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The Lines Entertainers Use

By Milt Abel | June 4, 2010

| June 4, 2010

The Lines Entertainers Use

Several years ago aboard the Serenade of the Seas, Greg Bonham asked me and Jeff Civillico, “What was our favorite cruise line and why?”  All three of us were entertainers; Greg a 40+  singer/songwriter from Australia, Jeff a young good-looking juggler from the East Coast, and me, the cruise ship veteran stand-up comic who has been on as many ships as the both of them put together. It was a decent question; all of us worked several lines and by comparing notes we’d be able to know when we were supposed to feel envious, or miserable.

Jeff answered first, saying he liked Disney Cruises because they put on all the extra production shows. I’ve never cruised with Disney but he explained they present shows outside the main theater, sometimes on deck, a lean and seaworthy version of their Broadway or film productions. They also have actors and actresses in costume characters throughout the ship, and for a fee will tuck in your kids. Jeff explained that with all the added cast members there was another 20 percent of dateable young ladies on Disney ships. That was his ‘why’.

Greg turned to me to get my opinion and I sighed. I’m a lot older than Jeff, and married, so I have a different agenda with my spare shipboard time. “I like Holland America,” I said. “Because of the 200 thread-count sheets.” Greg understood and laughed.  It’s much easier to nap in a quiet, luxurious bed with no nearby six-foot crabs singing about life under the sea. Maybe that makes other people drowsy, but for me, it makes me want to climb out of bed to find some drawn butter and a lemon.

Topics: comedy, cruise ship, humor, travel | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “The Lines Entertainers Use”

  1. Jeff Civillico Says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Hey Milt, I just came across this post. Hysterical! Sounds like me :) Hope you are well, my friend!

  2. Milt Abel Says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    that was you in the story! I’m well, and I hope you are well too.