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 ...
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. ;-)
posted by tcv
on Aug 3, 2007 -
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]
posted by Ash3000
on Jul 19, 2007 -
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]
posted by phaded
on Jun 28, 2007 -
Female Buddy Comedy Filter: Please help me shop for an 11-year-old girl who loves female slapstick comedy. [more inside]
posted by dogmom
on Jun 21, 2007 -
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]
posted by eli_d
on Jun 8, 2007 -
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]
posted by charris5005
on May 30, 2007 -
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?
posted by jasondigitized
on May 24, 2007 -
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
posted by twine42
on Apr 30, 2007 -
Does anyone know where I can find out what David Cross has been up to and any new projects he has? I can't find any links for a website of his that's up to date. I'm more interested in his stand-up shows and/or comedy albums rather than acting roles (IMDB).
posted by mgrimm
on Apr 21, 2007 -
Asking for a friend: Looking for a movie or tv show that deals with investing in a comedic way. [more inside]
posted by Sreiny
on Jan 18, 2007 -
Are there videos of typical sitcoms that use canned laughter without the laugh track? [more inside]
posted by destro
on Dec 28, 2006 -
Are there any popular American actors/actresses that do mostly productions not targeted for Americans? [more inside]
posted by Brian James
on Dec 22, 2006 -
Who is the 'artist' behind a comedy barbershop quartet song, in which the opening goes through various cliches about how to deal with problems in life, and the answer/chorus is... (more inside) [more inside]
posted by jrengreen
on Sep 21, 2006 -
Audio Comedy; looking for new comics I may not have heard of and some downloadable comedy on the web (along the lines of Hicks, Sadowitz, Lee and Herring et al). As always, [more inside]
posted by Gratishades
on Sep 20, 2006 -
Anyone know where I can find a clip of Andy Sansone attempting to perform on The Late Show with David Letterman on August 21, 2006? I thought it would be easy to find on YouTube or Google Video after my hearing he had flubbed his routine, threw down the microphone and walked off stage. [more inside]
posted by boost ventilator
on Aug 24, 2006 -
There's a funny short film or ad or viral video from a few years back that takes place in an office. It's in a board room or meeting... [more inside]
posted by wsg
on Aug 9, 2006 -
I'm looking for information on joke copyrights -- specifically, what is considered fair use? Any links to resources on the subject would be appreciated.
posted by paulrockNJ
on Apr 20, 2006 -
I once heard a recording of a comedian/folk musician performing a song whose main lyric was "I didn't throw up; it was a pretty good day."
Please save me from madness and tell me his name.
posted by DWRoelands
on Mar 22, 2006 -
Where can I find a recording of (or information about) a Canadian radio comedy sketch called "Les Anglaises"? [more inside]
posted by sayitwithpie
on Mar 22, 2006 -
Anyone have quality screencaps of Martin Short's Saturday Night Live characters from the 1980s, e.g. Jackie Rogers Jr., Nathan Therm, the synchronized swimming guy, etc.? (FYI: At this point,I'm more interested in SNL images than stuff from SCTV.)
posted by iced_borsch
on Mar 19, 2006 -
There is a movie where someone is petting a sewer rat and they think its a cat. And someone tells the person they're mistaken and petting a rat. Does anyone know what movie? It went something like this: What a nice cat. Excuse me mam, thats a sewer rat!
posted by Gabe014
on Mar 18, 2006 -
I'm looking for audio of Peter Schickele's (also known as "P.D.Q. Bach") hilarious
"Songs from Shakespeare"... Right now, I've got a cassette of its 1990 performance for Garrison Keillor's "American Radio Company: The First Season," but I'd like it on CD or MP3. (Is video even available??)
Thanks in advance for all your help!!
posted by Misciel
on Mar 18, 2006 -
What is the origin of the phrase/quote/saying "Dying is easy, comedy is hard?"
posted by YoungAmerican
on Mar 7, 2006 -
I'm trying to find a serial radio play that CBC Radio ran around 1985-1989. The show was about a regular guy who is elected prime minister of Canada. His cabinet consist of just a couple people including the minister of defense, an Indian Chief who is in some way associated with a turtle. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral
on Mar 1, 2006 -
Is anyone familiar with the comedy routine of Little Red Riding Hood told backwards? A teacher I had in jr. high just died and that was one of his trademark stories. I always thought it was an original, but then I heard it years later and now can't remember who did it. It basically involved telling the story straight but mixing up the sentence structure. At least that's what I recall some 22 years later.
posted by DonnieSticks
on Jan 25, 2006 -
I'm looking for classic "Saturday Night Live" sketches that might not have made the "Best of..." DVDs. Namely, John Belushi performing as Joe Cocker WITH Joe Cocker! But there were far too many good ones to let them all fade into oblivion! Is there any way to find these classic sketches to save them for posterity?? Thanks!!
posted by Misciel
on Jan 25, 2006 -
I once watched a comedy variety show on a plane that featured, among others, a guy who could move his nose around his face in an astonishing variety of ways... it's as if it had a life of its own. Try as I might, I can't find him on the web -- any ideas? Thanks.
posted by shivohum
on Dec 23, 2005 -
I am going to an office holiday party with a joke telling contest! Alas, my only 2 jokes are terrible. What are some good (clean) jokes to add to my (and our collective) repitoire? [more inside]
posted by pithy comment
on Dec 14, 2005 -