I keep hearing we're in the golden age of TV. And yes, there's definitely too many acclaimed dramas to even keep up with, and new must-watch ones each year. But what are the great new sitcoms of today? What makes you laugh on a regular basis?
Looking for recommendations for movies or TV shows that will make me laugh out loud, with a couple specifications. [more inside]
I love David Ives' All In The Timing, and I'd really like to read more comedic plays like that. I'd also really like to watch them. Do you have suggestions for either, comedic writers to read, or things (preferably online) to watch? Maybe there are good YouTube channels, or equivalent? I am not particularly interested in solo comedic acts.
I'm looking for ensemble horror/mystery comedies set in sprawling mansions. Examples within. [more inside]
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
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]
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!
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]
I've scoured the interwebs but can't find this info - who were the comedians who opened for Louis CK this night?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
I am looking for jokes that will crack up a 5 year old. [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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]
Looking for some Father Guido Sarducci albums! [more inside]
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]
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]
Movies, tv shows, YouTube, books .... looking for the BIG LAUGH. Not ironic, not sarcastic. Immediately, viscerally funny. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
What are some good podcasts about niche/specific interests hosted by comedians/comedy writers/funny people? [more inside]
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!
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]
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]
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?
Help me identify a TV comedy about a regular dude who's dating a famous woman. [more inside]
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]
Name that comedian: Woman, 50s, grey hair, not uber-famous. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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?
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]
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]
When did "Punching up/Punching down" become terms to describe satirical comedy? [more inside]
How can I get short comedy clips delivered to my inbox every day? [more inside]
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?
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]
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?