On Mrs. Peniston and the Hilarious Vulgarity in Edith Wharton's House of Mirth

Wuthering Heights also has "Penistone Crags," used to similar effect--my high-school English teacher was kind enough to point that one out to us.

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm 0

On What's Wrong with Comedy Central?

@Pablo Goldstein I'm still sad that Jon Benjamin Has a Van didn't get renewed, but I'm thrilled that K&P got picked up for another season, & that Workaholics (which I thought I'd hate until I actually watched it) is also doing well.

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 10:44 am 0

On What's Wrong with Comedy Central?

@James Rocker@twitter my mom & I still reference Bush's incredulous "worse than a MIDGET?!" from that show--it was surprisingly funny while it lasted.

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 10:43 am 0

On If You're Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough: An Ode to Jackass

totally agree that Jackass is too often dismissed as stupid brah comedy & thus totally underrated--although Viva la Bam & Wildboys did a good job of diluting the "brand" enough to make that critique seem more valid. Johnny Knoxville may not be the most sophisticated performance artist out there, but his impact (& the visceral reaction he's gotten from an audience of millions) is undeniable.

Posted on June 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm 1

On Jon Lovitz Comes to Twitter, Can't Get Himself Verified

but if the real Jon Lovitz says it's really him, can he be believed? once a Liar...

Posted on March 25, 2011 at 2:59 pm 0

On The Dan Harmon School of Comedy Writing

I remember AcceptableTV! Operation Kitten Calendar & especially the Kozbeez are some of my favorite sketches of all time. &--unsurprisingly--I adore Community; I'm so thrilled it got picked up for another season.

Posted on March 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm 0

On Steve Coogan on the Difference Between Racist Humor and Humor About Racism

kudos to Coogan for writing that rebuttal--he makes some great points. the first joke, about the theoretical attributes of a Mexican car, I could probably let slide, since it could arguably be considered a tongue-in-cheek mockery of the stereotypes being presented. but "I'm sorry, but just imagine waking up and remembering you're Mexican: 'awww, no'. (laughter)"? no, no, no. I'm glad they got called out.

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm 0

On Mrs. Show: The Women Behind a Comedy Classic

yes!!!!! oh my god, thank you for this–& anyone who's reading this who hasn't seen Mr. Show, you owe it to yourself to watch it at your earliest possible convenience (unless you hate comedy & awesomeness, but in that case why are you reading Splitsider?). I probably reference some Mr. Show sketch at least once a week, if not more; "I would like a single…donut…that…is made…of….jam""JELLY?!" (from the Rajskub sketch) is the default dialogue in our household when one of us is aware that we're taking too long to make a decision. & I was just telling a friend about the Indomitable Spirit sketch YESTERDAY, despite not having seen it in years seriously, Mr. Show is the best. go watch it. go watch it right now.

Posted on January 28, 2011 at 10:11 pm 0

On Conan's 2009 Tonight Show Ratings Beat Leno's 2010 Tonight Show Ratings

this makes me so happy! NBC execs are morons (e.g., Olbermann), but at the same time, I'm finding I enjoy Conan on TBS even more than I enjoyed him on network TV--so it all worked out in the end. stats like this are just icing on the cake.

Posted on January 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm 0

On Conan's Superhero Alter Ego, The Flaming C, Comes to Life

said this on Twitter already, but how awesome would it be if the Flaming C joined forces with Stephen Colbert Presents: Stephen Colbert's Alpha Squad 7: The New Tek Jansen Adventures? answer: very, very awesome indeed.

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm 0