Category: Humor/Comics


In this moving and funny clip from the stand up show “Revelations”, the Texas-born comedian Bill Hicks talks about his take on life. He also speaks of a utopian idea of how the world could be made into a better place. Surprisingly heartwarming vision, one that I also hope will be possible someday.

“Yes Minister” was a satirical sitcom that ran Britain 1980-1982 and 1984. It focused on a fictional senior minister and his various schemes. Here’s a clip where the Minister talks about which common people read what newspapers:

A little outdated (making the comment that people running the country are male) but still funny. Enjoy!

A common theme in Comedy is absurd situations and experiences. A typical layout for a sketch is to have one person or more who has to interact with a more bizarre person with a wackier personality. Even if that is a popular formula for most comedic works, some comedians use sketches and jokes for social commentary. In this post I will show three of such sketches.

The first one goes simply by the name “Education” and was featured in a episode of the British comedy sketch show “A Bit of Fry and Laurie” which was created by and starred Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. The duo also starred together in the satirical show “Jeeves and Wooster” which center’s a clever butler and a dimwitted rich man. The sketch “Education” features only Stephen Fry playing a egocentric prime minister.

The second sketch is titled “The Wedding Dress”, which was featured in the British sketch show “Smack the Pony”, created by Fiona Allen, Sally Phillips and Doon Machickan. They also starred in the show a long side Sarah Alexander and Darren Boyd. The featured sketch is a witty critique on how shallow people can be.

The Last sketch I will feature is titled “Businessman and Tramp”, also a sketch from “A Bit of Fry and Laurie”. This one deals with class prejudice.

Enjoy!

Easter is coming up fast. For those who are interested, “South Park” made a hilarious Easter related episode titled “Fantastic Eater Special”. It is featured in season 10 and is that seasons fifth episode. Stan begins to wonder what Jesus dying on a cross has to do with coloring eggs so the Easter Bunny can collect them. His father, Randy, then decides to let him into a secret society which exposes that Peter, one of the apostles, was in actuality a rabbit, meaning that all Popes were meant to be rabbits. Stan is overjoyed for finally learning the truth, but other religious authorities, who learn about the secret organization, are not…

A parody on “The Da Vinci code” and clever social commentary, “Fantastic Easter Special” is a must watch episode for Easter. Here’s a link to southparkstudios.se, where you can watch the episode.

On a different note, the comedian Wanda Sykes made a stand up discussing what it would be like if Afro-Americans, like LGBT -people, had to “come out” to their parents. A very funny Stand Up, even if usually I don’t like the idea of comparing oppression. Or comparing difficulties different minorities have. However, Wanda Sykes’ jokes are imaginative and packed with sharp critique. Enjoy!

It may take a while until my next post since I’m going to travel for a week. I promise, however, that my next post will be interesting and fun, so please stay toned!

Happy Easter/ Holidays everyone!

Stand-up comedy is a old, beloved tradition which has given us some of the finest comedians in the world. In this post, I will feature four notorious clips of famous atheist comedians talking about their experiences and opinions on religion, it’s history and it’s impact on society.

Dave Allen (1936-2005) was a Irish born comedian that identified himself as a “practicing atheist” and was known for the joke: “I’m an atheist, thank god!”. He was well known for his relaxed, intimate way of performing his stand up and was widely popular in Canada, Australia and Great Britain. Even if Allen often joked about religion, he didn’t feel that he was mocking belief, but rather rituals and church customs. He explained this ideology in 1998, when he stated:  “The hierarchy of everything in my life has always bothered me. I’m bothered by power. People, whoever they might be, whether it’s the government, or the policeman in the uniform, or the man on the door – they still irk me a bit. From school, from the first nun that belted me”.

In this clip Allen talks about his first experience with Religion:



Eddie Izzard
is a English comedian who has become widely famous for dressing up in drag while performing his Stand-Up comedy. His humor is often partly social commentary, partly popular cultural spoof and parody and surreal telling of historical as well as biblical stories. Izzard has also acted in films, his latest being “Mystery Men” where he played a villain. Izzard has been openly atheistic for many years. In this clip he talks about how church of England was born:

Bill Hicks was a Texas born left-leaning comedian that’s Stand-Up was unusually political. Hicks spoke of legalizing drugs, allowing gays to serve openly in the military and criticized extreme and blind faith. Hicks was never shy from speaking his mind; he was one of the most bold and intelligent comedians the U.S has offered, and was token from us way to early in 1994. In the clip I’ll show Bill Hicks talks about his encounter with some religious fanatics.

And of course, lastly I will show the legendary George Carlins clip where he completely rejects all ideas of religion and belief. This bit is very strong, so be warned. Carlin is also one of the first political comedians from the U.S. He became infamous for his Stand-Up routines on religion and censorship. He died in 2008.

 

“Women aren’t funny”; a quite brutal stereotype about women, is it not? This accusation towards women started out quite small until the well-respected journalist Christopher Hitchens wrote an essay named “Why Women aren’t funny”.  Then the label became  a valued opinion instead of an urban sexist remark.  The Argument usually is that women have no need to be funny, since they can get by only using their looks. As if women would not have any other ambitions than to impress people by their  outer shell, or that men would be shallow enough to be only impressed by the appearance of women. Luckily, there are plenty of female comedians and women working with humor to prove that the accusation of the female gender being completely unfunny wrong.

For instance, Jane Austen is to date one of the few writers that masters irony so perfectly, and Tina Fey has gotten quite a following after creating the television show “30 rock”(She also was a head writer in the first two season, the most crazy and hilarious seasons). In this post, I’ll mention a few other funny women that prove females can make humanity laugh as much as males.

“Smack the Pony” was a British comedy sketch show that aired 1999-2003. It starred Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan, Sally Phillips and Sarah Alexander. They also wrote the teleplays for the sketches. The sketch featured beneath this text is one of their most hilarious sketches. It satirizes female fantasy cliches.

Margaret Cho is a Korean-American comedian who is mostly known for her Stand Up. Themes she explores in her humor are body image, race, sexism, human sexuality, homophobia, the LGBT-culture, and politics. She bravely finds humorous aspects in all cultures and norms, and isn’t afraid to be at times vulgar and explicit. The stand up clip down here is mostly a demonstration of her humor. But you should watch one of her full hour stand ups to completely enjoy Ms. Cho’s talent, like “I’m the one that I want”, “Assassin”, or “Beautiful”.

Betty White, who starred in the hit sitcom “Golden Girls”,  got to host “Saturday Night Live” in 2010 for Mother’s Day. She also starred in many of the various sketches, the best one being the muffin sketch. Ms.White’s opening speech was also hilarious, worth a watch if you run across it. What’s spectacular about the humor White uses is that she plays the cute, sweet-looking old lady while she says the raunchiest things.
I tried my best to embed this video. But all I can get is this link, which takes you straight to the sketch in full screen:

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Last, I would like to show you a video I found from “TED – ideas worth spreading”. “TED” is an organization which invites various people to talk about certain issues. The topics include culture, sociology, science and technology. In this talk, Heather Knight introduces an adorable little robot that tells jokes in Stand Up-style. It also collects data to know when its jokes have been successful and crowd pleasing by using software co-developed with Scott Satkin and Varun Ramakrishna at CMU. This way it may change its jokes by the crowds demand. Heather Knight runs the corporation “Marilyn Monrobot”, which creates socially intelligent robot performances and sensor-based electronic art; she’s not used to speaking to a big crowd which shows from how nervous she is. But her energy and hyper personality gives her strength and makes her fun to listen to and watch. You might want to click on the screen sign to the up right to make it bigger!

Since we are now living our last month in  2010, Critics everywhere will be doing their countdowns of the “Top 10 best movies” of 2010. Naturally, they may require some advice for how to argue cogently for their picks! Here’s a cartoon by Matt Groening to help out in this desperate final hours of the year and before the last deadlines for these cinematic critics.

From “Life in Hell” series: “How to be a clever film critic”. This was a comic strip Groening penned before “The Simpson’s”.

Laughter With Highs and Lows

Hilarious comic strip combining one of the greatest poems of all time with a wildly popular video game. Have fun!:

A sketch making fun of Walt Disney’s “Snow White”.

This is a clip from the comedy “Bedazzled” (1967). It shows the first Pop star desperately demanding love and the second one being more distant. Great parody!: