Mad Mag, and Cracked, and Humbug, and a million comic books with their simplicity, brevity & clarity. Early TV--Jackie Gleason, Red Skelton, Gracie Allen, Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca, Oscar Levant. My friend Allen Freeburne. Uncle Remus. Emily Dickinson. Mark Twain. Bob Dylan. Flannery O'Connor. Alan Watts. Nathaniel West. Joseph Heller. P.G. Wodehouse. John Kennedy Toole. And, of course, the great, the master, the shy emperor of comedy, Franz Kafka.