Category Archives: comedy

When We SHOULD Blame It On The Media

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When a comedy show rant can do what the collective wisdom of MSM “journalism” can’t seem to. From Philly.com:

The Stewart piece also got the kind of eyeballs that most newsrooms would kill for in this digital age — planted atop many, many major political, media and business Web sites — and the kind of water-cooler chatter that journalists would crave in any age. In a time when newspapers are flat-out dying if not dealing with bankruptcy or massive job losses, while other types of news orgs aren’t faring much better, the journalistic success of a comedy show rant shouldn’t be viewed as a stick in the eye — but a teachable moment. Why be a curmudgeon about kids today getting all their news from a comedy show, when it’s not really that hard to join Stewart in his own idol-smashing game.

Full post here. I used to think no one was trying to kill journalism, just the obsolete delivery platform called newspapers. Now I’m not so sure. Could be that Old Journalism needs to wither on the vine alongside their precious newspapers too? Hmmmm…

“Wall Street Got Drunk” Slurs W

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That W sure is a funny guy in a financial crisis! Here’s video (from unknown sources) of him yapping about how “Wall Street got drunk” at a recent, pricey Houston fundraiser July 18th.

If Wall Street was so wasted, makes you wonder who was throwing the party, eh? And to think this clown wanted to hand ‘em Social Security too.

Now I wanna know what Bush was babbling on about, no doubt as incoherently as he did in Houston, at his yesterday, pricey Atlanta fundraiser. Anyone rolling with their wee little cams there in Buckhead yesterday? (And on the 8th day, God gave us YouTube…)

Make watching the little mystery-source vid clip a drinking game: chug when you see the glassy-eyed sycophants standing off to the side. Talk about too hungover to do anything but smile and nod.

If Facebook Was, uh, Real

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One Night Only! “The Antidote To Political Drudgery”

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The Economist is in the ATL. Details here:

As the presidential campaign grinds on, The Economist is launching a new national event series called “The Art of Political Satire”.  The series officially launches next week in Atlanta (April 21):

The Art of Political Satire

Monday, April 21, 2008
Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Alliance Theatre
1280 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

For this series, we are partnering with the renowned comedy theatre troupe The Second City to create a show that combines engaging political improv and hands-on cartooning featuring The Economist’s political cartoonist Kevin ‘Kal’ Kallaugher.  Positioned as the antidote to political drudgery, the show in Atlanta also features a panel discussion about the ‘art’ of satire with Kal and the creative directors of the Second City.  Hosted by local WABE’s John Lemley, this discussion will focus on the role that satire plays in society- and the ability of the satirist to help people view things from a different perspective.  As an added bonus in Atlanta, Kal will be unveiling a new digital ‘puppet’ of Barack Obama.

A website for the events has been set up here.  The site includes video examples of Second City skits, and includes video about Kal’s history at The Economist and a collection of Kal’s favorite cartoons over the years.  You can also find information about the live events there.

More Proof God Is A Funny Woman

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Because She gives us Tracey Ullman spoofing Arianna Huffington.

What Every New Mom & Dad Look Like At One Month!

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After six hours in hair & makeup of course. And then there’s the stylist, who really should be taken out back behind the woodshed and caned for a good hour or so. Careful. Nausea could follow, should you click on this link and scroll towards bottom.

What To Do With SXSW Shwag

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Maher On Spitzer Media

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From Bill Maher writing for the Huffington Post:

I’m going to throw the remote through the TV if one more news twink says something on the order of “When we come back, we’ll look into what drives a successful man like Eliot Spitzer to risk it all…”

Oh yes, let’s convene a panel of experts for that. Let me help you: because he wants to get his nut off! Stop with all the analysis! It never ends, I hear all these people talking about how powerful people think they can get away with anything, so it’s a thrill, or that it’s for this psychological reason or this one — please, he wanted to CUM WITH SOMEONE! Stop overthinking this: people need sex, and married people generally aren’t getting it.

One must assume that the above statement doesn’t necessarily imply single people are getting it every which way to Sunday. Still, marriage remains truly the most over-rated institution, other than the Catholic Church, mankind ever dreamed-up. Just ask Mrs. Where’s My Goddamn Hermes Scarf For The Presser  Spitzer. Full post here.

Stuff White People Love

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This blog will make you chortle and head-nod.

Jeff Foxworth Will Make You Cry

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Of course we’re used to Foxworthy making us laugh our butts off. In the analog days of yore, when I’d get bored on my constant roadtripping back and forth between South Carolina and Atlanta, I’d pull over to any ‘ole gas station along I-20 and pop-in for yet another Jeff Foxworthy cassette. Then I’d just moreorless crack myself up for another hour or so. Before I knew it, there I’d be.

I still get stupid-laughing thinking about Foxworthy rambling on about his liquored-up dad pulling his ski-boat along the highway, despite the fact that the ski-boat fell off the trailer numerous exits ago.

Today, Jeff talks to the AJC about what being a dad, father, brother, son is all about – for him. Get a hankie. From the most excellent Phil Kloer:

Foxworthy has a home office, but he prefers to set his laptop on the breakfast bar. The couple’s daughters, 16-year-old Jordan and 13-year-old Juliane (“Jules”), sometimes do their homework at the kitchen table. And on a shelf is a little glass bottle full of tiny plastic beads a friend gave Jeff and Gregg six years ago.

“He said, ‘This is how many more weekends you have with your kids'” before college, Jeff explains. “One bead for every weekend.”

“We’re supposed to take a bead out every week,” says Gregg, his wife of 23 years. “But we just couldn’t bear to do it. It would hurt too much.”

The little bottle of beads is a lot of what Jeff Foxworthy, at age 49, is about these days. He frequently makes career decisions, including turning down feature film and stand-up offers, on the basis of how long and how far it will take him away from home.

“My life is centered around them,” he says. “I’m a dad and a husband and a brother and a son and a friend. I like what I do, but it’s not what I am.”

Full story here.