As Thrill pointed out in the open thread this week, Sacha Baron Cohen is hilarious.  I prefer his Ali G. persona to Borat, but Borat has his moments.  I thought that his stint in the sun was over after the Borat movie since, damn, who is stupid enough to fall for that schtick now?  Ahem … According to the trailer to his new show, he reeled some more in.

Anyway, it got me thinking about some of the hand-wringing about comedians not being very funny.  I don’t see it.  They may avoid certain douchey topics like rape and pedos (believe me, I can laugh at that shit too, but it stopped being actually funny), but I still find humor.  Last week we went to my Mom’s for a few days and we always put on the satellite radio comedy channels for the five hour trip.  They are small bites of humor, but we laughed the whole way there and back.  Makes the trip seem at least a little shorter.

Let’s laugh this week.

  1. Funny songs – These are songs that are supposed to be funny or are just funny because, well, they just are.
  2. Comedy bits – Play some funny comedy bits and don’t pull any punches. Douchey shit is OK too.  This is another week where we can have a few laughs at others’ expense

Here is the playlist:

Dedications (safe for work is your opinion only):

Spootyjim – Steve Harvey

WVR – Kevin Hart

Santino – Jeff Foxworthy

Zurvan – Ron White

Lurking – Robin Williams

Thrill – John Pinette

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Zurvan

As Thrill pointed out in the open thread this week, Sacha Baron Cohen is hilarious.

Maybe my funny bone is broken. I’ve always thought the guy was an insufferable ass, and never found him the least bit funny.

Funny songs huh…

Denis Leary – Asshole

Denis Leary – Voices In My Head

Weird Al – Amish Paradise

Weird Al – White and Nerdy

Flight of the Conchords – Business Time

Flight of the Conchords – Jenny

Zurvan

Still one of my favorite comedy routines of all time – Bill Cosby – Himself

(You don’t need to add it to the playlist, it’s the full show – all hour and 45 of it).

George Carlin – Euphemisms

My all-time favorite stand up performance is Eddie Murphy: Delirious.

Uncle Gus and Aunt Bunny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yOWjkAxrwE

Goony goo goo!

Sit On My Face by Monty Python – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dax_tnZRExc

The OSI theme from Venture Brothers – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz59tFR2KMs

I’m going to hog up some of the It’s Always Sunny musical moments.

Go Fuck Yourself – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQnYmC4-_1c

Charlie Day’s vocal range is astounding.

Day Man! Ah ah ah! Fighter of the Night Man Ah ah ah! Champion of the Sun! Ah ah ah!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJNtVNe286E

This scene ruined Tom Tom Club for me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOgtoQQ5Ybs

Mandatory Dethklok with Titty Fish -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ITGzPFkgro

Let’s see if we can get the great and beautiful late Madeline Kahn in the second week’s playlist in a row:

(Not) Getting Married Today – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrRDrz53Q1E

Zurvan

I used to have one of the Monty Python double albums many years ago and I listened to that stuff religiously and can still sing along with almost all them. Here’s one of the lesser known tracks.

“Poor King Charles laid his head on the block. January 1649. Dooooown came the axe. And in the silence that followed, the only sound that could be heard was a solitary giggle. From….”

Oliver Cromwell – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBPf6P332uM

Bonus! If I Were Not in the CID: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCpyZ6d3dO4

I thought that his stint in the sun was over after the Borat movie since, damn, who is stupid enough to fall for that schtick now? Ahem … According to the trailer to his new show, he reeled some more in. Yeah, how stupid of Palin, yucks all around, to devote both her own time time and money to a cause she feels passionate about, the lives and well-being of veterans. What a dope, falling for an obvious ploy, a disabled veteran in a wheelchair who was not really there to honor American vets and their ultimate sacrifice, nope, he… Read more »

I bet if he punked her, pretending to promote the cause of Downs syndrome ( another cause dear to her due to personal circumstances) for a charity event, you lefties would find that equally humorous.

Cohen does that sort of thing to everybody. He’s Jewish and he did this, after all:

Throw the Jew Down the Well – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vb3IMTJjzfo

Your reaction is an example of how political correctness has killed comedy.

I did not mention Palin, he did.

I wasn’t saying you were being p.c.. Rich was demonstrating how the “offensiveness culture” has neutered comedy.

Zurvan

Cohen does that sort of thing to everybody…

Your reaction is an example of how political correctness has killed comedy.

I don’t give two shits whether he’s funny or not. He impersonated a disabled veteran, and ridiculed our vets. He should at the least have his visa revoked, and sent packing.

Your reaction is an example of how political correctness has killed comedy. Says the guy who lectured us (correctly BTW) that protests go too far when they injury people. Comedy is the same damn thing, at least to me. Some people might think it funny to push an old lady down the stairs. A few years back there was a phenomenon called the knock out game, where back teenage thugs would walk up to an unsuspecting white person, many times they were elderly, and punch them in the face in an attempt to knock them out, was that funny? So… Read more »

Zurvan

Zurvan, you just killed/neutered comedy, which by implication means that you just are not “with it”.

If that’s what it takes to be “with it,” then, yeah, count me out. If he had cracked an off-color joke about being injured in the military, I wouldn’t think it was funny, and I’d want to beat the shit out of him still, but I wouldn’t want him deported over it. What he did…it’s too far.

Since this is the Song Thread…

“If My Nose Was Running Money.”

Says the guy who lectured us (correctly BTW) that protests go too far when they injure people. You’re reaching with this parallel. In any event, Cohen wasn’t attacking disabled veterans. That’s a gross mischaracterization. He disguised himself as one so he could get access to Palin and have with her guard down. Palin was the butt of the joke, not Purple Heart recipients. It’s sort of like when Howard Stern hired Stuttering John to interview celebrities because he knew that they’d have to stand there and listen to him asking offensive questions or they’d look insensitive to someone with a… Read more »

In any event, Cohen wasn’t attacking disabled veterans. That’s a gross mischaracterization. And you know this how exactly? The bit has not aired yet so you have no clue what he did, what he said, or who he made fun of, so you have zero basis to make the claim that it was a characterization. Here is what Palin said; For my interview, my daughter and I were asked to travel across the country where Cohen (I presume) had heavily disguised himself as a disabled US Veteran, fake wheelchair and all. Out of respect for what I was led to… Read more »

Everything Palin wrote conforms with what I said. She agreed to meet with Cohen and listened to his crazy shit because she thought he was a disabled vet. She was the subject of the prank.

You said it was a gross mischaracterization to say that Cohen was attacking disabled vets, you don’t know this since the transcript of exactly what he said and did is not available, yet. Yes, we know that he pretended to be a disabled vet to con Palin into the interview. And we know, based on what Palin has said, that Cohen showed “perverse” disrespect to both the military and middle America, exactly what he said or did to show this, we don’t know, yet you still defend him, without any evidence. I’m confused, weren’t you the champion of ,”Hey, if… Read more »

You said it was a gross mischaracterization to say that Cohen was attacking disabled vets Because it is a gross mischaracterization. He used the disguise to get close to Palin. He was pranking Palin, not disabled veterans. I’m not defending him at all. I’m explaining what he was doing. Pfluffy noted that it’s amazing that Cohen is still able to prank anyone because he should be recognizable. Disguising himself in this way is how far he has to go to get there. And again: he was trying to make fun of Palin, not disabled vets. He could have made fun… Read more »

I notice that you don’t give two shits how he got Sanders. And yet you have been unable to prove how he “got” Sanders, even after my above prompting. Punching people in the face is not funny and I checked my post – I did not say that it is or ever was funny to me. And no where did I say you said it was funny, what does that have to do with the price of tea in China? Anything else you would like to make up that I think is funny? See above response. Since the both of… Read more »

I know I posted this in the open thread, but I want a ruling. Watch the Paula Abdul clip from Bruno.

https://www.yoiutube.com/watch?v=sc3H4UkkZgk

The joke is on Paula Abdul, right? It’s not “disrespectful to Mexicans”, is it? The Mexicans are role playing. They’re “in on” the joke, which is on Abdul.

Where’s cress? I need someone who has a good, professional handle on comedic construction.

Man on the street interviews are not about ADHD. Yeah, I know that, it was a separate paragraph, ya know, like a different thought entirely, that is why it was a different paragraph. I can see how she would not appreciate Down’s jokes. And for the exact same reason, personal attachment, she does not appreciate levity about disabled vets, same thing applies. this post is not about Palin I know. And then when I said it wasn’t about Palin, you insisted I was full of shit. I admit I am at a disadvantage here because I know very little about… Read more »

Blackadder:

Love.

We need some Mel Brooks.

The Inquisition – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnF1OtP2Svk

More Madeline Kahn with that:

I’m Tired – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uai7M4RpoLU

Where’s cress? I need someone who has a good, professional handle on comedic construction Why hello there… I haven’t seen the clip, but if it’s like the rest of SBC’s work, then he interviewee is the subject and SBC usually plays a satirisation of the character to enable the subject to embarrass themselves by agreeing with his character. AliG played to old white stuffy politicians view of ‘the youth’ just at the time when (in the UK anyway) Channel 4 we’re beginning to show more youth oriented programming. He played up to the ignorance politicians assumed the youth possessed. Borat… Read more »

That’s what I was looking for. It explains his setup, delivery, and payoff. Again, the joke is on the person he’s interacting with, not the person he’s pretending to be. The latter is just a device.

We can wait to see the Palin skit, but I’d be amazed if he deviates from his usual pattern. Truly, you have to give him props for saying this right to a real-life terrorist’s face:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL_RaMJ3oc8

Zurvan

Truly, you have to give him props for saying this right to a real-life terrorist’s face

No, I really don’t. The guy’s a talentless twat.

Mel Brooks on the other hand…

Men in Tights

Springtime For Hitler

Put the Candle Back!

Your Schwartz is as big as mine. (A better addition to the Star Wars franchise than The Last Jedi will ever be)

No, I really don’t. The guy’s a talentless twat.

I was thinking the same thing, although to be fair, I don’t know his work very well. I IMDB’ed him. For the last few years he has been MIA, now suddenly he pranks Palin for his new special.

I facetiously mention pushing an old lady down the stairs to gauge where some here define or limit their definition of comedy when this falls into my lap;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zF98VDxED4

To compare Cohen to Chaplin is beyond ridiculous.

Check out Chris Morris’s ‘Brass Eye’ to see the master of this at work. Should all be on YouTube.

Zurvan

Check out Chris Morris’s ‘Brass Eye’ to see the master of this at work. Should all be on YouTube. Are you talking about this? And this? Now, I grew up on Mr. Bean, love most Monty Python, and Top Gear/Grand Tour is probably my favorite show and the humor is one of my favorite parts, so I’m pretty sure I enjoy British humor. But I watched a good chunk of those two videos, and…yeah, not funny. Let me ask you and WG something – do you find Jimmy Fallon funny? Because there are a number of people in my family… Read more »

do you find Jimmy Fallon funny?

I’m going to have to say no only because I haven’t seen him in anything since the last time I caught a glimpse of him on SNL’s Weekend Update a long, long time ago. I’m really not kidding when I talk about how detached I am from pop culture.

RedLetterMedia is funny to me. That’s one of the best exemplars of the brand of humor I enjoy. Lots of people hate it though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeK889V5M88&index=9&list=PLWXQdJ1_d0vSjucEydlB3-KlZXTH-Qked

Zurvan

Probably the best example of what I find funny is RedLetterMedia’s content. That’s one of the best exemplars of the brand of humor I enjoy. Lots of people hate it though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeK889V5M88&index=9&list=PLWXQdJ1_d0vSjucEydlB3-KlZXTH-Qked

Yeah…nope.

You know what I can giggle at for a long time? This.

This.

Sure, that’s funny. No argument here. I just recognize different variations of humor differently than you or Rich, I suppose.

I’m fundamentally an absurdist. I appreciate seeing uncomfortable and humorous takes on the dumbest and most common things in life. Maybe Seinfeld is where I first learned to enjoy that perspective, but of course this show had it in spades:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkbYwtvm0yU

I am currently doing my BA capstone on social engineering and if I can work him in as an example I will.

You’re very lucky, timing-wise. There’s a treasure trove of examples of social engineering methods used by the Russian GRU in the Mueller indictment. I’d be using it if I were in your shoes!

https://assets.bwbx.io/documents/users/iqjWHBFdfxIU/rs96.XUFx2Gw/v0

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Also, I used to be a private investigator and regularly used social engineering techniques to get information from people. Hit me up if you think I might be able to provide anything useful.

Section8

Well for comedy, I’ve been a fan of Supermansion as of late on crackle. Funny stuff. Especially if you like comedy on the 8th grade level like I do. Not over the top as in trying too hard to make a point or some bs shock value or life lesson. Similar to Drawn Together.

https://www.sonycrackle.com/supermansion

Ha! Yeah, I see the Drawn Together parallel. Reminds me a lot of Titan Maximum too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50Zpp7ZbXT0

Santino

Man I came for a DJ thread and a fight broke out. Is nothing sacred any more?

Sacha Baren Cohen

FWIW, any time I watch his videos, my cringe-worthyness is directed toward his target. His character is is white noise.

Here are some clips that play to all our sensibilitirles. Some classics.

Who’s on first? – https://youtu.be/kTcRRaXV-fg

Chocolate anyone? – https://youtu.be/8NPzLBSBzPI

Sanity clause – https://youtu.be/G_Sy6oiJbEk

Spoiler alert – this is a long post mainly because I love writing about British Comedy and Zurvan gave me an opportunity But I watched a good chunk of those two videos, and…yeah, not funny. First off, let me be clear – I’m not at any point trying to persuade you to find something funny. That’s not my point at all – laughter is an involuntary reaction, and comedy’s job is simply to find a way to trigger that involuntary reaction. All I can do is explain what (I think) these comedians are trying to say. (Background/Humblebrag, I VERY tangentially… Read more »

Man I came for a DJ thread and a fight broke out. Is nothing sacred any more?

We’re going to have to add Sacha Baron Cohen to the list of high-risk DJ thread topics. The other items are country music and pop tarts (Katy Perry and the like, not the pastry).

Oh, shit. I just realized that I haven’t given Red vs Blue any love.

“I…hate…BABIES!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1VfnDzF2ZU

Ultimate nut-punching. Poor Griff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ke9wtbzGjCI

That’s not my point at all – laughter is an involuntary reaction, and comedy’s job is simply to find a way to trigger that involuntary reaction. That’s about right. There are certain things that always work when delivered properly with the right setup, timing, situation, etc. For example, I still laugh at reruns of I Love Lucy. That’s a show that was never offensive or mean-spirited like SBC or Archer or other things I enjoy now, but it’s still funny. Lucy was a comedy genius and could pull off ridiculous physical comedy and lay down the setup for a joke… Read more »

Keeping up appearances was basically a Golden Era 70s sitcom that aired in the early 90’s. It was this ‘gentle comedy’ that the alternative comedians were reacting to.

But despite being ‘classic’ rather than ‘alternative’ it’s still about the same thing. Shows like The Office, Alan Partridge, Father Ted, The IT Crowd, Spaced and Black books are about aA person who isn’t impressive, pretends to be impressive, gets found out. See also Fawlty Towers, Only Fools and Horses, Dads Army, Reggie Perrin, On the Buses, and Last of the Summer wine.

CMNZ

Great stuff cress. My all-time favourite British comedy show is probably The League of Gentlemen, which is pure absurdism. Although Steve Coogan is probably my favourite British comedy actor.

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