The Room: The Movie.
Triple-threat (actor/writer/director) Tommy Wiseau
made his cinematic debut in 2003 with the The Room
and various scenes
), "a blend between a
softcore porn flick and a Tennessee Williams stageplay."
Wiseau ("who's not just one of the most unusual looking
an unidentifiable Eastern European accent-leading men ever to
grace the screen, but a narcissist nonpareil whose movie makes Vincent Gallo's "The Brown Bunny"
the apotheosis of cinematic self-restraint...may be something of a first: A movie that
prompts most of its viewers to ask for their money back-before even
30 minutes have passed." - Variety
), allegedly raised $6 million outside Hollywood to cover production and marketing costs
of the self-described "black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies" (see various rough dress rehersals
Audience members, including comedian
, have been "marveling at the bizarre editing, bad bluescreen, uncomfortably explicit
sex scenes and, of course, the enigma of Wiseau himself"
as the film
played monthly for years
in Los Angeles. Available on
DVD, diehard "roomies" swear by the
shout out their own commentary
, hurl spoons at the screen
and singalong to the soundtrack
. Some call it "The Rocky Horror of the New Millenium"
and stage "Room"
. If you look at the marketing campaign
or survived a screening
you might see The Room as "a seminar on how
NOT to make a movie."
posted by boost ventilator
on Jun 1, 2006 -
Lost in translation.
British Comedian Stewart Lee explores comedy in Germany and finds it stymied by the peculiarities of language and sentence construction. Mark Liberman at Language Log disagrees
. And an extended essay by Josh Schonwald explores in greater depth how the German comedy scene is transitioning
(PDF) from the more traditional kabernett to a burgeoning stand-up comedy scene, which is characterized by one observer as being in "the Bob Hope phase of comedy."
posted by madamjujujive
on May 26, 2006 -
Adult Swim Fix.
Streaming full-length Adult Swim episodes twenty-four hours a day online. Seven archival episodes will be available at all times, while premieres will continue to debut on Fridays, two days before they appear on-air.
posted by ND¢
on Apr 27, 2006 -
It's F'ing Dethklok!
Also known as Death Klok Metacolpyse, this cartoon from the creator of Home Movies will debut 20 episodes on Cartoon Network in August. It's been called "Spinal Tap meets Scooby Doo meets Norway, and will feature guest appearances by metal superstars. It'll be months before the high decibel violence and comedy commences, meanwhile comedy and metal nerds can see this 82 second leak.
posted by Blingo
on Apr 16, 2006 -
Never ever borrow a friend's mobile
, trust hitch hikers
or strangers in furry costumes
, never get distracted
, worry about the first time
or about your young son not being manly enough
, and most of all never, ever forget stuff
. Also, remember to always be nice to your enemies
, your granny
, but don't be too nice to your neighbours
, and don't forget to get the car washed
. Lots more brilliant short films
viewable online from UK's Channel 4 Film (Real/WM streams).
posted by funambulist
on Mar 31, 2006 -
Get your free crown of thorns with every meal!
We're all going to hell but hey, with a vinegar sponge drink to keep us going and a handy game of Pin the Noose on Judas, the trip's gonna be a lot more fun..
A short comedy from Benjamin Hershleder
and Rik Swartzwelder
, but get it quick cause it won't be around forever!
posted by Nugget
on Mar 1, 2006 -
Anyone presently surfing the net at work may appreciate Powerloafing w/ Cubicle Carl
. This miniature sitcom about a guy who goofs off takes place entirely in a cubicle – an admittedly thin premise that delivers more comedy than expected, with the current episode placing that cubicle on the Starship Enterprise. It’s co-produced by an Emmy award winning comedy writer
, (Mr. Show, Chris Rock Show, Mad TV) and a group of alt-comedians you'll recognize if you're a comedy nerd, including: supernerd Brian Posehn
and supergeek Blaine Capatch
. Interesting side note: it’s shot on a fake office set
in a small apartment in North Hollywood. Everyone works for free, even the semi-celebs, and it’s Creative Commons,
. NSFW, due to undeniable goof-off element.
posted by Blingo
on Feb 2, 2006 -
Ask a Republican. Hello! I often get asked questions about Republican policy by greasy-haired liberal hippies. Seattle was no exception in Sept of 2005. It was teeming with them. May God bless you and America
. Quicktime videos [via the monkey]
posted by srboisvert
on Jan 28, 2006 -
Sometimes movies don't finish the way we'd like
. Short, off-beat, animated re-imaginings of selected movie endings, in torrent and .wmv format. The archives
are yet young, but might be worth keeping an eye on for future chuckles.
posted by Gator
on Jan 25, 2006 -
(quicktime, direct link) is a short absurdist comedy sketch about a couple who meet, fall in love & celebrate 101 blissful years together in a mall photobooth. via
posted by jonson
on Dec 9, 2005 -
Internet based comedy troupe from NYC. Updated Thursdays with sketch comedy and musical
(and sometimes political
) "white box sessions". They also do a live show downtown the first and third Saturday of the month. Their Myspace
has showtimes listed.
Got tipped off to these guys after catching their live show by chance and I've been following them ever since.
posted by xmod2
on Nov 18, 2005 -
It's Friday. It's early. You beat your coworkers into the office. Now for some fun go load up the Office Poltergeist
server onto their machines, note their IP address, and wait a few hours. Later today you can send text to their screen, send sounds, move their windows slightly, and open their CD tray. If you're careful, you can probably keep pranking someone for hours using this. [via MeFi Projects
posted by mathowie
on Nov 11, 2005 -
Creationist author Michael Behe: "Astrology is a scientific theory".
If, that is, you use his definition of theory. Behe, you may recall, is the grand high poobah of "intelligent design", the theory that states that somebody (who totally
doesn't have to be God)
designed all life on Earth. It seems the latest iteration of the Scopes Monkey Trial isn't going so well for Mr. Behe. Even the courtroom audience is laughing at him.
posted by darukaru
on Oct 19, 2005 -