Tag: comedy

 Gettin’ Real

Every year at this time I like to indulge in a little shameless cross-promotion for my other blog where I post the funniest and most asinine stuff I find on the web. Unless you’re Eminem or the Beastie Boys, when white people try to rap it is usually an embarrassment to the entire human race. Sometimes this is intentional, with hilarious results. So I had to share this one, which is the best one I’ve seen since last year’s Dad Life. If you enjoy this one, make sure to like us on Facebook. Pretty please?

 Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me

My favorite show on NPR is Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, and we attended the live taping of Saturday’s show. The panelists were Charlie Pierce, Roxanne Roberts, and Mo Rocca. I think Mo is tied with Paula Poundstone as my favorite panelist. The show was very good, and it was interesting to see all of the things that go into making the show. The show was taped at Powell Hall in front of an audience of about two thousand. Besides the panelists, the host Peter Sagal, and announcer Carl Kasell, there were a handful of producers on the stage, monitoring the recordings and passing notes to the participants. Following the show, there was a brief period of re-takes to rerecord portions of the show that did not have the best audio quality.

At the end of the show, an audience member was selected at random to come up on stage and answer a quiz question — this segment was not recorded as part of the radio show. The woman selected identified herself as a school teacher, and her question was in regard to train stations in Japan. She wasn’t sure of the answer, but an audience member in the front row was from Japan and gave her the answer. To everyone’s astonishment, the teacher spoke fluent Japanese, and had a brief conversation with this person. Peter Sagal’s reaction to this exchange was hilarious. Needless to say, she gave the correct answer.

 Kathy Griffin at the Fox

It’s been almost two years since we last saw her at Touhill, and she’s won a second Emmy since then for her show My Life on the D-List. This is my third time seeing her live, and I always walk out with my cheeks feeling sore from smiling for two hours straight.

She began her show this weekend at the Fabulous Fox by moonwalking onto the stage, in a tribute to Michael Jackson, and then proceeded to ask the audience, in a conspiratorial voice, if it was too soon to dish about the King of Pop. Of course the audience demanded that she continue, because that’s what Kathy Griffin fans come to hear. She did not disappoint, and put on a very entertaining show. As her popularity continues to rise, I dare say she is in danger of being promoted off the D-list.

 The Hangover

I don’t go to the movies much (there are three reasons for this), and even when I do, I rarely take the time to write reviews of them anymore (I have people who do that for me). But every now and then a movie comes along that I just have to comment on.

The Hangover is easily the funniest movie I’ve seen in a long time. Even funnier than Wedding Crashers, and that was pretty damn funny. The story is a bit derivative, but the comedy is fresh and well-written, and the raunch is kept to a minimum. It’s just constantly funny throughout the whole movie. Mike Tyson’s cameos are comedy gold (I heard he did his scenes in one take), and the rest of the cast is superb (especially Ed Helms). If you are looking for something to keep you laughing for two hours, this is it.

They never do explain where the chicken came from, however.

 Yo Dawg

An internet meme is like the ultimate inside joke. There is usually some prerequisite knowledge you must have before the joke is funny. I like the knowyourmeme.com site, because if you haven’t been following a particular meme (or don’t know what a meme is), they do a good job of explaining it all.

One meme that I find particularly funny is the Xzibit Yo Dawg meme. You’d have to watch the video to understand it. I can’t explain why it’s funny to me, other than the sheer absurdity. But just looking at the photos submitted by users usually has me in tears laughing. So I had to submit my own.

I don’t usually post teh funny here (I have a whole other blog for that), but I just had to mention the recent craze in literal videos, and one in particular that had me rolling. I added it to my favorites on YouTube, so you can check it out there.

 Teh Funny

There was a brief period of Internet history after bandwidth was sufficiently plentiful, but before YouTube came along, when email servers everywhere were bludgeoned by the weight of funny video traffic. You remember these, right? Enormous attachments that clogged your inbox, most of which you didn’t have the proper codecs to even watch, and of the ones you did, most were not funny? Yeah, those.

But among the chaff, there were a few classics. One of which I just referenced in my entry about Linux. But hunting that one down (on YouTube, of course) made me remember another one that used to make me laugh. Who remembers Intellitoast!?! It’s STREAMING!! Classic.

[Update Feb 12, 2013: I never thought ubergeek.tv would go away, but sure enough they have disappeared. Thanks to the Wayback Machine, I was able to save this gem:]

 Kathy Griffin is Still Hilarious

Welcome Kathy Griffin fans! I’m not exactly sure why, but ever since I wrote my review of her performance a year ago, she is the number one search term that brings people to my web site. Well, we just saw her again tonight at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at UMSL, so I guess I can expect my site traffic to double now.

It was a great show, and she said that since she was taping her new Bravo special tomorrow night she was trying out some of her new material on the St. Louis audience. We are a hometown audience for Kathy’s assistant Tom, so she has a special connection to us, which she poked fun at with references to her visit to Meramec Caverns.

She also lampooned the $90,000 spent by the Miracle Theater in Pidgeon Forge, Tennessee, on a full-page ad in USA Today denouncing her and her Emmy acceptance speech. As she pointed out, she is glad that money was spent wisely, and not wasted feeding the homeless, or something.

Fans of her show will no doubt remember her bombing during a fundraiser in front of a jewelry makers convention. She told a outrageous story about that gig that never made it to television because it was deemed “to horrible” by Bravo producers.

She also ripped on Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and his sexual harrassment lawsuit. She encouraged the audience to go home and Google for “Bill O’Reilly” and “loofah” and promised us that we would be glad we did.

Fantastic show. Kathy is such a great live performer and her self-deprecating humor and irreverance for everything make her a star in the business, even if she is only D-list.

 Knocked Up

My expectations for this one might have been higher than usual since I thought The 40-Year-Old Virgin was so good. While writer/director Judd Apatow has disappointed in the past — that Ron Burgundy movie is simply unwatchable — he delivers in this movie. For any thirty-something that has gone through the joys and travails of having a baby, there are plenty of references in this movie that will strike very close to home.

Oh, and keep an eye on Kristen Wiig. She is a scene-stealer in this film, her brilliant character work on SNL is reminiscent of Gilda Radner, and I predict her career is about to blow up.

 Happy Valentine’s Day

Everyone’s favorite Hallmark Holiday is just around the corner, so I felt it was time drag this old page out of mothballs. To help you celebrate this year, here’s a little top 10 list for ya:

Top 10 Things A Guy Would Like To See Printed On Candy Hearts:

 Epic Movie

Never has so much been spent on so little to entertain so few. The budget for this film was certainly epic, so it’s a shame the comedy was so lackluster. No expense was seemingly spared on the CG effects, or the sets and wardrobe, but it was still a disappointing outing from the same group who brought us the laughs with the Scary Movie franchise. Perhaps they tried to reach too far, skewering everything from last year’s Nacho Libre (which I recognized from the trailer, since I would never actually pay to see that) to The DaVinci Code. The only notable scenes in the whole movie are Darrell Hammond’s spot-on parody of Johnny Depp’s Pirates of the Carribean character: Capt Jack Swallows — but don’t waste your money on this one. Wait for video. Actually, no, don’t bother.

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