Image of Idiocy on the high seas: John Wolfe sues P&O Cruises over comedians
Idiocy on the high seas: John Wolfe sues P&O Cruises over comedians
We stumbled across this article on USAToday.com, which in turn led us to the original account (in the UK Guardian) of an Irish man who sued the P&O Cruises because the comedians on two cruises made Irish jokes. Here’s the troubling part: [Read More]
 
Image of Has Dave Chappelle handled fame exactly right?  | The A.V. Club
Has Dave Chappelle handled fame exactly right?  | The A.V. Club
Chappelle’s reasons for leaving and the way he’s taking cautious steps toward returning make him a fascinating character—in addition to the fact that he was one of the smartest, funniest comics in the world at the time of his self-imposed exile. [Read More]
 
Image of Dick Cavett: Comedy Pain and Comedy Pleasure | NY Times
Dick Cavett: Comedy Pain and Comedy Pleasure | NY Times
Let me take you back to the Ed Sullivan days and start with that which was part of the life of a New York-based scuffling comedy writer of the time: the phenomenon of the B-level comedian. Not the beginner or the guy who entertains at picnics and church socials, but a professional comedian who is sort of in the Big Time without being of it. He works reasonably steadily in nightclubs and the Borscht circuit, has had a few TV “shots” and a modest house in Queens or Brooklyn. He is, as the sayin... [Read More]
 
Image of How Tosh.0 survived the decline of the “clip show”
How Tosh.0 survived the decline of the “clip show”
Not so long ago, though, Tosh.0 wasn’t the only Soup clone on the airwaves; the two shows shared space with The Dish, Sports Soup, and Web Soup. Now all those shows are gone, and aside from The Soup and Tosh.0, the basic-cable clip show has largely returned to the abysmal talking-head/wink-’n’-smirk VH1 model. Did the Soup copies die off because their hosts and writers weren’t clever enough? Or was it because the kind of material they were highlighting—viral videos and crazy moments from sports ... [Read More]
 
Image of When the Comic and the Heckler Both Take Offense | NY Times
When the Comic and the Heckler Both Take Offense | NY Times
No moment in popular culture is more charged and anxious than when a stand-up comic battles with a heckler. It usually ends with a knockout insult and a huge laugh. But when things turn ugly, as happened three times last week, it can expose the gap between comedians and patrons who see this clash very differently. [Read More]
 
Image of Daniel Tosh: Comedy, fear and the rise of the rape joke
Daniel Tosh: Comedy, fear and the rise of the rape joke
"Although it's often hard to spot through the callousness, the existence of rape jokes is largely due to fear. Not everyone who makes or laughs at a rape joke is directly afraid, of course—like I said, many make them from a position of ignorance—but those deeply invested in rape jokes probably are scared of something. Tosh's retort to the woman wasn't really a joke—there's no structural framework to the one-liner that suggests it was—but an angry reflex to the threat she posed by saying that rap... [Read More]
 
Defending the Indefensible: Heckling as an Artform
From the “how can this possibly be okay” files… If you frequent Reddit, you become accustomed to your faith in humanity being challenged.  But the smaller the subreddit (topic area), the safer your sensibilities tend to be. Take /r/StandupComedy, for one.  Lot... [Read More]
 
Must cute blonde journalists act uninformed to get attention?
It’s been over a year since self-proclaimed “Canada’s Carrie Bradshaw” Leah McLaren informed Globe & Mail readers that female comedians are unfunny, and that this could be easily solved by simply changing all their material. Now it... [Read More]
 
Image of Let's Talk about Friday-night 'Community' and Dan Harmon's Lack of a Contract for a Minute
Let's Talk about Friday-night 'Community' and Dan Harmon's Lack of a Contract for a Minute
First, let me say, I love what NBC is trying to do. They could have easily cut costs by surrounding The Voice with reality and competition shows, but they are going with real television shows, some with very distinct voices. And I love them moving Community to Friday, at least I do conceptually and ... [Read More]
 
Image of Bobcat Goldthwait: Better Off Dead, or why quitting the movie industry was my path to salvation  | VICE
Bobcat Goldthwait: Better Off Dead, or why quitting the movie industry was my path to salvation | VICE
Most people in showbiz are either bitter that they aren’t huge stars or unhappy that they are. Here’s my advice to them and to all of you: Quit. [Read More]