Archive for the 'Humour' Category
I know from personal experience that winding up racists can be pretty good sport. However, this takes it to the next level. White Power? White Flour! A textbook example of countering ridiculousness with more ridiculousness. A hoard of KKK’ers take on regiment of clowns in Knoxville, USA [indymedia.org]. I always did think humour was the best weapon.
That’s not a typo. This is a new comedy about a folk-pop band composed of two New Zealanders in New York. Wikipedia tells me that the act was created before the HBO show, but it’s so hard to tell what’s genuine these days isn’t it? I blame the internet. You can see the 1st full episode in lovely streaming flash video here. It features the oldest Fleetwood Mac joke ever, mockery of the New Zealand tourist board and peripheral ‘Peep Show’ actor Rachel Blanchard. Watch for hipster-friendly music references and cringe-worthy relationship development and a promise of Welsh legend, Rob Brydon.
A sheep-based horror film. Watch the trailer. How can this not be awesome? Here’s hoping for a UK release or, even better, a Welsh remake.
The answer, quite blatantly, is yes. Stephen Colbert is the Greatest Living American. This has absolutely nothing to do with his current attempt at a bit of Google bombing, it’s just a statement of fact that occasionally needs stating now and again. I know I’ve written about Mr. Colbert before, but I’ve been paying even more attention to his shows recently and he’s really making sense of the world. He just won’t shy away from real controversial viewpoints like some of those cowardly lefty pundits; take Anne Coulter for example. His truthiness knows no bounds.
So we pray that, like an eagle soaring through the sky in the bright mid-day sun, Colbert continues to fly high over us all.
The guy everyone loves to hate; Bill ‘Papa Bear’ O’Reilly finally gets shouted down big-time. On his own show. By fellow sensationalist Fox ‘news’ muppet Geraldo Rivera. Great to see it when their own kind viciously turn on each other. Beats anything Attenborough has ever shown on television anyway. Still, in this case Geraldo easily has complete moral supremacy.
More of this sort of thing, please! [oliverwillis.com]
It’s been ageeees since I’ve posted here and I’m not even sure Ian still wants my light-hearted bitterness spilt freely over his mighty blog like Jif Lemon sprayed over a filthy toilet in an embarrassing yet understandable confusion. But fuck it, new year’s as good a time as any to start blogging again and my blog seems to have been bummed in the gob.
Well, January’s traditionally a time for looking back over the previous year, if not the previous night, with a sense of faint regret. I for one regret that it looks like Dan Brown’s going to get away with The DaVinci Code, since the Catholic church apparently “don’t do fatwas”. But let’s not be so negative. There’s been lots of good things happen, for one Ian’s job’s taken him to the other side of a country I often feel is far too small, and I mean that in a nice way, darling. I’ve also discovered Doctor McNinja, the finest webcomic I’ve read since Dragonball was translated into farts and homosexuality on a website I can’t be bothered to look up. And in what seemed suspiciously like a rush on Bush’s part to make good on some of last year’s resolutions before Auld Lang Syne, we’ve seen a middle – eastern dictator hanged – on cameraphone, no less – and turned into what is surely the world’s most widely distributed snuff film. I can’t help but think it’s a shame we didn’t have camera phones to record Clinton’s major achievements, I think they’d be in much better taste.
And after scientific trials, I can honestly say Monica Lewinsky’s easier to masturbate to than Saddam’s execution.
Instead of a predictable yearly moan about Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 2006 list like the pretentious hipster-wannabe I am, I’m just going to link to this, the Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 2006: The Drinking Game. Everyone wins. Especially people who think along the lines of this startlingly honest commentary at Coke Machine Glow.
I laughed anyway.
The internets is in a state over the recent display by comedian Michael Richards (who played the likeable Cosmo Kramer on US show, Seinfeld). He said some erm… select words to some hecklers and it’s was pretty shocking and/or hilarious. We could use his outburst to take a deep look at the racism inherent in American society. We could discuss freedom of speech or what constitutes good taste. We could talk about the fact that when his outbursts are directed towards jews, no one bats an eyelid. However, all things considered, I think it’s best to think about it like this: it’s really just a case of a not especially thoughtful comedian saying some not especially intelligent things.
Lets take the piss. That’s all comments like this deserve. Lets allow YTMND to help us do this in the funniest way I’ve seen so far. Also; c’mon Mel Gibson! You gonna let some 2-bit comic take your crown?
So, Borat, Borat, bloody Borat. I’ve not seen it yet but I have no doubt that when I do, I’ll laugh. Two hours of easily tricking idiots into displaying their inherent small-mindedness does sound like quite a giggle.
My token Borat mention (one feels that one must fit in with the rest of the ‘blogosphere’ and refer to Borat at least once) concerns this news item from the Sydney Morning Herald. Read it and then pretend the title is “Shock as actors character found to be an act!”. Wait, Mr. Cohen doesn’t really act like Borat/Ali G? Incredible news. Too many Ben Stiller films if you ask me. Idiots. Or maybe, like Sacha Baron Choen, they’re doing something subtle and ingenious and I’m just not getting it, hmmm…
So, it’s been a while. I just spent 3 weeks without a home PC; pretty tough for a geek. Brought my IBM laptop with me, but the undulations on the roads to Sheffield destroyed the HDD. Pah! I’ll get over it, it was 2nd-hand anyway.
So? What’s the haps? Well, I’m well into my new job. I’m learning new skills and actually feel like I’m helping to produce stuff of some importance, which is great. I’ve finally moved into a shared house with a couple of pretty decent folk, which is good; I feel settled now (hence a return to bloggin’!). I’ve already been into town to see a band whose name I can’t remember, but that probably says more about me than it does about them (far too much new stuff to take in right now). The city hasn’t been checked out properly so that’s something for this weekend (along with a rather fine looking record shop I’ve spotted nearby). It’ll be my first weekend since moving here that I don’t have anything major (i.e. moving, packing, visiting folk elsewhere, etc.) going on.
In the world (read: outside of Yorkshire) there have been some mid-term elections in the US. I’ve yet to take in the complexities of it all, but it seems like Bush & Co have received at least a mild bruising. Rumsfeld even resigned! (link to nerd-friendly explanation) Perhaps young Marines in body bags are starting to niggle at many in middle-America. I figure the US being the US, the real effect this’ll have on the planet won’t be as great as many would of liked, but at least we can console ourselves by laughing as ‘Comedy Racist’, Rick Santorum’s family breaks down in tears on CNN. Hell, I’m looking forward to 2008.
I’ve taken to watching the Daily Show and the Colbert Report, which follows it every night. To those who know me this won’t come as a surprise; I am a bit of a political whinge-bag and satire is always very much what’s for dinner. However, TDS (as I’m now going to call The Daily Show) is very American and I’m not. Although you can watch it in the UK on More4, this is a somewhat watered-down edition for us Europeans. So I’m forced to BitTorrent it. I’ve started watching for two reasons: Firstly; I’m unemployed and apart from job-seeking and the odd little project, I’m not exactly super-busy (more on this in a later blog post, though). Secondly; It’s brilliant TV. Not only are these shows full of bad puns and wonderfully delivered swipes at the powers that be, but it’s also pretty educational. It’s all delivered from a centralist / media-critical point of view, but personally I don’t have a problem with that. The past weeks have featured an insightful interview with the Pakistani president and the moment Fox News labelled disgraced Republican creepy-congressman Mark Foley as a Democrat.
It’s quite worrying viewing sometimes but host Jon Stewart gives us Europeans a little insight into perhaps why things are the way they are in the US (and hence Iraq too I suppose). It’s reassuring to hear that it’s not just me who finds the content quite educational, as this Indiana University study claims, despite being ‘fake news’ it’s just as real as the ‘real news’ channels. Whether this is down to excellent TDS reporting, or a poor show from the other news networks, I’m not sure. I’ll hazard a guess and say it’s a bit of both. I heartily recommend my fellow ‘Eurofags’ to download via BitTorrent, tune in via More4, or at least head to YouTube and grab some clips.
DHS favourite; the colour-coded terror alert system is an easy target for parody. This Wired article pretty much hits the nail on the head (yes, Wired again. Sorry). Statistically, a rather more severe threat than terrorism to your average American is ‘Accidental poisoning’. I’d suggest that steps are taken to make those toilet duck bottles look a little less alluring before citizens rights are trod upon any further. Also at a rather more elevated level is death by the flu. Coincidentally this is exactly how I feel it’s going to end at the moment *sneezes*.
Whilst I’m letting others take a stab at my pet hates for me, I think MySpace’s ‘victory’ in winning 1st place in PC World 25 Worst Websites list is a great achievement for News Corp. Spam, spyware, paedo-sensationalism, the perpetual “THNX FOR TEH ADD”, poor accessiblity standards compliance and the sort of wit not seen since ‘Noels House Party’ stopped brodcasting, means that MySpace pretty much sums all that is bad about the internet in one domain.
The BBC has really come up top trumps with the comedy recently. They’ve shown a few shows from a good range of clever, imaginative writers. We’ve had the poignant, relevant ‘Time Trumpet‘, the hateful (yet terribly accurate) ‘Charlie Brookers Screen Wipe‘ and now a new sketch show: ‘That Mitchell And Webb Look‘. It’s nice to see a BBC sketch show that doesn’t rely on a small number repetitive catch-phrases *cough*littlebritain*cough*. Mitchell and Web, of course, are probably best known for ‘Peep Show‘ which not only won a host of awards, but which I’m certain a few of my friends live their lives by. Their new show has a pretty wide range of characters, which is great because I was expecting just a load of variations on Mark and Jez (from Peepshow). Fortunately I was wrong. Highlights for me include a couple of rather insecure SS Officers (“If there’s one thing we’ve learnt in the last 1000 miles of retreat, it’s that Russian agriculture is in dire need of mechanisation”) a medical drama that is a little short on real-life medical research and a gameshow that althought rather Countdown-esque, somehow just reminds me of the ridiculousness inherent in ‘Deal or No Deal’.
They’ve done a sketch show format before (‘The Mitchell and Webb Situation’) but this is much more refined. Watch it; BBC 2, Thusday, 9.30pm. Unless you’re offshore of course, but that’s what the internet is for, isn’t it? Now if only they’d get rid of that bloody canned laughter…