Praise Darwin! (an evolution revival with Charlie Varon)

Praise Darwin! (an evolution revival with Charlie Varon)

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Comedian Charlie Varon “saves” his audience from worldly despair — oh, praise Darwin! Fourteen minutes of entertainment and scientific education culminates in a profound identity shift: we know that we hail from a long and persistent ancestry. And we owe it to the past to secure a viable future. Oh, praise Darwin!

“I’m proud to be related to a tree shrew!” Brother Charlie shouts. This video highlights a 1986 performance by Varon before a live (and enthusiastic) audience. Videographer ghostsofevolution richly illustrates the audio with photos taken all around North America and off the internet — featuring playful paleo paintings by Ray Troll (of “Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway” fame). Music by “Keith Mesecher and the Cosmic All Stars.”

Charlie Varon:

Ray Troll:

Ghostsofevolution (aka Connie Barlow):….

Keith Mesecher and the Cosmic All Stars:…

Praise, as well, to all the scientists who contributed to our collective knowledge of the Immense Journey of Life! Scientists pictured in this video include: Charles Darwin, Louis Leakey, Mary Leakey, Richard Leakey, Donald Johanson, Edward O. Wilson, Stephen Jay Gould, and Richard Dawkins. Oh, don’t be ashamed to praise them!