Archive for the ‘Comedy’ Category

This American Life… perfect for rainy days

February 15, 2009

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Rainy days are perfect for catching up on podcasts. Familiar voices can be like comfort food. Such is the case with Ira Glass, host of This American Life. Some rainy days I go back and re-listen to old favorites.

Today I went back a few years to Episode 281: My Big Break.

Skip to Act Three: Oedipus HexShalom Auslander reads his true story, “The Blessing Bee.” It’s like a spelling bee, but instead of words, kids compete reciting complicated Hebrew blessings said before eating certain foods.

Foreskin's LamentIt tickles me every time Auslandert gratuitously throws in quick admissions of all the sins he committed as a kid. Watch Auslander’s video – Foreskin’s Lament.

What are your favorite podcasts? Leave a comment

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Revealing the Raw Troof

June 16, 2008

the ONION MOVIE — Review/notes to follow…

View the trailer.

MOB. For life.

Yelp selects new MOTHERBOY

May 4, 2008

MOTHERBOY

P.S. Happy Birthday, George Michael!

Go ELF Yourself!

November 20, 2007

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Kids… don’t try this at home!

Scranton PA heats up

September 10, 2007

This is one amazing mashup featuring Nelly and The Office.

Family Guy meets Star Wars

September 3, 2007


This is a 10-minute clip of the upcoming Family Guy “Star Wars” episode.


This is a collection of Family Guy clips featuring Star Wars characters.

From D-list to i-List

August 29, 2007

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When aksed if the rumors about dating Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak were true, diva comedienne Kathy Griffin replied—

“You’re joking, right? Last week at the MAXIM party I was the only celebrity without an iPhone. Now I have TWO.”

Is she smarter than a 5th grader?

August 29, 2007

When Miss Teen South Caroilina was asked, “Are you really that stupid?” She replied—

“I placed 3rd in the pageant and the next day 5 million people on YouTube are talking about me. Let me aks YOU a question—do you know who was actully crowned Miss Teen USA? You don’t know? Didn’t think so.”

From alligators to crocodiles

January 14, 2007

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I’ve worn Izod shirts my entire life. Though a rocker at heart, I never dressed the part. I’ve always felt most comfortable in a beat-up wrinkled alligator shirt. I’m a preppy pig. And now I wear Crocs almost every day. I may be a technology professional working for a commercial bank, but I will always consider myself a member of the dressed-down Leisure Class.

While I’m on the subject of crocodiles, a friend sent me this YouTube video of the late Steve Irwin. What a neat guy. The croc hunter stars in this clip with a guy named Ross … not Ross from FRIENDS, not Ross Perot. Take one last guess, then check it out. It’s a good tribute, and you will laugh your ass off.

Kathy Griffin rocks the Warfield (Again)

November 25, 2006

Kathy Griffin at the Warfield (November 2006)

Notes to follow

Remember School House Rock?

November 7, 2006

Remember ABC’s Saturday morning School House Rock? One day I’m going have to look up those videos and post them along with the lyrics.

Here’s a video that appeared on John Stewart’s Daily Show. In the spirit of School House Rock, this clever video focuses on this year’s mid-term election.

Church of (Southpark) Scientology

November 5, 2006

Church of (Southpark) Scientology

Comedy Central show Southpark pushes the envelope by going where only a few hundred men have been before—inside Tom Cruise’s closet. Religious-based fans are excited to see how Tom organizes his wardrobe. Does he hang his t-shirts? Does he use wire, plastic or wood hangers? How many pairs of shoes does he own?

2005’s critically acclaimed Episode 912—Trapped in the Closet was nominated for an Emmy. Is Stan Cartman really the reincarnation of L Ron Hubbard? Guest stars include—Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, John Travolta and R Kelly. Watch the episode (below) and LYAO.


Clip starring Tom Cruise (5 minutes)


Entire “Trapped in the Closet” episode  (22 minutes)

Complete list of Southpark episodes

FYI—
I recently learned that LYAO = Laugh Your Ass Off

David Sedaris comes up short

October 30, 2006

David Sedaris

Genre:  Comedy / Spoken Word
Venue:  War-Memorial Opera House / San Francisco CA

Highlights

  • In great company, seated right next to the Intern (JC)
  • Amazing building—the SF Opera House
  • 15 minutes of David Sedaris speaking off-the-cuff
  • Sedaris’s familiar and soothing voice

Things to remember

  • To avoid being seated in the 2nd-to-last row upper balcony corner, purchase tickets sooner
  • Don’t eat so much candy throughout the day and during the show
  • Remind yourself you can always listen to Sedaris audio books, which is basically the same as seeing him performing live

Performance notes

I like David Sedaris because of his unique wit. And whether I’m reading one of his books or listening to him read to me on a rebroadcast of This American Life, I find I usually connect with him and his stories—I get it. Experiencing him perform live at the SF Opera House was a let down. At least 80% of the time he read scripted material. He also spent 20% of his time reading someone else’s material. He spent very little time talking about his family, with the exception of Amy. And even then there was no charisma. He was onstage for no more than 70 minutes—which would be OK for a comedy club, but not a sold-out opera house. In addition, you’d expect he’d try to connect with the audience. He didn’t. Most importantly, this time—I didn’t get it.

I’m starting to realize I’m not that big of a fan. My favorite work of his was the first book I read—Me Talk Pretty Someday. I read his earlier books but didn’t enjoy them as much. Now seeing him live and being disappointed, I can’t see myself investing any more energy in him. If I were to send him an email, it would simply read—David, I’m not one of your fans. At least not anymore. No hard feelings.

Comparing this show with 2.5 hours of non-stop Kathy Griffin gossip, or 3 full hours of Henry Rollins rants, Sedaris comes up short.

Al Pacino & Wells Fargo

October 8, 2006

Do you think Al Pacino ever checks his own bank account balances? Sometimes he has to—like the time he wanted to buy an astronaut bed, but he didn’t have enough money in his checking account to cover the purchase.  Pacino calls Wells Fargo to ask WTF? This SNL skit aired a couple weeks ago. Bill Hader does a good Pacino, and Kristen Wiig is a believable Wells Fargo customer service rep on the other end of the line. This video is hilarious!

mopatrol – Episode 4

September 2, 2006

Dana and Julia bring you more mopatrol reviews: Brick Films, Adultswim.com, MODTV, Happy Tree Friends plus guest reviewer

View the 1st 3 mopatrol episodes

mopatrol vidcast reviews

August 19, 2006

 mopatrol featuring Dana and Julia

This hot chick Dana from the LA-Hollywood area emails me every so often to rub things in my face. Her recent rub-in is another collaboration with her “best friend” Julia. It’s called mopatrol (www.mopatrol.com).

This how Julia and Dana describe mopatrol:
We’re here to bring all things mobile to your home. Everything for your computer, your iPod, your cell phone… There’s so many channels out there, where do you tune in? That’s why we’re here. We’re like, a TV guide for all things mobile.

Since I am your typical shy high-tech Asian-American, I immediately went to iTunes and subscribed to their podcasts.

Dana, thanks for the 411 on mopatrol. I’ll ping you back later. Piece out!


mopatrol episode 1


mopatrol episode 2


mopatrol episode 3

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Do-it-yourself LASIK

August 10, 2006

Lasik @ Home

Procedure:  LASIK@Home
Founder:  Dr. Amir Khadim, MD, PhD

Our team had just moved to another building in downtown San Francisco, and my eyes were irritated after unpacking boxes. After hearing me agonize over having to change my contact lenses, a friend at work passed along this website. He knows how cost-conscious I am, and how I like to do everything myself, so it seemed like the perfect thing to brighten up my day. And to shut me up.

When I saw this do-it-yourself LASIK website, I said to myself out loud—Wow. My friend replied—I know. Then we thought of another friend of ours, who had LASIK done a couple of years ago. I wondered if maybe he did-it-himself at home. And without skipping a beat, my friend said—No, he probably did it at a friend’s house. 

From www.lasikathome.com 

Affordable in-home LASIK surgery you can do yourself! — In the past, LASIK surgery was an expensive procedure that could only be performed by skilled professionals in a doctor’s office or eye clinic. Often costing upwards of $1000 per eye and almost never covered by insurance, Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) was beyond the reach of most Americans. Now the revolutionary LASIK@Home system makes 20/20 vision affordable for just about everyone.

The Procedure — LASIK@Home is the same patented surgical procedure performed at eye clinics around the world, but without the unnecessary equipment and staff. Find out how it works.

Instructions are simple — Just 4 easy steps

  1. Find a quiet place with no distractions
  2. Unpack your LASIK@Home kit
  3. Perform the painless procedure—DON’T BLINK!
  4. Enjoy a life of clear-signtedness

About LASIK@Home — LASIK@Homewas founded in 2004 by Dr. Amir Khadim, MD, PhD [photo]. A pioneer in the field of LASIK surgery, Dr. Khadim performed more than two thousand LASIK procedures at the prestigious Bennett Eye Care Institute in New York City before leaving to develop LASIK@Home. He has received awards for excellence from both the Optical Surgeons of America (OSOA) and the Manhattan Ophthalmologists Association (MOA). 

Kathy Griffin—Allegedly

August 1, 2006

Kathy Griffin — Allegedly DVD 

Genre: Comedy DVD
Year Filmed: 2002, released in 2004

Kathy Griffin serves it raw in her DVD Allegedly. But I have to say she’s funnier now, ie her recent gig at The Warfield in San Francisco and recent appearance on The View (see video below). In this set she’s almost too focused. Perhaps it’s because they were filming it for DVD release? I don’t know. The more scatterbrained Kathy is, the more her personality shines through. In Allegedly, it feels over-scripted and she looks too pretty. But she still kicks ass.


Clip from Allegedly 


Kathy Girffin on The View 7/27/06

Recent show at The Warfield | Eminem video ft. Kathy | Star Jones News

Kathy Griffin—The Warfield

July 20, 2006

Kathy Griffin

Genre:  Comedy
Venue:  The Warfield / San Francisco CA

There was a line around the block waiting to see a sold out Kathy Griffin show at Crazy Horse The Warfield on Market Street in downtown San Francisco. All this for a D-list celebrity? HELL YEAH! I don’t care too much for her reality TV series My Life on the D-List. And not because I don’t find it entertaining. I don’t think it showcases her talent very well. Nothing compares to Kathy Griffin live—her foul-mouth celebrity trash talk and AWESOME energy.

The first time I saw Kathy Griffin live was pre-Suddenly Susan, back in ’93 or ’94 at an improv actor showcase at the Groundlings Theater in losAngeles. I was with my friend Ray, a struggling actor at the time. After the show we drove down Melrose and luckily saw her walking down the street by herself. Like true scrubs we rolled down the windows and pulled up alongside her and yelled—Hey!  She walked up to the car, flipped her hair and she was all—Hey, boys, what’s going on?  And we were all—We just saw you at the Groundlings and we think you’re hilarious.  And then she’s all—What?  And we’re all—We love that you love beef. You were the funniest one in the whole show!  And she’s all—Fuck! Here I was, thinking… Cool, these guys are trying to pick up on me. Or offer me money.  This girl was somethin’ else.

Kathy Griffin dropped a lot of names in her recent SF shows at The Warfield. The 80/20 rule applied. Or maybe more like 90/10. She sang praises about 90% of them. For the remaining 10% (which was 98% of her material) the stories were oh-so-fucking juicy!

Listen to the KIIS FM On-Air segment where Miss Ryan Seacrest does a telephone interview with Kathy. Ryan dished it out but couldn’t take it and ended up whining like a brat—It’s MY show! and then resorted to hanging up. Hear it for yourself, Kathy Griffin let her have it!

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Henry Rollins and Henry Miller

May 13, 2006

Henry 

Genre:  Spoken Word
Venue:  The Henry Miller Library/ Big Sur CA

I started in San Francisco and picked up Jerri in Campbell near San Jose. Our journey to Big Sur was windy, the road narrow and twisted with spectacular views. We arrived at 6:30pm. We had time before the show, so we stopped at a restaurant nested on a cliff called Nepenthe for for a quick bite, some good wine and a breathtaking view—the perfect setting for two old friends to catch up. Jerri, aka Jerrilene, aka Mabel, is beautiful inside and out, and I’ve missed her so much. It’s been more than a year since we last saw each other, and five years before that. We used to work together back in losAngeles.

After dinner we headed back down the road to the Henry Miller Library, which is a small wood cabin surrounded by lawn, a short wooden fence and a family of tall redwoods. The place was set up for an intimate evening with Henry Rollins. There were rows of folding chairs on the lawn and blankets sprawled out in front of the makeshift stage. The stage was barely six inches tall, and was more like two wood pallets covered by an antique rug. We sat 10 feet away from the stage, so I warned Jerri—not only will we see the sweat of intensity rolling down the man’s face, we’ll be dodging his spit from time to time throughout the show. The sun had not quite set and people were making new friends over beer and wine. The library was open so we took a look around.

I’ll admit, I haven’t read any of Henry Miller’s work, but for the past 10 years I haven’t been the biggest reader, at least not novels. I do remember back in college my roommate Jen was reading Henry and June by Anais Nin. Turns out that Henry was Henry Miller. Some of Henry’s titles I recognized—Tropic of Caner and Tropic of Capricorn. But I couldn’t help but feel like the biggest poser driving three hours to watch a middle-aged punk rock icon rant and rave, while everyone else came to celebrate one of the greatest writers of our time. The show was actually a benefit for the Henry Miller Library. Jerri was not familiar with either Henry. She pulled me aside and said Henry looked so much younger in the email I sent her when I invited her to the show (see above). She didn’t realize Henry Rollins and Henry Miller were two different people. She lives in a bigger bubble than I do. Jerri loves Paris, so she was immediately drawn to Henry Miller’s books. I was reminded of Joni Mitchell’s song “California” — Sitting in a park in Paris, FranceI’ll even kiss a sunset pig

I’ve seen Henry Rollins perform live spoken word four times before, so I knew what to expect. The only thing Jerri knew about him was that he looks like one mean mad motherfucker. I knew Miss Goody-Goody from Silicon Valley was in for a bumpy ride, and I was happy riding shotgun. We were in the second row. It wasn’t quite dark when the show started, but it was eerily quiet, and there was a peaceful glow before it became dark. Magnus Toren, the library director, started by reading passages from what I think was either Black Spring or The Air-Conditioned Nightmare. From that reading, I learned that Miller too rants and raves, but in a very different way. Miller’s vocabulary is way beyond me, but his focus on detail after detail after detail intrigues me. The sun had set and small lights twinkled in the coastside tree-covered darkenss as Rollins took the stage. His voice didn’t echo but instead pierced right through us. Jerri’s shrieks and shrills were music to my ears. I smiled ear-to-ear and took mental pictures of her jaw dropping as Rollins let us have it. I love introducing new people to a Henry Rollins show. But this time, outdoors, that powerful distinct voice in the stillness of Big Sur, under mighty redwoods and a starry sky, it was something else, something very special. 

After the show I grabbed Jerri’s hand and took her past the wooden fence behind the stage. It was pitch black except for a man with a tiny flashlight, and there was a short line of people waiting for autographs. It was our turn at Henry. We shook his sweaty hand. He had his Sharpie ready to sign something and seemed surprised that we weren’t after an autograph. We just wanted to thank him for a good show and ended up talking with him for maybe five minutes. He ran his mouth, and I loved it. That, on top of reconnecting with a dear friend, made the night oh-so-fucking nice.

     I introduced Jerri to Henry Rollins.
     And Henry Rollins introduced me to Henry Miller.

On the drive home, I made some mental notes and promised myself to read at least one Henry Miller book this year. Any recommendations?

Henry Miller Library pictures | About the event | 2.13.61