The Great Bits: Patton Oswalt’s “Steak”
“That’s a great bit.” You’ll hear it every so often. A comedian walks off the stage to the back of the room. As the MC tells you the next performer was on Corden, another comic will lean in and say, in a somber voice, maybe even with a tint of jealousy, “That’s a ... [Read More]
Revisiting Larry Miller’s Classic Bit “The Five Levels of Drinking”
My area has one of those weird over-the-air channels that plays reruns of third-tier sitcoms like Mr. Belvedere and Dear John. But they also play old episodes of the Johnny Carson-era Tonight Show, although stripped of all branding to tie it to Tonight Show, for what is clearly legal purposes. Anywa... [Read More]
Rich Vos and Zach Broussard Had an Amazing Confrontation Over a Joke Top 1000 Comics List
Are you in the mood for a bit-off? Because that’s apparently what happened recently between comedians Zach Broussard and Rich Vos on a recent episode of the Legion of Skanks podcast, which started when Vos discovered Broussard’s joke list “Top 1000 Comedians of 2014.” Alongsi... [Read More]
A Thinkpiece About Bits (Not a Bit)
by Austin Rodrigues A bit is a joke, usually amongst a select group of people, played with some sincerity. A bit is a comedic take on a reality. An imaginary spin amongst individuals with a repetitive game between them. Bits can take a level of intelligence and quick thinking. They can be good and t... [Read More]
Revisiting comedic mind of Richard Jeni
“Going to war over religion is basically killing each other to see who’s got the better imaginary friend.” That’s one of my favorite Richard Jeni jokes. Probably because it’s the first I’ve ever heard of and was such a succinct and on-point summation to what an im... [Read More]
Rik Mayall of 'The Young Ones' and 'Drop Dead Fred' Is Dead at 56
by Josiah Hesse Beloved pioneer of British alt comedy, Rik Mayall, has died today at the age of 56. Known primarily for his role as Rick the anarchist poet on the BBC2 sitcom The Young Ones, and later as a spastic imaginary friend in the American comedy film Drop Dead Fred, Mayall's boundless energy... [Read More]
Rolling Stone picked its 50 Greatest ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketches of All Time
Rolling Stone put together a list. While it’s not a list of songs about things like your favorite Miley Cyrus moments or other music-related things, this is a list we’d actually want to read. It’s their 50 Greatest Saturday Night Live Sketches of All Time. While no list is going to... [Read More]
Maria Bamford showcases one of the most unique voices in comedy on ‘Ask Me About My New God!’ (review)
I decided to listen to Maria Bamford’s Ask Me About My New God! while I was driving cross-country, locked in the car with my mother, on my way to Portland, Oregon. Obviously, I couldn’t have come up with a better place to listen to her thoughts on organized religion and her neurotic moth... [Read More]
Ron Burgundy inducted into the history of journalism museum… for a few months
We all knew he was “kind of a big deal” but now its official, Washington D.C.’s Newseum will host “Anchorman: The Exhibit.” Pretty unbelievable that an institution dedicated to the history of journalism will be featuring a fake news crew, but hey, I’m all for it! The exhibit isn’t just a promotion f... [Read More]
If you ever see Andrés du Bouchet perform live, you’re in for a treat. With Andrés comes a host of hilarious, captivating characters, making for a night of comedy that’s truly unique. There’s Danny Yeahyeah, a warm-up comic whose idea of crowd work ... [Read More]