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That will cost extra

Australian comic Jim Jefferies tells a story: Last Wish for a Friend [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Aug 1, 2011 - 12 comments

Orange you glad you got your Nickelodeon?

Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game. As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert -- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon. Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire. Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat." But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple, and All That. To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 25, 2011 - 116 comments

Like a person with dignity and respect

School of French Kissing for Dogs {Warning: Lots and Lots of Humans Making out with Dogs} [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 13, 2011 - 59 comments

"Don't steal from *this* show! That's like taking pants from a hobo!"

After Kad & Olivier sign off and the Satisfaction production logo fades, viewing audiences are oftentimes treated to a cold open of an empty talk show set... one that quickly becomes the impromptu dance floor for a shameless Frenchman making an absolute giddy fool of himself while lip-syncing pop songs alongside a menagerie of... wait, *what*?! That's right. The Late Late Show's Craig Ferguson appears to have a not-so-secret French admirer -- one who's not above ripping off both his opening titles and his signature dance sequences (including the iconic animal puppets): "ABC" by The Jackson 5, "Flashdance" by Irene Cara, "On the Floor" by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull, "Waka Waka" by Shakira, "Men in Black" by Will Smith, "Let's All Chant" by the Michael Zager Band, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!, "It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls, and "Vive Le Vent (Jingle Bells)" by Tino Rossi. Luckily, Ferguson's sense of showmanship is more prodigious than litigious -- he responded to Arthur's "homáge" by booking a pair of translatlantic crossover shows, with Arthur visiting LA that week and Ferguson flying out to Paris just last month. Video of both shows (plus lots more) inside! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 11, 2011 - 12 comments

27 Xs Followed By An L

Billy puts on some new clothes and looks nice for once. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 22, 2011 - 76 comments

Its like TED but with more fluffy armchairs, tents and english accents

HowTheLightGetsIn is an annual festival of philosophy and music where "Leading thinkers in every field mix with cutting edge musicians to excite the imagination and renew the spirit." Talks from the 2011 event have recently been posted online and are well worth a watch. Highlights include Gerald Moore, Lewis Wolpert & Mark Vernon discussing faith , Richard Schoch on happiness, Lauren Booth discussing her conversion from "hedonistic libertarian to islam" Frank Furedi on the rules of the political elite and the Funny Women Awards which does what it says on the tin.
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory on Jun 22, 2011 - 6 comments

Plus, my competition gets pretty distracted by my cock

Dildo Sport: the first strap-on athletic accessory that helps you play hard and win big!. SLVimeo; 1.20, NSFW. [more inside]
posted by bwg on Jun 9, 2011 - 21 comments

"No, no, you can just talk to the comedian anytime!"

[NSFW: swear words galore] Hecklers, the bane of many a performance. Here you can watch a documentary about Hecklers [ part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - part 4 ] and other critics. Someone at the beginning of that "Heckler" movie says something like, "A show was never made better because of a heckler." If only all of the banter was as funny as when Matt Walsh was heckled at SXSW. More often, it's like how Kyle Kinane states right off the bat during his act: "Every trainwreck needs a fuckin’ caboose; let’s get it over with," before he launches into a semi-drunken 9-minute conversation/shoutfest. But every once in a while, you get the perfect "point, counterpoint" moment. Let's see how different stand-up comedians react when the social contract of audience/performer is broken. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on May 16, 2011 - 96 comments

Jerry Seinfeld Launches JerrySeinfeld.com

Jerry Seinfeld launches jerryseinfeld.com.
posted by Avenger50 on May 6, 2011 - 72 comments

Everything's made up, and the points don't matter

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 (promo, 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 (UK version) - List of game types [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Apr 11, 2011 - 49 comments

Just one little tweak

As if magicked into existence by wonderful twitter hashtag #hollywoodpostitnotes: It's When Harry Met Sally 2, now starring Helen Mirren.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 6, 2011 - 20 comments

Fine British political snark

10 O'Clock Live is a show currently airing on Channel 4 in the UK. It could be considered a British take on the Daily Show, but longer, weekly, with more discussion, and performed live. MeFi favorite Charlie Brooker is one of their presenters, along with David Mitchel, Lauren Laverne and Jimmy Carr. While focused on British issues, the show sometimes covers international topics, and is wildly funny. Here are some highlights:
Charlie Brooker: On Gaddafi - On Berlusconi - On the 'Big Society' - On Sarah Palin - On the iPad 2 - On the English Defense League & the Daily Star - On Ed Miliband (Leader of the Labour Party, beating out his brother David) - On Prince Andrew
David Mitchell: On political hyperbole - On language in the media - On encouraging rich people to immigrate - On what to do with the Olympic Stadium
Jimmy Carr: As Berlusconi - On Product Placement
Lauren Laverne: Guide for new democracies - Inside the brain of Ed Miliband - British PR companies helping tyrants
Everyone on David Cameron on The One Show (this one's awesome)
[more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 24, 2011 - 84 comments

For all the winners out there

Adam Buxton (of that Adam & Joe) has a victory song for a bad winner.
posted by Katemonkey on Feb 26, 2011 - 10 comments

Happy Trails (of Tarnation) To You

Nicholas Gurewitch, the insane genius behind the surreal webcomic The Perry Bible Fellowship, is now the co-creator of a new online live-action series, an Adult Swim-ish psychedelic-comedy Western: Trails of Tarnation. The first episode is up...NOW. [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Feb 23, 2011 - 37 comments

Behind Every Great Man

The Real Housewives of Civil Rights [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata on Feb 15, 2011 - 2 comments

Can Katy Perry Do That?

Hey! It's the Zooey Deschanel Show. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 30, 2011 - 60 comments

So I can cuddle them in heaven!

God's Press Conference [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 28, 2011 - 38 comments

Craig got his million.

Craig Rowin asked the internet for a million dollars, and apparently the internet is going to deliver. Now, the caveat is that the check for a million dollars will be handed to Craig during an improv show, so is it just a publicity stunt? Time will tell. Previously.
posted by taumeson on Jan 19, 2011 - 20 comments

It's that time of year again...

THE HOMEMADE XMAS VIDEO by Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones from 1986 (1, 2, 3, 4)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 23, 2010 - 3 comments

If I had a million dollars...

Craig Rowin asks: "Please Give Me One Million Dollars" (2, 3)
posted by The Devil Tesla on Dec 21, 2010 - 34 comments

"Portland is a city where young people go to retire."

Dream of the 90's is a short music video promoting the upcoming sketch comedy series Portlandia, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Dec 17, 2010 - 71 comments

Cassetteboy - Festive Christmas 2010

Cassetteboy - Festive Christmas 2010 (NSFW audio) (previously 1 2 3) (bonus NSFW Harry Potter trailer)
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Dec 17, 2010 - 2 comments

Catch My Disease

After a viral pandemic struck the world a few years ago, scientists had to scramble to stop the spread of the virus but they could do nothing for those who had already been infected. Now those who were exposed face their biggest challenge yet.... High School. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 2, 2010 - 10 comments

I ain't afraid of no thunder!

Thunder Busters! [slyt]
posted by cthuljew on Oct 3, 2010 - 9 comments

Q to the E to the D

Futurama 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.
posted by Rhaomi on Aug 22, 2010 - 130 comments

Christ, what a Masshole

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]
posted by Rhaomi on Jun 29, 2010 - 86 comments

Mencia Jr.

We've talked 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
posted by Saxon Kane on May 1, 2010 - 138 comments

Coming Out Insurance

"When we found out Bobby Jay was gay, we was terrified we'd lose our beautiful home." Because having a gay child can be very expensive.
posted by hippybear on Apr 12, 2010 - 81 comments

Out of Tandem

Shut Up and Ride. A short video about breaking up.
posted by msalt on Apr 8, 2010 - 3 comments

Pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-POWER BLOOOOOOOO

Old Spice Deodorant hired Tim and Eric to make some commercials. Via [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 5, 2010 - 71 comments

The wildest bachelorette party on the internet

Girls Night Out [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 23, 2010 - 22 comments

Ambiguous movie (and TV) endings resolved.

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.
posted by meadowlark lime on Nov 12, 2009 - 51 comments

A female milk man? That's rich.

If there's one thing that MeFites are absolutely universal in loving, it's the TV show Mad Men. Right? Right? Well, here's something that even the haters will enjoy : Milk Men - A Mad Men Parody
posted by Afroblanco on Nov 7, 2009 - 61 comments

Dawn French interviews Russell Brand

Russell Brand talks to Dawn French about comedy, revealing a peculiar and compelling intelligence apparently gleaned from TV and substance abuse. Part 1, 2, 3, 4 [YT]
posted by mhjb on Nov 5, 2009 - 14 comments

Battle for Milkquarious

Battle for Milkquarious - The greatest Rock Opera ever made. About milk. [Flash, dairy advertising] [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Nov 2, 2009 - 20 comments

La Comédie Musicale

French musical comedies 1918-1940 [French]. Non-French can still appreciate the programmes, photographs, music and videos.
posted by tellurian on Aug 24, 2009 - 12 comments

SNL Auditions

Saturday Night Live Auditions (all YT links): Phil Hartman, John Belushi, Dana Carvey (2), Will Ferrell, and Jim Breuer (2), (3).
posted by Ufez Jones on Aug 14, 2009 - 28 comments

He's got a million of 'em

That Lord! He's always coming up with one brilliant idea or another. Godless Comedy from The Beeb's That Mitchell and Webb Look.
posted by captnkurt on Jul 20, 2009 - 37 comments

Incredigreat

I'm On a Boat, Featuring T-pain (NSFWork or Landlubbers) [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 10, 2009 - 56 comments

Playing him out.

Henry Hey's new Bush Song. (SLYTP; previously; via waxy.) [more inside]
posted by progosk on Jan 30, 2009 - 14 comments

SARAH PALIN'S BAADASSSSS SONG

PALIN SONG
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Oct 22, 2008 - 58 comments

Being Productive on Salvia

Driving on Salvia, from the series Being Productive on Salvia. Previously
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Sep 14, 2008 - 134 comments

Coal.

Coal. Cheap, Abundant, Clean.
posted by brownpau on Jul 25, 2008 - 44 comments

Invade New Zealand

Invade New Zealand. (Flash video) (Rocks out) (Invades your monitor)
posted by ardgedee on Jul 10, 2008 - 21 comments

Super Jesus!!!

Jack English American presents I Hate Britain Day.
(Just pretend it's yesterday, ok? And ignore the Baywatch chick.) [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Jul 5, 2008 - 19 comments

First!

"Wow, a new user... That's Great! We'd be happy to show you the ropes!" a PSA on conversation starters in forums and comment threads online that have never been heard or used before. Brought to you by Red Vs. Blue.
posted by Del Far on Jun 25, 2008 - 18 comments

All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.

Charlie Chaplin Filter. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on May 26, 2008 - 22 comments

Runaway Box

I Guess You'll Do - Runaway Box is my new Funnyordie - It all started with Honest R&B. OMG, look at John's Erection.
posted by hypersloth on May 15, 2008 - 7 comments

It's college, things happen

Eliza Skinner is well known in New York improv comedy circles for her work with Glennis McMurray in I Eat Pandas, the musical improv duo that does in an hour "what it takes Andrew Lloyd Weber YEARS to do ... crap out a musical from start to finish." The duo have had a tough time getting a TV deal (language NSFW), but Eliza's Internet fame has been growing. In videos from her one-woman show Shameless!, she "puts raw, repellent desperation front and center" as an overbearing mother of a freshman college student and a desperate, ditzy club girl.
posted by chinese_fashion on Mar 4, 2008 - 12 comments

24: The Unaired 1994 Pilot

It's 1994, there's a bomb in Los Angeles, and THERE'S NO TIME! Will Jack Bauer save the world with AOL 3.0?
posted by dhammond on Nov 8, 2007 - 45 comments

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