The Flipnotist

Comic hypnotist Flip Orley was interested to hear about my wife’s experience with being hypnotized. It started when she was in college and was hypnotized by James Mapes. Flip was my guest on the Classic Hits 93.1 Comedy Couch.

As I told Flip, she was once inadvertently hypnotized while we were in the audience, watching a hypnotist who worked as a warm-up comedian for sitcom tapings. More recently, she was an audience volunteer for a hypnotism show at the Tennessee Valley Fair.

Our conversation reminded me of another story about a hypnotist. When I worked at KROQ, I booked Tom Silver as a guest on the Kevin & Bean show. He hypnotized a particularly susceptible intern named Big Tad. While Tad was under, the show’s writer, Jimmy Kimmel, would come up with outrageous suggestions for Tom to give Tad.

Flip is headlining at Side Splitters Comedy Club this weekend. One of his subjects contacted me via Twitter to say they had a great time. I’m pretty sure that Rob Howard did so under his own free will, as opposed to following some post-hypnotic suggestion.


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