Month: February 2013

Mitch Fatel’s “Candy Cane” joke is just as NSFW when it’s animated

Mitch Fatel has a new stand-up CD coming out in March called “Public Display of Perversion.” How public is his display of perversion? Perverse enough that even this “Candycane” joke cannot be made female-, feline- or family-friendly by turning it into a cartoon. Despite the snapshot above. Not Safe For Work. Roll it. If you want more, pre-order Mitch Fatel’s “Public Display of...

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In Memoriam: Phyllis Diller paid tribute to the Oscars; Oscars fail to return the favor

Phyllis Diller, who died in 2012 at the age of 95, helped blaze a trail for generations of funny women not only in stand-up comedy, but also in TV and film. “Just as people say Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did, but backward and in high heels, Phyllis Diller was the first female comedian to do everything that Jack Benny and Henny Youngman did, only she did it faster and smarter and maybe even funnier,” wrote Joan Rivers in a posthumous tribute to Diller in the Washington Post. Diller had hired Rivers as a writer, for her...

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The Onion’s Oscar Live-Tweet Fail Reminds Us That Thing X Exists, Funny Remains

Did you hear the one about the satirical publication that live-Tweeted a joke on Oscars night that won hundreds of favorites and ReTweets, only to vanish an hour later after many more voices called out said publication for being tasteless, misogynist and even racist, and then prompt an extremely rare apology from the humorous fake news organization the next afternoon? Yeah. If having to describe a joke ruins it, then having to describe an absolute failure of a joke fails absolutely. They teach that in Joke Politics 101. If you pay attention for long and close enough, you’ll also...

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It’s a slam dunk: Key & Peele show off their basketball moves; engage in “Epic Rap Battle”

Televised sketch comedy in the Internet video era has found its match in this current crop of Comedy Central series. Key & Peele is between seasons, but that’s not stopping Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele from putting out new topical sketches online. New today is this video, “Ballbusters,” in which Key and Peele show off their basketball skills — smack dab between the NBA’s All-Star Slam Dunk competition and the NCAA’s March Madness. Roll the clip. And that’s not all for today. Key and Peele also engaged in the most recent installment of the popular YouTube series, Epic Rap...

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A short documentary on Patton Oswalt, “To Be Loved & Understood”

The folks at Thrash Lab released a short documentary today about comedian Patton Oswalt. It’s directed by Julien Nitzberg (The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia). If the visual of audience members at the Irvine Improv eating food wasn’t enough of a visual for you to feast upon in the opening seconds, then let Oswalt himself attempt to lower your expectations, telling Nitzberg in so many words upfront that a stand-up comedian’s day isn’t quite as wild nor wonderful, nor as “dynamic visually” as he may be hoping for. “It feels like you’re trying to create way more movement and...

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