Archive for the ‘Comedy’ Category
I didn’t know about this, but The Wife had me look it up and challenged me not to laugh. I failed miserably. The video shows two outtakes:
Some comedy plays well decades after it was first born. Example:
Other comedy, though still enjoyable, has a more nostalgic appeal: still good, but of another era. Example:
Buster Keaton’s The General belongs more to the first category than the second, IMO. (The link is Prime steaming from Amazon.)
This is all stimulated by this fascinating article about the 100 jokes that shaped modern comedy.
There’s also this wonderful bit:
Modern? or nostalgia?
UPDATE: I love Tom Lehrer:
A humor column in the New Yorker:
A criminal lawyer representing Turing Pharmaceuticals chief Martin Shkreli has informed his client that he is raising his hourly legal fees by five thousand per cent, the lawyer has confirmed.
Minutes after Shkreli’s arrest on charges of securities fraud, the attorney, Harland Dorrinson, announced that he was hiking his fees from twelve hundred dollars an hour to sixty thousand dollars.
Shkreli, who reportedly received the news about the price hike while he was being fingerprinted, cried foul and accused his attorney of “outrageous and inhumane price gouging.”
“This is the behavior of a sociopath,” Shkreli was heard screaming. . .
Good satire but perilously close to truth:
Following several high-profile civilian deaths at the hands of police officers, many Americans have called for the mandatory use of body cameras by law enforcement as a means of curbing the excessive use of force and providing clear accounts of officers’ actions. Here are some of the pros and cons of body cameras for police officers:
- Provides accurate record of where police were when they turned off their body camera
- Helps to reinstate trust between Americans and surveillance
- Unlimited footage of police officers breathing heavily during a foot chase
- Turning camera askew allows officers to record beatings with stylish Dutch angles
- More things to watch
- Finally gives Americans glimpse at what it’s like to turn on that siren and gun it straight through a red light
- Major invasion of privacy for police officer and man he has in chokehold
- Costs money that could be used on machine guns and armored vehicles
- . . .
Jeffries was once the victim of a home invasion in which he was tied up and beaten with his girlfriend, who was also threatened with rape. You’d think he’d have some cause for carrying a gun, no? Wrong! He brilliantly nails why Americans need to make a case for more gun control:
I’m going to say some things that are just facts. In Australia, we had guns. Right up until 1996. In 1996, Australia had the biggest massacre on earth. Still hasn’t been beaten. Now, after that they banned guns. In the 10 years before Port Arthur, there was 10 massacres. Since the gun ban in 1996, there hasn’t been a single massacre since. I don’t know how or why this happened….maybe it was a coincidence, right?Now, please understand, I understand that America and Australia are two vastly different cultures with different people, right? I get it. In Australia we had the biggest massacre on earth and the Australian government went–that’s it! No more guns! And we all went–yeah, right then, that seems fair enough.
Now, in America you have the Sandy Hook massacre, which little, tiny children died and your government went….maybe we’ll get rid of the big guns? And 50% of you went – FUCK YOU, DON’T TAKE MY GUNS!