Old school speech synthesizers perform Monty Python's "Argument" sketch

John Cleese is played by the Intex Talker, Michael Palin is played by the Dectalk Express ("Perfect Paul modified to sound more like Stephen Hawking"), and the video was made by Per Kristian Risvik, who is an evil genius. I could watch the entirety of the Python oeuvre conducted like this, and in so doing perhaps put behind me John Cleese's shameful support for Brexit. (via Kottke) Read the rest

Mascots, a new mockumentary from Christopher "Best in Show" Guest

After the astounding success of Spinal Tap, Christopher Guest directed a string of brilliant mockumentaries in the same style, like "Best in Show" and "Waiting for Guffman"; now he's created "Mascots" for Netflix, about "the ultra-competitive world of sports mascots." Read the rest

Treat yourself to this 1997 Jon Stewart-George Carlin interview

If you're looking for a little creative inspiration, this clip from George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy has some great lines about how Carlin approached his craft. It also feels like a living link in the history of American comedy. Read the rest

Life, After web series adds quirk to the afterlife

When best friends Corinne and Erica are killed in a car accident, their ghostly lives turn out to be just as mundane as their old ones. But at least they can fly now! Read the rest

Amy Schumer: "we aren't making the show anymore" (Updated)

Amy Schumer got drawn into a complex controversy over comments made by a friend who has written for her Comedy Central show. Her response Wednesday night suggests she's ready to pull the plug on the whole show. Read the rest

Kevin "Kids in the Hall" McDonald has a podcast

Tavie writes, "Kevin McDonald of the classic Canadian sketch comedy troupe Kids in the Hall has just launched a brand-new podcast, 'Kevin McDonald's Kevin McDonald Show.'" It's an old-fashioned variety show with interviews, sketches, and musical guests." Read the rest

Belushi, Bette and Beverly Hills

This week on HOME: Stories From L.A.: The process by which one place stops being home and another starts -- it's a mysterious thing. It happens, most often, when we're not paying attention. And sometimes, as it did for comedy writer and transplanted East Coaster Janis Hirsch, it happens in stages. First she started to feel at home in Los Angeles; but it was only later, after a series of addresses and a run-in or two with Bette Davis, that she landed in the exact place that would be, finally, her home.

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Samantha Bee puts the NRA before a firing squad

The NRA -- tone-deaf, intransigent, monied -- are seemingly unstoppable, but if anyone can shoot 'em down, it's Samantha Bee, whose tight, funny, rage-filled 5:30 on America's gun lobby is practically armor-piercing. (via Rolling Stone) Read the rest

Debullshitifying the EU referendum (radio comedy edition)

BBC Radio 4's sketch comedy programme The Now Show has just posted a special podcast focused on Thursday's EU-UK referendum called The Vote Now Show: EU and Yours (MP3); it's both hilarious and intensely factual, which is a sadly compatible state of affairs. Read the rest

How a "lost" Marx Brothers musical found its way back to the stage

Noah Diamond is a Groucho Marx impersonator, actor and singer whose obsession with the Marx Brothers led him, along with his wife, the director Amanda Sisk, to research "I'll Say She Is," a Marx Brothers stage musical that ran to rave reviews in 1924/5 and has not been mounted since. Read the rest

Watch Louis C.K. play Jeopardy!

Who won $50,000 for charity on Jeopardy! last night?

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Louis CK announces 2016 comedy standup tour dates in US, Europe

Comedy genius Louis CK just emailed his fan list (I'm sure as hell on it) the summer and early fall dates of his 2016 tour.

Go here to buy tickets. In LA, he's playing Inglewood! The hood! Holy shit, I'm going to THAT show. Read the rest

Kickstarting Renfest: sitcom about Ren Faires with MST3K and Freaks & Geeks alums

Len Peralta writes about a Kickstarter for Renfest: "a new episodic comedy series starring Mary Jo Pehl and Trace Beaulieu of MST3K fame and Dave 'Gruber' Allen from Freaks & Geeks. They are trying to make enough to finish the pilot and hopefully create a full season." Read the rest

“FOUND: Lost Photos in Zimbabwe.” A real life viral mystery video by Joe Sabia.

“i found an SD card in the middle of zimbabwe. now I am trying to find the card's owner.”

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Comedians describe the tricky balance between the road and home

The crowning paradox of the touring comic's life may be this: You have to leave home to make a name, but without the grounding and security of home you may not have anything to say. This week on HOME: Stories From L.A., three experienced comedians on striking the tricky balance between the road and home.

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Thanks to Cathy Ladman, whose one-woman show, "Does This Show Make Me Look Fat?", opens soon; Brad Upton, whose upcoming tour schedule is available here; and Jackie Kashian, who can be heard on The Dork Forest and The Jackie and Laurie Show. Read the rest

One hundred of history's most influential jokes

Vulture presents a lengthy (and very funny) annotated history of "100 jokes that shaped modern comedy," with embedded audio (and sometimes video) of the jokes themselves, going all the way back to 1906's Nobody by Bert Williams -- transferred from wax cylinder to shellac disc to Youtube. Read the rest

Kickstarting "Uprising - A Post-Apocalyptic Robot Comedy"

Ben Hansford writes about his Kickstarter campaign for a short film called "Uprising - A Post-Apocalyptic Robot Comedy,"On the surface it's a comedy - but at its heart it's a story about me (an idiot man-child) becoming a responsible father. It's also a one-man show, with me doing all of the development, production, post, and visual effects on a shoe-string budget. But most importantly, Uprising is my chance to do my film, my way, with my friends and family by my side." Read the rest

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