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Satirist uses Internet to flash commentary
Web alter ego
pokes fun at
By Sarah Baker
He touts himself as “realer than
He sits in a cartoon studio high
above a cartoon city equipped with
flashing lights and billboards.
And even though he lives in a car
toon world, Flash Adair pokes fun at
the real world every day. Using the
Internet as his medium, Adair, a.k.a.
Clay Naff, is attempting to take the
world of satirical commentary by
Naff, news director at KZUM-FM
(89.3) radio in Lincoln, created an
electronic alter ego to share his politi
cal views with the world.
He said the Internet gives him the
chance to dispense his ideas.
“I have some views about
American issues, and I wanted to
express them,” Naff said. “I slowly,
almost by chance, had the luck to
come up with this alter ego character
who expresses my views for me.”
Naff describes his alter ego on the
site as “an opinionated creature down
to his roots.”
Naff’s World Wide Web site,
www.FLASHFAN.com, features eight
topics, each of which, when clicked
on, contains about five satirical arti
cles surrounding that issue.
Naff said he thinks people are
interested in looking at his site for
more reasons than just its interactive,
“I think the draw is that the subject
matter can be fairly silly, but there is
always an underlying issue,” he said.
“The combination of what I hope is
humor and real content will really
attract an audience that decides to stay
Naff said he writes the majority of
the articles on the site himself, but is
interested in outside contributions.
“One of the things I want to
include in the site is local talent, possi
bly from UNL,” he said.
Naff said he is going to begin
searching for possible contributors
By Jason Hardy
Cindy Wheeler doesn’t mind talk
ing about her phobia of urinating in
She says she’s just a bit bashful in
the bathroom, that’s all. You know, a lit
tle Pee Shy.
Hopefully she’ll find the stalls of
Nebraska a bit more welcoming when
she plays with her band, Pee Shy, at
Duffy’s Tavern, 1412 O St., Sunday.
The band - which hails from Brooklyn,
N.Y., via Tampa, Fla. — will play open
ing act to Omaha band The Faint.
Please see PEE SHY od 10
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as well as a satirical Web site, located at www.FLASHFAH.com.
“I certainly hope to get some stu
dents,” he said. “If they think they
have a talent for satirical writing and
are interested in issues that come up,
I’m open to their contributions.”
He said the response to the content
of his site so far has been good.
“I am just beginning to get some
feedback,” he said. “Fve distributed a
survey to some UNL students, and
their responses were all positive for
the most part. Fve also received some
e-mails from people who appreciate
“It’s not scientific, but it’s encour
Melissa Murphy, incoming presi
dent of the University of Nebraska
Lincoln Marketing Club, said Naff
approached her about completing a
survey about the site.
“He came and spoke to our club,
and some of the members filled out
the surveys,” Murphy said. “I didn’t
do one personally, but I thought it
sounded really interesting.”
The site consists of articles down
the side of the screen, while the main
area of the frame is dominated by
advertising space that is for sale.
Naff said die advertising is an inte
gral part of the site.
“The site is much like a typical
magazine, about 70 percent advertis
ing,” Naff said. “Eventually the ads
will determine if the site survives.”
Naff said he also is interested in
“Iam disturbed by the ‘12-year-old’
mentality in commercial media today.”
KZUM-FM news director
working with UNL students who want
to market ad space.
The site will eventually be fully
interactive, including sound and ani
mation, if NafFhas his way.
“I am disturbed by the ‘12-year-old’
mentality in commercial media today,”
Naff said “Most of it is pure fluff, and I
don’t think people go for that”
Naff said he wants one of his pri
mary audiences to be college students.
“People at a university are the
ideal audience because they are
informed but also have a sense of
humor, where others may take
offense,” he said. “My goal is to stop
people from being captivated by the
likes of Rush Limbaugh.”
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PEE SKY, a four-piece baud from Brooklyn, K.Y., will bring its pop rock
and fear of public lavatories to Duffy’s Tavern, 1412 0 St., Sunday night.
The band’s lineup is (from left) Billy Orrico, Cindy Wheeler, Mary BuMera
and Jenny Juristo.
Bobcat (Joldthwait to bring
stand-up act to Wesleyan
From Staff Reports
There’s going to be some rantin’
and ravin’ in Lincoln.
Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait
will bring his trademark comedy
style to Nebraska Wesleyan
Goldthwait, who takes on politi
cal and social targets in his angry,
comedic style, has been in a dozen
movies and many other perfor
mances. He made his television
debut in 1982 on “Late Night With
Currently, Goldthwait is working
on a new television show for the FX
network called “Bobcat’s Big Ass
Show.” ‘ v
Goldthwait’s performance, spon
sored by Nebraska Wesleyan’s Union
Programs, will take place tonight at
9 in O’Donnell Auditorium in the
Rogers Center for Fine Arts, 50th
Street and Huntington Avenue.
General admission tickets are $5
and can be purchased in the
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Nebraska Wesleyan Student Center
Office, one block south of 53rd
Street and Madison Avenue.
For more information, call the
ticket office at (402) 465-2412.
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