For something like the past four or five months, I've been in what I can only describe as a creative lull. I work as a comedy writer and have been doing this for roughly two years, but for whatever reason, I am not producing material that I'm happy with any more. I'm looking for advice from people who have climbed out of something similar, or any insight into why this is happening. I realize the awesome irony of asking this question in a very serious, unfunny way. [more inside]
posted by arsgratia
on Sep 15, 2014 -
In the 80s, we saw the rise of Pee-Wee, Weird Al, and Julie Brown. In the 90s we had Space Ghost: Coast to Coast and TV Funhouse. In the aughts we were introduced to Tim and Eric, Everything is Terrible! and Wonder Showzen. All have plundered to our kitsch-laden past to create some great modern comedy and commentary, and many of the above are still going strong today. The question: who are our latest purveyors of kitsch, creating comedy from the detritus of the past?
posted by eschatfische
on Jul 13, 2014 -
Season 4 of Game of Thrones was brutal, full of death and gore. Now we're watching Penny Dreadful, True Blood, Fargo and catching up on Hannibal, Dexter and Vikings. All of this is enjoyable, but the violence and gore has become a bit rote and unnerving. Recommend some lighter tv stuff, please.
Examples of what we've liked and disliked below the cut. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Jul 1, 2014 -
I'll be visiting London and I'd love to see some comedy while I'm there. I enjoy going to places like Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles and Second City in Chicago. I love British sketch comedy and love shows like the Mighty Boosh. What are some clubs where I can see some comedy in that vein?
posted by dottiechang
on Jun 23, 2014 -
I need to spice up my radio show, and I think one way I want to do it is to start incorporating some stand-up comedy clips, both classic and modern. Specific needs inside. [more inside]
posted by jbickers
on Jun 21, 2014 -
I need recommendations for movies or shows to watch with my boyfriend, specifically lighthearted goofy comedies and musicals. [more inside]
posted by quincunx
on Jun 19, 2014 -
I usually get suggestions from friends on things to watch, but they seem to have run out of things that appeal to me. I like crime drama, horror, SF, and intelligent comedy. Do you have any suggestions? Things that do/don't appeal to me beneath the fold. [more inside]
posted by Meep! Eek!
on Jun 4, 2014 -
Ok, I'm blowing my question on this because I can't find it and I need to watch it right now. There's a YouTube video of courier typewriter text and voice-over which talks about "A fucked up situation" that the author is recalling. If the title doesn't indicate enough of the video to you, spoilers below the fold to help you find it... because I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog
on May 11, 2014 -
What are some novels in the same vein as Bob's Burgers, which is to say: funny stories about quirky families that have a foundation of love and positivity?
posted by bluecore
on May 10, 2014 -
Where can I buy Region 4 DVDs of standup comedy specials by Aziz Ansari, Bill Burr and Louis CK? Alternatively, where can I legally download these specials? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on May 1, 2014 -
Seeking coping strategies for dealing with the public on small and large scales during a major depressive episode. My old ways of dealing with a deep low like this are not compatible with the life I've built since the last time this happened, and I would like to keep that life together. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak
on Apr 21, 2014 -
My wife and I watch 4 shows together, Raising Hope, Cougar Town, Archer and Girls. Of the four shows, she is more into Girls than I am (although I love the show) and I am more into Archer than she is (she isn't a first language English speaker and they speak fast, plus references that are impossible for her to understand) but we both love Raising Hope and Cougar Town equally. The problem is that Raising Hope is no more and Cougar Town will likely not continue. What can we watch together? I think we are generally looking for a fairly light comedy with some kind of buddy/family elements. Generally more recent shows preferred, but they don't have to be totally current. Thanks!
posted by Literaryhero
on Apr 13, 2014 -
It followed this guy who would talk to his dad sometimes and it was cut together like Jon Benjamin Has a Van. The guy was named something like John Heffman (but that's not it). It was a little like Demitri Martin's show. It's been on within the last four years.
posted by hjo3
on Feb 4, 2014 -
I'm a huge fan of standup comedy, comedy podcasts, and so on, but I'm starting to get tired of what feels like an endless stream of life-in-LA anecdotes. I don't live in LA, and I don't really care about LA. Surely there are funny people who want to say funny things in Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis....right? Nationally famous comedians are great, but I'm looking more for regional folks that I can see often, locally, and preferably not for $50 a seat... [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend
on Jan 29, 2014 -
Simple as the question is. I'm going on a trip to LA in a few weeks and I would like to attend a taping of Doug Loves Movies and attend the free Sunday version of ASSSCAT and I understand you have to show up early to wait in line and guarantee a seat. So my question to you lovely people who live in Los Angeles and have been/go to these shows is - How early should I show up?
posted by danlewis84
on Jan 27, 2014 -
In the 1990s on MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour
there was a comedian who, when bombing, would lean into the first row and yell at people who weren't laughing, "I'm going to be doing some comedy later on, you should stick around
" — what was his name?
posted by critzer
on Jan 26, 2014 -
My sense of humor when it comes to television - or rather, what I find funny - doesn't seem to follow a pattern that I can describe. It makes it difficult to tell people what I like, and difficult to trust suggestions/recommendations. Even my husband, despite knowing me better than anyone, really can't guess what I'd find funny any better than a person off the street. Examples of what I like and don't like under the cut. Looking for terms so I can describe my sense of humor to people and get better recommendations for more things I'd like. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque
on Jan 8, 2014 -
There are a handful of movies I adore and have watched over and over: Bring It On
, Legally Blonde
, Mean Girls
, and, most recently, Pitch Perfect
. Suggest more movies like this, please. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma
on Dec 11, 2013 -
Some time ago, on one of the national basic cable movie channels (USA, I think) which would run multiple showings of a given film for a month or so, I repeatedly flipped into a period film that amused me each time I watched a snippet.
Unfortunately, I never watched enough of the film to get a good idea of the plot, and therefore can't effectively describe the story, sooo... [more inside]
posted by mwhybark
on Nov 29, 2013 -
The other night I dumb-lucked into the last ten minutes of the new Dana Gould stand-up special, and I loved it. And it got me thinking about how much I love intellectual stand-up comedy. Who else might I like? [more inside]
posted by jbickers
on Nov 12, 2013 -
I’m trying to come up with a list of comedy albums to buy for my girlfriend. Her favorite is Mike Birbiglia, so I’m interested in finding other comics in his vein - story tellers, not too profane, pretty nerdy. My list is below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long
on Aug 29, 2013 -
I'm looking for some French or Dutch language podcasts that I can use to practice my comprehension. However, I'm looking for something more like Uhh Yeah Dude, Jordan Jesse Go!, or another "two people talking, being funny, and themselves" type podcast, rather than an NPR type show. Do any shows come to mind?
posted by spacetableleg
on Aug 29, 2013 -
As previously mentioned
, my best pal has a really ugly case of ovarian cancer happening right now. The situation is terrible, the outlook grim. But I know how to make her laugh, which is one of my official jobs on Team Sick Friend. But I need more material! [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa
on Aug 15, 2013 -
I am looking for something I can listen to while working. Nothing too complicated--I write and design on my desk, so I want something that will enable me to have a laugh but also continue with my work. Kind of like when you're doing your homework with the TV on. At the moment, I don't want something that I have to pause so I can contemplate/decipher the plot, you know?
I love Cabin Pressure and have recently started listening to Welcome to Night Vale. I also love the LOTR and Hobbit audio books. Lectures are okay, too (Sir Ken Robinson's "Do schools kill creativity?" TED Talk is perfect).
Mostly I just really want to laugh.
posted by pleasebekind
on Jul 22, 2013 -
I'm looking for stand-up comedy bits (1-4 mins) on the subject of music -- ideally making fun of bands and/or musicians. I am NOT looking for comedy music -- i.e. no songs please, only stand up talking bits. An example of what I mean is this bit by D'Elia about rappers laughing: http://youtu.be/pI5LZEn0qEU
Any others out there, preferably not about rap since I already have that one? Thanks :)
posted by rooftop secrets
on Jul 18, 2013 -
There's a particular comedy actor I've seen in a few movies (which I can't remember) and I'm trying to identify him. I don't have much to go on here but maybe you guys can help. [more inside]
posted by tehloki
on Jul 17, 2013 -
I'm throwing the hubster a roast for his 40th birthday. I have some specific jokes written, but I need to fill in the gaps. A little background about him...
1. He's overweight.
2. He is very handy, almost McGuyver-like.
3. He is politically conservative (loves Reagan).
4. He owns a business.
Any ideas are greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance for your help!!
posted by lola99
on Jul 7, 2013 -
Years ago, on TV, I remember seeing a standup comic do a hilarious riff on the idea of Tennessee Williams as an NBA announcer. Anybody remember who this guy was? Bonus points for a YouTube link.
posted by jonmc
on Jun 18, 2013 -
Six or so years ago, WFMU had the greatest bunch of links on the late great Bob Lassiter. I am not finding them around the web except some random YouTube vids. Bob Lassiter Airchecks was using Megaupload so currently look to be in limbo. They really cheered me up to no end and I would love to hear them again. If anyone has a hotspot of where many would be, I would love to know.
posted by snap_dragon
on Jun 12, 2013 -
Sometime in the late 80s I saw a comedy sketch on TV which combined all the major world religions into one quasi-rap song (or madrigal-chant). The only parts I remember are "Sister Mary Elizabeth, hit me with a stick!" "Oh by the way, have you been born again?" and "Hare Krishna Hare Rama, here's your cookbook, where's my dollar?" Anyone know what this was? I promise I didn't make it up.
posted by pammeke
on May 16, 2013 -
I have a vague recollection of a stand-up routine that had the comedian making fun of the Huey Lewis hit "Back in Time" in a nasal tone. Does anyone remember it? [more inside]
posted by pb
on May 7, 2013 -
I'm looking for the name of a (late-'80s?) romantic comedy based on my memory of a particular scene. The lead male (either Billy Crystal or a Billy Crystal-type) attempts to give advice to the lead female. She says that she wants to leave town and go somewhere, and he says, "So go." She counters with the reasons she has to stay; he deadpans, "So don't go." This goes back and forth two or three times. [more inside]
posted by EmGeeJay
on Apr 23, 2013 -
I recently discovered the TV show Go On
and liked it. I am wondering if you guys know of any other show (or movie) that has the same feel? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind
on Apr 4, 2013 -
Is there a joke wiki or humor wiki database? I'm looking for a professional level no-nonsense jokes database. [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde
on Apr 1, 2013 -
In AFTER EVER AFTER, make no doubt about it he uses the melodies and harmonic progressions of no less than five copyrighted Disney songs, slanders and tarnishes the good name of BP, and uses a lot of character names that are probably registered trademarks of a very powerful company. How legal is that? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker
on Mar 15, 2013 -
. Chris Rock
. Louis C.K.
Some of the funniest male comics are the least funny when it comes to gender -- incisive humor suddenly deteriorates into sexist tropes and gender war cliches. Are there any male stand-up comedians who have interesting routines about women?
posted by spamandkimchi
on Mar 9, 2013 -
I just discovered a hilariously absurd woman on Youtube. She's completely serious, but in my opinion her video is begging to be turned into an SNL skit. How do I let someone at SNL know about this potential comedy goldmine?
posted by RingerChopChop
on Mar 8, 2013 -
I really enjoy British TV dramas, with two of my favorites being Ballykissangel and Doc Martin, the latter of which I recently finished. What other British shows would you recommend in this same vein - that is, lighthearted hour-long dramas with a dash of comedy? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid
on Mar 1, 2013 -
Can anyone suggest clean, funny classic comedy -- video or audio -- that I can use to introduce my kids to the idea that "funny" doesn't have to be ironic or mean? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt
on Feb 15, 2013 -
I work as a journalist. However, I only get articles in publications due to my personal relationships with the editor(s). I've never been able to send in an unsolicited pitch and have it accepted. [more inside]
posted by GiveUpNed
on Feb 11, 2013 -
The Stand has been a long-running comedy club and Edinburgh Fringe Festival venue, first in Edinburgh, Scotland, and with later-opened branches in Glasgow and Newcastle upon Tyne. I noticed that there is now a New York City-based comedy club and restaurant called The Stand NYC
. I didn't see any indication on the websites of either club that there was a connection. Is this an example of the use of a trade name in another national jurisdiction?
posted by larrybob
on Feb 1, 2013 -
Where can I find the George Carlin quote, "Before every football game, both teams pray they'll win. One team always loses." [more inside]
posted by incandescentman
on Jan 30, 2013 -
She is thinking of a skit that's she is pretty sure was on SNL (or maybe another show, like Mad TV) before 2000. The main character was a white guy with mullet-like brown hair who is easily offended. He challenges other guys to fight and acts really cocky, talking smack, but he can't maintain his muscle strength so he starts out trying to punch his opponent in the upper body, but his punches land farther and farther down on the opponent's body until he winds up on the ground. She thinks in one of the skits, he says something like, "Are you calling me a turkey???" He might also call his opponents turkeys. The setting of the skits might be a bar.
posted by reren
on Jan 25, 2013 -
The standard format for a romantic comedy has both key characters introduced very early in the script/movie -- say, in the first ten pages/minutes. I'm looking for examples of romantic comedies where one of the romantic leads is introduced later in the movie. [more inside]
posted by allnamesaretaken
on Jan 22, 2013 -