This past fall, comedians Sara Schaefer
and Nikki Glaser
(hosts of popular podcast You Had to Be There
) had "the amazing privilege" of hiring a writing staff for their upcoming TV show, Nikki & Sara Live
. Sara "was flattered and honored when hundreds of people applied. It was a super fun experience, but it was also an incredibly illuminating one. Reading so many packets made a couple of things very very clear: there are some really easy, basic things you can do to improve your chances of getting a job writing for TV
." Step 1
: Dedicate Your Entire Life to Comedy
Michael Caine is frank about his experiences on the set of The Muppet Christmas Carol
. [more inside]
, the historical sketch show on the BBC inspired by the books of the same name
, has been featured previously
on Metafilter. Not mentioned, however, were the real gems of the show, Historical Desktops [MLYT]
: [more inside]
Actor and writer James Urbaniak
(Venture Brothers, American Splendor) has a wry, occasionally upsetting "fictional podcast" with every episode written by a new author. Getting On With James Urbaniak
From the comedic duo Key & Peele, mentioned twice before
on MetaFilter, comes Pizza Order
, the funniest sketch I've seen in years. Their new season has had some terrific moments – Dubstep
, I said "Bitch"
, Slow Brotion
, and School Bully
, amongst others – but Pizza Order is something special.
"There are plenty of reasons to recover from addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma....But comedians are perverse people who often don't care about any of those things. So maybe this will convince them, and maybe this will convince me: get better — so you can get funny."
In a frank, personal, and revealing article, essayist Jaime Lutz interviews comedians Marc Maron
, Eddie Pepitone
, Paul Gilmartin
, and Anthony Atamanuik
about the uneasy relationship between mental illness and comedy.
Raising Arizona is notable among the Coen Brothers’ filmography for seamlessly fusing the ravishing grimness of their drama with the slapstick antics of their comedy. ... [It] is an intensely bittersweet film. That it is admittedly hilarious distracts from this sorrow, but it doesn’t dampen it. If not the absolute best by the Coens, it’s certainly their most charming.
- Michael Nordine [more inside]
Ever wish pop songs were more verbose or circumlocutory? If so, Dave Werner's
risible Extraneous Lyrics
will no doubt entertain. In addition to 2012, he also has 2011
Since it debuted on the blue
in '11 // Epic Rap Battles of History
preppin' // to score itself more than a billion views
// and become TopDog of the pack YouTube
Made by NicePeter
// (two improv comics by Maker
employed) // The series pits icons of legend renowned // in a slick-wit freestyle rap throwdown
With snappier writing, and better FX // online celebs
(and Google Ad checks) // The Epic Rap crew's halfway done with the brew // that is Epic Rap Battles of History Part Deux
The midseason's close? It comes out today. // In one corner: Santa Claus, fresh from his sleigh
And his prophet o' doom? "He ain't Mayan," ERBoH sez.
It's Snoop Dogg -- Snoop Lion -- as mothafuckin' Moses
→ [WHO'S NEXT?]
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Between Peter Jackson’s penchant for cartoonish unserious gore and Bob McCarron’s off-screen makeup effects manipulations,
Braindead achieves something that approaches inspired genius in the heretofore unknown artform of human carnage. The film is filled with moments of joyous slapstick tableaux... And then there is that moment where
Braindead finally breaks through to achieve a transcendentally surreal glory of excess where Tim Balme wades into battle against the zombies armed with a lawnmower, drenching an entire room in showers of blood. (
Braindead holds the record for the greatest amount of artificial blood ever used in a film). The film is a work of perverse genius.
- Richard Scheib
Hollywood Nailz -
Episode One, according to the youtube
description is "a nail-biting extravaganza of mostly useless products and pansexual hijinks!!!" Created by Seth Bogart (aka Hunx
) and Brande Bytheway.
It may be the most notorious Thanksgiving promotion of all time. It is the 40th best television episode of all time. It's available in (semi-)entirety on HULU
. And the classic TV blog offers an oral history
. Happy thanksgiving, and, as God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.
A Note From Our Founder.
"Friends—When I started this company, it was with one goal in mind: To market a high-quality, fun, innovative novelty T-shirt that combined the face of late night titan Jay Leno with the iconic imagery of similarly-first-named Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara.
We went live with a soft-launch of our product late last night (November 19th), a T-Shirt we dubbed the Che Leno
one of negativity and confusion
." [more inside]
Don't like gay marriage? Fine. Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends
The Magic School Bus: The Movie
Return of the Living Dead (NSFW) is one of the greatest zombie movies ever made. Not only does it have loads of great looking zombies in it, it's one of the few zombie movies, besides its sequel, that has a perfect blend of humor and horror.
Actor Clive Dunn, best known for his role as Lance Corporal "Jonesy" Jones in Dad's Army, has died aged 92.
A veteran comedy actor, Dunn
was famous in the UK for his signature appearance in Dad's Army
. Thanks to the BBC
and endless repeats, he became well known outside the UK for his portrayal of the doddering Lance Corporal pressed back into service to defend Walmington-on-sea
from an impending German invasion during WW2. The Home Guard
based comedy had a large fan base
There are a wide range
of clips of his performances on the internet. Don't miss the Dad's Army movie which
showed Dunn in his element.
Dunn was well known before he even set foot on the Dad's Army set from his work in the classic comedy series Hancock's Half Hour
and The Tony Hancock Show
. We also shouldn't forget his time as a pop star
or a potato loving alien
. But most importantly, don't panic
is a number from Eric Idle
's new musical, What About Dick?
, which will be available for download on the 13th.
Initiate salutation cascade, star-citizens! Seven years ago tonight, Stephen Colbert introduced Tek Jansen
to the world. Originally a one-off parody of vanity fiction
by media blowhards, the "super-awesome spectacular ultraspy" became the center of a small universe
, and books
, his exploits satirizing awful pulp sci-fi
Mary Sue "Marty Sue"
syndrome, and the cheesy melodrama of 1970s Hanna-Barbera
. Look inside for US/Canadian links to both animated seasons along with other content available on the web. [more inside]
The Onion's great for a witty skewering of current events. But its historical editions, as collected in the book Our Dumb Century
, are a gem all their own, full of razor-sharp satire, trenchant social commentary, period-accurate advertisements, running gags, historical irony, photoshoppery, and even some editorial cartoons for every year of the twentieth century. Luckily for history (and humor) buffs, nearly the whole run of the series is available piecemeal on their website. Click inside for an organized timeline of links to all the front pages from this brilliant work (plus a bonus!). [more inside]
An angry crow mocked me this morning. I couldn’t finish my croissant, and fled the café in despair.
— and other excerpts from Le Blog de Jean-Paul Sartre
On the first episode of Modern Comedian
, IFC game show host
Kurt Braunohler discusses his love of random acts of absurdism, starting way back with his combination of street theater and riot: Chengwin Vs Chunk. [more inside]
"Everybody Knows Their Names: The GQ Oral History of Cheers." (Single page version.)
On the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of Cheers
, GQ "sat down with just about everyone who made it." Also, Christopher Lloyd
, Amy Poehler
and Shawn Ryan
talk about what they learned from the show. [more inside]
Witness the excitement of Iron Man
repairing a spaceship for twenty minutes! Watch Batman
and his ongoing battle with throat cancer! In a dystopian future
the rich dress like second-rate Lady Gagas! More honest trailers
Former MTV State member Ken Marino will make you fall in love with him all over again!
Did you love The State on MTV
? More recent collaborations like Reno 911
? The Ten
? Party Down
? Adult Swim's Children's Hospital
? You may enjoy the Yahoo web series Burning Love
, a pitch-perfect parody of reality shows like The Bachelor, but with so much more DRAMA
! Narcissism! Alcoholism! Sexuality! Crazy eyes! Homelessness! Pantslessness! [more inside]
Director and/or star of many of the greatest films ever made including The Great Dictator
(2:05:16) [Globe scene
and the eternally goosebump providing Final speech
], The Immigrant
(20:01), The Gold Rush
(1:11:49), City Lights
(1:22:40), Modern Times
(1:27:01), and Monsieur Verdoux
(1:59:03), Charlie Chaplin's
movies have entered the public domain in most countries. Below the fold is an annotated list of all 82 of his official short and feature films in chronological order, as well as several more, with links to where you can watch them; it's not like you had work to do right? [more inside]
How To Make Foreign Friends You can still mix with Americans. Imagination is a powerful thing. You can have a taste of Canada and all those creamy countries whose Visa’s you have coveted. All here in Nigeria. Granted, the foreigners who come here may not always be the cream of the lot, but beggars cannot be choosers. You will manage the ones here in Abuja. You will enjoy their company so thoroughly that your Visa rejections will cease to hurt. After all, is it not people that make a place? My job is to help you learn how to mix with and enjoy the company of foreigners from creamy countries, right here in Nigeria.
"Waking up married after a drunken Vegas weekend used to be an adventure reserved for one man and one woman. But thanks to a new law, athlete Brady Kelly and actor Cheeks find themselves unexpectedly and legally wed. Unwilling to undermine the hard-fought battle with a public quicky divorce, these two decide to make a go of it. They were doing okay when they were dating. But how will it work out, now that they are HUSBANDS
The hilarious web-series by Jane Espenson and Brad Bell enters its second season, with cameos by pretty much everyone you love.
How to Eat a Watermelon Tutorial
(SLYT) was made by Tom Willett
, a 74 year old semi-retired comedian, musician, and actor. Willett's personal website, Comedy Parade
, includes style and character-building tips for budding comedians, interspersed with tributes to comedians he admires. This recent interview
with Willett comes off the heels of the watermelon eating tutorial video's viral success.
When asked why he continues to film videos of his skits, comedic news broadcasts and songs instead of “retiring,” he said it‘s because he hasn’t changed from the 14 year old who decided to throw all of his ambition into being an entertainer.
“I’m basically the same person I was when I was 14 — inside. I haven‘t changed what I like and I never do what you’re supposed to do. I do what feels right.”
"Call Me Maybe" (Chatroulette version)
is Steve Kardynal's latest costumed lip-sync cover video - and as usual it comes complete with hilarious & happy audience reaction shots.
If you like this, you'll probably also enjoy his Chatroulette versions of Katy Perry's "Peacock" (previously)
and Lady GaGa's "Telephone" (previously)
. All videos may be considered NSFWish. [more inside]
[NSFW, TW] Sex House
is an Onion webseries about six sexy Americans locked in a house for a reality show about getting nasty, but by the end of the first night things start to get terrible. Think No Exit
meets Black Mirror
), it's a scathing satire of American sexual attitudes that's also amazingly suspenseful.