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June 29, 2010 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Can there be comedy without pain? Possibly. Chickens would still cross roads and suspenders would keep firemen's pants up, even though it would be funnier if they fell down. You might still be glad I didn't say banana. Yet since ancient man first slipped on a banana peel, comedy and misfortune have traveled hand in hand. Shakespeare's clowns got mileage from the darker facts of human existence: Fool: If thou wert my fool, nuncle, I'd have thee beaten for being old before thy time.
May 28, 1994
Marge Schott says only fruits wear earrings. She's the top banana of baseball in Cincinnati. But I think she's had too much of the grape. Her melon's gone bad. DONN C. IRVING Downey
June 12, 1989 | Jack Smith
My recent interest in such neglected or despised species as the bat, the sea slug and the spider has made me something of a spokesman for those who champion such lowly creatures. Carol Norris of Woodland Hills applauds my paper on the sex life of the sea slug, but notes that if I want to be "truly astonished" I should look into the sex life of the banana slug. For my edification she encloses "The Banana Slug: A Close Look at a Giant Forest Slug of Western North America," by Alice Bryant Harper (Bay Leaves Press, Aptos, Calif.
February 23, 1991
After reading the sordid details of the Bush Administration's proposed (or lack of) energy policy, it appears that in the eyes of our President, Mother Nature has ordered that the United States take three giant banana steps backwards. LORI ODELL Alta Loma
August 3, 1987
Let no American ever scoff again at the maneuvers that pass for government in so-called "banana republics." We have our own operetta: the absurd spectacle of our nation's foreign policy in the bumbling hands of a colonel and an admiral. NOEL KORN Malibu
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