Posts Tagged ‘funny’

Six Degrees of Marty Feldman

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Probably because I was searching for various clips following Gene Wilder’s death, this video about Marty Feldman’s life came up on YouTube. I thought I’d see a few minutes of it and actually ended up watching the whole thing.

Here in the U.S. Feldman is probably know mainly for appearing in Young Frankenstein, but in the UK he was revered as a radio and TV comic writing and performing genius who held his own working with many of the people who would later form Monty Python. Indeed, Feldman co-wrote the famous “Four Yorkshiremen” skit Python would later adopt as their own, and when Python first went on the air, Feldman was staring in his own Marty show on the BBC.

It’s worth a watch.

MST3K Reunion Concert Rebroadcast Tomorrow

Monday, July 11th, 2016

If you missed the live broadcast of the MST3K reunion concert, you can still catch the rebroadcast tomorrow, July 12.

Having attended the live simulcast, I highly recommend attending seeing it to any MST3K fans, where the combined Rifftrax/MST3K crews tackle such shorts as Shake Hands With Danger and At Your Fingertips: Grasses, a school arts-and-crafts film of such depressing sadness (“It’s Jim Henson’s Blair Witch Babies!”) that you realize how desperately kids of the 1960s and 70s needed the Internet and video games to be invented.

And new star/test subject Jonah Ray did a pretty good job holding his own in the riffing, only flubbing once.

if you’re a fan of MST3K or riffing, you should definitely check it out.

“Shoegaze Band’s Pedalboard Becomes Self-Aware”

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Heh. I missed this from last year:

Local shoegaze rockers and engineering hobbyists, Whale Coma, accidentally created the world’s first artificially intelligent band member when their pedalboard became self-aware Sunday night.

Guitarist Connor O’Hoolihan excitedly connected yet another pedal to the now-conscious tangle of cords the band has affectionately dubbed “SkyPed,” a functioning life form of questionable intent and motivation that has begun to formulate rudimentary yet coherent speech through O’Hoolihan’s Electro-Harmony-Vocal Synthesizer Pedal.

“I told him not to add a Rat Stink Fuzzy Big Muff™ when he’s already running two Fat Boy Moose Knuckles™ and a Red Bitch Psycho Trem™,” said Willy Bennett Dyson, the band’s third guitarist. “We’re playing with something we don’t fully understand.”

Berkeley Breathed Wins April Fools

Friday, April 1st, 2016

With Calvin and Hobbes 2016:

Interview With Spinal Tap Manager Ian Faith

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Here’s a modestly amusing link for a cold Sunday morning, a video interview with Spinal Tap manager Ian Faith on faking his own death, why “Big Bottom” is better than “Stonehenge,” and who he could make a lot of money off of were they to die.

Keep you expectations modest…

Kung Fury

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Sunday I saw Kung Fury, the crowd-funded parody of every cheesy 80s cop show, science fiction movie, and fighting video game, rolled into one absurdist package.

It has everything you could ever ask for in a short film featuring a kung fu cop traveling back in time to stop Hitler, including dinosaurs, Tron-era grid computer graphics, obviously fake video compositing, and a soundtrack that sounds like it was composed by Giorgio Moroder after a 72-hour Jolt Cola binge.

Rael Bob says check it out…

Living Door-Knocker Prank

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

It’s an ad, but it’s pretty amusing, and a nice way to kick off Halloween season:

“Remove yourself from my veranda!”

For Your Enjoyment: A Chicken Sneezing

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

You really have to turn the sound on for this one…

An Oral History of Airplane!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

If you haven’t seen it already this Onion A/V Club oral history of the movie Airplane! is very much worth your time. Tidbits include:

  • Zucker and company wanted to do the film in black and white featuring a propeller plane, Paramount had to convince them to go modern.
  • David Letterman tested for the role of Ted Striker.
  • Teaching Barbara Billingsley to speak Jive.
  • The kid in the cockpit had no idea what Peter Graves’ was talking about when they were filming.
  • The secrets of Leslie Nielson’s handheld fart machine.
  • It’s a long piece, but well worth it…

    “They’re Depleting Our Strategic Velour Supply!”

    Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

    People impose their own sense of style (or lack thereof) on their homes. Sometimes the results are awesome.

    And sometimes they’re not. The theme of this house is “Velour.”

    Lots and lots and lots of velour.

    In some ways you have to admire the singular pursuit of their own vision. “Screw your definition of good taste! I like velour and my house is is going to have enough of it to crush an elephant!”

    (Hat tip: I think I originally saw this house on the now-deleted Lovely Listing site, from which I’ve shamelessly stolen the blog post title.)