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Comedian Kurt Braunohler aims for the sky with his latest joke

March 22, 2013|By Deborah Vankin
  • Watch the skies Saturday afternoon for comedian Kurt Braunohler's latest public prank.
Watch the skies Saturday afternoon for comedian Kurt Braunohler's… (Seth Olenick )

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Should you happen to glance upward at the puffy, SoCal clouds Saturday afternoon, only to spot a seemingly wayward skywriting plane spelling out the message “How Do I Land?” do not panic.

It’s the latest public prank from comedian Kurt Braunohler.

Braunohler raised $4,000 on Kickstarter to carry out what he’s calling the “Cloud Project.” He’s hired a professional pilot to write his joke in the sky above downtown L.A. It’s an attempt to insert a bit of absurd humor into people’s everyday lives, he says. 

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Donors to the Kickstarter campaign got to vote on the final punch line that the plane will spell out. Other 10-15 character candidates included “OMG I’m flying!” “Tweet me bro!” and “God’s Fartin’!”

“How Do I Land?” is not only the winner, it’s also the title of Braunohler’s debut comedy album, which comes out this summer on the independent record label Kill Rock Stars.

But Braunohler -- who’s hosting a free viewing party Saturday afternoon at Perch’s rooftop bar -- insists the skywriting joke is not a publicity stunt for the album.

“The world can be pretty bleak,” he says. “This kind of unexpected absurdity, I think, can make the world a slightly better place.”

Along the same lines, for his ongoing “Greeting Card Project” Braunohler buys armloads of cards, scratches out their generic messages and writes in his own punch lines. Then he sneaks back into the drugstores and bookstores where he bought them, and slips the cards back onto the shelves.

Braunohler also co-hosts the live, comedy variety show "Hot Tub," -- which relocated from New York to Los Angeles in January -- with Kristen Schaal every Monday night at the Virgil in Los Feliz.

The skywriting joke happens Saturday at 3:30 p.m.; the viewing party is from 2 to 7 p.m.

Let's hope the weather doesn't have a similar sense of humor.

For the Record: (Friday March 22, 11:40) An earlier version of this story stated that Braunohler's show "Hot Tub" is presented every Wednesday night.

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