Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Flashback: Weird Al

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Fat

When someone says musical comedy, the first person that comes to mind for most people is Weird Al Yankovic. There's nothing like a classic parody from Weird Al for a Friday Flashback!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Gert the Joke Lady - 90 year old stand up comedian

Gert Schuster is a living legend. After coming out of a 30 day coma in 2004, the holocaust survivor decided to try stand-up comedy. Since then she has performed on cruise ships, at private functions and has even opened for Debbie Reynolds.

What a remarkable woman!

Read the full article here at the East Valley Tribune.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

You got your music in my comedy. You got my comedy in your music!

Comedy. Music. The proper combination of the two often results in the most delicious of cocktails. The title track of a show does more than set the vibe for a series, podcast. It can create excitement and anticipation. The song can be likened to the opening act of a comedy show. The theme songs to both The Green Room with Paul Provenza and Greg Proops' podcast are exceptional examples of this tasty mix.

I came across this blog and was incredibly excited. Mostly, because
"A Fistful of Soundtracks" mentions 3 of my personal favorites: The Green Room with Paul Provenza, Greg Proops' podcast The Smartest Man in the World
The Smartest Man in the World and the song, "Somebody Start a Fight or Something," by TISM.

Just wanted to share this with you, dear readers. If you're not familiar with any of the media that was mentioned in my post, I do hope that you will take the time to watch, listen and laugh.

Free thinking me.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Clean Comedy Festival

While perusing my google alerts this morning, this one particular headline grabbed my attention:
Edmonton Comedy Festival to 'keep it clean'

I couldn't resist clicking on it, Clean Comedy? It almost seems a juxtaposition, what is this? Some kind of Christian Comedy Festival? Laughs for the repressed?

What exactly does clean comedy mean? Where do you draw the line, when does a joke become 'dirty'?

The Artistic Director of the festival Andrew Grose believes that "if you need to rely on profanity to get the punch, you need to rewrite the joke". The article goes on to say that 'Just because you're not going to hear the F-word every second line doesn't mean these are all G-Rated events', the example Grose gives of a joke that is 'off-colour but still clean' is "Pedophiles aren't all bad. For example, they never speed through a school zone" (he did not credit the source of this joke).

Alright, so it's not so much a clean comedy festival as it is a "non-swear word comedy festival".

While I believe there are a lot of comics that do rely on the use of obscene language to get their laughs, the majority use profanity within the context of their jokes and their comedic style. I also understand that comedy doesn't have to be dirty to be funny (although I personally prefer it that way).

I'm unsure as to what the point of this 'no foul language' rule is. If you are going to let obscene content and what would widely be considered contraversial or offensive material through what's the point in making comics omit mere words from their sets?

Grose believe's that comics who use profanity are lazy. Granted this might be the case in some situations, but those kind of comics rarely get past the open mic scene.

When it comes down to it obscenities are just words.
Words have no weight without intention behind them.
Words mean very little without context.

Individual words only make up part of stand-up comedy and it's the way in which a comedian uses them that determines if they may or may not be dirty words and it goes on and on in circles.

While I can see where Grose is coming from with his concept of a clean (thus commercially viable) festival however I don't think you can apply clean when 'off colour' is still allowed. But thats just me.

The Edmonton Comedy Festival is on October 19 - 23

Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday Flashback

In honour of Just For Laughs festival's Sydney debut and Martin Short's show at the Opera House tonight, here for your viewing pleasure is the great Martin Short on the Johnny Carson show.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Price of Larry King

Larry King is coming to Australia this October.
It's a really short lead in for an international tour and with tickets price at $99 - $249 I'm wondering if he is popular enough in this country to be able to make it a financially viable exercise for the promoter.

I don't think I've ever seen a ticket for a single stand-up comedy show priced at over $200 before. While I completely understand the immense costs and time involved in bringing an international act, of Larry King's status to Australia, I'm unsure as to if there would be enough people willing to pay $249 for a ticket to see stand-up comedy. I could completely understand if there was complex production involved (such as something like the mighty boosh would require) or if there were multiple comics on the bill (I imagine I could justify a similar price to see say, Steve Martin and Martin Short do their show together). While I'm sure the promoters are completely justified in charging this much, and I'm aware that Mr King's audience would probably be more cashed up then the fans of other stand-up comedians but in this current climate people are being incredibly frugal with their money, they're not going out as much to as much and are choosing very carefully what shows they go to.

But hey, I could be totally wrong and the show might sell out in 10 minutes, I'm sure it's going to be great.

What do you guys think?

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View Karl Stefanovik's interview with Larry King on the Today Show