Throughout his 25 published books Lewis Grizzard constantly reported and lamented on his unsuccessful marital life with three ex-wives from the age of nineteen and his last marriage of four days prior to his unfortunate death on March 20, 1994.
In his 1989, 97-page double sided paperback “Advice to the Newly Weds – Advice to the Newly Divorced” he shares many of the experiences that he engaged in during his multiple marriages and divorced periods of his short 47-year life.
One can only speculate as to how he would address the topic of “cheating spouses” in a fictitious stars cable television show that is available to subscribers on Channel 364 on the OWN network that is presided over by two judges who just happen to be man and wife.
Judges Dana and Keith Cutler exercise their judicial discretion and ask probing questions each Sunday between 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The format consists of an “aggrieved” partner wanting to voice their anger and hurt feelings against their partner who they believe have violated their sacred “matrimonial oath to be faithful.”
After listening to the accusations and denials the judicial officials decide to have both parties submit to a lie detector test by a licensed polygraph expert who asks both the wired-up husband and wife the critical questions as to whether they have been “unfaithful” (lie detectors are not admissible as valid evidence in most courts but that does not prevent them from being admitted as an investigatory tool in this comical environment.)
Whether the parties divorce, reconcile, or just participate in this judicial farce is only important enough to write an article on its existence and to bring up the thought process possibility as to how the “Mark Twain of the South” (LG) would describe the show to produce belly laughs of humor in his unique style.
(Whether he would escape criticism because of his candid views over the years on women’s rights, the Speech Police, gay rights, racism, etc.
is left up to the reader.)
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