Category Archives: comedy

Weird Al-related question: Lamest claims to fame

Lame Claim to Fame isn’t the best track on “Weird Al” Yankovic’s No. 1 album Mandatory Fun, but it’s worth a listen, and the video entertains: And now it’s stuck in my head. Whenever I think of some tenuous connection I have … Continue reading

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Jason Biggs, Challenger and coping with tragedy through humor

You may have heard Jason Biggs, associated with either American Pie by people my age or Orange is the New Black by those a little younger, got in a bit of trouble for a tweet about the Malaysia Airlines downing. Biggs joked, “Anyone wanna buy … Continue reading

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Rik Mayall, the people’s poet

The death of Rik Mayall is profoundly sad news for those of us who grew up as fans of The Young Ones and were always sorry that they only ever made 12 episodes. I was actually planning to start a movement to … Continue reading

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SNL and future success: Hope for John Milhiser

Stardom on Saturday Night Live doesn’t necessarily equal stardom after leaving 30 Rock. Dana Carvey and Darrell Hammond were made for SNL but aren’t likely to be in Hollywood blockbusters. (Except Wayne’s World, of course.) It’s easy to forget that Joe … Continue reading

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How all “debates” on things that are actual facts should be conducted

John Oliver demonstrates with this debate on climate change: Incidentally, I still remember Bill Nye from the great Seattle sketch show Almost Live.

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NBC’s Thursday night comedy lineup finally dead

The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers, Night Court, A Different World, Wings, Mad About You, Seinfeld, Frasier, Friends, Will and Grace, Scrubs, My Name Is Earl, The Office, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Community … Now — The Biggest Loser. End … Continue reading

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How The Daily Show exposes propaganda for what it is

The first segment of this episode shows how the current right-wing punditocracy (which, I should say, does not necessarily represent the views of actual Republicans) is hung up on symbolism rather than policy. They actually admire Putin for being decisive. … Continue reading

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How ‘Reality Bites’ and the dictionary screw up irony

It’s no longer funny to dump on the Alanis Morissette song Ironic. It’s been done, ad nauseam. We get it — rain on your wedding day is not ironic. But Alanis isn’t to blame for a generation’s misuse of the term. I … Continue reading

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Me on Family Guy at Popdose

This week’s shocking Family Guy episode inspired me to get back to Popdose where I belong: The question: Is Brian’s death worth it in the long run? It’s a tricky question because Brian had more or less split into two … Continue reading

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South Park: ‘World War Zimmerman’ review

Sometimes, South Park and Family Guy forget that there’s more to comedy than taking their characters and putting them in dramatic situations ripped from movies or real life. This was one of those episodes.

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