How Louis CK tells a joke

The Nerdwriter presents a fascinating analysis of why Louis CK's jokes are funny.

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Alternatives to resting bitch face

Among the most-read articles of 2016 on McSweeney's Internet Tendency is this list by Susan Harlan, which includes many entries that will be more relevant than ever after January 20th.

• Thanks For Behaving So Predictably Badly Face

• A Smidge of Self-Awareness Would Not Go Amiss Face

• Please Stop Touching My Knee Face

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Basil Wolverton cover for an unpublished issue of Plop!

Plop! was a humor magazine published by DC from 1973 to 1976. I bought most of the copies when they were on the newsstand, and I still have them. It was an unabashed rip-off of Harvey Kurtzman's 1950s MAD, and not as good. The best thing about this self-described "New Magazine of Weird Humor!" were the covers by Basil Wolverton (who drew for MAD) and the marginalia by Sergio Aragones (another MAD artist).

The Bristol Board posted a high-res scan of this unpublished original Plop! cover by Wolverton/Aragones. What does it mean? I don't think it means anything, which is classic Wolverton.

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Cliff Roth's OG viral video: The Reagans Speak Out on Drugs

30 years ago, the Just Say No anti-drug campaign launched. In response, Cliff Roth created one of the first analog viral videos passed around on VHS: The Reagans Speak Out on Drugs. Read the rest

Cartoonist John Callahan may finally get a biopic

Quadriplegic alcoholic John Callahan was one of the most controversial American cartoonists from the age of newsprint. Now he may finally be getting a long-awaited film about his life starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Gus Van Sant. Read the rest

Hilarious 1994 "Guardian Angel" phone hotline infomercial

Hilarious infomercial from 1994 for a guardian angel phone hotline.

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Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy

Today sees the publication of Bonnie Burton's (previously) long-awaited new book, Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy. Read the rest

A Surreal Vic Berger Edit of Melania Trump's Charm Offensive with Anderson Cooper on CNN

Here's Vic Berger’s hilarious and disturbing edit of Melania Trump’s interview with Anderson Cooper on the Trump tapes. Read the rest

SNL's Trump/Clinton debate sketch makes Saturday Night great again

We laughed so hard, we woke up the neighbors -- if you need any further enticement, look no farther than this endorsement from the pencil-neck Hitler wannabe with a face from Wal-Mart himself: Read the rest

Your In America, an anti-racist Twitter account devoted to Muphry's Law

Muphry's Law predicts that "if you write anything criticising editing or proofreading, there will be a fault in what you have written." Read the rest

Finally got my Emacs setup just how I like it

JWZ has discovered the greatest Google Image search. Read the rest

The Doonesbury Trump retrospective proves that Garry Trudeau had Drumpf's number all along

On September 14, 1987, Garry B Trudeau ran the first Doonesbury strip that mentioned Donald Trump, in which his characters marvel that New York's "loudest and most visible asshole" had floated a political trial balloon, hinting that he would run for president; thus began 30 years of marveling at, mocking, and skewering Der Drumpf, so rattling the Short-Fingered Vulgarian that he felt the need to issue a series of wounded denunciations. Now, just in time for the election, Trudeau has released a collection of his Trump-themed strips, Yuge: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, just the thing to put the Republican nominee on tilt.

Sadako versus Snickers

A friend in France sent me an email one day and wrote, "You have to watch this Japanese movie 'Ring.' It's very special." Since he likes horror films as much as I do, his words carried weight. But in 1998 it wasn't easy to find a copy, and I had to nose around a bit before finally locating a DVD on amazon.co.uk. 

As you can see from the photo above, it's one creepy-ass film. There's a moment at the end which, if watched in blissful ignorance of what's going to happen, and in a dark room, the hair on the back of your neck will stand up. If for some reason you haven't seen the movie, then watch it without reading anything about it in advance. 

Like all good horror in the past few decades, it was recently turned into a parody where Sadako (the creepy lady with pale skin and long black hair in Ring ) eventually faces off against the Kayako (the creepy lady with pale skin and long black hair from another excellent Japanese horror film, Ju-on [The Grudge]) and her son, who is seen below.

The new film is supposedly funny (in a good way), though I haven't see it yet, so who knows. I guess it's the Japanese version of Freddie vs. Jason, which sucked. Or Alien vs. Predator, which sucked even more. (Frankenstin Meets The Wolfman still remains good fun.) But those films weren't supposedly to be intentionally funny. Shall we next see Michael Myers as a stand-up comedian? Read the rest

Ian Curtis on a rollercoaster

Enjoy the cheapest and best Ian Curtis joke the internet will ever supply. Read the rest

The Bad Advisor has a new home, and is dispensing scorching wisdom

The Bad Advisor (previously), who has delighted us for years with amazing, frank, scathing alternative answers to real advice-column questions, has a new home on The Establishment, where bad advice is given at longer length than usual -- and with extra column-inches, the Bad Avisor finds new heights of hilarity. Read the rest

Random webcomic generator

Pandyland generates random comics featuring two generic-looking webcomic dudes. The stricter formula of panels and texts gives it a nastier, less computer-zany vibe than most "humorous" comic generators. Lots of unsafe combinations. Read the rest

To do in San Francisco: Richard Kadrey and Thomas Olde Heuvelt on July 17

Coming to San Francisco's SF in SF reading series this Sunday, July 17: Richard "Sandman Slim" Kadrey & Thomas Olde Heuvelt, the Dutch author of "The Day the World Turned Upside Down," the first translated work to ever win a Hugo Award. Read the rest

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