Gulfshore Life
Parodizing Paradise
By Janina Birtolo
February, 1997

Have you ever wondered what might happen if you paired Mark Russell with Elaine May and plunked them down in Southwest Florida to ruminate on life's ironies?

Probably not. But if you did, the resulting team might resemble Compton & Bennett, a homegrown duo dedicated to the proposition that life in paradise has its humorous side. For a little more than a year, this comedic couple has been pointing out-words and music at no extra charge-the absurdities of life along the Gulfshore. And they've been gathering quite a following.

"We're not making fun of Naples" Compton insists. "We're just illuminating the ironies."

There is old-fashioned satire, pointed but without malice. And half the fun is waiting to see what outrageous props they pull out next.

"I do the props," Bennett says with a sigh. "Do you have any idea how hard it is to find ball fringe in this town? And a little brain! He wanted me to "find a little brain" for the organ donor song!"

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