You may not be familiar with British comedian Russell Howard, but you will definitely remember him after hearing this: last year, Howard met a young boy with terminal cancer named Deryn. Deryn was a huge fan of Howard’s – he knew all of his jokes and had been a fan for years – and was partial to one bit of his in particular…one where he dressed up like a giant penis, called “Mr. Dildo.” As Howard admits, it’s not exactly high-brow or anything, but it’s quick and funny and is mostly just him dressed up like a giant penis as part of a faux-children’s show:
Howard met with Deryn a few times and got to know him – his sense of humor in the face of his tragic circumstances, his family, and his last wishes – to meet Simon Pegg, drive a fast car, and…well, he did have one last request of his favorite comedian: to attend his funeral.
Deryn’s sense of humor was strong as steel, even in the prospect of planning his own funeral: he was going to make various people in his life dress up in ridiculous costumes so it wouldn’t be a dour, sad affair(for an example, his dad would be dressed as the Grim Reaper – and instructed to ominously point at anyone who coughed during the funeral). And he wanted Russell Howard to come dressed as Mr. Dildo.
Of course, he had some concerns: how would he get to the funeral dressed like that? And, perhaps the biggest concern of all: WHAT IF THE KID WAS PRANKING HIM AND EVERYONE ELSE WOULD BE THERE IN NORMAL FUNERAL CLOTHES?
To say anything more would be to spoil too much of it – please, watch the video and listen to the entire story. We promise that you’ll laugh, tear up a little, and come away feeling pretty great (despite the MULTIPLE penis costumes involved). We guarantee it’s not quite as depressing as it sounds.