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The longform.com guide to standup

The longform.com guide to standup. Not a ranking, but rather a collection of links to long form articles about some legendary stand-up comedians. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Oct 27, 2013 - 6 comments

"It's a cake with two tiny dolls that look like us. EAT A SLICE."

Marriage is an insane proposal. [slyt]
posted by Rory Marinich on Oct 27, 2013 - 42 comments

No, THATS the sun

In celebration 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.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 26, 2013 - 7 comments

"Oh God, you didn't just say that."

Yesterday's debate among the four mayoral candidates in St. Paul, Minnesota had some pretty interesting moments. Current mayor Chris Coleman's facial expressions are not to be missed. Yay democracy!
posted by vytae on Oct 25, 2013 - 28 comments

jIyIntaHvIS not qajegh

Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up," performed in Klingon.
posted by brownpau on Oct 16, 2013 - 21 comments

Worse, he is wearing a helmet and will be teased mercilessly by his peer

Greg Shapiro presents Planet Nederland, not a BBC nature show, showing the Dutch in their native habitat. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Oct 10, 2013 - 17 comments

2070 Paradigm Shift

Sam Hyde of the satirical sketch-comedy group Million Dollar Extreme managed scam his way into giving a TED Talk at TEDx Drexel. The results were marvelous. [more inside]
posted by staticscreen on Oct 10, 2013 - 55 comments

Like a boss

Subway by Omid Singh, Winner of the Audience Award, 2013 No Budget Film Festival, interview with Omid
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Oct 10, 2013 - 3 comments

Author. Dreamweaver. Visionary.

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, the legendary sci-fi hospital horror romance drama from the 1980s, is now available in its entirety on Youtube. The timeless tale of hospital doctor/occasional occultist Rick Dagless and his handsome friend Lucien Sanchez, the stunning and occasionally psychic Dr. Liz Asher, and hospital director Thornton Reed (played memorably by first-time actor and occasional talk-show host Dean Learner), Darkplace spawned a number of hit singles, including the rocking ballad I'm a One-Track Lover and the heartbreaking Skipper's Song, sung from Rick Dagless to the one-eyed sexual molester that he has adopted as his new son. An episode guide follows: [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Oct 8, 2013 - 69 comments

If he hollers let him go

Searching for Dave Chapelle ten years after he left his own show.
posted by evil otto on Oct 6, 2013 - 25 comments

This ain't chemistry. This is Art.

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]
posted by Rhaomi on Sep 29, 2013 - 974 comments

Turing it off

So Breaking Bad isn't the only series having it's final episode this weekend. The IT Crowd hits end of program with a one off special.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Sep 27, 2013 - 121 comments

They couldn't put one quote up here from my act?

Set List is a live show where "the world’s top comedians get a never-before seen “set list” of bizarre, outrageous, and ridiculous topics as the audience follows along on the screen behind the performer." Edited highlights of this combination of improv and stand-up have just started to be posted on the Nerdist's Youtube channel. Including sets by: [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 23, 2013 - 20 comments

It's Your Fault.

It's Your Fault "Every sexual assault case in India inspires a string of stupid and hateful remarks against women. This is our response to those remarks." (SLYT) From AIB365, an Indian sketch comedy troupe.
posted by sweetkid on Sep 21, 2013 - 37 comments

"Ask Dr. Science. Remember he knows more than you do."

The comedy troupe Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre started in 1975 when five University of Iowa graduate students hoped to score some free beer. You may have heard Ask Dr. Science (Wikipedia) sketches on All Things Considered. Ask Dr. Science first ran in 1982 (or maybe on New Year's Day 1981) as a project of Duck's Breath members Dan Coffey and Merle Kessler on KQED. [more inside]
posted by knile on Sep 20, 2013 - 15 comments

Every night somebody's talking about something real

"2013 has brought an unprecedented wave of new late night shows, some more formally innovative than others. But years before The Colbert Report, another topical show occupied its coveted post-Daily Show spot. A mix of the roundtable debates of Politically Incorrect and the unpredictability of live standup, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn was possibly the purest form of comedy ever on television."
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 17, 2013 - 52 comments

But it can be

Question: Can you explain in one sentence or less [laughter] well you know what I mean, can you say why the Newsroom is the best show on Television? [SLFOD]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 16, 2013 - 86 comments

You make the best guacamole, Dineen!

Workout Wednesdays with Zach Anner! Let's do this! #1 / #2 / #3
posted by naju on Sep 9, 2013 - 23 comments

the courage to laugh back

Dave Chappelle did NOT "melt down" in front of a boisterous crowd in Hartford CT last week according to this report in Ebony magazine--him walking off the stage may say more about the audience than it did about him. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 9, 2013 - 118 comments

Grace is this incredible power in the world

""Pastrix" is a demeaning term used to refer to female ministers by certain Christians who believe in male-only pastoral ministry. But Denver-based Lutheran Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, a tattooed yet traditional liturgist, has reclaimed it as a title for her brand of faith. “It was an insult, and anytime you can reclaim an insult as a good thing, you win,” says Bolz-Weber." [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 8, 2013 - 23 comments

Our country is the whole world, and our law is liberty.

Accidental Death of An Anarchist is a 1983 television version of Belt & Braces Theatre Company's adaptation of Dario Fo's Morte accidentale di un anarchico, a satirical farce based on the real death in police custody of an Italian railway worker and and anarchist; featuring an entirely fictional Maniac invading a police station to expose police corruption and brutality. It contains more than traces of slapstick, Thatcher-era left-wing agitprop, terrible jokes, swearing, vigorous fourth-wall obliteration, great jokes, a fully-functional mock-up of a bomb (that is to say, a bomb), a musical number, a coffee break and a multiple-choice ending. Among other things. If you speak Italian, here is a presentation of an elderly Fo himself as the Maniac, for comparative purposes. If you don't speak Italian, you can still make the comparison, though somewhat less precisely. [more inside]
posted by Grangousier on Sep 4, 2013 - 5 comments

Mac and Chase, pen pals forever

Chase Utley Responds to Mac's letter from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Mac wrote a letter to Chase Utley five years ago and Chase finally responds.
posted by NoMich on Sep 4, 2013 - 23 comments

One plus two plus two plus one.

“Something Terrible Has Happened Here”: The Crazy Story Of How “Clue” Went From Forgotten Flop To Cult Triumph. (previously)
posted by crossoverman on Sep 2, 2013 - 210 comments

What do you mean?

What do you mean?
posted by roll truck roll on Aug 30, 2013 - 29 comments

This man is incredibly big in Sweden.

Magic for Beginners. SLYT
posted by Lutoslawski on Aug 27, 2013 - 19 comments

"And Lincoln wasn't a douchebag. He was like, ok, I'll meet with him."

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]
posted by medusa on Aug 26, 2013 - 24 comments

AAAOOO​UUUUUAAA​AAHHHH!!!

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:
YARD SALE, 8 BALL, BLADES, HOOPS, WICKETS, RACKETS, FUMES, TOOLS, JOCKS, TRICKS OF FURY
ENTER THE BOWLER, TIPSTER, PYRAMID, DOGGIE, JUGGLER, NEW YEAR, GARDNER
FIVE DISKS, LIBRARY, OFFICE, FIVE IRON OF DEATH
Remember kids, BE LIKE BILLY. BEHAVE YOURSELF!
posted by JHarris on Aug 26, 2013 - 22 comments

The Future, with Emily Heller

Gaze into the Past ... the Present ... the Future ... with psychic (and occasional comedian), Emily Heller, as she delves into the cards for Reggie Watts, Kal Penn, John Mulaney, Kenan Thompson, and Janeane Garofalo.
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 22, 2013 - 4 comments

“Live, from New York, it’s ‘Saturday Night’!”

The God of ‘SNL’ Will See You Now. "How do you please Lorne Michaels? Twenty-two ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast members – and one who came close – share tales of the audition that can make or break a career." Also, extended interviews with Kristin Wiig, Will Ferrel, Chevy Chase, Dana Carvey, Jimmy Fallon and Molly Shannon, on what it took to get hired for 'SNL.' Check out audition tapes from: Phil Hartman, Andy Kaufman, John Belushi, Jimmy Fallon, Dana Carvey: 1 & 2, and Dan Aykroyd. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 22, 2013 - 27 comments

STFU, Howard.

Monstergeddon is an annual, one-night tournament of monsters competing in various categories -- Best Kill, Most Unnecessary Collateral Damage, Sexiest Victim -- with the top prize being the coveted Killer Cup. The objective of the tournament is killing humans.
posted by Faint of Butt on Aug 21, 2013 - 23 comments

"to me a recycled tweet is like a rerun"

How one Twitter user got famous by allegedly stealing comedians’ tweets. Prominent Twitterer Sammy Rhodes has been caught plagiarizing so many tweets that a dedicated Tumblr exists to track them all. The wonderful Mr. Destructo chimes in with his own take.
posted by Rory Marinich on Aug 18, 2013 - 66 comments

Johnny Cummings is destroying America

In which Stephen Colbert exposes how Johnny Cummings is destroying the moral fabric of small-town America.
posted by saladin on Aug 16, 2013 - 46 comments

All the worst-rated videos in one handy place.

All the worst-rated videos in one handy place.
posted by KokuRyu on Aug 14, 2013 - 52 comments

Meet the Janoskians

The Janoskians are a group of five YouTube comedians from Melbourne, Australia renowned for their cringeworthy pranks on unsuspecting 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. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Aug 11, 2013 - 31 comments

...in theeeeese United States

Paul Scheer and friends have recreated a bunch of classic Arsenio Hall interviews with Scheer playing your host, ArScheerio Paul. [more inside]
posted by mintcake! on Aug 9, 2013 - 18 comments

Checked with my peeps...and they're feelin funky on this one.

Stephen Colbert holds dance party after Daft Punk pulled from show - Comedian and political satirist Stephen Colbert makes no secret his love of music on his late-night program The Colbert Report. But after a contractual conflict that scuttled a guest appearance by Daft Punk, Colbert unleashed his ire onto MTV and his parent company Viacom. Colbert Dances to Daft Punk's Get Lucky (direct link to video)
posted by dougzilla on Aug 7, 2013 - 167 comments

HOLD ME CLOSE

Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Will Forte & Ed Helms made the new Mumford & Sons video. The results are.....amazing.
posted by lazaruslong on Aug 4, 2013 - 171 comments

Sketch comedy made by men. Or whatever.

"Don't forget the cream" a video by the LA comedy troupe (and twitter masterclass) Women. Warning: many Women sketches are NSFW and almost none include actual women, or anyone else.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 30, 2013 - 13 comments

Why Don't You Google It?

Maria Bamford* has a new Web series called Ask My Mom!, wherein questions asked by the viewers are answered by Maria, playing her mother. Episodes thus far: #1 - SAD SACK #2 - SEX #3 - RAISING KIDS #4 - ABSTRACT #5 - RELIGION #6 - SHOW BUSINESS #7 - FAVORITE #8 - CHEERFUL #9 - A PRIVATE MOMENT [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Jul 26, 2013 - 29 comments

Writing On Not Writing

Comedian Stewart Lee gave an hour long talk earlier this year on the place of writing, or not writing, in standup comedy. Last week, the UK comedy website Chortle took some of his comments mentioning comedians who use writers, and stirred up a minor controversy. Lee has since released a statement to clarify the context.
posted by rollick on Jul 20, 2013 - 19 comments

Alas Smith

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 and Bean. He also played the albino in The Princess Bride. (Previous) [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jul 20, 2013 - 57 comments

The crows seemed to be calling his name, thought Caw.

Jack Handey Is the Envy of Every Comedy Writer in America. The New York Times profiles funny guy Jack Handey as his first work of fiction, The Stench of Honolulu, goes on sale tomorrow. (Read the first three chapters here.) Handey, of course, is best known for his Deep Thoughts, and for his SNL sketches, including the classic Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer. He's also a hilarious essayist: some of my favorites include What I'd Say to the Martians, Ideas for Paintings, My Nature Documentary, The Plan, and How I Want to Be Remembered.
posted by Rory Marinich on Jul 15, 2013 - 87 comments

"And then he shot you twice for flinching."

Dave Shumka's account of being shot after a comedy show is equal parts hilarious and terrifying. (Starts at 4:25) [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Jul 11, 2013 - 28 comments

Do me a favour: cancel all your other bookmarks

Serious Australian actor and illusionist Claudia O'Doherty has come to the UK to make some viral videos for her family's travel agency.
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED on Jul 6, 2013 - 20 comments

Hang On, I Turned Into Two Ugly Guys And A Dog

Splitsider presents - The Top Eleven Sketch Comedy Groups On The Internet, featuring many Metafilter favorites. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jul 6, 2013 - 13 comments

Kid Snippets

Kid snippets.
posted by mudpuppie on Jul 1, 2013 - 22 comments

"The greatest trainwreck...ever."

SNL's Bill Hader, Rob Klein, and Jon Solomon discuss "Song for Daddy", the sketch with host Justin Bieber that never made it past dress rehearsal.
posted by Room 641-A on Jun 27, 2013 - 32 comments

Looking good, Billy Ray! Feeling good, Louis!

It's been 30 years since Trading Places was released.
posted by COD on Jun 27, 2013 - 141 comments

America can, should, must, and will blow up the moon.

The 24 best Mr. Show sketches, in order (with video). The influential sketch comedy show is 20 years old this year, but has generally aged surprisingly well (and has been remarkably prescient about blowing up the moon). Topless Robot has a different top 10, so does Cracked. A great AV Club interview with David Cross, Scott Auckerman, and others details how one complex sketch came together.
posted by blahblahblah on Jun 24, 2013 - 90 comments

We Hate Movies

We Hate Movies is a hilariously nerdy and affectionate podcast about bad movies. Its sister show, Blame It On Outer Space, mocks conspiracy theories and paranormal tall tales.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Jun 19, 2013 - 5 comments

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