As everyone knows, the nerds have taken over the world.
For example, Bill Gates is worth US$81.5 billion, Mark Zuckerberg has a cool US$55.3 billion and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have about US$33 billion each.
Yep, as it was foretold, the geeks have inherited the Earth. Which is why we’re interested in a play at Hamilton’s DAPA Theatre, called The Nerd.
Theatre owner Lesly Stevenson said the play “is just highlighting the fact that there are some people out there who are very, very different”.
“I say that in the nicest way because the guy who’s playing the role of the nerd [Andrew Black] – he just carries off the character unbelievably,” Lesly said.
“He’s extremely clever. It’s an absolute standout performance.”
The play has been around for a long time, well before the nerds took over the world.
It ran on Broadway in New York for 441 performances, from March 1987 to April 1988, starring Mark Hamill.
Hamill famously played Luke Skywalker in Star Wars – the biggest nerd-movie of all.
A review of The Nerd in The New York Times in 1988 said the main character, Rick Steadman, “turns out to be a classic nerd”.
“Everything he says and does has the spine-curling effect produced by fingernails grating across a blackboard,” it said.
“He wears a nerd's uniform of short-sleeved white shirt with a plastic pen-holder filled with ball-points in the breast pocket. Not only are Rick's black trousers too high at the waist, they are too short at the ankles.”
This reminds us of the 1984 movie, Revenge of the Nerds. Of course, nerds today are much more likely to be dressed in a hoodie, jeans and sneakers, in the manner of Zuckerberg.
Even Bill Gates has a much more fashionable trouser length. Speaking of Gates, it’s worth recalling one of his famous quotes: “Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one”.
The Nerd plays at Hamilton’s DAPA Theatre today at 2pm and 7.30pm and tomorrow at 2pm. It’s also on Friday at 7.30pm and next Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm.
ALP politicians in the Hunter love to complain about the Baird government not inviting them to announcements in their electorate. And fair enough, too. Topics reckons it’s pretty pathetic and petty for the Liberals not to invite their opponents to important announcements in their own backyards. But this can’t be a surprise because politics is often petty and pathetic.
But this latest exchange on the issue does bring some much-needed humour to the political realm.
Here’s Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet, in NSW Parliament on Thursday: I recently received a letter from the member for Charlestown [Jodie Harrison], who said: “I am writing to express my extreme disappointment that I was not invited to the official opening today of the new Service NSW office at Warners Bay, which is in my electorate of Charlestown. I would have thought… we could stand together to celebrate milestones in any electorate”.
Mr Perrottet continued: “I got another letter five minutes later. She said she was wrong and that Service NSW Warners Bay was not in her electorate, but she would still like to be invited to all the great announcements of the Baird-Grant government”.
In fairness, the Service NSW branch is right on the edge of the Charlestown electorate.
Dominic added that “when we open light rail in Newcastle, the member for Newcastle [Tim Crakanthorp] can drive the train – toot, toot!” Very droll, Dominic, very droll.
Topics reported on Tuesday about naked skateboarders caught on camera on King Street in Newcastle.
We mentioned that these lads were lucky they didn’t come across the boys in blue. Well, apparently they did.
Keith Parsons told Topics that he saw the incident.
“One was picked up by the cops and bundled into a police car. The other disappeared up a lane, off Brown Street,” he said.
“They seemed to have some sort of covering over their nether regions that left nothing to the imagination.”