The tea totaller

I was nearly out of sugar – I had maybe a quarter of a cup, and maybe not even that. I planned to go out at some time today and get some more.

Anyway, I started to make a pitcher of iced tea this morning. I steeped the tea bags, dumped in the remaining sugar, added the ice cubes – and then spilled the entire pitcher on my kitchen floor. I’ve just finished mopping.

Guess I’ll have water to drink right now, until I get the chance to go out for that sugar.

Of course, I can never get too upset over spilled tea after listening to one of my all-time favorite comedy routines, “The Tea Totallers,” by Grady Nutt. You need to hunt this down somewhere. It’s a story about a preacher’s family serving a fancy Sunday dinner for a visiting evangelist, and what happens when one of the children knocks over a glass of tea.  It’s a wonderful story about what’s really important compared to what we get so worked up about.

Maybe Fitbit will credit me with some “very active minutes” for mopping.

Verily and behold, I have slammed it

It’s been more than two years since I posted about missing the work of the late comedian and Baptist preacher Grady Nutt, and as the years went by my post has apparently worked relatively high in the Google ratings. People looking for Grady on the web run across it, and hardly a month goes by that someone doesn’t leave a comment on the original post or one of its followups. The fact that so many people are looking for information about Grady seems like an excellent argument for giving us what we all want — a rerelease of some of his material on CD.

Today, though, was special. Grady’s grandson e-mailed me and left a comment on this post. He thanked me and all those who commmented on the original post for their words about his grandfather.

UPDATE: I have now created a new blog post category to make it easier to look up posts which mention Grady.

Grady again

It never ceases to amaze me that I still get comments on a post I made two years ago about the late Rev. Grady Nutt. I got one as recently as tonight. I must turn up when people do a Google search. If you’re looking for actual information about Grady, however, you need to go to this excellent tribute page.

I mentioned in a previous post that I planned to check out some of the “Hee Haw” marathon this weekend on CMT. It has a heavy nostalgia factor for me — we used to watch every Saturday night when I was growing up. Anyway, the episode that just started was from the era in the early 1980s when Grady was a cast member. I just caught him doing a one-liner. However, since Jerry Clower is a guest star on this episode I’m afraid it probably won’t feature Grady doing any extended stories.

UPDATE: Shows what I get for thinking — Grady did a story after all, a cute one I’d heard before about a pastor chiding a farmer for not tithing.

Comic response

My web host provides me with a number of interesting statistics, including the search terms that have brought people to my site through various search engines.

I posted last year about my appreciation of the late humorist Grady Nutt, and then early this year about someone who was kind enough to dub one or two of Grady’s out-of-print routines to CD for me.

I am not the only one who wishes they would re-release Grady’s material on CD, apparently; I get hits just about every month from people who start looking for Grady on line and somehow wind up at one of my old blog posts.

Today, I got a telephone message from Mikel Williams, a Christian comic who was a friend of Grady Nutt’s and who has a quote from Grady on his web site. He told me he is not to be confused with Michael Williams, another Christian comic. (I hadn’t heard of either of them.)

Mikel compared his style to Grady’s, so those of you who are looking for Grady’s material might want to check him out.


I was shown generosity twice today.

Well, probably much more than that, but there are two particulars that are worth mentioning.

An old college friend became the first person to donate to my mission trip through the web site donation links. I haven’t seen him in ages and had lost touch completely until a few months ago, when he e-mailed me out of the blue. I really appreciated his generous gift towards the trip.

I am not a file-sharer, and — as a creator — I well recognize the importance of protecting copyrights. But I’d looked in vain for some out-of-print recordings by the late humorist (and Baptist preacher) Grady Nutt. A reader of this blog offered a while back to dub one of my favorite Grady Nutt routines, “The Tea Totallers,” to CD for me. He wanted nothing in return, and even added a few musical numbers from Grady’s gospel album for good measure. It came in the mail today, an act of kindness. (I promise I’ll buy the album when and if it’s re-released on CD.)

Two thank-you notes will go out in tomorrow’s mail.

Grady Nutt

One of our area ministers stopped by the newspaper today, and when he mentioned something about pastors being only human I immediately thought of a quote by the late Grady Nutt.

That led me to reminisce about Grady Nutt, and to look and see if any of his old albums had been rereleased on CD. I couldn’t find any, and that saddens me to no end. If I could find a copy of whatever album “The Tea Totallers” appeared on, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

The Rev. Grady Nutt was a Southern Baptist preacher who became a standup comedian, with his faith, his family and his occupation as his subject matter. For a while, he was a regular on “Hee Haw” (he was unpretentious enough to appear on “Hee Haw,” but don’t let that scare you off). He talked about how pastors were only human; that was the quote that came up this morning. Grady said that when a pastor hits his thumb with a hammer, he does not say “Verily and behold, I have slammed it.”

Grady even made a TV situation comedy pilot about life as a pastor. It wasn’t picked up and was burned off one summer during the 1970s as a special. Grady died, much too young, in an airplane crash.

The story “The Tea Totallers” takes a long time to tell and only Grady could do it justice. But it has to do with a minister’s family which is hosting the family of a visiting evangelist for lunch. One of the children spills a glass of iced tea all over the tablecloth, and the mother — who has been slaving away to make everything spotless and perfect for the special guests — begins to tremble as if she’s about to have an apoplectic fit. The father, however, stares her down until he has her full attention — and then reaches out and intentionally knocks over his own glass. Pretty soon, everyone at the table, including the mother and the bewildered visitng pastor, is gleefully knocking over tea glasses. It’s a perfect Mary-and-Martha parable about what’s really important in life, as opposed to the details about which we often obsess.

Even funnier are stories that I recall about Grady being forced to counsel a grieving widow in the only unoccupied room in her house — the bathroom — and about a baptism by immersion gone terribly awry.

Someone please, please get this man’s material onto CD. The world still needs him.