Man Loves “The Bartered Bride” Because Stuttering Is Funny

John Man, stereotype enthusiast and reveller, spent an uproarious evening at the opera house last night watching Smetana’s classic tale of plot development and vibrant digression, The Bartered Bride.

“My favourite part is when the village idiot stutters comically,” he said. “Now that I can’t watch blackface vaudeville anymore, I’m always on the lookout for hideously insensitive and unsympathetic portrayals of things I don’t understand.”

Man admits that he gave up trying to follow the plot of the opera as soon as he realised that nobody has ever cared about it. “It reminded me of The Phantom Menace, which is my favourite film,” he said. “Sure, they spend a lot of time discussing some elaborate legal business, but really I just want to see some sort of irritating oaf bumble around babbling in his stupid wonky way. Then I can clap.”

Though critics say that the opera is sexist, implausible, and anachronistic, Man says he couldn’t imagine it any other way. “I literally don’t have an imagination,” he said. “But I do love clapping.”

Man also says he enjoyed the music, causing everyone listening to our interview to gasp and stare. “It’s eerie how well Smetena captured the natural simplicity of song,” he said. “My five year old nephew often stomps around the house singing bits of doggerel and when he does I sometimes forget that I’m not listening to The Bartered Bride.”

Man enjoyed himself so much that he wants to see some of Smetena’s other operas, such as The Quirky Spastic or even The Hysterical Ethnic, an unjustly neglected gem of Smetana’s ouevre. “I just love clapping,” he said.

4 thoughts on “Man Loves “The Bartered Bride” Because Stuttering Is Funny

  • May 25, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I love this website a lot, but sometimes I can’t decide if it’s dedicated to satire or if it’s an entire website dedicated to making John Man, author, look like a bumbling fool…..

    (jk love you, keep doin’ what you’re doin’ 🙂 )

    • May 26, 2015 at 12:28 am

      I do feel somewhat bad about that. I did not know of the real John Man before I decided on that name, and I can only hope my usage might encourage more people to buy his books…(somehow)

      If he ever sees the site and and doesn’t like it I might have to think of another name, though I don’t think anything is quite as good as “John Man”

      • May 26, 2015 at 3:40 am

        Hahaha. I don’t think he’ll ever notice, but if he does, you can’t change! John Man is trademark Throwcase now. It’s like if someone tried to get The Onion to stop because they were named Area Man. The Onion can’t stop. Area man knows all, area man is all.

        Just so with John Man.

  • January 7, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    ‘plot development and vibrant digression’ – love it!
    By the way, my other half, himself a ‘reformed’ stutterer, sang the role of Vašek in his youth and never turned a hair – he had hair then…..

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