Day: July 30, 2010

Watch Bill Burr on Letterman, and watch him challenge the audience’s pre-conceived notions

Four years ago, Bill Burr infamously turned the tables on a horribly behaved audience in Philadelphia. Since then, most comedy fans have come around to Burr's way of thinking, but it has been interesting to see what the comedian has been up to recently. Whether seeing him headline an hour at Carolines in New York City, do a one-man show or showcase sets at Just For Laughs in Montreal, Burr has seemed more than content to launch a first strike offensive against the audience from the very top of his set, acknowledging "I've dug myself a hole in the first thirty seconds" or something to that effect. It's not that Burr wants the audience to hate him. It seems as though he merely wants to challenge their pre-conceived notions on what constitutes societal norms. Burr performed last night on Late Show with David Letterman, and there, he could not get away with opening on a bit wherein he attempts to put a new perspective on domestic abuse, but he does something even more challenging. On Letterman's stage, Burr opened by taking on Oprah. I'm sure Letterman's audience didn't know what to do with that, what with Letterman's long awkward history with Oprah. Burr was taking on Oprah's stance that mothers have the most important jobs, and from there, he also tells audience members that they're wrong to think they're...

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Look at this new promo for “Look Around You” season one on DVD and you want to look at all of it

If I had been hip to BBC America back in 2005, or lived in the U.K. in 2002, then I would have known long and well about the wonderment that was Look Around You, the spoof on science and educational videos presented by Peter Serafinowicz and Robert Popper. The first season is just out now on DVD, and Serafinowicz has cut a new promo for it that is, just, well, look at it. Related: The BBC still has an outdated site up for the programme, as they spell it across the pond, because they're brilliant like that. Furthermore: It's available from Amazon.com and other...

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