I really like The Onion’s editorial cartoons. The cartoons themselves aren’t that funny, the joke is really about the cartoonist creating them. I especially like when he tries to make a broad statement about society while clearly talking about something from his own life:
Posts Tagged ‘comedy’
Something reminded me of this old Space Ghost clip. Only watch if you like absurd humor:
Jimmy Kimmel had a funny segment interviewing people about the presidential debate before the debate happened:
“The best part is, it’s really easy to lie,” said Romney, who added that voicing whatever untruths come into his mind at any given moment is an easy thing to do because all it requires is opening his mouth and talking. “For example, if someone accuses me of having a tax plan that makes no discernable sense, I just lie and say that I do have a tax plan that makes sense. I also say there is a study that backs up my plan. See that? Simple. None of it is remotely true, of course, but now we’re moving on to the next topic because people are usually too afraid to ask me straight up if I’m lying, because that is apparently not something you ask someone who is running for president.”
One of those funny-because-it’s-true things.
(this post and the links therein are likely not safe for work and contain crude language)
By now, it seems like just about everyone with an opinion has written about Daniel Tosh’s interaction with a heckler about rape jokes.
Two articles I read break down the issue (and relevant aspects of comedy) very well:
How to Make a Rape Joke
Surfing the Rape Wave: What Tosh Teaches About Humor, Power and Privilege
I’ve seen posts by several comedians I know and have discussed this issue with some. In short, my opinion is that both extremes are wrong here. As the articles I linked to above describe (with examples), there are funny rape jokes. They can be funny without being hurtful or threatening to victims. On the other side, if people claim that those who object to the jokes are infringing upon the comedian’s first amendment rights, that’s clearly absurd. First of all, they literally haven’t read the first word of that amendment (“Congress”). People aren’t proposing that modern-day Lenny Bruces be arrested for obscenity. Comedians are free to explore whatever dark topics they want, but when they mess up they suffer the consequences. Daniel Tosh wasn’t being smart, funny or “edgy” that night, he was being lazy and lame.
This got me thinking about how sensitive topics like rape can be used for really lazy “shock jokes” without much effort, but those same topics can take an extraordinary amount of effort and care to craft real meaningful, incisive, funny comedy. Many comedy audiences will completely shut down when they hear a word about a sensitive subject, even before the entire premise is explained. One joke I’ve been doing on stage involves a hypothetical black person, but isn’t actually a comment about race at all (it’s just for absurdist wordplay). Despite this, I’ve seen some audiences shut off as soon as they hear the word “black”. This might happen more with politically-correct San Francisco audiences
This one made me laugh:
(more defacement of well-meaning signs here)
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to see Maria Bamford when she was in town recently. Some of her comedy is just at the edge of the weirdness that I’m comfortable with, but it’s exceptionally funny and I’d love to see her perform live. Here’s a set of her’s from last year:
Actual blogging coming back at some point.. too much stuff going on lately.
Some good stuff for you politics and economics people. My favorite joke was the one at 4:05:
I haven’t seen Paul F. Tompkins live before, but I really like his bit about canned peanut brittle:
Some of my friends whom I shared this with didn’t like this, as it’s really repetitive, but I think the repetition is well-justified and hilarious.