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T.G.I.F. – Ten Comic Clips

The human race has one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”
 (Mark Twain)

Sadly, Mark Twain never won the Mark Twain Award for Comedy, but that doesn’t mean his words weren’t prescient. I need some laughs this weekend, and I’ll wager a bunch of you do, too. So let’s lock and load.

Here are Ten Comic Clips from some of my favorite performers.

(01) Stewart Lee on political correctness.

(02) Joe Rogan on Noah’s Ark

(03) Brendon Burns on feminism

(04) Darren Frost on today’s youth

(05) Eddie Izzard on Stonehenge

(06) Richard Herring on religion

(07) Jim Jefferies on drinking

(08) Ricky Gervais on the obesity problem

(09) Louis CK on gay marriage

(10) Robert Schimmel on Hollywood Squares

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Best Comedy DVDs of 2010: #8, #7

We continue the countdown of the ten best comedy DVDs of 2010…

#8) Darren Frost: Dead Inside

If there’s anyone else out there plowing the road Darren Frost is on, there’s no way they’re doing it anywhere near as well. Funny, sick, twisted and absolutely for an adult audience not afraid to step out on the ledge with him, Frost holds nothing and no one sacred, including himself. Don’t confuse him with a vaudevillian pervert like John Valby; Frost is a solid writer who sees the same dark thoughts that you and I do, except that he doesn’t filter anything to avoid an uncomfortable moment between strangers. Nope, if you board this ride, you committed, and he’s not letting you dismount. How’s this for a credo?“I do every fucking show like I’m never fucking coming back…”

This is Frost’s third release, and every one of them is packed to the gills with hours of outtakes, commentary, video clips, failed experiments, high-wire acts and heckler mania. Unlike many, Frost gives it to you warts and all, as if he’s his own documentarian. It’s certainly not for everybody, but as he likes to say, “you saw the sign on the door before you came in“. This is daring, gutsy comedy and we are lucky that we have a man brave and honest enough to plunge in and do it, taboos and repercussions be damned. (Comedy Whore)

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#7) David Cross: Bigger and Blackerer

In an unusual bit of cross-pollination, Sub Pop issued this title separately on CD and DVD, but the material is wildly different. Unlike previous simultaneous Cross releases, where the different titles confirmed different content, it wasn’t until people started comparing reviews that they realized what they were missing between these. So if you know anyone pissed off at this marketing campaign, please don’t remind them that Cross wrote a book, also. Find out when their birthday is and get them a three-pack of DC.

But format aside, Cross has made a strong and welcome return to recorded stand up. Equally intolerant of social, religious and political buffoons, yet willing to point the barrel of the gun inwards as well, his stage work is a combination of logical rants and surreal thoughts. Sure, it’s snarky and offensive, and on occasions he might tread in areas that make even the most open-mided comedy fan cringe. But sacred cows are there for the tipping, and Cross remains a master.  (Sub Pop)

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The countdown continues tomorrow with #6 and #5

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T.G.I.F. – Ten Stress Relievers

Holiday time is stressful for a lot of people. Between shopping in a dubious economy, self-assessing at year’s end and preparing to start all over again on the first of January, it’s no wonder that people start snapping. Hey,cheer up – if the Mayans are right, you don’t have to fret much longer.

But what the hell – I could use a good laugh today. Couldn’t you?

So here are Ten Stress Relievers; quick YouTube comic clips to give your brain a quick reboot. (Headphones only if you’re at work.) I’m leading off with Auggie Smith, whose new album is incredible go get it now!

01) Auggie Smith Obama and the Oil Spill

02) Bill BurrNothing But Muffins

03) Louis CK Technical High School

04) Nick Griffin We Have No Patience

05) Paul F. TompkinsAnne Murray

06) Josh Sneed Moron Sales Clerk

07) Dave ChappelleMan Rape

08) Maria Bamford Crazy Office

09) Darren Frost Jenna Jameson and Miley Cyrus

10) Bob Biggerstaff The Self Checkout Hired Me

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Don't worry - they can't read it

Don't worry - they can't read it

BEATING A DEAD HORSE…So let me get this straight. An album that comes out in 2003, and is itself a compilation of music even older than that, somehow can get nominated for Album of the Year? And an artist who hasn’t released a new piece of music in years and even dies midway through the year is a nominee for Entertainer of the Year? Entertained how? By continuing to provide creepy tabloid fodder? Does no one understand the concept of rest in peace? Bad enough Elvis is buried in his backyard like a house pet, now we gotta ghoul it up again with his sorta son-in-law? (I think I just puked in my mouth a little…) That’s what happens when an award is based on album sales. Maybe Dark Side of the Moon will win next year.

CHEATING, UH OF COURSE…And before you tell me that this award-nominated album – unreleased as of yet, mind you – contains new songs, it only took a day to debunk that charade. And not only were these tracks older material, the choice for first single “This Is It” was issued without credit to the real songwriter. “We just found it in a box” said the label chairperson. (I will resist the obvious joke here). So pants down, that loveable family said “oops” and decided to pay the guy fifty percent of the royalties. Wonder if that admission would have come out if it wasn’t someone as famous as Paul Anka? Nice work, Sony.

TWEETING, A DEAD FORCE?…And oh, what will I do without the constant barrage of inanity from Miley Cyrus and Kate Moss and Courtney Love and all of those nameless skanks from reality shows? Probably the same things I’m doing now, since I don’t let my life get disrupted by the most inane fad since the Pet Rock. At least the Pet Rock just sat there and left you alone instead of constantly pebbling “I feel solid right now” or “I’m still here where you left me”. Stop abusing the technology, people. And if your undeserved fifteen minutes is up…go away! Like Darren Frost says, make your millions and then get lost. (<— hilarious, but not for the workplace.)

Pet Rock

Ah, I feel better. Sorry for the purge, but it’s hard to try to check in with the entertainment world and not feel the immediate need to bathe and use mental floss. Amazing that stuff like that is getting millions of hits while the insurance industry and the government are about to screw up health care in America again and we just sit by and watch. (Sorry…I promised this was a politics free zone.)

Finally – and sadly – a blue cheer and salute for the late Dickie Peterson, the heart and soul of Blue Cheer. The band survived off and on over the years but never recaptured the fire that started with their cover of “Summertime Blues” in the 60s. Still they recently tossed a couple of interesting platters our way and even made ears bleed in a small club in my town. So the next time you hear thunder from above, it might be a bass player.

Dickie Peterson and Blue Cheer wiki

Thundah!

Blue Cheer

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T.G.I.F. – Ten Comics You Should Know Better

There has been far too much death this week, we need to lighten it up a bit. Here’s ten clips from comics that you need to know better – some jokesters, some observational behavior musers, some raconteurs. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Jamie Kilstein – “Because Jimi could get you pregnant just by looking at you”

Darren Frost – “If you’re 14, and don’t know four minus three is one…”

Paul F Tompkins – “Because the idea of sweating appealed to me!”

 Tom Rhodes – “They need more rides over in Mecca”

Jim David – “Lady, does it look like my fucking parents are home?”

Rick Shapiro – “But you took it, because you were Fonzie”

Jen Kirkman –  “I just can’t think about Johnny Depp in a vacuum!”

Sean Rouse – “It used to be just a couple of eggs in a pan”

Andy Andrist – “You’re not ready to kill until you’re about 35…”

Wyatt Cenac – “What’s the easiest way to get rid of your accent? Deport me”

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Six Month Checkpoint

Seems like only yesterday that I started this exercise; hard to believe that six months are now in the books. Thanks for all the emails, comments and virtual high-fives, and a special thanks to the artists and labels who have submitted material for me to ingest and discuss. I’ve got a bit of a backlog of reviews to get up online, so I’m looking forward to a couple of off-days this weekend to hit the keyboard and get caught up. I’ll also be getting some confirmation on what is going into the magazines I write for, so if something doesn’t make the cut I can offer it here. 

Rest assured that I am trying to get through everything as quickly as possible while still allowing enough time to gain a proper perspective on the material. I’ve got some tremendous new albums and comedy CDs in the queue. I’m also almost ready to complete a feature article I’m very excited about, and I thank comedian Darren Frost for his patience. I think you’ll agree with me that he is a rare talent – irreverant but hilariously funny, and totally fearless.

Writing this blog/magazine doesn’t pay the bills;  nor is my goal to earn money or sell advertising. I do make an effort to add content daily, and I’m trying to remain true to my initial vision: write every day, write about what impacts me, spread the word about great pop culture and artists.

So thanks again to you for stopping by, and I hope you continue to do so for the next six months and beyond.

It's not always easy to get the word out, but I've always tried my best.

It's wasn't always easy to get the word out, but I've always tried my best. Thanks for the Internet, Al Gore!

I’ve resisted Twitter to date, mostly because I’ve seen how annoying it can be to receive critical information like “I’m having a sandwich” and “damn…looks like it might rain“, but I guess that would be up to me to control. I probably will launch it just so I can send an update when a new feature is online, although I suspect a feed might do that trick just as effectively (I’m experimenting with feeds offline). Until then, I hope you’ll continue to bookmark the site and pop in daily.

I don’t want to lock myself into a format, but I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback for the TGIF columns, so I will continue to alternate between comedy and music links to kick off each weekend. And the New Album, Under The Radar and Blast From The Past features will continue to stagger as appropriate; hopefully you’ll discover some new favorites or be encouraged to dust something off from your collection and enjoy it.

Six months, 183 posts, and I haven’t even had a Red Bull yet!

See you again tomorrow and every day thereafter.

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