Like the show Parks and Recreation showed us time and again, a public forum can be a place for delightful comedy tucked away in the utterly mundane. Henrico County, Virginia includes the capital city Richmond, VA. On August 26, 2021, Henrico County School Board held a work session that included a public forum. Unlike Parks and Rec, it wasn’t the colorful townsfolk who provided the laughs, it was a list of fake speakers that stole the show. Board Chair Roscoe D. Cooper III was about to provide the audio backdrop of his own personal Simpsons moment, as the Henrico County School Board got Bart Simpson’d.
The Full Recording
The clip that is circulating on Twitter is hilarious, but it’s not the entirety of the forum. The Henrico County School Board posted the entire four hours six-minute session on their YouTube channel. It’s how I discovered Ms. Thomas’ full comment and also learned the additional names read by Mr Cooper:
Here is the complete list of all of the names called who were not in attendance (sp):
- Phil McCracken
- Suk M’Haedik
- Ophelia McHawk
- Eileen Dover
- Don Keedik
- Wayne Kerr
- Tosha Tunstil
- Melissa Dart
- Erin Sorkin – Based on how clever some of the names were, I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt they chose to spell it this was to slight mask it from the screenwriter.
To be honest, I have no idea what the significance of the third and second to last names are. They could well just be regular people who didn’t show up or chose not to stand to be confused with Don Keedik. Maybe I’m just old and out of touch but Google didn’t tell me much.
I hope kids never stop finding this funny, ‘cuz I’ll never not find it hilarious.