Publisher’s Note: Plenty of Fish

RIM's publisher, John Palumbo, reflects on comedy and seafood.
John O’Donnell Photography

For those who grew up watching Johnny Carson’s run as “The Tonight Show” host, you probably remember it as a treasure trove of some of the great comedians of our time. Diller, Rivers, Rickles and so many others.

Comedic legends were seated between Carson and legendary sidekick, Ed McMahon. One of those greats was the curious-looking, bug-eyed comic who got no respect, Rodney Dangerfield. Dangerfield’s self-deprecating humor was often repetitive, but with those bulging eyes, a couple of nervous twitches and a tug at his shirt collar, he made them work every time.

One of his well-worn comic dialogues was about his doctor, the legendary Dr. Vinny Boombatz:

“Yeah, I went to see my doctor, you know him, Dr. Vinny Boombatz.

“I’m all right now though, thanks.

“I said, ‘Doc, I think I have a problem with seafood.’

“He asked me if I was having an allergic reaction.

“I said, ‘No, it’s just that every time I see food, I eat it.’ ”

It’s hard not to get into sensory overload when talking about seafood in Rhode Island in the summer. It is a time when the harvest of Narragansett Bay, combined with great weather and venues, make calorie counting an exercise in futility. In this issue, food expert extraordinaire, associate editor Jamie Coelho, led the team in exploring the sights, aromas and flavors to entice your palate, whether you are at the beach or in your backyard. 

For those of you who would rather be infatuated with affairs of the heart this summer, permit me to leave you with another Dangerfield classic:

“I never got girls when I was a kid. One girl told me, ‘Come on over, there’s nobody home.’ I went over. There was nobody home.”

Enjoy the Rhode.   –J.J.P.