(PRWEB) January 5, 2005
With the sudden announcement that Dave Barry has hit the ÂEscapeÂ key from his weekly humor column, a woman claiming to be BarryÂs transgendered twin brother is shamelessly angling to replace him as AmericaÂs leading humorist.
Judy Gruen, author of two humor books that she claims are funny, asserts that although she was always the funnier twin growing up, DaveÂs facility to find many uses for the word ÂboogerÂ made him more popular with an America in cultural decline.
Gruen, whose humor has also appeared in WomanÂs Day, Family Circle, and LadiesÂ Home Journal, also writes the popular ÂOff My NoodleÂ column, which market forces have driven her to give away for free to email subscribers. ÂBut now that Dave is finally hanging it up, IÂm emerging from the shadows to stake my claim to huge book sales, a fawning public, and offers of free trips to Maui,Â she says.
When asked how a short, Jewish mother of four edging toward plumptitude could possibly be Dave BarryÂs identical twin, Gruen explains, ÂI had to find my own identity, so when Dave was busy writing about exploding toilets, I checked myself into the Mayo Clinic for a sex-change operation.Â No spokesperson from the Mayo Clinic could be reached to corroborate. The upstart humorist credits classes in Jewish culture that allowed her to pronounce words like ÂkugelÂ and ÂshlemeilÂ like a Coney Island regular. ÂWith this disguise, I was finally able to ÂpassÂ for an individual, and not just DaveÂs older-by-two-minutes brother.Â
Unlike her alleged twin, Gruen has not written about travels to Japan (which she says she could not afford) or playing in a rock band. However, in her books, ÂCarpool Tunnel SyndromeÂ and ÂTill We Eat Again,Â she has written extensively on why the phrase Âone size fits allÂ should be outlawed as hate speech; why guar gum is really a vegetable; and why bad contractors happen to good people.
Newspaper editors looking to fill the now-gaping hole where Barry used to ply his trade is welcome to sample her columns on http://www.judygruen.com. Those who like what they see can email her at email@example.com or call her at 310.486.4573. SheÂll be sitting by the phone, waiting. (Not that you should feel bad.)
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