Every good comedy team has a straight man and a comic. The straight man is the logical and patient half of the duo; the comic is the jokester who pulls the plug after the straight man sets him up. Abbott was the straight man to Costello, as George Burns was to Gracie Allen, and as Hardy was to Laurel.
And now that Costa Mesa politics has become the local branch of Comedy Central, the city's supply of comics is emerging loud and clear. I'm pleased to be playing straight man to the most recent of the comics to make a Daily Pilot headline.
I don't often agree with Costa Mesa City Councilman Eric Bever. Maybe almost never.
That's why it was so satisfying to read in a recent Pilot piece that Bever has found a bridge to a weapon I've sought unsuccessfully virtually all my life. Ever since I read my first box score some 80 years ago, I've been searching for some means of casting a spell over the despicable New York Yankees, a problem similar to the one Bever seemed to be facing with the Costa Mesa police union when he told a Pilot reporter "I don't recall anything quite this drastic."