Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal was on the top of his game (if a bit scratchy) delivering the keynote speech of Zach Weiner's (of SMBC fame) BAHfest as he expertly debunked evolution and introduced us to his personal lord and savior, Jibbers Crabst.
There was no way this wasn't going to be good. We have weaponized orifices, delightfully dubious science, spider vaginas, true faith, erections of doom, and priceless lines like "Trying to scientifically prove god is like trying to find your car keys using Microsoft Bing"
But the best part? The best part was the delightfully expressive unnamed interpreter. More than once poor Mr. Inman is left slightly perplexed when the audience laughs at a some completely unexpected moment while she smirks in the background.
Mr. Inman handled things splendidly and hardly missed a beat (how many beats would YOU miss with a woman miming shooing a spider away behind you?).
You also really can't blame the interpreter for being distracting either. There were quite a few times (eight legged spider vaginas!) where it was kind of hard NOT to look to see how the poor girl would handle dealing with the material.
I think it's a case of the whole being better than the sum of the parts.
I'm looking forward to seeing the participants and winners...and if there's an award for 'best performance by an interpreter' category...because that woman deserves an award.
Speaking of awards! While they haven't posted the contestants and winners just yet, this is the second year they've had this festival and last year there were some hilarious entries. It was all inspired by a comic written in Saturday morning breakfast cereal and a festival designed for deliberately bad theories was kind of inevitable from there.
Last year, the winner was Topher Ullman, who proved that babies are fertile ground for disturbingly good (bad) hypotheses by showing us how our ancestors might have used them during times of war.
Be sure to check in at BAHfest for updates! I bet there'll be some gems in there.