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?
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).
So there's this movie that I saw when I was a kid, but don't know what it was called... [more inside]
Asking for a friend: Looking for a movie or tv show that deals with investing in a comedic way. [more inside]
Are there videos of typical sitcoms that use canned laughter without the laugh track? [more inside]
Are there any popular American actors/actresses that do mostly productions not targeted for Americans? [more inside]
Is the phrase 'proof, if proof be need be' a Chris Morris coinage? [more inside]
What Hollywood director is Bob Odenkirk imitating in this skit? [more inside]
Name that comedy stage show. [more inside]
Who are the best stand-up comics working today? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me find a particular episode of a Reeves & Mortimer show. [more inside]
Help me find the title of a book! [more inside]
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]
Triumph vs. Eminem? [more inside]
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]
Have you noticed anyone parodying Bill O'Reilly on TV? [more inside]
I'm looking for information on joke copyrights -- specifically, what is considered fair use? Any links to resources on the subject would be appreciated.
I'm an American and I want some recommendations on British TV comedies. [more inside]