For Tasty Words Eighth Anniversary Show, staggeringly funny writer Merrill Markoe did my job for me. I am keeping the $40. (Thanks, Merrill! See how that works?) “Merrill Markoe feels her career can best be compared to that of Jane Goodall's, if you substitute dogs for chimps and eliminate all the research and fund-raising. She likes to think of the four dogs that share her home as exchange students from Neptune; in time they will grow to understand her if she speaks to them very slowly and uses a lot of big hand gestures. Markoe is planning to read a piece she wrote about a conversation she had with her dog Puppyboy, a Tijuana shepherd, about the futility of selecting a weeping house guest as the candidate of choice to interest in a rousing game of ball.” Also telling stories: David O'Shea, Ann Randolph, Michael Sheppard, C. Brian Smith and host Wendy Hammers.

Thu., Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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