Posts concerning comedy

Comedic Interlude

23:34 21 Jul 2013

No proper post this week. You might be interested in Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which I just discovered and find oddly entertaining. Some is hit-and-miss, but for the most part it’s good.

I’m not sure why, but I tend to like hearing comedians talk about their work—sometimes I prefer listening to them in more relaxed situations than doing what’s generally considered comedy. I prefer the prospect of watching Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee to the prospect of watching episodes of Seinfeld that I haven’t seen, and I’m not sure why.

You might also like Talking Funny, a discussion about comedy featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Louis CK, and Ricky Gervais.

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The Art of Improv

23:55 13 Nov 2011

No real blog post this week, my apologies. Instead you get this:

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Fun with Language and Meaning

22:45 17 Sep 2010

I watched the film version of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead this evening, first time I’ve seen it in years. It’s a good movie; while it’s probably a better play, I haven’t seen it on the stage. Language play is a significant part of it, as the titular duo attempt to tease out their situation in ways that generally end up confusing them. I hadn’t realized before that they’ve been the subject of more plays (outside of Hamlet): there’s a W. S. Gilbert play called Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and there’s also a film called Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead, which I absolutely have to watch[1].

For whatever reason, watching it this time reminded me of the classic “Who’s on First” sketch, my favorite version of which is presented below:

[1] The plotline of that film reminds me of another of my favorite plays, I Am Hamlet, the 2002 Mark Jackson one-man play (and apparently not the same play as can be found at iamhamlet.com), which posits that (young) Hamlet’s ghost has been around for the last several hundred years, and is compelled to watch every production of Hamlet and read all the critical responses to the play.
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Friday Comedy: Stewart Lee on “Political Correctness”

17:29 20 Nov 2009

I wasn’t previously familiar with Stewart Lee before, but I found this clip (via Lenin’s Tomb) right on the mark:

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George Carlin, RIP

23:50 23 Jun 2008

When I posted some of my favorite clips of his last week, he was apparently fine.

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George Carlin Airline Announcements

23:30 16 Jun 2008
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An 80s Feminist Icon

22:56 25 Feb 2008

Despite the screenshot for this clip, it’s not about Ann Coulter.

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Politics as Farce

07:23 20 May 2007

It’s hardly an original observation that many of the doings of the Bush Administration have been so ludicrous as to be almost beyond satire. There are so many cases where a completely straight telling of their doings simply sounds like satire because of the content. Many commentators have made this point, as it’s one of the few ways the situation can still be satirized—the honest portrayal of ongoing shock. I’m sure that this has happened in the US before, and that a lot of people felt the same way during the Nixon years, but now it seems more extreme and more pervasive somehow.

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Bill Hicks

23:55 07 Apr 2007

This eveing I started watching a Bill Hicks DVD that I’d forgotten I bought. It’s amazing to me how fanatstic a comedian he was.

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Good Stuff on YouTube

22:06 28 Jan 2007

I don’t usually do link posts, but I found some fantastic stuff while surfing YouTube today, and really had to share.

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Embarrassment Comedy

17:13 27 Dec 2006. Updated: 23:19 16 Jan 2007

I’ve always had a tough time with it. I can see that it’s funny, but it’s also just painful. I can only take so much of it before having to stop.

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