Archive for the ‘comedy’ tag
Jerry Seinfeld’s internet conversation/interview show kicked-off recently with a long episode with Louis CK. It was good “television”. You should watch it.
(via @waxpancake, whose describing it as “SO GOOD.” made me give it a shot)
Also: Jerry Seinfeld just did an AMA on Reddit.
Whether or not you know or care who Boris Johnson is, there’s a lot of interesting stuff in Jonathan Coe’s essay about the role that his trademark self-depricating personality has played in making him a political winner. Coe starts with a capable history of of television satire and Britain and comes to a bit of a jarring point:
If anti-establishment comedy allows the public to ‘disclaim with laughter’ any responsibility for injustice, the sticking point is not really satire itself (for satire can take the gravest of forms) but laughter (or ‘sniggering’, to use Peter Cook’s term) in the face of political problems.
A two-minute diversion that just may teach you something you don’t know about the state that’s currently all over American news.
An interesting theory about the evolutionary value of humor:
The initial emotional response to any discovery of error in your understanding of the world has got to be “uh oh.” But in humor, the brain doesn’t just discover a false inference, it almost simultaneously recovers and corrects itself. It gets the joke. The pleasure of the punch line is enhanced by that split second of negativity just before the resolution.
I’m not sure I completely buy this theory, but I did think about it a lot while watching a two-and-half year old cousin laugh on Thanksgiving. Though in that context the theory that came to my mind is its value as a primitive form of communication and in-group bonding.
(via The Browser)
Louis CK on Comedy
I’d never heard of the comedian before, but this is a funny set.
Another reason to like Louis CK.
(via Jack Shedd)
Tim Goodman, a confessed snob, stoops to reconsider CBS’s plebeian Monday night comedy lineup and finds it rather enjoyable. His consideration of snobbery:
The problem with sophisticated comedy — be it anti-obvious in nature, keenly observed absurdities or ironically dumb by choice — is that it creates its own little laugh ghetto from which you never get out. You don’t want to watch “Two and a Half Men” because, well, it’s “Two and a Half Men” with Charlie Sheen, for God’s sake. What more need be said?
And yet, there’s a smugness - almost a righteousness - to people who can only tolerate “30 Rock” or “Weeds” and sit around lamenting the death of “Arrested Development.” Hey, it takes one to know one.
It’s true that CBS is awash in laugh tracks and anyone unfortunate enough to end up in hell will find pretty much the same sound there. And that tired sitcom pacing - setup, punch line, setup punch line, big bang before the commercial break - is enough to make you really do damage to a free-standing TV set. But it’s also true that funny is funny. It answers to no specific genre or network. From Milton Berle to “Flight of the Conchords,” if you laugh, then it’s funny. It worked.
(via TV Squad)