Here's that bad advice you were hoping for
is a Tumblr featuring carefully curated scathing advice column responses.
"YOU SOLD ME OUT AND SHATTERED MY DREAMS TONIGHT; ALL I WAS LOOKING FOR WAS 75 MINUTES OF ONE OF YOUR PEERS' TIME"
It started when Tim Heidecker (previously)
tried to set up a creative meeting between an old friend—Tom Scharpling (previously)
—and an unnamed "high profile player" at the Adult Swim TV upfronts. But then the meeting fell through. [more inside]
Greenboy: Prescription for Death
is a purported lost Dragnet episode made by writers from Mr Show and Mystery Science Theater. It uses technology first seen in Forest Gump to digitally add actors into the psychedelic "Blueboy"
episode of Dragnet 1967. The result is a hilarious story of bad cops chasing after Greenboy, the pusher of a dangerous strain of medical marijuana called Larry in the Sky with Diamonds. (NSFW due to language).
Cosas Feas (Nasty Stuff)
is a short, gooey Lovecraftian coming-of-age comedy by Mexican director Isaac Ezban. Its recomended for fans of Stuart Gordon and anyone who had an awkward childhood.
The Exquisite Corpse project
is a film made by the now separated comedy group, Olde English
. [more inside]
For decades Brown Windsor Soup
stood as a culinary allegory for the British empire
, and was reputedly a favorite food of Queen Victoria
herself. [more inside]
How to play chess properly
, as explained by the BBC
. Written and performed by John Luke Roberts. Directed by Steve Dawson.
Louis C.K. Tells The Classics. [4:08. Maybe NSFW?]
All the classics told in that special Louis C. K. way: Why did the chicken cross the road? Why was six afraid of seven? Knock knock...Interrupting cow! Take my wife, please! What's the difference between Neil Armstrong and Michael Jackson?
Nathan Fielder of Nathan For You
(where he helps real businesses by doing things like developing unique froyo flavors
and unlikey-to-be-redeemed rebates
), has posted the results of two Twitter "experiments": Text your parents "got 2 grams for $40" then right after "Sorry ignore that txt. Not for you"
and a second one
about dollar store condoms.
YouTube user wheezywaiter makes what he calls "The Least Stressful Video Ever Made"
Conan O'Brien recently reunited with some of the other writers of The Simpsons who he worked with during his tenure on the show.
The panel touches on "... how
Jub-Jub became the name of Selma's iguana, how Tracy Ullman always hated the cartoon, and how Conan was the only person in the show's history to have three episode ideas accepted in one story idea day."
Tuna the Movie
is an independent comedy from 2000 starring the then-unknown Louis C.K and Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson). The movie has been uploaded in full by its writer Adam De Coster
Stewart Lee asks "Where are all the right-wing stand-ups?"
after BBC Radio 4's commisioning editor Caroline Raphael recently admitted they struggle to "find comedians from the right"
on shows such as The News Quiz
Ship My Pants
On this date in 1963, the most influential comedy theater to ever emerge out of the Bay Area - The Committee
- opened its doors at 622 Broadway in North Beach. Thus began a full decade of widespread cultural influence, with multiple studio albums, appearances on The Tonight Show and The Dick Cavett Show, and a feature film. The Committee's provocative and confrontational style, influenced equally by Chicago's Second City and the radical politics of the era, set the stage for much of the comedy to follow. The Groundlings was a direct descendents (Gary Austin came from Committee workshops) and the improv structure known as Harold, basic arithmetic in the halls of IO and the Upright Citizens Brigage, was birthed at The Committee under the direction of Del Close.
To celebrate this anniversary, I'd like to present a recently unearthed recording
of their Satirathon from 1968, from the archives of the late Peter Bergman. Featuring, among others, Garry Goodrow, Carl Gottlieb, and Chris "The Egg" Ross, an improv genius who succumbed to an overdose, in 1970, at the age of 25.
A snail-based parody of the ubiquitous AWOLNATION song "Sail".
are an Australian comedy trio primarily known for the parodic humor
, amusing lyrics
, and musical talent
displayed in their many performances
on TV and at festivals. In 2010, Scod, Yon, and Gatesy teamed up with jazz singer Elana Stone
to perform their greatest work yet: a two hour musical set in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign
Earl Okin performs My Room
for an audience of appreciative ladies (SLYT).
, founder of Comics Ready to Entertain
(USO alternative for incredibly dangerous deployment locations), and co-founder of Gay Comedy Jam passed away
on March 14th. The silence was deafening for one writer, who went on to intersperse pithy fury with honest admiration in an unforgettable mix of eulogy, obituary, and media rant
. [more inside]
French group Golden Mustache contemplates the sex lives of various video game characters
(video, English subtitles, surprisingly SFW, wait for Tetris)
The latest of Thomas Ridgewell's (aka TomSka
) animated short-humor videos has hit youtube: asdfmovie6
. (link in video to previous videos)
describes some of the legal restrictions of "civil partnerships", why she should never be allowed to get married, and why she loves her wife. A 30 minute podcast from BBC Radio 4
does stand-up comedy
, but also likes to sing, both as a part of her act
and just because she's good at it
. She garnered some attention for her impressions
on America's Got Talent (various videos abound) and does a mean Maria Bamford
Somewhere between Buggin' Out
and Gus Fring
, Metafilter favorite Giancarlo Esposito
starred as Paul Gigante, a city cop transplanted by family circumstances
into a dysfunctional small town police department and frustrating partnership with the imbecillic Wade Preston, in Bakersfield P.D.
, a short-lived comedy gem
from Fox Network.
Partially available for your viewing pleasure in grainy video on a YouTube playlist
, with German subtitles and no laugh track. [more inside]
The Okeh Laughing Record
, a novelty recording
, was first released in 1923 and rose to #8 on the Billboard charts, becoming the highest ranking anonymous
* recording ever. It's history and provenance
is completely unknown**. It has since appeared as the soundtrack to cartoons
, on Dr. Demento and on Jean Shepard's radio show. [more inside]
Best known for their Honest Trailers [previously]
, Screen Junkies
also features a fantastically entertaining youtube feed where silly interviews, behind the scene movie footage, and strange reviews abound. [more inside]
Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!
) is the story of cult comedian Brody Stevens
—his friendship with Zach Galafianakis, his falling out with Chelsea Lately, his infamous "Twitter meltdown" and, of course, his credits.
About a year after her participation in the groundbreaking Comedy Central documentary series the Comedians of Comedy
, Maria Bamford
was on stage at the Friars Club in LA when a heckler began shouting at her. What happened after that isn’t entirely clear, other than Bamford had a breakdown, walked off stage, and disappeared. She was found three months later selling clock radios on the sidewalks of Detroit. A fellow homeless person, who was also a Comedy Central fan, recognized Bamford and eventually her parents were contacted. They brought her back home to Deluth, Minnesota and began to get her help. Maria decided to document her recovery in a series of short videos called The Maria Bamford Show
, which were first posted to the TBS networks' now abandoned Super Deluxe
Web site. [more inside]
- a post-apocalyptic nightmare set in a post-rabies Britain (warning: absolutely bleak). A Gun For George
- a short film about crime-writer Terry Finch
, author of the 70s Kentish fiction masterpieces The Reprisalizer
. [more inside]
10 years ago marked the debut of Chappelle's Show
. Grantland's Rembert Browne pits the 64 most watched sketches on Comedy Central in a tournament to decide the funniest sketch of the 2.something seasons the show produced.
(SPOILER warning - the final 8 are linked inside!) [more inside]
Combining the only two things that women in commericals can talk about in groups, it's Dannon
Birth Control on the Bottom.
From Yahoo sketch comedy show SketchY
, starring twitter queen Megan Amram
and a very angry Weird Al.
A Defense of Heckling.
The Chicago Tribune defends the indefensible (link closed to comments). Steve Heisler
of the Onion A/V Club
disagrees. So does Patton Oswalt
. A self-confessed former heckler weighs in
For Vanity Fair's Comedy issue
, the groundbreaking improvisational comedy duo
of Mike Nichols and Elaine May sit down (but don't quite sit still) for their first joint interview