30 July 2021

Published July 28, 2021 by rochellewisoff
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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


Allan sucked in his lower lip. Did Mom really say, “Your father and I are getting a divorce. Which of us do you want to live with?”

“Rose, the boy’s only eight,” said Dad.

Looking from one parent to the other, sensing no affection from either, Allen blurted out, “I want to live with Grandma and Grandpa Sherman. They love me.”

            In the midst of his warped and disjointed world, being shuffled from house to house and school to school, Allan Sherman found comfort in food, writing and humor.

            In 1962 his writing and humor made him an overweight success.


Allan Sherman’s bright star fizzled after President Kennedy’s assassination. In 1973 his poor life choices caught up with him and he passed away ten days shy of his forty-ninth birthday.

Allan Sherman has been called Weird Al Yankovic’s “Founding Faddah.” Reportedly, President John F. Kennedy was a fan of Mr. Sherman’s parody songs. To know a little more about the man under the beanie CLICK HERE.

67 comments on “30 July 2021

    • Dear Lorraine,

      Humor can mask the deepest pain, can’t it? A friend of mind who was a comedian himself told me the comics were the most depressed people in Hollywood. Thank you for reading and commenting.




      • That makes sense; the outer and the inner don’t necessarily mirror each other. And, by making people laugh, it relieves, perhaps for a moment or two, the deep pain and depression.


  • Dear Rochelle,

    Goes to show… Knew the tune but not the guy who sang it. You do have a way of bringing relative unknowns to life! And like Trent said, many comedians have “issues”…

    Shalom and lotsa sad to funny love,


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    • Dear Jen,

      The man had such a fractured childhood and adulthood. It’s amazing he achieved the success he did. If only he could’ve lived his entire childhood with his grandparents.
      Not surprised you never heard of him. Definitely before your time and probably not the sensation in England that he was in America.
      Thank you.



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      • Rochelle, that’s funny. Some who have come from the harshest upbringings can go on to the greatest success; at the same time some who have been raised in ideal circumstances (whatever that is) can turn out to be monsters. All things considered, his don’t sound too bad and he turned out ok.

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  • Dear Sidewalk Selling Sally W(T)F,

    Nice offering this week. I think Allan and I would have made a great team. As you may suspect, I’ve written a few song parodies myself including the less than famous, “Little Red from the Hood.” According to Wikipedia, it was a 100-day diet that killed him. Sounds like a good reason to NOT diet to me.

    Call me when dinner’s ready,
    Chunky Tuna

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    • Dear Chunky Tuna,

      I have it on good authority Starkist doesn’t want you. I can imagine the parodies you’ve written. You’ll have to regale us with them sometime. I’ll bring my earplugs.
      Actually, it was Allen’s morbidly obese father Percy who died on the 100-day diet. Either way, it doesn’t sound like a healthy diet.

      Overly-warm greetings from the purple tent,

      Sidewalk Selling Sally W(T)F

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    • Dear Neel,

      I love the term pocket historical fiction. 😀 And of course “overweight success” is meant to be a play on the words “overnight success.” 😉 I’m glad you caught it. Thank you.




  • Thanks for another insight into a famous life, Rochelle. You portray a child wiser than his parents. And that line ‘He became an overweight success’! Clever. I’m glad he found comfort in his disjointed world and, in his turn, brought comfort and laughter to many others.

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  • What an interesting person. It’s so sad that his life was so difficult outside the success. Great story, the line “Looking from one parent to the other, sensing no affection from either” broke my heart.

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