On Steve Martin Shows You How to Write a Sketch Show in His Rare TV Special

Obnoxious correction: thirty-two years later.

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm 0

On Friendly Reminder: You Really Should Watch BFFs Tonight

Thank you for posting this. That was dang good. Really liked that. Lennon's "shove these (somethings) up your buttholes!" line deserves some medals.

Posted on April 6, 2012 at 12:26 am 0

On What Do You Think of Bill Burr's Rant Against the Alternative Comedy Scene?

I just don't get what's wrong with what he says the results are: what's wrong with a comedy womb (whatever that is)? No one's going to get anywhere unless they're funny. So it's not like the kids nowadays are getting some kind of easy ride. The hardest thing for comedians is not getting laughs; not the heckling per se, or the obnoxious behavior per se, but what brings those about: not getting laughs. That aspect of things is now still just as difficult for comedians as it ever was. Getting silence and people averting their eyes after a show, even if there's no heckling, is just as hard as being outright heckled.

Posted on March 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm 2

On Who Cares About Joke Stealing?

Another way to look at this: would you also say "Who cares?" about a band like Led Zeppelin taking riffs from blues guys and implying they (Zeppelin) wrote those riffs? Sure I think I do like Zeppelin's take on those riffs better than what the blues guys would do with them overall, but, on the other hand, Zeppelin took something from someone because it was undeniably great, didn't pay them or credit them, and used it as the backbone of a song that made them lots of money (that was not shared with said blues guy). To play off Brian xl's comment (see? I credited him.), if a carpenter makes an awesome wood chair, but I upholster it all super great, is it okay for me to say "I made this chair"?

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm 0

On Who Cares About Joke Stealing?

Does Demetri Martin read this site? If so, I'd love to hear him articulate why one would care about joke stealing. Fans of Demetri Martin would then care for similar reasons. Maybe Dane Cook can perform the joke better, but it's not his to take. Big guy taking from someone smaller who will no longer be able to use said stolen thing (Demetri, who's whole appeal is being unique/quirky doesn't want to see audience members whispering to each other "I saw Dane Cook do this SAME joke."). No one likes that kind of stealing from an underdog. That's why people care. In music, when people perform other people's songs -- even perform them better -- and make money off of it, they either give credit/payment to the original artist or face potential law suit. This would be awkward to do in a comedy routine, yes, but too bad. (This comment is in regard to conscious joke stealing.)

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 8:43 pm 0

On Roger Ebert Won't Dignify Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie With a Review

Didn't Ebert pan "Wet Hot American Summer" when that came out too? As beloved as he is, there are just some things he doesn't get, I think.

Posted on March 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm 0

On The Hip New Kids and the British Old Guard: Community vs. Fawlty Towers

I am happy Fawlty Towers has made it this far. Because, often, even if something was head-shatteringly funny in the '70s, that something has been repeated or derived from so many times that someone watching it in the '10s just won't see what the big deal is. I just know that, in the 80s, when I saw The Germans, everyone in the room laughed so hard they were tearing up. Community is funny, but, to me, it's more of a "Oh! Very cool!" kind of funny as opposed to a "Holy shit! Oh! My pants!" (And, yes, the fire drill part being in The Germans on top of the actual "Don't mention the War" bit makes this episode kind of ridiculous in its quality.)

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm 0

On Mike Birbiglia Makes Us All Very Happy That We're Not at the Airport

I think he was pretending to be drunk or like trying out the extremely cool, laid-back comedian thing.

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm 0

On Another Day, Another Picture of Ricky Gervais Dressed as Hitler

The dislike for Gervais is also strange because he (with Merchant) invented the template that so much of today's (and one of Splitsider's favorite) streaks of comedy is based on. The British Office is one of the best sit-coms ever. Much of TV comedy and what studios considered acceptable to audiences took a big shift then. And Extras is terrifically funny.

Posted on January 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm 0

On The Year's Best Humor Writing 2011

Posts like this are why this site is so great. Thank you very much.

Posted on December 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm 1