June 23rd is the birthday of Joss Whedon. While known for dark and generally serious shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse, he has been known to show a sense of humor. In additional the successful Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, he is sometimes caught on camera doing fun things. Here is Joss pretending he's someone dressed up as him.



Also, while it's not very comedic, you can check out the fanvid I made for Serenity.
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( Jun. 9th, 2009 10:32 pm)
In February of 2008, I attended a concert at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Although I'd seen Jonathan Coulton before, this concert was different. A professional video crew was going to be recording the show and had invited fans to bring their own video equipment to record shots from the show as well. I was there with a borrowed cam-corder and (by virtue of showing up early) front row seats.

Jonathan Coulton is best known for funny geeky songs such as Re: Your Brains, Skullcrusher Mountain, Code Monkey, and his cover of Baby Got Back. However, he also has some very touching songs such as his song about parenting (You Ruined Everything), about seizing life (A Talk With George), and even about the demotion of certain planets (I'm Your Moon).

The DVD/CD set is finally out (and has been for nearly a month), but due to an address issue I got my copy late. However, I have finally seen it and the DVD is nearly as good as the show I remember. So from that DVD, this week's video is the opening song The Future Soon.



To order the DVD, see Jonathan's page at whatarerecords.com.
 
25 years ago, a film appeared about a British rock group trying to break into the American scene. With improved acting... wait... improvved... Hrm... that's not really a word, is it? Can we start over? Great. Thanks.

In 1984, This is Spinal Tap hit the theaters, confusing audiences everywhere. This mockumentary featured Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, and Christopher Guest as a British heavy metal band. From getting lost back stage (something Rob Halford later confessed to) to the influence of a girlfriend on the band, the jokes were set up then delivered during improvised (there's the word I was looking for) scenes shot with hand-held cameras.Now what??? )
A band doesn't get more indie than making a song about a serial killer. The Greenskeepers managed to make one that gets lines from The Silence of the Lambs stuck in your head. As if Cartman quoting it wasn't enough.Video under cut. )
Sorry this was late today. Most of my day got rescheduled.
In the late 90s, the Internet was getting very popular. DSL had just come into play and the web was exploding. This meant that nearly anyone could get on the net, including people who shouldn't be there. This led Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie to create a skit which they later animated in 2005.

They also created other computer-related skits.

Of course, nowadays everyone knows the Internet is for porn.
I've been focusing mostly on classics over these first few weeks, but there's some great new stuff out there as well. This week's entry was created last month and I'm including it to help celebrate Obama visiting the homeland of the Beatles. The video itself was created by a fan during the past few weeks.



Robert Lund is a regular contributor to the FuMP. Singing lyrics by written by Spaff Sumsion, the team has produced some very notable songs (notable by me, at least) include Shakesperian Pie and 99 Words for Boobs.

Baseball season starts with opening day on April 6. And with that, I'm sure you all know what's coming for today's Twisted Tuesday.

Abbott & Costello first performed together in a burlesque show in 1935. Within three years they were on the radio, and within five years, they were signed as supporting characters for One Night in the Tropics where they frequently stole the show with their routines.

"Who's On First?" is their best known and a true comedy classic. It was named by Time Magazine's as the Best Comedy Sketch of the 20th Century. A version of currently plays in Cooperstown's Baseball Hall of Fame. It has been adapted by others such as Johnny Carson (scroll down) and Harry Shearer (Real Player required for audio).

Here is Abbott & Costello from their Film The Naughty Nineties performing "Who's On First?":

If you are interested in different versions of Abbott & Costello's performance, in an "Aristocrats" kind of way, I also recommend the following clips. These are all of Abbott & Costello performing "Who's On First?".

From the Collgate Comedy Hour.

From NBC's Command Performance.

Another "stage skit" version. (Video sync issue.)

Wikipedia's entry of "Who's On First?".

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( Mar. 17th, 2009 07:31 am)
Tom Lehrer's fame is arguable. Those who have heard of him seem to know a lot about him, and those who haven't (and probably outnumber the former these days) know nothing. ...obviously. However, anyone who has listened to humor and satire long, is bound to have run into his music. The New York Times said of him in 1959 "Mr. Lehrer's muse is not fettered by such inhibiting factors as taste." As with other great comedians, what was once cutting edge can now be considered common place. Some poeple have gone way past what could be considered tasteful these days (not that they aren't still funny).

Lehrer's song "The Irish Ballad" is popular in filk circles and at renaissance faires nationwide. I wasn't able to find a clip showing him singing it (though there are some clips on YouTube showing him perform), and most of the non-Lehrer performances, even by people who have made names for themselves aren't as good as the original. However, I found an individual who lip-syncs a number of songs including a few Lehrer pieces, and he had the good taste to leave in the very humorous introduction. So here I present Ben (RonfarZ3) lip-syncinging Tom Lehrer's "The Irish Ballad" (with intro).


And now that you're all the way down here, I'll suggest that you watch (or at least listen to) the video before clicking any of the other links. My timing is nothing if not late. And as a bonus for reading this far, here is a YouTube Channel dedicated to Tom Lehrer.

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( Apr. 11th, 2007 12:10 am)
Hot Fuzz - a new comedy by the team that brought you Shaun of the Dead

I got to see an advance showing of Hot Fuzz tonight with [profile] brigideire. First, I will try to get away with giving less spoilers than some of the previews and TV spots do. They are trying to show the funniest bits of the film, but there is an actual plot thing going on as well, and it's fun to watch it unfold. So my first advice is to try to avoid the trailers. Second, I know a lot of people are going to compare this to Shaun of the Dead because it's made by the same people, so instead of avoiding that, I'm going to address it directly. If you're thinking "Well, I liked Shaun, but will I really like a cop movie, even as a comedy?" the answer is "Hell yeah!"

This movie is a comedy first, at least as good as Shaun. The movie isn't the visual joke-fest of American films such as Airplane!, but visual humor... er... excuse me... humour is used effectively. The timing is sharp and and the only complaint is the usual one of the audience laughing over the line after a joke. The plot isn't deep, but is enough to sustain the movie's 2 hour running time. Also expect some blood. Um... Actually, expect lots of blood at appropriate places. Not Kill Bill amounts, but enough to add to some shocking murders. ...Which frankly, got some laughs as well as groans from the audience.

Timothy Dalton makes a nice sleazy grocery store owner, and other performances were spot on, too. References to other cop films abound, but they aren't necessary to follow the plot or the humour.

If you hated Shaun of the Dead (and I'm not sure why you'd be reading my LJ if you do, though I suppose it's conceivable), then you can miss this one. Otherwise, get your ass into the theater and prepare to laugh it off.
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