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  • In on the joke: A clean, green comedy routine

  • While preserving the earth is a serious matter, Dan Nainan can find humor in green living.

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  • While preserving the earth is a serious matter, Dan Nainan can find humor in green living.
    The product of an Indian father and Japanese mother, Nainan has reduced, reused and recycled from birth: “When you’re Asian, this green thing — we’ve been doing it our whole lives.”
    Nainan, now of New York City, grew up reusing shopping bags and adding water to get more mileage out of a supposedly empty bottle of dish soap. Back then, these habits were born of thrift, he says, but today they’re considered green.
    Now 28, Nainan draws on his upbringing to generate material for his stand-up comedy act. He still obsessively reuses paper and feels guilty that his profession requires so much high-pollution air travel for appearances around the country.
    Nainan shares some of his favorite eco-friendly jokes:
    Too little …
    An airport in England has announced plans to run a bus with fuel produced from decomposing organic waste. Yeah, because after burning seven tons of jet fuel, it's important to help the environment on the trip to the rental lot. Speaking of being out of breath, hybrid cars are running into a little trouble because they’re so quiet they can’t be heard in traffic over the panting of pedestrians.
    Lighten up
    Some smaller changes we are adapting to include using fluorescent bulbs. Now every room in the house can be as tastefully lit as a Jiffy Lube garage. There are some things I just don’t want to see in such glaring light, so, in my bathroom, I’ve switched back to candles.
    Sticker me
    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 1 million U.S. homes now qualify for the Energy Star rating. Which shows that families are going green throughout our nation. ... Or that people will do pretty much anything for a sticker.
    Water woes
    A new study by New York's Department of Environmental Conservation shows that New York City's drinking water may have thousands of times the acceptable level of radioactive uranium. Oh, so that's what that giant ninja rat was trying to tell me about.
    Cool it
    A new study claims that creating a thin cloud of aerosols could cool the earth. Interested in helping out with global warming, the women of "Mad Men" have volunteered to move their hair and make-up trailers where needed.
     

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