"To do a show about people trying to redeem their lives and to salvage and repair the damage they’ve done — for me, it’s an opportunity to apologize for Two and a Half Men."
-Two and a Half Men/Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre, proving his love for dated comedy knows no bounds by making his first-ever "Two and a Half Men is bad" joke like it's 2003 or something (via Variety).
Do TV writers ever have to scrap jokes because people on Twitter beat them to it? "All. The. Time," says Weekend Update head writer Alex Baze in a new Fast Company piece containing interviews with several top TV comedy writers about how Twitter affects their jobs. Baze continues, "We were doing a run that scolded global warming deniers that used the line 'If you’re still denying global warming, you’re the mayor from Jaws.' I was pretty happy about that joke, written by Pete Schultz, and then about an hour before show time, Gary Janetti tweeted that exact joke, pretty much word for word. We ended up having to cut the whole [...]
Last week, on the Late, Late Showwith Craig Ferguson, Jason Alexander joked that cricket was "a bit gay." This caused a bit of a stir and didn't really make any sense because sports, regardless of their often personifications, are not living things that have sexual preferences. What is most compelling about this story is instead of rushing to offer some quick apology, Jason actually thought about his actions. He could have easily had his publicist issue a statement yet he chose to write a very long and thoughtful "message of amends." Read the whole thing below:
"Guys, would you mind taking a listen to some of my new Oscar material? Feeling a little nervous about it. I mean, I know I've done this more times than anyone but Bob Hope, but you never can be too prepared, right? Okay, how about, uh: I've been getting ready for the Oscars and my White Swan is ready, but my Black Swan's another story! Uh, I'm so nervous I feel like I'm about to give The King's Speech! …Was that not this year? I really haven't been to the movies in a while." – Billy Crystal
Mark Peters has a new column over at McSweeneys called "Best Joke Ever," where he'll look at the greatest jokes from various funny people. In his first, he explores this classic line from the incomparable Jack Handey: "I came here in peace, seeking gold and slaves.”
Update: Want more hidden jokes? Check out our new 53 More Arrested Development Jokes You Probably Missed for twice as many jokes, references and callbacks that you might have not caught on your first dozen viewings!
After six years of teasing us with talk of an Arrested Development reunion, Mitch Hurwitz and Company are finally filming the new season and the movie. While the process took so long that even the cast, at times, developed an “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude towards the project, filming of the new season of AD is finally underway and there are photos to prove it.
“A horse walks into a bar. The bartender says, ‘Hey, why the long face?’ So the horse says, ‘Because I am an alcoholic, and my body has been ravaged by the long-term effects of drinking. Please, help me.’” – Splitsider contributor Brian Boone has modernized old jokes for McSweeneys. He explains finally what's really black and white and red [sic] all over.
Twitter: rejuvenating the field of comedy, leveling the playing field for all, sharpening comedians' writing skills. OR IS IT? This debate between comics Christian Finnegan and Megan Amram has convinced (as of this writing) 18% of voters that the site is not a boon but a boil on the backside of comedy. More specifically, Finnegan argues that Twitter fosters a narrow definition of comedy and hurts writers whose talents don't skew towards short, punchy jokes. Go read both sides of the debate and then report back: has Finnegan changed your mind a little bit, too?
This is either inspiring or discouraging, depending on how you feel about selling the type of jokes you'd find in joke books you bought from the book fair in 2nd grade: Jason Schneider is selling $1 jokes in Central Park and seems to be making a decent amount of money doing it. On his first day, he made $140 in six hours, and presumably makes more now. As for his jokes? Well, I'll let you judge them for yourself:
Last year, we released a list of "53 Arrested Development Jokes You Probably Missed," and with the long-awaited new season set to debut on Netflix this Sunday at midnight, what better time to crank out another new list of hidden jokes from the show? Arrested Development is so dense that there are enough subtle gags, callbacks, and references to fill a dozen of these lists. So, if you're cramming the show's first three seasons in before the fourth premieres this weekend, keep an eye out for these sneaky bits of comedy including Oscar Bluth's accidental prison race riot and the Iraqi version of T.G.I. Friday's.
This video is oddly hypnotic and is a must watch for any fan of MST3K. It is a super must watch for any fan of the MST3K theme song because that shit loops over and over. Best joke of the video? All the jokes! [Via]
This profile of Todd Barry is a master class in backhanded compliments. (He's funny, but not because of his material or delivery. I love this one joke of his – and it's not even that good!) But it also does an impressive job of labeling the slippery cadences and qualities of delivery that make Barry a great standup, and pointing out the similarity between standup comedy and music. Other than the main similarity that they get people laid a lot! (Except for comedy.)
Here's a fun look at the development of one standup joke (by comedian Myq Kaplan) from its earliest conception, through workshopping in front of different audiences, to delivery on Conan. It's really cool to see how the most concise delivery of a funny idea gets honed in on, and how much impact each small choice has on the whole.
With jokes every word matters. So Mr. Kaplan’s first breakthrough was three days later onstage at the Comedy Studio in Boston, where on the spot he changed “bottom of your shoe” to “lady feet-bottoms.” He liked the sound. When he ran the entire joke by Josh Gondelman, a comic [...]
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