Max Landis comments on 1987's Innerspace trailer
. [SLYT] [more inside]
Started years ago
as a joke puppetry project (previously
), Fish in a Sweater
has developed into a quality series of comedy shorts
featuring roommates Chestnut, Tumble, and Fish as they navigate their mostly ordinary lives. The first episode is "Joyride"
(YT link), in which Chestnut deals with a police encounter.
The Fast Show
summary from Wikipedia:
The Fast Show, known as Brilliant in the US, was a BBC comedy sketch show programme that ran from 1994 to 1997, with a special in 2000 and 2014. It was one of the most popular sketch shows of the 1990s in the UK. The show's central performers were Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Simon Day, Mark Williams, John Thomson, Arabella Weir and Caroline Aherne. Other significant cast members included Paul Shearer, Rhys Thomas, Jeff Harding, Maria McErlane, Eryl Maynard, Colin McFarlane and Donna Ewin. [more inside]
It was loosely structured and relied on character sketches, recurring running gags, and many catchphrases. Its fast-paced "blackout" style set it apart from traditional sketch series because of the number and relative brevity of its sketches; a typical half-hour TV sketch comedy of the period might have consisted of nine or ten major items, with contrived situations and extended setups, whereas the premiere episode of The Fast Show featured twenty-seven sketches in thirty minutes, with some items lasting less than ten seconds and none running longer than three minutes. Its innovative style and presentation influenced many later series such as Little Britain and The Catherine Tate Show.
"Surprisingly, Black Books has no affliction with the BBC whatsoever; created by Dylan Moran
(who also plays the lead) and Graham Linehan, the show was filmed at Teddington Studios and broadcast on Channel 4. It centers around Bernard Black (Dylan Moran), the careless, grumpy, wine-inhaling owner of Black Books, his friend Fran (Tamsin Greig) and his assistant shop keeper Manny (Bill Bailey). Specked with a few fun cameos by people not yet famous at the time, this show is a hilarious roller coaster ride that will make you laugh until you cry." Black Books: 4 Reasons the British Sitcom Remains a Classic [more inside]
A viral video series uses role reversal to humorously highlight casual insensitivities & stereotyping: If Asians Said The Stuff White People Say
- If Black People Said The Stuff White People Say
- If Latinos Said The Stuff White People Say (YouTube; each video ~2 min.) [more inside]
If Horses Were People
: an equestrian sketch comedy series. [more inside]
"Doraleous and Associates are open for business." [Youtube]
"An animated comedy/fantasy series that follows Doraleous & his associates as they travel Nudonia righting wrongs & promoting freedom." [Complete Channel Playlist]
The entire first episode of John Oliver's new current-events comedy show on HBO, Last Week Tonight
, is viewable
on its official YouTube Channel. [more inside]
"Did you just kiss me?"
"I didn't think so.
" [more inside]
"A college student who's very unlucky. Sounds like me." Long Story Short.
[YouTube comedy web series] [more inside]
THE FRIEND ZONE: STAR WARS EPISODE 2.
Anakin Skywalker is a Nice Guy™, stuck in the zone
, but at least Obi-Wan has some some dope bass
. Related: Dance of the Fates
. (Auralnauts previously
.) Language NSFW.
Toast Of London
stars Matt Berry (IT Crowd
, Snuff Box
, Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place
) as troubled theatre actor Steven Toast, an eccentric middle-aged actor with a chequered past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it. With a recent divorce, a highly controversial play to perform every night, a shell shocked army officer for a brother and an audition in a prison - it’s turning into another very busy day for Toast in this, the pilot episode for the Channel 4 series. [SLYT] [NSFW] [more inside]
A Paul F. Tompkins Christmas Party Story
. Actually it's mostly a story about smoking pot, but I figured it was a timely way to present this: Someone (not me!) has compiled 132 Paul F. Tompkins videos into one YouTube channel
. [132LYT] [more inside]
of the end of the latest season of Children's Hospital
, South African producers Your Girlfriend
made a tribute video: It's Children's Hospital Africa
Greg Shapiro presents Planet Nederland
, not a BBC nature show, showing the Dutch in their native habitat. [more inside]
by Omid Singh, Winner of the Audience Award, 2013 No Budget Film Festival, interview with Omid
With the momentous series finale of Breaking Bad just hours away, fans of the show are hungry for something, anything to wile away the time before the epic conclusion tonight. So why not kick back and chew the fat with your fellow MeFites with the help of a little tool I like to call "The Periodic Table of Breaking Bad." [more inside]
Do you like history? Do you like drunk people? If you answered yes to these two questions, you may like Drunk History, where you get to see what happens when a drunk historian explains what happened. The original web series was previously
discussed twice on metafilter.
Now there's more: [more inside]
It's time for MIND YOUR MANNERS with BILLY QUAN
, a recurring spoof on martial arts movies from classic Seattle sketch comedy group Almost Live! Today's episode:
, 8 BALL
ENTER THE BOWLER
, NEW YEAR
, FIVE IRON
Remember kids, BE LIKE BILLY. BEHAVE YOURSELF!
The Janoskians are a group of five YouTube comedians from Melbourne, Australia renowned for their cringeworthy pranks
members of the public. Formed in 2010, the group now attracts rock-star welcomes
from hordes of screaming fans when it tours across the world and has signed deals with Sony and MTV.
Paul Scheer and friends
have recreated a bunch of classic Arsenio Hall interviews with Scheer playing your host, ArScheerio Paul. [more inside]
Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Will Forte & Ed Helms made the new Mumford & Sons video. The results are.....amazing.
RIP Mel Smith
, British comedian, actor, writer, director and producer. First coming to fame in the ground-breaking Not The Nine O'Clock News
he went on to make Alas Smith And Jones
with Griff Rhys-Jones
. He produced many theatrical productions and directed several films including The Tall Guy
. He also played the albino in The Princess Bride
) [more inside]
Jake Yapp presents the whole of Radio 4 in 4 minutes
Will The Real Mr Sellers Please Stand Up
- a rare ~50min film narrated by Spike Milligan and made during the filming of 'The Magic Christian'*
via Cinephilia and Beyond
. [NSFW - some nudity] [more inside]
YouTube user wheezywaiter makes what he calls "The Least Stressful Video Ever Made"
French group Golden Mustache contemplates the sex lives of various video game characters
(video, English subtitles, surprisingly SFW, wait for Tetris)
The latest of Thomas Ridgewell's (aka TomSka
) animated short-humor videos has hit youtube: asdfmovie6
. (link in video to previous videos)
does stand-up comedy
, but also likes to sing, both as a part of her act
and just because she's good at it
. She garnered some attention for her impressions
on America's Got Talent (various videos abound) and does a mean Maria Bamford
, the historical sketch show on the BBC inspired by the books of the same name
, has been featured previously
on Metafilter. Not mentioned, however, were the real gems of the show, Historical Desktops [MLYT]
: [more inside]
Ever wish pop songs were more verbose or circumlocutory? If so, Dave Werner's
risible Extraneous Lyrics
will no doubt entertain. In addition to 2012, he also has 2011
Since it debuted on the blue
in '11 // Epic Rap Battles of History
preppin' // to score itself more than a billion views
// and become TopDog of the pack YouTube
Made by NicePeter
// (two improv comics by Maker
employed) // The series pits icons of legend renowned // in a slick-wit freestyle rap throwdown
With snappier writing, and better FX // online celebs
(and Google Ad checks) // The Epic Rap crew's halfway done with the brew // that is Epic Rap Battles of History Part Deux
The midseason's close? It comes out today. // In one corner: Santa Claus, fresh from his sleigh
And his prophet o' doom? "He ain't Mayan," ERBoH sez.
It's Snoop Dogg -- Snoop Lion -- as mothafuckin' Moses
→ [WHO'S NEXT?]
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