One of the most intriguing personalities in Southern medical history of the nineteenth century is Dr. Henry Clay Lewis (1825-1850), whose fame rests not on his accomplishments in medicine, but upon his humorous writings published under the pseudonym "Madison Tensas, M.D., the Louisiana Swamp Doctor."
Though Lewis was a practicing doctor, his true identity as the author of the "Southern grotesque
) pieces was not known until after his death
. His works pre-dated the Southern Gothic style
), and are unusual for their time in that "[Lewis] presents his black characters with as much pain and grotesqueness as his white characters, steering away from the time's usual stereotypes
." You can read a longer biography and a summary of his style here
, or just dive in and read his works, which available online in
Odd leaves from the life of a Louisiana "swamp doctor"
, which was also published as
The swamp doctor's adventures in the South-west
(also available with fourteen illustrations
) on Archive.org.
Many animals, cats in particular, are graceful creatures capable of leaping high and far with remarkable precision. But sometimes they miss.
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]
The Swedish Chef (Muppet Wiki)
is the incomprehensible preparer of foodstuffs for The Muppet Show. A rather literal variation of the Live-Hand Muppet concept, the Swedish Chef is a humanoid character, with human hands rather than gloves. An annotated list of every televised appearance of the Swedish Chef is after the fold... Børk! Børk! Børk! [Click here to view the thread translated fully into Mock Swedish] [more inside]
Bird Box Studio
makes short, simple, wordless, slapstick-heavy, fantastic cartoons.
Bird Box UFO
Sketchy Ice Creams
. More available on the BBC's "headroom" website
. brought to my attention by yoga in this thread
tells the tale of a hyperactive teen super hero whose personality is a bit of Jerry Lewis, Chris Farley and Batman
. The show
ran for two seasons from September 9, 1995 to June 1, 1997, with Cartoon Network airing reruns until March 8, 2003, and is available in full, online
(YouTube Playlist). The love for the show lives on
, with an amateur movie adaptation
, memories from the cast
, and other bits
of show history
. [more inside]
Artheme Swallows his Clarinet
is a rather bizarre short film from 1912. [more inside]
A Horror Film that will Stiffen You with Laughter!
The jungle is jumping, with gals, gags, and goofs! And a gorilla! It's not the set-up for an awkward joke, but an honest
motion picture, starring Bela Lugosi as a mad scientist, and nightclub comedians Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo as themselves, though in roles approximating Martin and Lewis
. It was the comedy duo's only movie (possibly due to the cease and desist request
to Sammy Petrillo
from Jerry Lewis), and was one of Bela Lugosi's last movies. Some classify this movie as a z-grade budget film
, while others claim it to be staggeringly unfunny
. But don't take their word for it. You can watch it all online
, or download it from the Internet Archive
"I am Russian
so, obviously, I like this film
. It has typical Russian humor
, it is a farce, so do not look for higher meanings in the jokes, it makes fun of the social standards of the Soviet regime
as well as the people who served it so well. It features some of the best Russian actors
that we love seeing and acting; they sing in the movie
and it is lovely as well. If you are a tough judge of movies, then please make sure you know Soviet history
and understand that the humor differs from what you see in American movies
before you call it crap." [more inside]
Hochbetrieb [Nuts & Bolts]
is a 2003 short from Germany that utilizes live actors and computer-generated effects in tribute to influences ranging from silent comedies
to Charles Ebbetts' images
of construction crews atop the GE Building, along with a cat & mouse cartoon from MGM guest-starring a baby
and a Warner Brothers piece about an amphibian
How do you say, "I have a gub" in Hungarian?
(registration or video viewing required) Attila Ambrus, the handsome, courtly Whiskey Robber of Budapest, shares his tale with Salon, and what a yarn it is! After fleeing his native Romania beneath a train, Ambrus was variously a pelt-smuggler, Zamboni-wrangler, world-class hockey failure, gravedigger, and dog-walker, until he found his true calling in 1993: relieving banks of their cash. Then
the story gets interesting, involving bad disguises, flowers for the bank tellers, a nervous stomach, a prison break via knotted bedclothes, and pursuit by his own Lieut. Columbo. It all added up to folk heroism for "Chicky Panther," until they put him away in Hungary's maximum security slammer, where he languishes today. Now he's talking, and Hollywood's listening.
The Passion of the Benny Hill.
What if Benny Hill
had made Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ
(Probably NSFW, though not for the usual Benny Hill reasons)
. American comedy legend Jerome Horwitz, a.k.a. Curly Howard
(sound) of The Three Stooges
, was born 100 years ago today. All right, you knuckeheads, spread out.