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Sunday, December 18, 2005

statistics sundays - lugubrious edition

Barbara Walters wants to know where heaven is now... and how to get there too! Good luck on that Barb... (When? I know neither when her special on Heaven will air nor when she is embarking on her quest to find it...! The answer to the first question though will surely be found once you click on the link - and go to abc.com!)

One illustrious personality (that few know though) who has moved on... passed on... "checked out" (as per "Twisted History" lingo)... gone on to bigger and better things... ascended not descended... on his way to indeed find Heaven hence is SOL... aka Marc Favreau. Who was "Sol" you ask? As I am the only one who seems to know who he and his buddy Gobelet were (since I am the only one who reviewed them on IMDB - here.)  I therefore feel inclined towards speaking about the master of the wordplay (the French wordplay, mind you) here, today - a mere few HOURS after his departure...


Sol was a combination of Sid Caesar, Slava, Bozo The Clown and Red Skelton! Nothing less! He was even a bit of a second coming of The Tramp... with a flair for a rich vocabulary though (the irony) - but one all his own! He had made his trademark to have a child-like way of conversing, misusing words deliberately for laughs' sake and inventing new words, amalgamating words in a way that made his stand-up comedy chock-full of double entendre...! A pure delight for the mind. When stand-up comedy is actually an intellectual exercize, it has reached new heights indeed and has become something special! Nothing of the kind in Comedy Central, I am sorry to say... Nothing comparable! An interesting statistic to share today would be the number of new words Sol came up with or used in a complete original way, during the course of his illustrious career... Alas, such a statistic was not tabulated it appears! :(

Only in Quebec (Canada) could such a unique stand-up performer exist - one who started out like Bozo, on a chidren's TV show, and then carried the gimmick forward with him to the stage in several one-man shows... And only in Québec would such a unique talent get so little recognition! Sheesh... quel "je m'en foutisme" chez ces foutus québécois! Mais ça, c'est une autre histoire! ;)
Or, as Sol would say, "ça c'est une autre hystérie!" *LOL*

Sol was, in real life comedian Marc Favreau. He was on par with perennial comedy man "Le Père Gédéon" as a most enduring comic figure in Quebec. Amongst the clowns, he was second to none - with my personal favorite (childhood fave, really) Patof being a distant second, who had remained in the children's fare genre. And Gobelet, Sol's one-time partner on the children's show that he initiated from, was an even more distant third. It is sad to realize that all three - Sol, Patof & Gobelet - are gone now. Marc Favreau, Jacques Desrosiers and Luc Durand would all three be clowning around in Heaven now...? :)

Onwards to actual statistics then (since the preceding was all a long preamble!).
Belief in Heaven is not likely to increase once Barbara Walters' latest (and umpteenth) Special airs (she getting into the twilight years of her career - and is now contemplating accessing TV Heaven - it is normal...) but it won't hurt... And, as rival network Fox proved with a recent poll, belief in Heaven is considerably high already...

"The latest FOX News poll finds that more than nine in 10 Americans (91 percent) believe in God and almost as many believe in heaven (87 percent). In addition, 84 percent say they believe in miracles and 79 percent in angels.

What about the dark side? Almost three-quarters of Americans (74 percent) say they believe in hell and two-thirds in the devil (67 percent).

(...) the poll also asked about ghosts and witches. A third (34 percent) believe in ghosts and a quarter in witches (24 percent). In addition, almost four in 10 Americans (37 percent) say they believe in astrology and one in four believe in reincarnation (27 percent). Hardly any say they believe in vampires (4 percent)."
Sorry, Buffy! More about all that here.

While we're at it, anyone up for some Religion Statistics... hmm? Although poorly formulated and barely readable, the numbers are interesting... even if somewhat contradictory of the Fox poll (maybe the following excerpt was when they polled illiterate atheists... hmm?) - and, yes; these figures are strictly for the USA... not sure which parts of the USA though (redneck country?).

"After the death, people thinks that there is Heaven without any Hell (8%), or Hell or Heaven (21%), or that there is an existence without neither Heaven nor Hell (26%), or there is reincarnation (7%, but there is a 22% believing in regressions or that it is possible to know about past lives...), or there is nothing (11%), or people does not know what happens (25%). About the question if God punishes persons by means of AIDS, earthquakes, etc., only a 13% agreed with that. The self religious identification was: 36% Catholics, 10% "Christian", 8% Anglican, 16% other Protestant (as total Christian = 70%), 1% Muslim, 1% Buddhist, 1% Jew, 7% other religion, 18% none. There was a 23% of respondents that attended religious services weekly, 9% monthly." See what I mean? Sheesh... even Sol mangling the language at his most ferocious (!) wouldn't sound THIS BAD...! And at least Sol did it for the LAUGHS...

If that excerpt was not enough torture for you, check out this link too, about the
rest of the world.

Marc Favreau was a believer - of course. Most gentlemen born in his part of the globe when he was born had no say in the matter... It was a given! And now he knows the good of that... for now he knows how true it all was! Luc Durand preceded him there... followed by Jacques Desrosiers... now the lone favorite of mine from those days that remains is one... Monsieur Tranquille! He won't go anytime soon - he's a puppet!

Sol and Gobelet are both on the other side now... As so many other great comical duos. Marc and Luc now know what that is all about (the clowns - not the evangelists, although the evengelists know too... better than the other two, yes... but that is another story).

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A news report of Marc Favreau's passing... in French though...

Babel Fish will come to your rescue - you have but to seek it! ;)

Décès de Marc Favreau
Le Sol et unique s'est éteint
Luc Lavigne/Radio-Canada

Le comédien, dramaturge et monologuiste Marc Favreau, créateur de Sol, est mort, samedi, du cancer à l'âge de 76 ans à l'hôpital Notre-Dame à Montréal.

Marc Favreau incarnait le personnage du célèbre clochard depuis la fin des années 50, d'abord dans une série pour enfants à la télévision de Radio-Canada, puis sur scène.

Ses textes à la fois naïfs, poétiques et humoristiques ont fait le bonheur du public, aussi bien au Canada qu'en Europe francophone.

Marc Favreau était venu au théâtre en faisant des décors pour le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM), dans les années 50.

Quelques notes biographiques

Marc Favreau, né le 9 novembre 1929 à Montréal, fait ses études à l'Académie Querbes d'Outremont et à l'université Sir Georges William, aujourd'hui devenue l'université Concordia. Il se destine à la réalisation de décors de théâtre.

En 1954, il débute comme comédien professionnel au TNM dans le « Don Juan » de Molière, où il tient rôle de Pierrot. Au même moment, il fait ses débuts à la télévision dans « Le Survenant » et dans « 14, rue de Galais ».

L'émission Sol et Gobelet
Après un séjour à Paris, il tient le rôle de Sol dans les émissions « Bim et Sol » qui sont diffusées dans le cadre de La Boîte à Surprise, à Radio-Canada, à partir de 1958. L'émission devient plus tard « Sol et Bouton » puis « Sol et Gobelet », qui prendra fin en 1972.

Par la suite, il reprend le personnage sur différentes scènes du Québec, de la France, de la Belgique et d'autres pays francophones. En parallèle, il réalise quelques albums, dont « Je mégalomane à moi-même », en 1977.

Il est décoré de nombreux prix et fait l'objet de plusieurs nominations, notamment celles de Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Québec en 1995 et Officier de l'Ordre du Canada en 2003.
 
Quotes...

or "Citations" - in French!

Citations « estradinaires » de Sol et de Favreau

« On a beau avoir fait le sot toute sa vie, le plus dur c'est le dernier moribond. »

« Si tous les poètes voulaient se donner la main, ils toucheraient enfin des doigts d'auteur! »

« La vanille appartient à ceux qui se lèvent tôt; il faudrait écrire ça tous les soirs dans son cornet. » (Le Devoir, 14 février 1975)

« C'est vermouilleux! »

« J'assomme mes responsabilités. »

« J'aime les rôles de composition et... de décomposition. J'aime jouer les loques, les farfelus, les détraqués. J'aime les personnages poussés à l'extrême. » (Le Petit Journal, 08 novembre 1970)

« Le langage de Sol est enfantin, il déforme les mots, il prend des mots pour d'autres, il se sert des contresens. Il n'y a pas de recette, j'y vais à l'instinct quand je fais travailler ce personnage. Verbalement, c'est une entreprise de démolition et en même temps de poétisation. Sol fait la chasse à l'hippodrome, se sert d'un frigiditateur... Rien chez lui n'est normal. » (Le Devoir, 26 janvier 1973)

« Je dessine avec les mots. »
 
Barbara Walters might need a map to find Heaven though...

She will be asking for a whole lot of directions - from ALL sources too!

She is taking no chances, I suppose...

Oh yeah - this special lugubrious edition of TLB's Statistics Sundays tradition was brought to you in part by... The Lugubrious Blog - one of a few "brother blogs" TLB has recently garnered, yes...

*lol*

Blessings!
;)
 
Interesting facts, indeed! I was a little skeptical on the reincarnation-ghost statistics...so I did a little bit of research and found this...(I didn't have that much time to look) but the facts in this are similar to what you have on your post.

Source: Most Americans Believe In Ghosts

Nice Post...but I disagree with and I will do more research on the statistics...I wonder what generation they questioned...because the younger generation, I feel, is more drawn to freedom based spiritualities...like earth based religions...vs...fundamentalist religions. But I could be wrong, but I think this generation is stepping outside of the box more and questioning fundamental faiths...questioning the dogmas.

I also feel that they based the questionaire around Christian beliefs...because it is a popular religion instead of stepping outside of that and asking about other religions and their practices. The statistics are based on "Is there a Heaven", so I personally feel it is more Christian based than it is open to other belief systems. I could be narrow at this point about it, but that's how I see it...not that it being Christian based is bad...because that is what they believe in...Heaven!

I feel that the younger generation is believing or at least questioning more about reincarnation and the spirit realm and divination because it is becoming a popular alternative today and the fears of going to Hell are diminishing as people open their minds more and expand their knowledge.

Good stuff, my friend, you're making me think!

Blessed Be!

raskinner4843
 
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