A Soviet take on Rambo
) is "unique in its violence and anti-Americanism." A Russian point of view on James Bond
remarks that "so widespread was the interest in Bond that an official Soviet spy serial ... was released." But the spy novel
/ miniseries Seventeen Moments of Spring
(somewhat digestible in 17 highlights with commentary: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
) is for interesting reasons not a Soviet counterpart to James Bond or Rambo
. See also Seventeen Moments fanfic
, two pages
about its hero, and how he figures in the present
. [more inside]
If Horses Were People
: an equestrian sketch comedy series. [more inside]
Given the expense and uncertainty of lawsuits, how does the comedy community enforce the proscription on joke theft
? Part of an ongoing Slate series called The Humor Code
"It’s a long, long time from now, and machines have developed into sentient beings. Starting with the high-tech space stuff, a whole new set of different mechanistic species have come into existence. The machines are not only sentient; they are alive in other ways as well. They even produce offspring and evolve.
At first, it was just the super high-tech orbiting stuff that achieved self-awareness, but soon more terrestrial devices gained intelligence. Unfortunately the machines loathed each other, and war broke out between orbiting and earthly devices. Humankind had already moved out into space, but at the discovery that our original home world was in a crisis situation, we returned.
By the time we reached Earth again, all the original machines had been destroyed. The descendants of those original devices were still battling, trying to obliterate each other, an ancient blood feud where one planetary region wasn’t big enough for the two mechanical clans.
The future humans had to make a decision that would end the war. But it was clear that humankind had been in space too long as there was no sympathy for the terrestrial machines. And that’s when we found ourselves backing the satellite kin
." [more inside]
, starring brave souls messing with corporations through social media. [more inside]
The one-liner judged as the Funniest Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is about computer passwords (also SPOILER a classic Disney cartoon). Runners-up and the joke judged WORST also listed. Warning: jokes contain drugs, sex, food (including broccoli and McDonald's), voicemail, crime, time, The Cure and a British chain store you Americans may never have heard of. [more inside]
The manager of Girardi's Frozen Yogurt wants to make sure his employees understand what the corkboard in the back is for...in a monologue entitled: Girardi's Frozen Yogurt
) [more inside]
One-liner artist Tim Vine
has won the award for the funniest joke told at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival
, but you'll have to click the link to find out what it was. The BBC's article lists the top ten best jokes and a selection of the worst.
about joke thieves before
. The latest victim of hackery is Patton Oswalt
. Mr. Oswalt received some videos
of a comedy routine
that show small-time actor/comedian Nick Madson
repeating jokes by Patton, David Cross, Maria Bamford, and many others almost verbatim -- including the famous KFC Bowls routine
. Nick wrote to Patton, claiming it was all a misunderstanding, but Patton dug a little deeper and found out that Madson's excuses were BS
. Oswalt previously
. Multiple videos, some with NSFW language
Joshua Green Allen,
who has been posting great internet
for more than 15 years
, if not longer
, merges seamlessly with a new technology. If any twitter account is worth being renowned far
His Is. [more inside]
A minister, a priest, and a rabbi walk into a bar. The bartender says, "What is this
, some kind of joke
?" Warning: autoplay on first link. [more inside]
is a new joke telling and rating site. With jokes as audio, would-be comics are able to capture the timing and tone that make many jokes funny.
Fans of the late & much missed comic Mitch Hedberg might enjoy the stand up routine of Daily Show correspondent Demetri Martin: Some Jokes
, Some More Jokes
, Other Jokes
& These Jokes
Joe Rogan vs. Ned Holness
What do you do when a famous comedian
is stealing jokes? If you're Joe Rogan
, you climb onstage, embarrass him in front of his audience and post the entire exchange to your MySpace page
Wikipedia's Bad Jokes and Other Deleted Nonsense
category is a veritable goldmine of...well. I had never heard of a Mushroom Tattoo
, for example, nor did I know about the tragic exploitation of the Gnomish Nation
or the truth
about the American Revolution. Towards the end, Ronald Reagan
's condition was even sadder than I thought. And why shouldn't
we believe in Atlantis, or for that matter the bearatross
or Alphonse W. Turkeyman
Today by far is my favorite holiday. It's the one day that webmasters get to be creative and do things that normally wouldn't fit with their sites general themes. For example, Google attempts a high tech way of quenching peoples thirsts
, Wikipedia sells out to Britannica
, a RFC is written on Morality
, and much much more!
GQ's 100 Funniest Jokes of All Time.
I know, I know, these "of all time" lists are lame. And thought I'd heard them all, but quite a few were new. And funny. Unlike this description.
A man, just back from a trip abroad, went to an incompetent fortune-teller.
He asked about his family, and the fortune-teller replied: "Everyone is fine, especially your father." When the man objected that his father had been dead for ten years, the reply came: "You have no clue who your real father is."--that's one of the jokes from The Laughter Lover (Philogelos),
an ancient Greek joke book published in the 4th or 5th century AD. The New Yorker commented on it, and other old jokes here,
stating about one of the possible authors: ... there is some scholarly speculation that the Hierocles in question was a fifth-century Alexandrian philosopher of that name who was once publicly flogged in Constantinople for paganism, which, as one classicist has observed, “might have given him a taste for mordant wit.”