## ♫ When they're scared go and comfort them! ♫

There are 100 ways to love a cat.
posted by BeerFilter on Aug 26, 2010 - 100 comments

## Emo Philips is on both lists.

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.
posted by Faint of Butt on Aug 23, 2010 - 235 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

## "Does it count number of smashed watermelons?"

Can a stand-up comedian's performance be objectively evaluated and ranked? In the recent documentary I Am Comic [imdb | clips], Steve Roye demonstrates his product, the Comedy Evaluator Pro. A "Positive Audience Response" (PAR) score is the percentage of PAR during the time the comedian is on the stage (not taking into account other factors such as venue size, etc.). Of course, this method stirs controversy about the art vs. science of stand-up. Ritch Shydner, the protagonist of I Am Comic, thinks that booking agents shouldn't rely on PAR scores to choose who gets to be on stage, while the director of I Am Comic, Jordan Brady, disagrees, seeing PAR as a way to elevate the quality of stand-up. So, drum roll, please: Who is the world's funniest comedian? According to PAR score, it's J.R. Redwater, during this bit at the Pow Wow Comedy Jam. [agree | disagree]
posted by not_on_display on Aug 19, 2010 - 112 comments

## Holy moleeds

Am I supposed to be laughing or taking notes? Comic Charles Fleischer, who played Carvelli on Welcome Back, Kotter and voiced Roger Rabbit, gives a Ted talk which degenerates into what appears to be a dissertation about the number 37 and its relationship to string theory, delivered in a rapidly shifting sequence of accents; watch the audience get more and more uncomfortable as they try to figure out whether they're watching a stand-up routine, a Kaufmannesque prank, or a guy going crazy right before their eyes. TED should have known what they were getting; Fleischer has been performing some form of this routine for decades. (Warning: numbered suit.) Transcript of the routine. Fleischer's strange myspace page. (Warning: strange music/talking on click which I can't figure out how to turn off.)
posted by escabeche on Aug 12, 2010 - 17 comments

## In our house we no longer say, "Who is John Galt?" Instead we say, "Who's our little princess?"

Our Daughter Isn't a Selfish Brat; Your Son Just Hasn't Read Atlas Shrugged.
posted by Chipmazing on Aug 12, 2010 - 115 comments

## let's roll with Joel Hodgson's TV Wheel

"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:
posted by item on Aug 11, 2010 - 41 comments

## "No, the sign said “water is not portable.” “Potable?” Is that another one from Doug’s Dictionary Of Words He Pulls Out Of His Ass?"

Misery Bear: Goes to London - Celebrates Christmas - Has a day off - Gets a Valentine's card - Looks forward to the World Cup
posted by afx237vi on Jul 30, 2010 - 18 comments

## But that would make me MJ / So motha fuck all y'all

Stand up comedian and Community star Donald Glover made Internet waves as an unsuccessful candidate to play Spiderman, but his fans may miss his rap career as Childish Gambino, where Glover addresses his struggle to be taken seriously as a musician, the perils of wealth, growing up a nerd, and being in love. Rap lyrics and stand up NSFW.
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Jul 22, 2010 - 17 comments

## I want you to imagine your mom, in the context of that sentence, right........now.

Why Back to the Future is secretly horrifying. NSFW, possible trigger alert for use of the "r" word.
posted by lazaruslong on Jul 20, 2010 - 129 comments

## This is a partial list.

Bob Ducca isn't just the saddest divorced man in the world, he's also an addict of 12 Step recovery programs, a sufferer of ailments unrecognized by the medical community, a remote controlled motor boat enthusiast, and the holder of the world record for longest sigh.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 18, 2010 - 13 comments

## Princess Complex

On comedienne Whitney Cummings new blog Princess Complex, she contemplates such topics as poorly designed wedding dresses, her eerie resemblance to Doug Henning, camelflage, and cookies that increase your breast size..
posted by puny human on Jul 5, 2010 - 27 comments

## A Paranoid, Right-Wing, Watermelon-Smashing Maniac

The horror of Gallagher
posted by Artw on Jul 2, 2010 - 253 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.
posted by Rhaomi on Jun 29, 2010 - 86 comments

## Surely you can't be serious?

“There is one line in ‘Zero Hour!’ where a stewardess says, completely seriously, ‘The life of everyone on board depends upon just one thing: finding someone back there who can not only fly this plane, but who didn’t have fish for dinner,’ ” Mr. Abrahams said. “That was the essence of the movie. We just repeated the line. We didn’t have to change a thing.”

Airplane! (known in Australia as Flying High!) turns 30
posted by crossoverman on Jun 28, 2010 - 186 comments

## One Whole Roasted Chicken for Steve to use as a puppet...

Steve Martin's Tour Rider Leaked!
posted by dobbs on Jun 26, 2010 - 78 comments

## Timperley Sunset

RIP Chris Sievey aka Frank Sidebottom.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jun 21, 2010 - 33 comments

## Comedy Rule of 365

Joe Janes is a writer, director and teacher for the Second City Training Center and Columbia College Chicago. While in the classroom, Janes always had advice for what his students should avoid. His best advice on how to be a better writer? Write. Every. Day. And that's what he decided to do starting January 19, 2010, for 365 days.
posted by twintone on Jun 16, 2010 - 24 comments

## Maal-cooom!

A short film about Malcolm Hardee's legendary Tunnel Club
posted by Grangousier on Jun 11, 2010 - 17 comments

## "I've got Kevin Costner on the phone. He'll know what to do for sure."

How BP cleans up a coffee spill. (SLYT)
posted by jbickers on Jun 10, 2010 - 53 comments

## Don't forget to STAAAAAY DEEE-EE-EE MENTED!

End of an Era / Mental Health Care Announcement: Doctor Demento is retiring from the airwaves after 40 years in the looney biz. If you're one of his patients, that's the bad news: "He has come to agree with his manager and his family that it's necessary. The broadcast has been losing money for some time."   The good news is that he'll continue producing shows for his own website's visitors every week for \$2 a pop, for all you junk music junkies.
posted by not_on_display on Jun 8, 2010 - 57 comments

## you're dancing to the news

You're listening grooving to ABC News in Australia, or 7 News, or Ten. And now, over to the UK for the BBC or Sky News. Don't listen to the others! They are false prophets!
posted by divabat on May 27, 2010 - 15 comments

## You’re going to be signing hella autographs

Sorry I'm Late! is one of many sweet user-generated videos popping up on Atom.com.
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 24, 2010 - 27 comments

## Comedian David Mitchell shares his opinions

David Mitchell's Soap Box features The Peep Show's David Mitchell giving his opinions on various topics. The new series starts with Mitchell pondering the myth of King Cnut attempting to turn back the tides. The comedian has covered many issues, such as respect for the elderly, beer and being asked how much one earns. You can also subscribe to the series as a video podcast [iTunes link]
posted by Kattullus on May 19, 2010 - 30 comments

## This chronological wang-dang-doodle could destroy the very matrix of reality.

The Physics of Futurama David X Cohen, producer of Futurama, explains how there's actual, legitimate physics in the show, why not.
posted by shmegegge on May 16, 2010 - 56 comments

## A Renaissance Fair(e) for the Web

Renaissance Fair(e)s are fun(ny). All's Faire is a web comedy series about the fictional Southeastern Delaware Renaissance Faire and its actors/employees.
posted by k8t on May 8, 2010 - 31 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

## Tonight we're gonna party like it's nineteen ninety-six

Your Old Crap Website - This blog is to celebrate the time when web design wasn’t limited by web standards and convention, and when the office geek was given full reign to set up the website on his own since the bosses probably couldn’t see the point in having one.
posted by Artw on Apr 24, 2010 - 45 comments

## Every Joke is Terrible

[lets start this off] Everything is Terrible presents several comedy VHS tapes with everything left out but the sexism, racism, and homophobia. The Great Ray, COMEDY ON A VHS TAPE MACHINE!!!?, Rush Limbaugh Sure Is Funny, and Gross Jokes. [applause]
posted by The Devil Tesla on Apr 20, 2010 - 18 comments

## Rob Paravonian's Life as a Comic

Life as a Comic is series of short videos by Rob Paravonian (famous for The Pachelbel Rant) about what it's like to be a working stand-up comic. It has recently started up again after a long break. Here's the first episode which is about doing gigs at venues which aren't full-time comedy clubs. Direct links to the rest of the episodes, all of which are in quicktime-format, below the cut.
posted by Kattullus on Apr 19, 2010 - 14 comments

## So long ago he's doing a Rae Dawn Chong joke

A 1989 NYU student film (shot by Judah Friedlander) asks "Who is Chris Rock?" (via)
posted by Horace Rumpole on Apr 19, 2010 - 17 comments

## You Can Do What You Wanna Do

Debuting 20 years ago, In Living Color launched the Hollywood careers of Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, David Allen Grier, most of the Wayans family, Jennifer Lopez and Rosie Perez. The comedy might not have aged all that well, but the musical performances and parodies are still a lot of fun.
posted by empath on Apr 14, 2010 - 86 comments

## "Hiii. You know what's awkward?"

Natalie Tran (communitychannel on youtube) is a bit of a Youtube sensation, with more Australians subscribing to her channel than any other. She has made over two hundred videos on a variety of subjects. Whether she's teaching you important beauty tips, teaching us home decor and cleanliness, or dazzling us with her music, it's true that her forte lies in discussing the everyday. (NSFW, cursing)
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 13, 2010 - 28 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

## "In three months I’ve gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I’m headed to basic cable. My plan is working perfectly."

Though most were betting on the former Tonight Show host to end up with a show on FOX, Conan O'Brien has confirmed today that he will do a late night show for cable network TBS at 11pm, starting in November. There was no word on the status of the masturbating bear.
posted by kyleg on Apr 12, 2010 - 73 comments

## PIGS... IN... SPAAAAACE!

Pigs in Space appeared in over 30 Muppet Show episodes and spoofed contemporary science fiction television series. Most of them are now on YouTube or other video streaming sites. Links inside.
posted by cog_nate on Apr 9, 2010 - 52 comments

On August 8, 1997, the audience of Late Night with Conan O'Brien was made up entirely of eight-year-old children. The episode in five parts: one, two, three, four and five. Andy Richter remembers on This American Life (starting at 50 minutes).
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Apr 8, 2010 - 30 comments

## Out of Tandem

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

## Boys who like girls who like girls like their boys.

Boys Will Be Girls, Girls Will Be Boys
posted by empath on Apr 5, 2010 - 73 comments

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

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

## This movie is the worst thing ever made by a human. Except for the bagpipes.

You might have thought The Phantom Menace was the worst movie ever made, but no - it's Attack of the Clones. And RedLetterMedia is here to tell you exactly why. Parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, and nine.
posted by flatluigi on Apr 4, 2010 - 310 comments

## Celebrities... Hoy, Alan Moore

Alan Moore, the Northampton Wizard, as you've never seen him before - SLYT, Spanish with subtitles.
posted by Artw on Mar 29, 2010 - 29 comments

## "Who Cares!"

Funnyman and "All American immigrant" Joe Wong at this year's RTCA dinner [SYTL]
posted by sk381 on Mar 25, 2010 - 13 comments

## The Ballad of Johnny D

I have never seen a man fail so thoroughly and just keep taking this kind of abuse.” (cache)
posted by jtron on Mar 23, 2010 - 63 comments

## Ladies and Gentlemen, Jonathan Goldstein!

If you enjoy Jonathan Goldstein's contributions to This American Life or his recent book Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible! you'll probably enjoy the quirky, self-depricating comedy of his newly podcast (previously) CBC show WireTap, now in its sixth season.
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Mar 21, 2010 - 23 comments

## Who's Laughing Now?

Mobutu Sese Seko of Et tu, Mr. Destructo? has written an excellent deconstruction of sitcom laugh tracks at Something Awful. (last embedded video is probably NSFW)
posted by threetoed on Mar 18, 2010 - 42 comments

## Reappropriated Film Festival

"Charlie Rose" by Samuel Beckett was recently posted in a separate thread, but it's hardly the first example of filmmaking based on reusing footage out of context. Among the more recent examples of the genre are Jandrew Edits (containing footage from Star Trek: the Next Generation) and the Japanese Okusan Domon Desu (and the fourth episode. It may help to have seen the original G Gundam too). It's also been the basis for a couple of feature-length, real-theater-type movies, including Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and Kung Pow! Enter the Fist (Wiki links), though in those cases, to be fair, they had new footage filmed to tie the bits together. Naturally, the technique tends to lend itself to comedy.
posted by DoctorFedora on Mar 9, 2010 - 13 comments

## The Best Scene Wasn't Broadcast

A sublime prank on an SNL audience: Zach Galifianakis shaves his beard (SLHP).
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot on Mar 8, 2010 - 48 comments

## Funny or Die's Presidential Reunion

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