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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by Ayn_Randian » 11 Jul 2011, 16:46

I just want to note that, for a Kevin Smith fan, you sure do throw a lot of stones, tio.
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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by Ellie » 11 Jul 2011, 16:50

I've been listening to a lot of stories on The Moth podcasts (off-topic: I freakin' love that shit!), and whatever that thing is that makes people hilarious live storytellers, Kevin Smith has it in spades. The parts from An Evening With Kevin Smith where he tells about getting asked to write the Superman movie, and getting asked to work on a movie with Prince, are some of the funniest and most enjoyable entertainment I've ever had the pleasure to watch.
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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by the innominate one » 11 Jul 2011, 17:10

Ellie: there are 3 more Kevin Smith live q&a shows, all available on netflix and worth the time to watch.

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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by fyodor » 11 Jul 2011, 17:11

I don't pay much attention to standup, for whatever reason. Maybe I don't get the right TV stations. I do recall thinking that I laughed more at comics in local comedy clubs than ones I saw on TV, whether that's cause of the effect of being there or something other than talent contributing to stardom, I wouldn't try to say.

That aside, the two guys I most think of as representing comic talent for me in recent years, though probably past their primes now, are Rowan Atkinson and Pee Wee Herman.
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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by JasonL » 11 Jul 2011, 17:18

+1 The Moth love.

Not Funny At All, but Anthony Griffith's tale of trying to make it big in comedy in the midst of personal tragedy is gut punchy amazing.

Also a big fan of Mike Birbiglia's work on that show. He does funny/poignant very well.

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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by Ayn_Randian » 11 Jul 2011, 17:19

It should be noted that anything I have to say about comedy should taken cum grano salis as I find myself growing increasingly humorless.
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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by dhex » 11 Jul 2011, 19:55

I just want to note that, for a Kevin Smith fan, you sure do throw a lot of stones, tio.
smith is an amusing monologuist who just happened to fool himself into making atrociously bad movies. repeatedly.
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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by the innominate one » 12 Jul 2011, 01:04

Ayn_Randian wrote:It should be noted that anything I have to say about comedy should taken cum grano salis as I find myself growing increasingly humorless.
I used up my salt lick and haven't made it to the feed store yet.
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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by Warren » 12 Jul 2011, 09:19

dhex wrote:
I just want to note that, for a Kevin Smith fan, you sure do throw a lot of stones, tio.
smith is an amusing monologuist who just happened to fool himself into making atrociously bad movies. repeatedly.
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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by pistoffnick » 12 Jul 2011, 10:41

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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by dhex » 12 Jul 2011, 11:22

dogma is one of the worst movies ever made.
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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 12 Jul 2011, 14:42

dhex wrote:dogma is one of the worst movies ever made.
This, of course, depends on how long the list is. By definition, any Pauly Shore movie and any M. Night Shyamalan after Unbreakable is worse. Dogma had its amusing moments, albeit not enough to justify the rest of the movie; but, say what you will, Buddy Christ was almost worth the price of admission.

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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by dhex » 12 Jul 2011, 15:23

i'd rather watch biodome.
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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by Sandy » 13 Jul 2011, 02:12

dhex wrote:dogma is one of the worst movies ever made.
"I'm sorry I dragged you away from what ever gay serial killers who ride horses and like to play golf touchy feely picture you were gonna [watch] this week."

OK, wrong movie, but yeah.
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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by pistoffnick » 13 Jul 2011, 09:27



Heywood Banks writes some funny songs.
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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by Ayn_Randian » 13 Jul 2011, 13:03

pistoffnick,

Thanks for the excuse:

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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by mediageek » 17 Jul 2011, 17:01

I've recently been binging on Bill Hicks via Netflix, and generally find he makes me laugh, even if some of his shtick was idiotic*.

Tosh.0 is great.

Demetri Martin makes me laugh in the same way that Napoleon Dynamite made me laugh.

I'll cop to liking some of Dane Cook's early stuff. Yeah. I know.



Russel Brand should be pushed off of the roof of every building higher than ten stories.




Not Funny At All, but Anthony Griffith's tale of trying to make it big in comedy in the midst of personal tragedy is gut punchy amazing.
Is that the guy who's daughter was dying from some horrible disease, and he still went out and did his comedy act? If so, I heard him on This American Life, and it was one of the most heart wrenching and intense things I've ever listened to.

*I'm mostly referring to his bit where he reveals himself to be a JFK assassination conspiracy dork.
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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by Rachel » 17 Jul 2011, 22:04

dhex wrote:dogma is one of the worst movies ever made.
This. Dogma was TERRIBLE. Chasing Amy was also fairly awful.

I'm still a fan of Clerks though.
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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by JasonL » 18 Jul 2011, 11:40

MG: yeah, that TAL piece was a replay from The Moth live show where he told that story. It's unbelievably honest. He HAS to be funny because he needs to pay the bills. It's just ... ugh.

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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by Ellie » 09 Feb 2018, 23:26

We've been bingeing Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee on Netflix and it is fantastic. Really genuinely funny, with very interesting observations about the comedy business and life in general.

Steve Harvey is not just hilarious, but surprisingly savage!
I should have listened to Warren. He was right again as usual.

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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by Ellie » 11 Feb 2018, 10:44

Although my favorite scene so far is when Jerry Seinfeld and Joel Hodgson are talking about ketchup bottles. I was cry-laughing by the end.
I should have listened to Warren. He was right again as usual.

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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by dead_elvis » 11 Feb 2018, 13:37

I like CICGC when they have a genuine funny/real moment in between the tedious shots of coffee. Sometimes you can tell that, like in a talk show, Jerry sets up bits of stand up routine for the guest, which grates on me. It's been a while but I recall liking the David Letterman one. Haven't seen it in a few years. Like the cars though.
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Re: what's so funny about that?

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 11 Feb 2018, 13:48

With rare exceptions, Seinfeld spend three or more hours with each guest, then edits the tape down to twenty minutes or so. I doubt he's setting his guests up to do couch jokes so much as that's what comics do; that is, say what they think is funny (including recycling old lines). I agree the coffee segues are a bit tedious, but because the scenes are not continuous or maybe even edited in chronological order, there has to be some segue device. *shrug*

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