from the comments

Joel Bernstein:

For those who hate musicals…

…you might become a believer. So certainly NSFW.

http://youtu.be/YcZSWFtLfRI

Herschel, the Magnificent Jew

Old Jews Telling Jokes, via John Gruber

Sit down. Shut up. (I’ve done this before — and some audiences actually laughed.)

Brian Beatty in Minnesota Playlist on how and why he does what he does:

Poetry entered my stand-up sets because I wanted to up the “snob” factor of my stage persona, to increase the comedic tension.

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Hunky Jesus 2011

Highlights at 3:11, 4:21, and 4:53.

coming clean


I totally prefer The Bends over Ok.

The Last Supper — Monty Python LIVE!

(Thanks to Ju Ju.)

The T-Mobile Royal Wedding

Obviously a dress rehearsal.

I’ve had to leave the damn country to escape this, but, in reality, there is no escape.

Truth in Advertising at Sam’s Club

Victor Borge’s Phonetic Punctuation


(hat tip to Robert Ledgerwood)

clusterflock confession

Whenever I want to amuse myself I sing a few bars of ‘Tom Sawyer.’

from the comments

Sheila Ryan:

In 1969, in Mexico, I saw a Spanish-language dub of the 1968 US film Charly, a “sensitive” film about a “mentally challenged” man, based on the novel Flowers for Algernon. The Mexican audience were laughing so hard they were practically pissing themselves.

“I will have the penne alla arrabiata.”

And that, friends, is how we fly across the ocean.

Scott Thompson: Interviewed by Jesse Thorn on “The Sound of Young America”

Thompson on his KITH character Buddy Cole:

It was mostly really queenie guys that were most upset with me. They were like, I can’t believe that you’re always playing gay men like that; I think it’s very insulting and stereotypical. I would be like, why don’t you play your voice in a tape recorder and listen to it, because they’re ridiculous. People were in denial. It was such a polarized time. AIDS was ravaging the gay community, so there was no room for humor. Everything was so deadly serious and earnest and it was life and death, and I think I was seen by a large proportion of the gay community, particularly the Mandarins – - and I love to use that word – - who lorded over the movement as sell out, or the Uncle Tom, or the enemy. To this day it’s still painful for me, because for me I’m like, wait a second, what’s wrong with being effeminate, number one, and number two, lots of gay men are effeminate! It’s crazy! No matter how many weights you lift, you still carry your books like a girl. Grow up! Get a grip! Accept it! I think people were in such a – - it was such a terrible time that Buddy Cole was seen as the enemy. At least Buddy is sexual, he was not neutered, he was never a neutered gay guy. And he was smart! He’s smarter than I am. That queen up until then – - they were always stupid and you laughed at them, and you never laughed at Buddy, Buddy was always in control. He was an alpha queen. I couldn’t understand it; to this day I think they were dead wrong.

A great interview.

The Affair

Also NSFW. RIP Tracy Wright.

Baby Trashes Bar

Oddly enough, this makes me want to have children.

(@JoelMchale)

best obit ever?

Frederic Arthur (Fred) Clark:

During his life he excelled at mediocrity. He loved to hear and tell jokes, especially short ones due to his limited attention span. He had a life long love affair with bacon, butter, cigars and bourbon. You always knew what Fred was thinking much to the dismay of his friend and family…

Apparently I’m living the dream

I guess it’s a promo for a TV show on a cable channel I don’t get.

“Getcha Popcorn Ready”

The NY Times had a pretty fascinating article yesterday on professional athletes who trademark their own names, nicknames and catchphrases:

[Darelle] Revis cited Owens and Ochocinco as players who have successfully marketed themselves, even if, in the case of Ochocinco, Revis said, “I wouldn’t do some of the things he does.”

Owens wrote a children’s bookhad a breakfast cereal named for him, made guest appearances on several television shows and commercials, and in 2009 starred in a VH1 reality show, “The T. O. Show.” In addition to registering “I Love Me Some Me,” he has also sought protection for “Getcha Popcorn Ready” and a logo featuring his initials, T. O.

Did you know that Pat Riley owns the rights to “three-peat?”

(Marginal Revolution)

Time for a slurp


of Duck Soup, you think?

spam name

Mervin Houston.

Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving.

Packing all of your belongings into a U-Haul and then transporting them across several states is nearly as stressful and futile as trying to run away from lava in swim fins.

I know this because my boyfriend Duncan and I moved from Montana to Oregon last month. But as harrowing as the move was for us, it was nothing compared to the confusion and insecurity our two dogs had to endure.

The whole story.

headline of the day

Electile Dysfunction: The GOP’s incredible shrinking Boehner

a few responses to the restoring sanity rally

The NYT’s has an odd piece which, to my mind, is written by somebody who doesn’t even remotely get what Stewart does:

But personally, I enjoy Mr. Stewart in his regular seat where he is less reasonable, less interested in obvious targets and less willing to suggest that all political ideas and movements are like kindergartners, worthy of understanding and respect if only the media would get out of the way. His barrage against the news media Saturday stemmed from the fact that, on this day, attacking the message would have been bad manners, so he stuck with the messengers.

The WSJ, by contrast, takes a “its description is its critique” approach:

Three days before midterm elections, tens of thousands of people packed the National Mall to listen to Comedy Central satirists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, looking for a laugh and a chance to display their disenchantment with what they say is the bitter tone of the nation’s political discourse.

“You’re mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore,” read a sign in the hands of demonstrator Ian Walker, a 40-year-old restaurant manager and Democrat from Washington, D.C.

“We need to come together and work together—and not be so childish,” said 25-year-old Britta DeVolder, a nurse from Fairfax, Va., who voted for Republican Sen. John McCain in 2008. “Politicians Need to Grow Up,” her sign said.

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