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Watch Reggie Watts's New Video "Sects"

Reggie Watts, the undisputed king of looped improvised musical comedy, has a new song up on JASH. The video for "Sects" features Watts and dancer Amy O'Neal, and is as mellow and silly as his fans would expect. Watts was one of the founders of the JASH YouTube channel, alongside Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, and Tim & Eric.

Zach Galifianakis, Bob and David, and More Will Play Tenacious D's Festival Supreme

Several months ago, Jack Black and Kyle Gass, members of the comedy-rock band Tenacious D, announced that they're gathering all the biggest names in comedy music for a big Los Angeles concert called Festival Supreme. This morning, Black and Gass announced details and the lineup, which is insanely impressive, via the Festival Supreme website. The all-day festival, scheduled for Saturday, October 19th, will feature 25 different comedians on four separate stages on the Santa Monica Pier, with Tenacious D hosting shows at various stages throughout the day. Black and Gass announced today that the comedians for the festival are:

Tim & Eric, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross [...]

The Lonely Island Announces "Wack Wednesdays"

The Lonely Island put out this video to announce a new weekly holiday, Wack Wednesdays. Leading up to the June 11th release of their new album The Wack Album, they'll be dropping a new video or song on their YouTube page every Wednesday. That's five entire Wednesdays of new content, guys.

Tenacious D Wants a Festival with All the Comedy Rock Greats (Weird Al, Conchords, Spinal Tap, et al.)

Jack Black and Kyle Gass, members of the comedy rock outfit Tenacious D, spoke to Rolling Stone today on their 20th anniversary as a band, and they laid out plans to hold a festival featuring all of the biggest names in comedy music. Dubbed "Festival Supreme," it's "a fuckin' Super Bowl of comedy-rock" in the vein of Coachella or Bonnaroo taking place on the Santa Monica Pier on October 19th of this year. Nobody's been booked for the event beyond Tenacious D, but Black rattled off his dream list of performers, which includes Flight of the Conchords, Lonely Island, Zach Galifianakis, Spinal Tap, Eric Idle, Tim Minchin, Neil [...]

Faux Lonely Island Holiday Albums Jet to the Top of Imaginary Christmas Lists Everywhere

Lonely Island staged these amazing-looking album covers for GQ, and all we can do about it is buy sweaters? SWEATERS? Will sweaters have us humming catchy tunes about incredibly mundane things all day? Will sweaters produce music videos that look like 1970s swingers party populated by Eurotrashy amateur DJs? Will sweaters introduce us to Justin Timberlake? (Note: if you know of a sweater that does any of these things, please tell me so I can buy it.)

There's also an interview with the Three Islandeers, a terrible alternate name I just invented, in which they reveal that Michael Bolton was the first and only choice for the [...]

The Unsung Brilliance of Tom Lehrer

One of the sharpest wits of the 1950s and ‘60s was Tom Lehrer, the mathematician-turned-satirist who sang and performed blackly comic songs lampooning social norms, musical genres and the headlines of the day. In his foreword to the CD collection The Remains of Tom Lehrer, Dr. Demento calls Lehrer “the most brilliant song satirist ever recorded,” and “Weird Al” Yankovic has referred to him as “the J.D. Salinger of demented music.” Yet for all this, Lehrer remains little-known to many contemporary comedy aficionados. This is unfortunate, because though his catalog is relatively limited — a few dozen songs — each is a gem, brimming with biting humor and genuine musical [...]

Watch the Trailer for Nick Thune's Inspiring Documentary About His Broken Arm

Here's the inspiring trailer for Disarmed, a documentary that guitar-playing stand-up Nick Thune made about returning to the stage after he broke his arm, an accident that tragically left him unable to play the guitar for six weeks. The doc is set to debut next month on the YouTube comedy channel JASH, but you might as well just give Nick Thune his Oscar now.

The Lonely Island Is Releasing 'The Wack Album' June 11th

The Lonely Island announced this weekend that their third album, which is called The Wack Album, will be released on June 11th. The musical comedy trio – made up of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer – released this collective statement in a press release: "We’re decidedly pumped to share another collection of our fake raps with the world. We’ve heard the whole thing and there’s no denying, it exists." Their first album since 2011's Turtleneck & Chain, The Wack Album's title track is "YOLO," which they debuted as an SNL digital short featuring Kendrick Lamar and Adam Levine in January. The Dudes are doing their first-ever live show in conjunction with [...]

Chevy Chase's Lost 1980 Comedy Album Is Streaming Online

Admit it, you've always wanted to hear Chevy Chase rap. Yes, Chevy Chase released a musical comedy album back in 1980, and the self-titled record is available streaming in its entirety below, thanks to Archive.org. Believe it or not, the album's not great, and Chevy Chase's biggest contribution to music is still that song he plays on the keys when trying to woo Judge Smails's niece in Caddyshack.

The album is embedded in its entirety after jump:

All I Want For Christmas Is Community's Holiday Musical Episode

Community's Christmas episode comes but once a year, and this Yuletide the Greendale gang is going to be "forced to fill in for Greendale’s glee club during the always-busy holiday season." Luckily, as TV Line reports, the tunes being belted out between arguments aren't going to be those shitty old holiday classics you'll start hearing the day after Halloween. Instead, the songs will be 100% original? "Away in an Air Vent"? "Carol of Annie's Boobs"? "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like the Dean Is Going To Have Some Sort of Breakdown"? As long as Shirley still has the body of a baby for some reason, this [...]

Michael McKean on the Origins of Spinal Tap

"We just started talking about, 'Well, why don't we do a feature that's a rock 'n' roll documentary on this band, and they're not very good, and nothing good happens to them?'"

-Michael McKean in an interview with The A.V. Club, discussing the origins of This Is Spinal Tap.

Watch a Lyric Video for The Lonely Island's New Song "Semicolon"

Here's the latest song from The Lonely Island as part of their series Wack Wednesdays in which they're dropping a new song or video every Wednesday until the release of their new album, The Wack Album. Called "Semicolon," the track finds Lonely Islanders Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer backed up by Solange, and it may just be the best grammar-related rap song ever.

Highlights from Reggie Watts's Reddit AMA

Comedian/musician Reggie Watts is currently filming the second season of IFC's Comedy Bang Bang, and he just released two music videos for the new YouTube channel JASH, which he's collaborating on with Michael Cera, Sarah Silverman, and Tim & Eric. Watts sat down for a question-and-answer session on Reddit yesterday, and here are all the best bits and pieces from it:

On Comedy Bang Bang Season 2:

We're halfway through filming season 2 of Comedy Bang Bang. Scott is one of the smartest, funniest guys I know and it's a pleasure to work with him. We goof around and make bad puns to each other a lot.

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The Absurd Musical Comedy of Myq Kaplan and Micah Sherman's 'Please Be Seated'

When heard without context, the song “Bop 25” sounds like it belongs on modern Top 40 radio. The track has all the earmarks of a contemporary chart-topper. It’s short and catchy; the vocals in the chorus are auto-tuned; the bridge is drowned in a cacophony of digitized instruments; and, perhaps most tellingly, it’s utterly and profoundly ridiculous.

In truth, the 13th track on Myq Kaplan and Micah Sherman’s new musical comedy record, Please Be Seated, is a polemic of sorts against the state of modern pop music. Over the course of the song’s one-minute runtime, the duo sings the word “bop” 96 times. The rest of the tune [...]