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5… Neil Simon | Stalker Chronicles

5… Neil Simon


inspired by Neil Simon

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.
-Mel Brooks

The fifth chapter of the Stalker Chronicles was inspired by the comedic stylings of Neil Simon, particularly his works “The Odd Couple” and “Barefoot in the Park.”  This genre of comedy is characterized by creating humor from the lives and troubles of everyday people.  The characters are grappling to handle their feelings in difficult situations, and releasing tension with humor.


One of the world’s most successful playwrights, Neil Simon exposes the true American spirit in both his critically acclaimed plays and major motion pictures. Born in the Bronx on the 4th of July in 1927, Neil Simon grew up in the working class neighborhoods of New York. An atmosphere that would extensively shape his writing style.

Simon began his writing career on the popular comedy TV series “Your Show of Shows” in the early 1950’s. Sid Caesar’s hilariously cutting-edge program had some of the best comic minds in television working for it, including Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Larry Gelbart, and Carl Reiner. “I knew,” said Simon, “when I walked INTO YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS, that this was the most talented group of writers that up until that time had ever been assembled together.”

By the next decade, Simon had begun to focus his efforts on writing Broadway plays. His first hit came in 1961 with “Come Blow Your Horn,” and was soon after followed by the comic romance “Barefoot in the Park.”
He went on to create some of the most memorable plays and characters of all time, including the Oscar and Felix of “The Odd Couple.”

For over forty years, Neil Simon has enlivened the stage with heartwarming tales and zany characters, but what truly makes Simon stand out is his ability to create humor from the lives and troubles of everyday people.

Fun Fact:
The angry spastic colon on Ryan Braun’s donation can was hand drawn by our very own, Jamie Lou Moniz. So talented!



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