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Name this video - catty gay guys in LA

This has been driving me crazy for a while. I saw this comedy video on something like CollegeHumor 2-5 years ago, there were 2 in a series. It was two slightly effeminate men in various locations in LA basically talking shit in a really catty way about everyone around them. It was funny in an accessible way but also a little dark, in the sense that it was aware that this was a shallow way to live. The best joke was them greeting someone with something like "hey jennifer" - "my name's not jennifer" "..... ..... isn't iiit?" WHAT IS THIS VIDEO HALP
posted by thedaniel on Sep 18, 2016 - 4 answers

Looking over a cliff comedy scene?

Thinking of a scene where people are looking down a cliff, looking for someone. The person they are looking for shows up behind them and looks down the cliff with them. [more inside]
posted by lain on Sep 9, 2016 - 9 answers

Looking for a clip from the Colbert Report

Help me settle a debate. I am remembering a segment but can't find it. In the segment, Stephen is interviewing a musician (either jazz or hip-hop). They are discussing his music and the musician mentions that he improvises, unlike a show like Colbert. Colbert takes it as an insult, and throws away his note cards to show that he can improvise. I think this was in a later season of the show. Thank you!
posted by seesom on Sep 5, 2016 - 3 answers

Comedians Standing up for Women

What are your favorite comedians that punch up not down really well, and are happy to take on heavy content while lifting up those who need it most instead of getting laughs at their expense? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Aug 30, 2016 - 43 answers

Who opened for Louis CK on Aug 1, Milwaukee, WI?

I've scoured the interwebs but can't find this info - who were the comedians who opened for Louis CK this night?
posted by 4midori on Aug 24, 2016 - 3 answers

Not-so-problematic comedy film suggestions?

My guy and I are going through a time that features us both facing real-life hard times. The struggles are temporary and we'll be okay. Never, though, have we faced so clearly our need for comedy movies that aren't bad to some people. Can you help us with light-hearted stuff that will distract us a bit when we need that? [more inside]
posted by lauranesson on Aug 22, 2016 - 68 answers

How to Talk to Strangers?

I’m terrible at striking up conversation with people that I don’t know. Some of this is my thought patterns and attitudes, some of it is my anxiety, but I’m realizing more and more that I just never quite learned how to properly do it. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jul 31, 2016 - 14 answers

Panel Shows: Podcast Edition

I really love British panel shows. I would love to find some podcast equivalents, with the caveat that I am in the US so they need to be available for (relatively) easy download directly to my iPhone in the US, preferably through iTunes, though iTunes availability is not a dealbreaker. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by HonoriaGlossop on Jul 6, 2016 - 10 answers

The right kind of funny

I enjoy taking in funny stuff as a relaxing escape from my intense social service job. Perhaps I can distill my personal sense of funny to: cerebral, not reactionary/racist/misogynist/etc, sometimes weird/surreal. I am a little bit snobby. I don't like violent comedies. Not so much looking for websites but that's OK in small amounts. International/subtitled OK! Please advise: [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 1, 2016 - 50 answers

Tutti Frutti Face

Can you help me identify this bit by a comedian? It played on a local comedy station (Funny1260 AM in Phoenix) yesterday morning around 9:00 AM. It sounded like an old school comedian because he rolled his "R"s like an old timey orator, and the bit was about how he compared his wife to the delicious things in life; her face was a tutti frutti, delicious cuts of meat, desserts. [more inside]
posted by Barry B. Palindromer on Jun 18, 2016 - 2 answers

Help! Who was this hilarious NOLA comedian?

I was in NOLA in February or March 2016, visiting an old friend. One night we went to Comedy Gumbeaux at Howlin' Wolf, sort of an open mic style thing. The obvious crowd favorite was a younger-looking black woman who had a hilarious set about "getting marmaladed" (when a tourist gets seduced into moving to NOLA by a sexy local) and dick pics and Cain gift cards. WHAT IS HER NAME??? [more inside]
posted by leemleem on May 27, 2016 - 6 answers

help me be funny

I want to be funnier, as in, making people actually laugh, ideally having ‘funny’ be one of the descriptors friends and acquaintances use for me. I don’t really mean for stand-up, scripted, or professional purposes, just in general everyday scenarios and conversation. How do I go about this? Is there anything I can do to flex and tone those muscles? Details on dealbreakers etc. under the cut. [more inside]
posted by suddenly, and without warning, on May 18, 2016 - 39 answers

Comedy for kids

I am looking for jokes that will crack up a 5 year old. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on May 18, 2016 - 36 answers

Title of a Canadian comedy TV series?

I watched a quirky ~10-episode Canadian comedy TV series 2-5 years ago. I recall it involved an auto body shop, alcohol, and a bank heist. [more inside]
posted by kiblinger on May 10, 2016 - 7 answers

"Underground" comedy shows in NYC?

I'm interested in comedy shows in NYC that take place outside the big mainstream venues like Caroline's or Gotham Comedy Club. For lack of a better term, you might call what I'm looking for "underground" comedy shows, but I'm not construing that term narrowly. Just really looking to get away from the more touristy spots that seem to often feature bland acts. Edgier/off-beat stuff welcome. Thanks for your ideas!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Feb 22, 2016 - 6 answers

More audio comedy for my 12-year-old son

4+ years ago y'all gave my son a treasure trove of audio comedy, some of which he's listened to hundreds of times. Now he's almost 13 and needs a recharge. Help? [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Feb 9, 2016 - 21 answers

Please help me find this obscure anime (~15 years old)?

Please help me find this obscure comedic anime I watched ~7 years ago. It's definitely not Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, but extremely similar in terms of comedy and characters. (Spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by I made this account so Matt could have a $5 beer on Jan 2, 2016 - 4 answers

Who made the joke about freebasing a cat?

The spouse and I both remember a comedian, probably in the 90s, making a joke about someone (probably Steven Adler) getting kicked out of Guns n Roses - it was just something like, "What do you have to do to get kicked out of Guns n Roses, freebase a cat?" [more inside]
posted by OrangeVelour on Jan 1, 2016 - 4 answers

Where is God? God is Everywhere. Why? Because he likes you!

Looking for some Father Guido Sarducci albums! [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Dec 23, 2015 - 3 answers

Not funny "ha-ha."

Sparked by this question, I started thinking again about a sort of group of personal theories I have about some artist, works, etc. that are not generally talked about as funny, but I believe are best thought of, if not originally intended as, very dry or dark comedy. I'm curious about two things: Is there anyone else who has written or talked about these kinds of, or these specific works in this way? What other writers, artists, or specific works fit this idea? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Dec 11, 2015 - 22 answers

Book Suggestions for Casanova/Rabelais/Nabokov Reader

I am looking for book suggestions for my partner. He enjoys the historical and comical nature of Rabelais and Casanova's memoir. He also enjoys the style/ambition of Vladimir Nabokov. [more inside]
posted by kiki_s on Nov 25, 2015 - 19 answers

Laughter may be the best medicine, but where can I buy some?

Movies, tv shows, YouTube, books .... looking for the BIG LAUGH. Not ironic, not sarcastic. Immediately, viscerally funny. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Nov 17, 2015 - 110 answers

Good memoirs by comedians?

I'm looking for the best memoirs by male comedians. There was a similar question four years ago, with a bunch of great suggestions (Steve Martin, George Carlin, Mike Birbiglia), so I'm interesting most in ones that have come out since then. Mix of funny & poignant, lift-story stuff.
posted by gottabefunky on Nov 4, 2015 - 9 answers

I AM LIKE UNTO A GOD (of teevee)

I just got a one-week Nielsen TV diary in the mail for November 5-12 -- including a crisp $1 bill to help grease the wheels. Yay! Unfortunately most of the shows I watch regularly, like Silicon Valley, Louie, Key & Peele, and Rick and Morty are on hiatus (or over) right now. I'm already planning to catch Last Week Tonight and Colbert's Late Show, but what other worthy television (that doesn't require a lot of prior familiarity) should I give my coveted (if minuscule) 18-34 ratings boost to? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Nov 3, 2015 - 30 answers

What the hell am I doing in this bar basement at 11pm on a Sunday?

Last year, I unexpectedly fell in love with improv comedy. I raced through the classes, joined a team, and started performing shows on tiny stages throughout NYC. It's been a rewarding experience! Except: I'm a 32 year-old introvert, and hanging out with mid-20s performers feels weird AF. [more inside]
posted by dryersock on Oct 11, 2015 - 8 answers

More podcasts please.

What are some good podcasts about niche/specific interests hosted by comedians/comedy writers/funny people? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Sep 25, 2015 - 30 answers

Sarcasm in sketch comedy?

I'm half remembering a comedy sketch, or possibly part of a sitcom but can't remember who it is or the final punchline! The set up is that person A is being increasingly sarcastic but person b doesn't recognise it as such and takes what they are saying as a straight answer. Im pretty sure it's British and Google has turned up a Monty Python sketch or the Big Bang theory (neither of which is what I'm remembering) Thanks Metafilter!
posted by threetwentytwo on Sep 19, 2015 - 13 answers

Fiction combining suspense/thrill/plot with humor

I am interested in books that manage to combine a successful plot-driven approach (particularly thrillers or other airport-style reading, like Crichton or Dan Brown) with humor, either in the form of characters, dialogue, or narration. When has it been done successfully? When has it been attempted unsuccessfully? Are they like oil and water, and if so, why? [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Sep 12, 2015 - 27 answers

Recommend some non-stand-up comedy albums

What are some some good comedy albums that aren't stand-up? I like conversational humor, sketches, and things that play with the audio format. [more inside]
posted by edeezy on Sep 11, 2015 - 44 answers

Who was this stand up comedian?

Recently on a motel TV I caught a very funny portion of a stand up comedy routine from - I think - SXSW. The male comedian's routine included a bit about how it made sense to have kids when you're a teenager so they're grown and out of the house by the time you're in your 30's, and a bit about getting maced. The delivery was relatively calm, no cursing. That's all I can remember at the moment. Who was that guy?
posted by Jackson on Aug 5, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me identify a comedy show about a regular guy dating a starlet.

Help me identify a TV comedy about a regular dude who's dating a famous woman. [more inside]
posted by Sully on Jun 30, 2015 - 3 answers

WHAT is this anti-war comedy film I am thinking of??

There is a movie I saw in the mid-2000s that I am trying to find again, and I am having trouble with every kind of search I've been using. [more inside]
posted by parkbench on Jun 10, 2015 - 3 answers

Who is this Comedian I'm Remembering?

Name that comedian: Woman, 50s, grey hair, not uber-famous. [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Jun 5, 2015 - 7 answers

"Oh, hello. I didn't see you there."

What is the origin of this comic trope? A person turns to the camera and says something like, "Oh, hello. I didn't see you there." What was the earliest example, and is anything real being parodied? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on May 29, 2015 - 12 answers

"I Just Blue Myself" comedy recs needed for binge watching

I've had a whole bunch of really horrible events happen recently and as I'm on school vacation week, I could use some laughter therapy. Ideally, at least 10 episodes so I can keep them running and crash on the sofa. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Apr 20, 2015 - 47 answers

make 'em laugh

Please help me talk about jokes and comedy by linking me to funny videos on youtube. It's for a class, so they have to be 'clean' and not offensive. [more inside]
posted by betweenthebars on Apr 17, 2015 - 17 answers

Looking for a silly nautical / pirate movie from the '80s or early '90s

The details I remember: the crew reach a Greek / Roman themed paradise (think togas and grapes and naked attractive people with palm fronds), and run away comically when they go to a concert which consists of weird noises coming from a clockwork / steam powered machine. [more inside]
posted by idiopath on Apr 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Identify a comedian for me

I have a clip of this standup act: http://zork.net/~spork/classiccomedy.mp3 Can anyone identify this act? I actually found this out once but lost the name of the comic. This was recorded in 2006. The comedian has another act along the same lines as this, but whereas this one is ultra generic, the other one is very overly specific to LA.
posted by mulligan on Mar 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Real Metafilter accounts, $1.50

I remember a skit on Conan O'Brien years ago (pre-Youtube) that was about a knock-off version of the show on the street done by a host with a thick accent, i.e., the 'fake rolex' of late night shows. The punchline was that Jon Lithgow was actually the special guest. I can't seem to find a link to it or mention of it; can anyone please help?
posted by michaelh on Jan 31, 2015 - 4 answers

Characters that are funny because they are an Übermensch?

I'm looking for examples of characters from any medium (TV, movies, literature, etc) who are funny because they are unrealistically awesome or capable of inhuman feats. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Jan 14, 2015 - 53 answers

Comedy skit where speaker is constantly interrupted by handler?

I remember a comedy sketch that involved a speaker making a public announcement, and throughout the presentation, they are constantly interrupted by a lawyer, PR person, or similar handler who won't allow them to say anything of substance. Even mundane details are censored. Naturally, the speaker gets very frustrated. I know this isn't much to go on, but by chance do any of you have any inkling what show this would have been? Google is failing me! [more inside]
posted by scaldwell17 on Jan 9, 2015 - 5 answers

Origin of "Punching Up/Punching Down"

When did "Punching up/Punching down" become terms to describe satirical comedy? [more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels on Jan 8, 2015 - 7 answers

Let the laughs come to me

How can I get short comedy clips delivered to my inbox every day? [more inside]
posted by Juso No Thankyou on Jan 5, 2015 - 2 answers

Alternatives to Woody Allen

A friend wants to get that witty romantic 70s NY film fix without the obvious choice of Woody Allen. What are other films in that same genre?
posted by kittensofthenight on Dec 12, 2014 - 27 answers

Name this Russian mail-order bride movie. (No mobsters or Nicole Kidman)

Okay, help me AskMe, you're my only hope. Everybody gets at least one, and now it's my turn to be stuck on the name of a movie I once saw and loved. It is basically about a Russian mail-order bride, but it is definitely not Birthday Girl, despite certain keyword similarities. It's a little indie movie with no name stars. There are also no mobsters. It's not a thriller at all. It's very sweet. Basic plot summary inside. [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Dec 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Deadpan absurdist comedy wanted

Currently watching The Spoils of Babylon and really digging how it's basically cut from the same deadpan absurdist cloth as Police Squad — where can I find more like this?
posted by DoctorFedora on Nov 17, 2014 - 17 answers

The most important question ever asked on AskMe

So, a while ago, Anne Hathaway rapped on Conan. She said that it is "in the style of Lil' Wayne". Not knowing anything about Lil' Wayne, is there a particular song of his that sounds like hers? I google some of his songs, but, again, not knowing anything about him, I don't know if she's referring to a particular song. The few that I listened to briefly didn't really bear much resemblance. Thanks for helping me answer this critical question!
posted by dfriedman on Nov 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking for my next group of "Friends"

I recently binged season 5 of Go Girls, and it occurred to me that there's a lot of TV I'm missing out on, simply because many countries don't export their pop culture to the extent that the UK and and the US do. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Nov 14, 2014 - 28 answers

Actors playing multiple roles

Who was the first comic actor to play multiple roles in the same movie, particularly with one of them in drag? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist on Sep 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Finding a book I read years ago: Jailhouse Lit edition

Years ago I read a funny novel from the public library, the premise of which I can best describe as M*A*S*H crossed with Hogan's Heroes and set in a maximum security men's prison. This would have had to be about 25 years ago or more. Wondering if this rings a bell with anybody who can tell me what it might have been.
posted by Flexagon on Sep 23, 2014 - 8 answers

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