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]
What are some examples of family sitcoms that don't adhere to the funny dad, nagging mom stereotype? [more inside]
Recommend me some British comedy, please. [more inside]
Where would I look/advertise to find a improvisational keyboard player for an improv group in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
I am trying to find the name of the comedian and what album the bit I heard on the radio was from. We were listening to the Foxhole on Sirius, and it was either a real or scripted prank call. The comedian was calling a young woman's father and asking permission to go away with her for the weekend. He kept calling the dad "playa" and mentioning that he was 47. It kind of spins out of control and he threatens to go fight the man? Any ideas would be appreciated.
Recommendations of shows in Las Vegas, for two people in mid-20s. Looking for a few to see and for advice on how to get tickets for cheap if possible. Thanks! [more inside]
How to get started writing comedically? [more inside]
In older films, ill people are sometimes shown with an ice pack on their head. Presumably to bring down a fever? Did people really do this back then, or is the ice pack merely a comedic signifier?
Fifteen years ago, I saw a sketch on Comedy Central about depression-era fish farmers, in which one farmer stabbed the other with a fish stick, while screaming "Die by trout-stick!" What show was this? [more inside]
A number of years ago I witnessed a comedic reinterpretation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, a decidedly non-comedic play. Can anybody direct me to more information on this version of the play? [more inside]
Help me figure out the name of a comedian I saw in NYC...last December. [more inside]
What exactly is ironic about listening to Schubert while viewing Canadian pornography? [more inside]
I've had this little song stuck in my head for decades. I think it was the title song to a recurring sketch on a radio comedy show, possibly Ducksbreath Mystery Theater, but I haven't been able to google up any evidence that I didn't just imagine the whole thing. Do you have any more information about Rhodo the Monster from Outer Space? [more inside]
Is there somewhere I can download (for later viewing) videos of popular stand-up comedians? Legally? [more inside]
Is there any rhyme or reason to More 4's scheduling of The Daily Show in the UK? [more inside]
Some time ago a colleague (now left the firm) sent me an mp3 file of a comedy skit about drinking different types of alcohol from the point of view of the "stomach" of the person drinking. It ended with the person drinking "tequila" and the voice over had some very funny Mexican-type dialogs. My Googling skills have failed me. Can someone recall this comedy skit and where I might find it? Cheers :-)
Help me find more music like Flight of the Conchords and Tenacious D. [more inside]
Need a movie id. I saw it in the 80's and the plot was that the U.S.S.R. had created an "Anytown, USA" and kidnapped some americans to populate it with to study/observe. I thought it was titled "Back in the U.S.S.R." but alas the one on IMDB is not it.
My most frivolous AskMe ever: OK you Smarty McSmartertons... Where did that type of "name" start. You know... "Mister Blanky McBlankerton." Our upstairs neighbor was bring heavy-footed yesterday, and I was talking to my daughter about it. I referred to him as "Mister Stompy McStomperton." I've heard that kind of thing more and more lately. Where did it originate? [more inside]
Who played the outraged author in "The King of Comedy" and was he really an author or scammer like Rupert?
Who played the outraged author in "The King of Comedy" and was he really an author or was he a scammer like Rupert? [more inside]
Am I insane? I remember seeing a funny sketch comedy clip and the subject was a dad at the breakfast table verbally wailing on his family members using swear words that were all The-King-of-France related -- but I can't find any reference to it. I distinctly remember Kids in the Hall members, too. [more inside]
How can I get B-List Celebrities to give me a quote for the back of my book? [more inside]
Can anyone point me towards movie or tv clips that involve punching someone in the face through a straw boater held up in front of them or any other comedic hat smashing? [more inside]
where can i hear/watch a copy of the David Cross interview "Comedy Isn't Pretty"? I heard about it from this article about Michael Cera 'Cera said he carries in his bag an interview with David Cross, one of his many comedy mentors and a fellow actor in "Arrested Development." Headlined "Comedy Isn't Pretty," the interview features Cross "talking about how not enough people are willing to look foolish these days," Cera said. "That really had a big message to me. You can't have any shame."'
There is a sound often played when a character in a comedy does something stupid. I don't know what this is called and am hoping someone can tell me. Here's an example: In an episode of The Simpsons, Homer attempts to expose a plot to move the Isotopes to Alberquerque. He brings the media in to show them the closet full of merchandise that will reveal the conspiracy. When they walk in, they see a man dressed like a beatnik with a trumpet and some kind of cover. He plays the trumpet and it produces a ... waaaaah-wuuuuuh I've always wanted to know the name of that sound. I'd love to find examples online. It is perhaps my favorite sound ever. ;-)
In light of the horrendously awful "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," are there any GOOD (i.e. both funny and non-homophobic) comedies about straight people either having to pretend they're gay or, more generally, about straight people slowly but surely letting go of their prejudices towards LGBT people? [more inside]
As a guy with a lot of free time on his hands (Student over the summer), I want to catch up on my comedies. [more inside]
I'm trying to find out the name of a British comedy show I saw on PBS once, but I only have a few details about it. [more inside]
Female Buddy Comedy Filter: Please help me shop for an 11-year-old girl who loves female slapstick comedy. [more inside]
My mom is sick & I want to send her some "laugh out loud funny" movies that are a bit older (think 1965-1995). All ratings ok. Any suggestions? [more inside]
Looking for good, clean comedians. [more inside]
One-act play: I'm looking for a funny, perhaps topical, and maybe edgy one-act play for my family members to read as part of a family gathering. [more inside]
Looking for suggestions for comedy web-series. [more inside]
Where do jokes come from? Every day I get a joke via email from a friend. Every once in a while, I hear a great joke at a party or the bar. Where do these things originate? Do most of them start out as a bit from a professional comedian? Are there people who are professional joke writers? Do jokes evolve from anecdotes that had been embellished over the years?
Where do "laugh tracks" come from? Are they recorded especially or stolen from a genuine performance? Would it be possible to track laugh tracks in the same way that, for example, the Wilhelm Scream has been?