Waiting for Godot with 4-year-olds

I have a piece over at McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies today. McSweeney’s has been running a lot of top-tier stuff of late (as in the past 21 years), so it’s always a thrill to make the cut. (FYI, this piece follows five rejected pieces, so it’s never a gimme.)

Also: Happy Birthday, April 13, Samuel Beckett. And my big sister.


Waiting for Godot with 4-year-olds

Estragon, sitting on a low mound near a single tree, is trying to take off his boot. Enter Vladimir. They both wear bowler hats and Olaf-from-Frozen T-shirts.

ESTRAGON: Stupid boot!

VLADIMIR: That’s a bad word.


VLADIMIR: You’re my friend. You’re my friend yesterday and you’re my friend today.

ESTRAGON: I was yucky yesterday.

VLADIMIR: But you’re my friend yesterday.


About rossmurray1

I'm Canadian so I pronounce it "Aboot." No, I don't! I don't know any Canadian who says "aboot." Damnable lies! But I do know this Canadian is all about humour (with a U) and satire. Come by. I don't bite, or as we Canadians say, "beet."
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12 Responses to Waiting for Godot with 4-year-olds

  1. ksbeth says:

    congrats on making the cut, that is really an honor. as for the 4 year olds, welcome to my world each and every day, with an inspired twist )

  2. Congratulations. Inspired approach, little kids’ time & conversations do seem to go along in a strange way

  3. pinklightsabre says:

    That is a thrill! And you belong there! Was your last post with them in 2005? You have a knack for that dramatic absurdist style. Would love to see you resurrect that Beatles thing you did a while ago too, you know the one. This reminded me of dabbling in acting during college, the ridiculousness of it all. Happy birthday to your big sister, too! — Bill

  4. Trent Lewin says:

    Hey fantastic man! Totally crazy. I’m not sure I understand all the references, but there is enough childish humour to keep me laughing. Carry on!

    • rossmurray1 says:

      If I didn’t have the script in front of me, I wouldn’t have even been able to make those references. I’m amazed McS picked it up, actually; it’s pretty niche parody: for drama nerds with children. But it’s done well. Thanks, Trent.

  5. Tres bong times infinity.

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