I'm directing a farce with a bunch of high-schoolers, and would love to give them some movie suggestions to look at for characters. They are pretty classic comic archetypes, but my brain is reeling a bit trying to think of all of them, and though I'd put it out to the hive mind. The only catch is that I can't really suggest any R-Rated movies, because most of them aren't old enough to watch them... [more inside]
I want an e-mail or RSS update that tells me all the shows I want to watch that day and give me a brief synopsis of said episode. Is there anything like this out there? [more inside]
I'm waaaay too serious (please excuse the irony in my even asking this question): What makes for good humor and how can I learn to get better at using it to improve my relationships with other people? [more inside]
Where does the phrase "wakka wakka," used to punctuate a joke routine, come from? [more inside]
Way back in the history of the web, when Flash was brand-new, someone did a great version of Terry Bisson's "They're Made Out of Meat" in animated Flash. It was incredibly funny. I've searched for years, but haven't been able to find this version. Anybody know if it's still out there?
How can I find out if a stand-up comedian is currently performing a routine that's different from material on their two recorded albums? [more inside]
Can you help us with our British TV Comedy addiction? [more inside]
San Francisco filter: What fun show (preferably theater, but comedy, music, etc. also an option) can I take my brother and his girlfriend to see when they visit this weekend? [more inside]
Forgotten Radio Show/Proto-Podcast Filter -- I first found these recordings in '99 or '00. I have only hazy memories, but I'm hoping this will jog someone's memory. One program/episode that I recall in some detail was in the form of a traffic report (Possibly called "Fine Day For A Drive) with deadpan descriptions of horrible accidents and such. [more inside]
What kind of humor do I like? [more inside]
Good presidential stand-up? [more inside]
In the mid eighty's there was a comedian that did a piece on godzilla. Basically he acted like a badly dubbed godzilla film with mouth movements out of sync with voice saying "look out" "godzilla's going to trample the city again". Anyone know who he was or remember the sketch?
Does anyone know of a working mirror with all the "I accidentally the whole fleshlight" conversations? [more inside]
Who made this recorded prank phone call? It's SO funny! [more inside]
Just saw Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. I feel like the storyline, (i.e. guy/girl is hung up on his/her good-looking-yet-lame ex, meets a smart cool new person, and ends up rejecting their old flame for said new love interest when old flame gets jealous / comes around too late), has been used plenty to the point of cliche. Problem is, I can't think of any examples! Can anyone give me some? Thanks!
Does anyone remember a comedian doing a bit about how his accountant's office was an old Ihop and he wanted to ask his accountant for pancakes? he called the Ihop the Temple of Pancakes and he kept saying "and some pancakes...." [more inside]
Prior to '05, I saw a repeat of Premium Blend which featured a performance by a comedian with a joke about playing opera in her car; she illustrated the hilarity vis-a-vis prejudice by singing a bit of it. Picking up most culture by osmosis, I've long loved whatever the piece was from, but have no idea what it is. Also, she was hilarious and I'd like to find more by her. [more inside]
Looking for a streaming radio station, or podcast that has upbeat music, funny samples and dj's, so I can laugh first thing in the morning during my morning routine. But here's the rub, I'm not looking for comedy shows, or vapid commentary. Something a little more tasteful and subtle than your run of the mill morning crap that pollutes the airwaves and makes me depressed about humanity.
Which theaters offer quality improv classes in the Bay Area? I'm planning on moving to the Bay Area and am an improv junkie - taking classes concurrently at UCB, iO, Second City, The Groundlings and The WE in Los Angeles. So far I've only had BATS recommended to me... any others?
Please suggest self-aware romantic comedies. (Rather lengthy explanation sheepishly included.) [more inside]
Does anyone remember the UK satellite music-and-comedy channel PlayUK? How about the short cartoons of music stars they used to play? Are they still preserved somewhere on the internet? [more inside]
What was that Steve Martin movie? [more inside]
I need recommendations to find deeply sarcastic and satirical stand-up comedians. [more inside]
Based on the current influx of questions about stand-up comedians, I've been reminded of a question that has been plaguing me for a while. But unfortunately, I don't have much information. - Male. 40+ yrs old. Dressed plainly. - Opened for Lewis Black at the Univ. of Connecticut in the Fall/Winter of 2006 or 2007 - Shtick was borderline psychotic. Like he was extremely angry and ready to snap. Genuinely scared me a little at the beginning. He never really left this personality. - Worked the crowd a little and even left the stage to walk through the crowd. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
Can you all help me with some summer vacation reading recommendations? I trust your tastes implicitly. Helpful guidelines inside. [more inside]
Has anyone heard of a stand-up comic named David Jerusalem? The tricky part is that I might be misremembering the name.
Back in the late 90s, I think in the winter of 1997-8, I saw a stand-up comedian on Conan O'Brien that blew me away but I've never been able to track him down since. I think his name was David Jerusalem. He made jokes about the Olympics and having been a heroin addict. He didn't perform in front of a mic but was interviewed by Conan. I've been trying to find information about this guy for years without success, does my description ring any bells for you? [more inside]
Who are some great comedians I've probably never heard of that I can watch on youtube?
Please help me find good radio comedy, sitcoms and sketch shows in particular. Podcast suggestions are kosher. [more inside]
My improv troupe is looking for ways to publicize our shows, beyond the word-of-mouth and email lists we've been working with so far. As part of this effort, I'm looking for websites with listings and schedules for comedy shows--particularly improv comedy--in the Los Angeles area. Specifically, of course, I'm looking for sites that allow you to post your own listing, or submit it for posting. Any suggestions?
Would the diehard Monty Python fans among you please help me find a particular sketch? [more inside]
Help me put together a fun YouTube playlist for a casual small party environment. Funny, short, smart. [more inside]
Which comedy club in Los Angeles is the best? [more inside]
Any good internet radio stations that specialize in good stand up comedy? Stuff like Hicks, Carlin, Cosby and Pryor with a mix of good new stuff?
Please recommend smart British comedies on DVD. I liked As Time Goes By and am enjoying Cold Feet - what else should I look for? [more inside]
What's the Improv scene in Singapore like? Help me get a more optimistic picture than the one Google provides. [more inside]
Does Ricky Gervais have an opening act when he does his stand-up sets? [more inside]
I have searched YouTube, Google and the MetaFilter archives until my eyes are bugging out of my head, so please forgive me if this has been posted. I'm trying to find a video of the SNL sketch with Steve Martin and Bill Murray, I believe from 1978, "What the hell is that?" Can anyone help?
Help me locate a weird 80's sci-fi movie with almost no info. [more inside]
Emma Thompson TV series? Late 80's? Did I hallucinate this? [more inside]
Any recommendations for books/articles/whatever about the history of comedy? Specifically 20th century American comedy? [more inside]
Can you think of any comedy sketches or scenes where a single character uses repeated backhanded compliments directed towards others for comedic effect? That is, scenes where the comedy comes from the secondary character not being sure whether they were just insulted or praised and not knowing how to respond. I'm thinking of something along the lines of SNL, Kids in the Hall or Monty Python sketches, but I am open to any such examples.
Looking for the name of the Comedian who did a "Dad! Look at my hands! Look at my hands! Look at my haaaands!" joke. [more inside]
Is there a name for this style of joking? Set-up: Person A asks a question. Punchline: Person B -- by pretending to misunderstand the question -- gives an unexpected response. The Marx Bros used this style a lot, and I see it over and over on "Flight of the Conchords. " ALSO: Can anyone offer further examples of this? Thank you so much! :-)
Can someone identify a British (I assume) musical comedy bit from the 1960s or 1970s that's nothing more than a several minutes-long introduction of the members of the most bizarre band in the world? [more inside]
I'm looking for some funny and smart fiction books, along the lines of "A Confederacy of Dunces" and "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal." [more inside]
The Paul Reiser Effect -- Does anyone remember an article about this? [more inside]
I have directv and occasionally they give customers free access to pay channels to tempt us to sign up. I was watching one of the channels, which I think was called Universal, and there was a really funny show that I think was Canadian, about a middle aged guy on his second marriage with two kids from a previous marriage and two little kids, and a really hot 20 something sister. The scene for the show was this: An annual family reunion BBQ to celebrate the wedding anniversary the 60 something grandparents, and preparations for it. The plot, the old man gets drunk and announces that he wants a divorce because his wife is a nag. Very very funny stuff, sibling rivalry, at all levels, awkwark moments between ex and current spouses, some touching moments about the older children being the spawn of inferior breeding, very very funny. I want to stream it, but I don't even know the name of the network, let alone the name of the show. [more inside]
Name the movie based on the only scene I can remember. An American woman is driving a car while listening to a foreign language learning tape but she is repeating the English phrases. [more inside]
Please recommend some of your favorite standup comedy DVDs. Lesser known is good, but not outrageously obscure. [more inside]