is a series
of vignettes featuring same-sex couples definitely not
meeting the loves of their lives.
The new TV show "The Samaritans"
is a mockumentary inspired by The Office about the perils – and pleasures – of the “NGO world”. Created by a Kenya-based production company, it chronicles the work of Aid for Aid – an NGO that, in the words of its creator, “does nothing.”
Over at Warscape, some wry advice
for a "development officer of a not-for-profit yearning for a celebrity of your very own" after Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern flubbed her "African adventure,"
mixing up Dakar with Darfur. “We have to break in our new celebrities slowly,” confides Sarah Wilson, a World Vision representative who is chaperoning McGovern on the trip. “There will be lots of breaks so she doesn’t get overloaded.”
) (more previouslier
"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.
is an upcoming action-comedy movie from Swedish director David Sandberg. The trailer, at least, is a pitch-perfect celebration of everything that made 80s action movies ridiculous and wonderful. [more inside]
With another week to go before the Superbowl, tide yourself over with a brand-spankin'-new NFL Bad Lip Reading Video!
originally aired on television between 1985-1986, and in reruns on Nick at Nite from 1987-1989. Every episode is a spoof of a classic movie where the video is the original (although edited to fit the show’s half-hour format) but all the dialogue is overdubbed with humorous dialogue. [more inside]
♪ "Believe it or not, I'm walkin on air.
I never thought I could feel so free....
Flying away on a wing and a prayer,
Who could it be?
Believe it or not, it's just me." ♫ [more inside]
The Gap Mannequin Project
is pretty simple: guy dresses up like mannequins at The Gap and stands next to them, but the results are pretty awesome.
Richard Pryor moved to New York City in 1963
, where he performed regularly in clubs alongside performers such as Bob Dylan and Woody Allen. He even opened for singer and pianist Nina Simone, who talked of his early nervousness, when she put her "arms around him there in the dark and rocked him like a baby until he calmed down." You can see something of that young man in this clip of Pryor singing a bit of jazzy blues in 1966
. The performance is also available on YouTube
with slightly better quality, but faded in from different scene. [more inside]
In this series of ISIS orientation films, Dr. Krieger will be answering frequently asked questions from new team members. Season five of Archer
premieres Monday, January 13th on FX. [more inside]
"Basically what Dan is doing is re-grounding the characters, who last year kind of got out of hand. I've said this about the series, that it's like an Edgar Wright movie in a way. All the characters in Shaun of the Dead were very grounded and normal, no one was a caricature of anything. But there's a zombie apocalypse happening outside. That's how I see Community — we have to deal with real stuff, like the loss of Pierce, in a bizarre world." Joel McHale discusses the fifth season of Community
, which premieres tonight with creator and once-fired show runner Dan Harmon
back in control
. [more inside]
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]
and The Thrilling Adventure Hour
present A War of Two Worlds
, a multi-part, crossover, podcast event spectacular. Written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker and improvised by Superego, The WorkJuicePlayers, and special guests. Written and
improvised? Yes! [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]
Designer/Artist Phil Jones decided to do something to both honor and play with those ubiquitous real estate ads on bus benches seen in cities by recreating every photo of a realtor with a picture of himself, then pasting it over the originals
. It's odd, amazing and Buzzfeed of all people has some followup with the artist
In 1972, National Lampoon
expanded into recorded comedy with Radio Dinner
. The album
was largely a star turn for a young NatLamp
contributor named Christopher Guest; when the magazine followed up on Radio Dinner's
success by sponsoring an off-Broadway "satirical joke-rock mock-concert musical comedy semi-revue,"
he was tapped to perform in it alongside a drummer named Chevy Chase and a 24-year-old John Belushi. National Lampoon's Lemmings
(original cast album
) was another hit, running for 350 performances of Woodstock parody and Joe Cocker mockery
editor Michael O'Donaghue decided the time was right to take the brand to a weekly radio show. He brought the stars of Lemmings
back for it, together with Belushi's old Second City castmates Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, and Brian Doyle-Murray. Harry Shearer, Doug Kenney, and Richard Belzer helped round out the cast of The National Lampoon Radio Hour
. [You should probably just assume that all YT links are NSF playing out loud at W.]
I’ll always remember it. It was the last time I saw her
"The whole Monty Python group was there, most of us from the show, a lot of other funny people, and Gilda."
–Can you tell us in 25 seconds a synopsis of your new picture
–Uh, in 25 seconds? Yes, it's a picture, it's a drama about um human emotion in the United States, it deals with the tragedy of divorce as it relates to the child and those who have to suffer continually from the effects of an unhappy home.
–Sounds like a very serious picture.
–Yes. It is.
–There's no comedy in it whatsoever?
–No, I try and keep as much comedy out of my films as possible.
A 40-minute Woody Allen from 1971 promoting Bananas
. He does not answer a single question truthfully. via
is graphic designer Clif Dickens
' take on popular brands and what their slogans really should be. Highlights: Sperry
("You probably haven't even been on a boat"), Web MD
("Convince yourself that you have a terminal illness"), Netflix
("Spend more time searching than actually watching"), and Ticketmaster
("Yeah ... we're going to charge you whatever we want").
So it's well known that apart from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, queen Elizabeth also rules the so-called crown dependencies, not part of the United Kingdom. The best known of those are the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands countries, Guernsey and Jersey. But who would recognise that other Channel Islands dependency, who could say even when presented with its distinctive outline that this is Jinsy
? [more inside]
The Lost Roles of Rodney Dangerfield
– Rodney Dangerfield starred as himself in this unsuccessful NBC pilot about a pre-teen boy who idolizes Rodney Dangerfield and gains the ability to magically make him appear to give him advice. Where's Rodney? was a co-production between Aaron Spelling and Hanna-Barbera and also starred Jared Rushton, Soleil Moon Frye, and Breckin Meyer.
talk to Sarah Silverman about her HBO special 'We Are Miracles'
, and why women run comedy
. Though according to Variety she shouldn't be so dirty
... or maybe Variety should shut up
Richard Pryor is Black Death
is a character-driven serialized comic book published on the web and written/illustrated by Dirk Grundy
(Twitter cat feed
). Following the adventures of grumpy, socially inept super scientist Dr. Herville Schtein, it is set in an alternate timeline where "the Cuban missile crisis went terribly wrong," the Cold War never ended, super scientists and super powered individuals run amok, the American Southwest is an irradiated postnuclear desert, "America...is not doing so well," and Chicago... Let's not talk about Chicago. It is about failure and families and how we all kind of mess each other up a little, but only because we care. It's kind of sad. But also kind of funny. Think Venture Brothers with the satire and comedy turned down, and the characterization and plotting turned up. Oh! There is also a very cute talking cat
, if that helps sell it for you. [more inside]
The Dead Authors Podcast
: Legendary time-traveling writer H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes literary giants to The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
in Los Angeles for a lively discussion in front of a live audience. Unscripted, barely researched, all fun! [more inside]
Have some slang you want to insert into the popular consciousness? Rappedian (Comapper?) Zach Sherwin
shows you how to do it in his pukka new music video, Legato Gelato
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]
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
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!
Greg Shapiro presents Planet Nederland
, not a BBC nature show, showing the Dutch in their native habitat. [more inside]
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]
by Omid Singh, Winner of the Audience Award, 2013 No Budget Film Festival, interview with Omid
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]