Years after its final broadcast, the award-winning, pond-hopping, cult comedy hit Whose Line is it Anyway?
is returning to television! Sort of! Tonight in just a few minutes, Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza
, sample segment
) makes its debut on GSN, reuniting Carey with popular "Whosers" Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, Wayne Brady, and many more
. Though the show will air every weekday, you don't have to wait around for new episodes to get your improv fix -- in spite of the lack of DVD box sets, there's a veritable treasure trove of past content available free from multiple online sources, including the complete run of the American Whose Line on both YouTube
and fansite WatchWLIIA
along with every episode of the original UK run from Channel4's official YouTube channel
and their streaming video site 4oD
. Too much content? Look inside for selections of the show's most hilarious moments as sampled from the show's burgeoning TVTropes entry
. See also: Fan guide
- American episode guide
) - List of game types [more inside]
In the wake of increasingly prominent appearances by South Asians in American television (Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, Danny Pudi), NBC has launched Outsourced
) (full pilot
on Hulu), a comedy about an American who moves to Mumbai to manage a call center. Featuring a mostly South Asian cast, the show is a potential high-water mark for Indians in popular American media. But is the show's portrayal of Indians progressive, or does it get bogged down in stereotypes and clichéd jokes about spicy food and funny names? Himanshu Suri of art rap trio Das Racist weighs in
. [more inside]
has always been a haven for geek humor
, but last week's episode "The Prisoner of Benda"
pushed things to the next level. First hinted at in an American Physical Society interview
with showrunner David X. Cohen (previously
), staff writer and mathematics Ph.D. Ken Keeler
devised a novel mathematical proof
based on group theory
to resolve the logic puzzle spawned by the episode's brain-swapping (but no backsies!) conceit. Curious how it works? Read the proof (in the show
or in plain text
), then see it in action using this handy chart
. Too much math for a lazy Sunday? Then entertain your brain
with lengthy clips
from the episode
-- including two of the funniest moments in the series
in the span of two minutes.
"The TV Wheel
was a television experiment created by and starring Joel Hodgson
, of Mystery Science Theater 3000
fame. Cable network HBO ordered a pilot, but ultimately passed on picking up the show. The pilot episode eventually aired once on Comedy Central as a special presentation following the last new episode of MST3K to be broadcast on that network."*
The pilot, bookended by introduction segments, is right through this door: [more inside]
Louis CK is a pretty funny guy
. While the Boston comic hasn't fared well in scripted formats -- projects like The Dana Carvey Show
, Pootie Tang
, and Lucky Louie
were all commercial flops -- his stand-up is quite popular, and his new series Louie
(premiering tonight on FX) looks like a winner
-- and just in time
, too. But that's something you'd need a TV to know about. Luckily, the guy's a big hit on YouTube
, and has even added some of his own homemade content to the mix. Click inside for a collection of some of his best (and most NSFW) routines. [more inside]
Kitten Kong pt. 1
, pt. 2
, pt. 3
- The Goodies, Montreux 1972 Edition. Previously on Mefi: Goodie goodie yum yum! (via coisas do arco da velha - some images nsfw)
Ambiguous movie endings resolved.
Some jokesters have put together imagined endings to some ambiguous film (and TV) endings. Much funnier and better executed than I expected.
Brian Blessed presents Have I Got News For You
. [more inside]
The 1961 interview begins, "About four days ago, a plane landed at Idyllewild airport. The plane came from the Middle East bearing a man who claims to be 2000 years old. He's spent the last six days at the Mayo Clinic."
The interviewer then goes on to pick the brain of the world's oldest man. [part 2
, part 3
, animated in 1975] This is considered by many
to be one of the funniest comedy routines of all time -- Carl Reiner
and Mel Brooks
performing The 2000 Year Old Man
. [ A 1961 TV clip of 2KYOM • Another • Similar, only it's an accountant instead of an old man • Origins of the words "cheese" and "egg" • Interview with Reiner & Brooks, late 1990's; Part 2 • Similar, only with Charlie Rose as the interviewer ]
It's almost time to Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys
-- the final episode of the Trailer Park Boys
aired in December, 2008. (As Bubbles says, "It's a dirty, sassy liquor. So sassy.") Producer Mike Clattenburg says that there will be a second movie
, "Countdown to Liquor Day"
, to be released late in 2009. After that, though, the TPB franchise will buy the great double-wide in the sky
. [pervyously, preevisilly or however th' fuck you say it.] [more inside]
History and the Universe
, mentioned months ago in a NYTimes travel feature
, has finally gone live. This Internet TV channel has two shows so far: Big Book of Lies
and Emily Time
, both filmed in Buenos Aires. Video is high quality, even filmic at times. Favorite characters include Buck Chomsky, the disaffected son of you-know-who
, and Exon, a 5'3 Colombian gangster with a penchant for Apple products.
Mock the Vote
: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert interviewed.
Thirty years of George Carlin
specials. (Yep, NSFW. Duh.) [more inside]
In 1967, before "Monty Python"
, before "The Goodies"
, and before "Marty"
, John Cleese
, Graham Chapman
, Tim Brooke-Taylor
and Marty Feldman
teamed up to create a groundbreaking show that influenced (and provided sketch material and dialog for) much of what we know today as British Comedy
. Most of the material was erased when its owner, Rediffusion London
, disappeared in England's 1967 TV franchise reshuffle
. Here is almost all of what survives of "At Last, the 1948 Show"
's Star Stories!
exposes the truths behind the rising & falling of some of your favo(u)rite celebrities: Madonna
, Simon Cowell
, Britney Spears
, George Michaels
, Tom Cruise
, Catherine Zeta Jones
, Posh and Becks
, and Take That
. Partial episodes: Brad
and Jude Law. Occasionally NSFW (language/simulated sex)
Star Trek vs. Batman Christopher Allen
brings two icons of Sixties television together in a three-part, 51-minute epic
, Part 2
and Part 3
at Google Video. MPEG downloads and audio interviews at RASCO Motion Pictures site
HBO: Flight of the Conchords follows the trials and tribulations of a two man, digi-folk band from New Zealand as they try to make a name for themselves in their adopted home of New York City. The band is made up of Bret McKenzie on guitar and vocals, and Jemaine Clement on guitar and vocals. Episode 1 is available free online.
Judd Apatow's Family Values
A look inside the comedic mind that brought us "Freaks and Geeks", "Undeclared", and "The 40 Year Old Virgin". Apatow’s childhood hero was Steve Martin. On a summer trip to L.A., Apatow persuaded his grandparents to drive by Martin’s home until Apatow spied his hero in the driveway. Martin wouldn’t give him an autograph, so Apatow wrote him an angry letter saying it was his patronage of Martin’s projects that allowed him to live the high life. A few weeks later, Martin sent Apatow a copy of his book “Cruel Shoes” with an apology: “I’m sorry. I didn’t realize I was speaking to the Judd Apatow.”
Also: Judd and Seth Rogen at play
Steve Carell may be hilarious in the office
, but how much would his jackass behavior cost
in real-life? clips
"My Shtick? Being Black."
You probably know Jordan Carlos from his role on The Colbert Report
. Like me, you may not have known he didn't actually work there: "'Saturday Night Live' has no black writers. 'The Daily Show' also doesn't have any, and neither does 'The Colbert Report,' a show on which I've played Stephen Colbert's black friend 'Alan,' a member of the staff. That's right. 'The Colbert Report' had to hire an actor to play a black person who works on the show
." (via Oliver Willis)
A Montage of Perfect Strangers clips
(YouTube flash video) I stumbled across this clip of Perfect Strangers clips. I had forgotten the show was so physical.
childrens television shows
isn't exactly new,
but when did it become mainstream?
Say it ain't so, Dave!
Production on the new season of Chappelle's Show is suddenly on hold.
The Office on MySpace
Even though the leaked pilot met poor reviews
on Metafilter, it's interesting that NBC turned to massive social networking group MySpace to launch the American version of The Office. MySpace will stream the whole first episode of The Office on March 16th at 8PM while the episode will air for the first time on NBC March 24th
. Maybe BitTorrent has really gotten to them.
Ah, now that's lurid-sounding. What it is, however, is a comedy from BBC that's way, way funnier than The Office
. Reviewers chatter about the Herman's Head
-like gimmick -- you hear the characters' thoughts -- but the better gimmick? Excellent writing.
Conan follows John Stewart:
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog conducts interviews in Spin Alley.
. American comedy legend Jerome Horwitz, a.k.a. Curly Howard
(sound) of The Three Stooges
, was born 100 years ago today. All right, you knuckeheads, spread out.
Although such records weren’t kept prior to 1968, it is widely accepted that had they been, Uncle Tonoose would be the hands down leader in the category of "most spit takes caused."
It's The Top 10 Uncles in TV Comedy History
, guaranteed to bring back TV memories (including many justifiably repressed ones). Regrettably, with one glaring omission
that any MeFite
But hey, what about an equivalent list of notable TV Aunts? Or are there any beyond Aunt Bee
(or as most Mayberry residents pronounced it, Aint Bee)?
Big Plans. Little Brains. Mike Clattenburg's Trailer Park Boys
could soon be more
than just a Canadian phenomenon
. The mockumentary began as a film
, was adapted into a TV series
and has been airing for three seasons on Showcase
in Canada (not to be confused with this
). Ricky, Julian
even joined Our Lady Peace
during its Fear of the Trailer Park Tour
last summer (soon to be documented on CD and DVD
) and could be seen alongside Don Cherry
in The Tragically Hip's
video for "The Darkest One" (a look behind the scenes
- qt version
even appeared in that informer guy's video for "Legal"
and has been writing
in character. (TPB was mentioned briefly here and
The greatest TV show you will probably never see:
Aunty Jack, a ten-foot tall, boxing-glove wearing, motor-cycling, moustached cross-dresser, was the star of The Aunty Jack Show
, which ran for thirteen episodes in 1972-73 on the Australian Broadcasting Commission
TV network (and was the first show broadcast on Australian TV in colour).
Many of the original episodes have been lost (but records of them exist
). Re-release on video or DVD of the remaining episodes is tangled up in copyright issues. The 1974 album Aunty Jack Sings Wollongong
was re-released on CD, and still seems to be available. It includes such classics as 'Fish Milkshakes' and 'Teenage Butcher' and the song 'Farewell Aunty Jack', which was a number 1 hit in Australia. Some samples can be found here
There were spinoffs from Aunty Jack
, most notably the Norman Gunston Show
, with Norman playing the prototypical terrrible interviewer and inspiring the much later Ali G
, Dennis Pennis
and many others.
I was two years old when the series aired: Aunty Jack's threat at the end of each episode, that: 'If you don't watch next week, I'll rip your bloody arm off!'
meant that I never, ever, missed it.
"Normally I wear protection, but then I thought, 'When am I gonna make it back to Haiti?' -- Bad Idea."
Just a taste from my favorite new web site
Am I the only one who notices that Scrubs is the best new show on television?
Great writing and a great cast make me wonder who is Watching Ellie
and putting the Seinfeld Curse at 3 for 3 with 2 RBI's and a double. If you haven't seen Scrubs, check it out. If you have, tell other people to watch it. Don't let quality television go off the air because of a bad time slot! (Tue. at 9:30 Est on NBC)
Thank God there are still mad Geniuses Out There
Aqua Team Hunger Force and Sealab 2021 always make me cry with laughter. Makes me a little less afraid of the TV. I think the kicker is their stuff is funnier than I could ever be.
Want the songs
? Never a problem. Fan site that has the scoops and skinny? That too
can be arranged.
God bless Jon Stewart and The Daily Show,
back for their first show after the attack. It's not completely new, but God knows I needed to see it. New York may be OK after all. (Comedy Central will repeat the show several times before Monday, so don't despair if you thought it would be a rerun and missed it.)
Contrary to what you may have heard
, the new Brass Eye
is indeed about paedophiles
. And it's got Phil Collins wearing a "Nonce Sense" t-shirt.
Last night's Brass Eye special was mysteriously pulled from the schedules, seemingly because it concerned "an army of paedophiles". Apparantly, this is not the case
Comedy Central airs an episode of South Park
where the characters say "shit" 168 times, unbleeped. Trey Parker and Matt Stone prove once again that they aren't afraid to take American television where everybody else has already been.
That's My Bush!
- Premiers tonight on Comedy Central. From Matt and Trey, the creators of South Park. This is either gonna be really great or reeeeeaaaallllyyy bad.
Great news! Channel 4 to re-screen Brass Eye
- with restored footage