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Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Entertainment | 0 comments

Zilch the Storyteller

Zilch the Storyteller

Zilch the Storyteller

Or… should I say Toryseller?  Either way, we are talking about the same act.  Zilch performs one of those acts that is extremely difficult to make look good and he makes it look great.  Zilch tells storys, but he tells using a word-play device called spoonerisms.  He is basically telling a story where he is speaking wrong.  This is a lot harder to do then you might think.

Spoonerisms are defined as an error in speech where consonants, vowels and other pieces of the word are swapped with other parts of the word.  So, in one of the only substantiated spoonerisms:

“The weight of rages will press hard upon the employer”

The phrase should be “The Rate of Wages.”  Usually these lapses in correct speech are not intentional.  Certainly the man that spoonerisms are named for, Reverend William Archibald Spooner, never intended the missteps in speech that he made, but nonetheless, this way of speaking has also become a very complicated piece of comedic business.

Zilch is a Master Spoontificator.  He twists his tongue around these impossible tales and though he is talking ‘wrong’ you have no problem understanding the point he is trying to make or the joke that is implicit in the telling.  Here are some of the tales that Zilch brings to his audiences:

  • Rindercella (Cinderella)
  • Loldigocks and the Bee Threars (Golidlocks and the Three Bears)
  • Jomeo and Ruliet (Romeo and Juliet)
Zilch brings spoonerisms to life.  He practices a decades old comedy device that is not only difficult but if you make a mistake, getting back into your routine can be next to impossible.  This trained thespian has taken his act all over the states and across the ‘pond’ to England.  Having worked stages for better then 25 years, you need to make a lee-bine to the stage next time you see that pee is herforming.   (Zilch if you read this and have the correct way that I should attempted the spoonerism in the last line, let me know and I will make an adjustment.)
-Pobaganush the Birate

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