in front of a roomful of people. I can’t wait. We’re gonna find out together at the DMAFFest Screening at the Black Box theater in Downtown Dayton, details below.
Brainchild show during DMAF
To watch the movie with us, come to the Black Box Theater in Dayton, Ohio this weekend. 6:30 doors, 7:30 shorts and Top Secret Screening, 9:30 improv show with us and the incredible Justin Howard and Trey Stone, and at 11:30 or whenever we drink things together. And buy your DMAFFest Pass to see a bunch of other cool Dayton stuff this weekend. DMAFFest Screening.