A few years ago I saw a violin comedy bit on a late night talk show. The violinist was making fun of the fact that audiences don't know when to applaud at a symphony because of all the flourishes and false climaxes. (Sorry about the mangled terms, I don't really know music.) He illustrated this on his violin, by playing what sounded like a real classical piece, but one that had multiple endings and kept picking back up right when you were sure it was done. Kind of hard for me to describe without musical jargon, but hopefully someone knows what I'm talking about. Anyone have any idea who this was or where I can find it? I can't seem to find the right Google key words.
What are your favorite comedy films of the past 5 years? [more inside]
Can anyone tell me the name of the sketch from Kids in the Hall in which they do a musical act in the style of old stage shows climbing up stairs and such? The song consisted of people just singing the partsof the song to show how formulaic it was, such as "chorus" and "bridge." If you can find me a video of it, that would be even better.
Please help find more audio comedy for my 8-year-old son. Touchstones: Hitchhiker's Guide, Cosby, Nick Danger. [more inside]
Can you name this 1990s British sketch show? [more inside]
Attention Canadians! I need help identifying a witch/fairly tale movie from the late eighties. [more inside]
Seeking the hive mind's advice on best practices for running a comedy open mic. Or, maybe I should call it a Mostly Open Mic. [more inside]
I'm looking for a particular comedy poem about goths. [more inside]
The FFP about Alex and Liam in Walmart reminded me of an old BBC TV show I have been trying to find for years. Do you know what it is? [more inside]
I want to start my own podcast, and I want to do it right. But I am not sure where to start, any advice? The podcast will be a comedy related one, and may have a co-host, and would have a weekly guest. Here are the things I've been thinking about. [more inside]
In order to create an original show, I turn now to the Hive Mind. Please share with me your preferences and help me find the common threads and elements linking the best sitcoms to ever be broadcast! [more inside]
I'd like to try making a "life goal" out of mastering stereotypical/fake accents... the impeccably snooty Frenchman, the stuck up Brit, redneck American, serious Japanese businessman, and so on. How does one intentionally learn (fake/funny/stereotypical) accents? [more inside]
I'd like to podcast my novel - any drama/comedy reading tips?
I'm lookingAH... for a comedy bitAH... where every wordAh... ended with an exagerrated 'AH' soundAH.
A few months ago while listening to XM Radio's Raw Dog Comedy channel, I heard an oddly funny monologue that I'm trying to locate. I can't remember what the subject was, but it was a studio recording of a lone male voice, and every sentence ended with a dragged-out "ah" sound. For instance, he might say "Four score and seven years agoAH! Our fathers brought forthAH..." and on and on. I know this isn't much to go on but I'm hoping someone will recognize the very unique sound of this piece and will point me to it.
There was a series of viral videos of a somewhat rotund boy playing spin the bottle and possibly doing other activities with his toys and possibly some other objects. The kid was actually an adult comedian. I can't for the life of me remember what these were called and can't find them anywhere. I think they were before Youtube. What was the name of the series and where could I find them again?
SCTV-filter: In which sketch did Richard Harris (Dave Thomas), after being asked to keep speaking in his loud voice rather than lapse into his insufficiently audible quiet voice [both demonstrated here], say, loudly, "I'll try! But I don't know if I can sustain it!" [more inside]
So, the Kickstarter for my short horror-comedy film is live! Yay! How/where should I promote it? [more inside]
Help me identify a quote. In an old Simpsons commentary, Matt Groening was quoting somebody when he said, "Comedy is watching a dumb man think." At least this is what I thought he said. Who originally said this, or something like this? [more inside]
I have my first stand up gig coming up (10 - 15 minutes) and wanted to know if anyone in the Green knew of any 'must read' articles, pages, books about the subject? I'm also interested in first hand experience stories. [more inside]
Please help me identify this foreign film. [more inside]
If you were doing an outdoor guerrilla community Shakespeare play, where each scene was performed in a different public place, which one would you choose? [more inside]
How can I get/see a copy of a specific episode of 'Win Ben Stein's Money'? [more inside]
Scripted comedy podcasts? [more inside]
Are any of the Carry On films any good? If so, please tell me which one you feel is the best, with your rationale for why that is. Because I would be using this question as a possible springboard to watching one or more of the films, I'd like to request that you not include any of the actual jokes in your answers (e.g., "'Nurse, where's this man's tits?' Classic line!" None of that, please).
Wizard People, Dear Reader literally made me laugh out loud at work. What other (free!) long format audio parodies, comedies, etc. should I try? I am not looking for traditional audiobooks and I'm not looking for unscripted or conversational podcasts. I'm also not looking for stand-up comedy routines. Fan Fiction is fine as long as it is relatively well done and hilarious.
What foreign film did I watch on television in the UK in the 80s [more inside]
GagPrizeFilter: If I wanted to either a) have a shiny gold (spraypainted?) rubber chicken mounted to a plaque or b) have a gold rubber chicken converted into something that could be worn like a medal, how would I go about doing this / obtaining one? This needs to be done in 1 week (for next Friday.) [more inside]
I love Eddie Izzard and Jim Gaffigan. What other stand-ups with DVDs would I like? [more inside]
Beyond MST3K: help me laugh myself silly with audio/video mismatches. [more inside]
Back in the mid 90s I and a friend were up at 4am and saw a comedy so gloriously quirky we couldn't believe we were watching it. It was on TNT or another network that broadcasts back to back B-movies. [more inside]
Looking for TV shows, books, and movies where a smart, sharp comedic sensibility masks a deeply sentimental core. [more inside]
What are some shows like Whose Line is it Anyway? [more inside]
Identify this mid-to-late 80's comedy please! [more inside]
Looking for any comedy skits/videos/essays/whatever that make fun of Disneyworld/Disney movies, parks/anything Disney-related.
female american comedian, able to quickly transform into different characters, small, blonde, played at the melbourne comedy festival several years ago. who is she? [more inside]
Poems or songs where you anticipate the next rhyme to be a naughty word, but it isn't... is there a term for this kind of implied-but-denied rhyme scheme, and what are some more examples? [more inside]
Can you recommend me some clever, funny podcasts to occupy my slow work day? [more inside]
Your best British comedy suggestions, please. [more inside]
What is this half-remembered VHS tape of very-low-production-values, very short sketches, that my friend and I rented in the mid-to-late 80s? [more inside]
Help create my Intro to Comedy Writing syllabus! I'm teaching a comedy writing class for teenagers this semester for the first time. What assignments/ readings/video/audio should I include? [more inside]
I like 30 Rock, I watch 30 Rock... how hard could it be to get ON 30 Rock? [more inside]
What are some shows like Flight of the Conchords and/or The IT Crowd? [more inside]
I love tv shows like Arrested Development and Community. What other comedy tv shows can you recommend for me? [more inside]
I'm looking for stories about telling jokes until they are no longer funny. How do people who write comedy tell if the jokes they are writing are still funny after repeating them so many times? I'm interested in hearing more about the short half-life of the joke, and the ways a joke can function after it has lost it's ha-ha-ha. [more inside]
Name-that-movie time! Bumbling dad switches on over-the-top Christmas lights, causing the house to go up in flames and massive disappointment. A colleague and I were discussing Christmas movies and we both thought of this scene but we can't remember the movie it came from. It's probably a well-known US comedy (like Home Alone or Honey I shrunk the kids) from the 1980-1990s. This should be a piece of cake but my Google/IMDb/Tvtropes-fu fails me.
Help me find a movie or TV series like In The Loop or Four Lions (thanks askme, for that one!). [more inside]
Best online sketch comedy resources? [more inside]
For his birthday, my dad wants DVDs of German films/TV series. But they can't be grim or weird. German comedies are the safest bet. Do those exist? [more inside]
I'm looking for hilarious films to watch - but there are some things I'd like to avoid. Can you help me out? [more inside]
I'm trying to find a Japanese short film about two guys in a sushi restaurant who try to out-order an older man. There's no dialogue and it was weird and quite funny, finishing with a radioactive wasabi show-down. [more inside]