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Friday
Sep262008

In Which We Stop Feeling Sorry For Ourselves And Learn to Laugh Again

THINGS WE FIND FUNNY

Lucas Stangl

Karina Wolf

Danish Aziz

Elisabeth Reinkordt

Tyler Coates

Georgia Hardstark

Alex Carnevale

Some Of The Things I Find Humorous

by Molly Lambert

Phyllis Diller, Dave Chappelle, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, the This Recording YouTube channel, Mary Hartman Mary Hartman, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bob and Ray, SCTV, Wanda Sykes, Susie Essman, Cheryl Hines

When people tell you how they're going to say "fuck it" to life and move to some other city or country and then you see them three months later at a party and they're all "o, hai," Alex's crush on Ayn Rand, when Alex threatens to make a list of "The top 10 Women Of All Time" and asks for help because he can't come up with 10, culture-bound syndromes, fanfic, Ernie Kovacs

"Lesbians" who backtrack and start dating guys and are all "I know, we'll talk about it later," when Alex says something genuine and heartfelt and then I realize he's just fucking with me, When Marky Mark goes to record the song in Boogie Nights, religions, tumblr, Keeping A Notebook, Mary Rambin, when I looked up "self worth" on thesaurus.com and this happened:

South Park, Stephen Colbert, Bill Murray, Mark Twain, Mindy Kaling, David Sedaris, Becca Wiener, Emily Gould, Rachael Bedard, the internet, monkeys dressed up like people, Super Grover, The Muppet Show, Mah Nà Mah Nà, Huga Wuga

[youtube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLb0J8o4Au4"]

Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles wrestling, Louis C.K. and Lucky Louie, Chunklet Magazine, Your Show Of Shows, Lindsayism, Chappelle's Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry and Jeff Garlin trying to keep a straight face in their Curb scenes with Susie Essman, Nichols and May, Doug Benson, Oh my car

Baby porcupines, capybaras, Narwhals, bears, giant pandas cubs, red pandas, cats, cats in outfits making faces showing you how much they don't want to be in an outfit, the hilarious hyrax:

The Cable Guy, Clueless, Safe Men, Heathers, Mean Girls, Night Of The Lepus, The King Of Comedy, Dick, Caddyshack, Animal House, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, Brain Candy (the cab driver, toast fucking, Cancer Boy, Happiness Pie, Dunk The Drug! "It was only a couple of Flipper babies!")

Chris! I thought you said the drug was ready! I'm confused.

When sidekicks are vastly superior to the person they're supposedly a sidekick to (Garth Algar, Luigi, Donald Duck, Daffy Duck, Cameron from Ferris Bueller), Andrew Lasken's videos, his love song to Riskay, his tribute to Daniel Powter's exposed brain syndrome, sloth babies, interviews with Quentin Tarantino where the interviewer can't get him to stop talking, The Best Show On WFMU, The Gorch, Philly Boy Roy, The Best Show recaps on Recidivism, The Erowid Vault, geoducks, Campus Ladies

Thinking about Biggie ghostwriting Hard Core for Lil' Kim and imagining him coming up with lines like "I used to be scared of the dick, Now I throw lips to the shit, Handle it like a real bitch", Lil' Wayne, Suga Free, Snoop's interest in country, Trick Daddy

Tina Fey, Amy Sedaris, Morgan Murphy, Jen Kirkman, Mo Collins, Chelsea Peretti, Laura Kightlinger and The Minor Accomplishments Of Jackie Woodman, Jessica Chaffin, Melinda Hill, C.J. Arabia, Natasha Leggero, Amanda Egge, Kat Dennings and her video blog, Mary Van Note, Charlyne Yi

Al Capp, Rube Goldberg, Edward Gorey, Jules Feiffer, B. Kliban, Quentin Blake, David Shrigley, Roz Chast, Charles Addams, Peter Bagge, Chick Tracts, Carl Barks, Lynda Barry, R. Crumb, Archie, Krazy Kat, Nancy, Little Lulu, Plastic Man, Julia Wertz

Daniel Pinkwater, Jean Shepherd, S.J. Perelman, Charlie Kaufman, David Sedaris, Woody Allen before he got creepy, The Marx Brothers (ranked) 1. Harpo, 2. Groucho 3. Chico, Mel Brooks, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Mae West, Buster Keaton

Bob Dylan, particularly as uber-indie a-hole circa "Don't Look Back," Will Oldham, R. Kelly, Mariah Carey, Pete Wentz's man-crush on John Mayer, John Mayer on Chappelle's show, Prince, Prince's desire to call Apollonia's group "Vagina 6", the Mary Jane Girls, Klymaxx and Bernadette Cooper from Klymaxx

Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2, Godfather 3, all the comedies made by the Coen brothers and most of the dramas too, talking about Southland Tales and still not having seen it (although to be fair, I have watched long sequences on youtube, which seems like the way it was meant to be experienced), Santa's Village

The Tess And Molly Show, Gabe & Jenny, Kristen Schaal, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Missi Pyle, ONTD, fourfour and Rich Juzwiak, Flight Of The Conchords, The episode of The Sarah Silverman Show where Sarah tried to have a crush on Officer Tig Notaro, all the jokes on that show about Valley Village

Freaks and Geeks, Bill Haverchuck, Jason Segel's performances in the Apatow canon, especially as Eric on Undeclared, when Neal does the ventriloquism routine, Biff as Coach Fredericks, Dave 'Gruber' Allen as Mr. Rosso

Dorothy Parker, Kim Deal, Ellen Page looking super uncomfortable in a fancy dress on the red carpet, Frank Black shirtless, Pot Psychology, Emily Gould, Tracie Egan, when Moe Tkacik hasn't had sex in a while and she writes something really cranky and funny and awesome, picturing Nick Denton sitting on a cloud made of money like Zeus and laughing at all of us

Livia Soprano, Livia saying "Oh poor you," Paulie Walnuts and Silvio Dante, Christophuh and Ade, Janice "Parvati" Soprano

Max Silvestri, Human Giant, Showfriendz, Jerry Minor, Eugene Mirman, Katt Williams, the Chongalicious girls, Jane Lynch especially in Talladega Nights as Ricky Bobby's mom

Garry Shandling, The Larry Sanders Show, when Larry thought David Duchovny had a crush on him, when Hank's sex tape comes out and on it he's asking two girls if they want a "mouthful of Hank," everything Mary Lynn Rajskub does especially being on 24, and her deleted scene with Tom Cruise in Magnolia

Everybody on The (American) Office, but especially Toby, Meredith, Stanley, and Creed. Oh and also Angela, Kelly Kapoor and Phyllis, are my dream guests for a slumber party. When B.J. moved to New York and became a cokehead. The dinner party at Michael and Jan's house, Jan's scented candle business

The whole 30 Rock gang, especially Liz Lemon, Tracy, Jenna, Kenneth, and Jack, the Sheinhardt wig company. Everybody on How I Met Your Mother, especially NPH and Willow, T-Pain, Plies, rap beefs that don't end in death, Weird Al, novelty musical genres, Girls Aloud, kitten in a tissue box

Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder, Preston Sturges, North By Northwest, Cary Grant, Warren Beatty in Shampoo and Reds, in Sullivan's Travels when they show the cartoon to the chain gang, Robert Altman, The Long Goodbye and California Split

Madeline Kahn, Carole Lombard, Diane Keaton, Joan Blondell, Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Stanwyck, Katharine Hepburn, Bernadette Peters, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr

Tess Lynch, Tyler Coates, Alex Carnevale, Bridget Moloney, Danish Aziz, Sam Solomon, Mike Metzger, Lizzy Klein, Mike D, Amir Shoucri, Joni and Susanna , my parents, my whole family, my brother Ben Lambert and his Lambo drawings

another case of exposed brain sydrome

Jack White's hair, Britney Spears, Pete Doherty, Dov Charney, Hippies, Punks, Noise Music, Hipsters, Techno, the Hennifer Lopez taco-flavored keeses, Butters, Matt & Trey, Home Movies, Brendon Small, the many alt white people of Portland

Professor Klarvin and his lover Virginia

ABBA videos, David Byrne's dinner with Brian Eno, The Jonas Brothers and their purity rings, Sneakernight, Miley Cyrus lyrics ("if you text me, I'll delete it"), Disney's stable of child stars

Shitty serious teen films that come on the movie channels at 2 am and usually star Dominique Swain, Bijou Phillips, or some combination thereof, the all-time best/worst one of these; Havoc, starring Bijou Phillips, Anne Hathaway, Anne Hathaway's breasts, and Freddie Rodriguez as a cholo from the east side of LA, the fact that Havoc was written by Stephen Gaghan, who also wrote shitty/serious non-teen movie Traffic

Is Clueless really still my favorite movie ever? Yes. Yes it is.

Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, and Maria Bamford, the Comedians Of Comedy DVD, the part where they go to a Cracker Barrel, Puns on WALL*E, Puns on "He's Just Not That Into You," the compulsive inability to stop punning known as witzelsucht, Larry David as the "temp Beatle"

When white people pick one rapper to like and it's Lil' Wayne, when rappers pick one white people band to like and it's Coldplay, pan flutes, people who sexualize The Chippettes, the parts in Walk Hard with Tim Meadows, "I'm just so tired of all these Star Wars" Mr. Show's Monster Parties: Fact Or Fiction

Molly Lambert is the managing editor of This Recording.

PREVIOUSLY ON THIS RECORDING

Exuberance is beauty.

Legend of summer music.

Alex and M. Night.

THIS RECORDING IS THE FREAK BOOK

Saturday
Aug232008

In Which We Revisit The Joy of Comedy Writ Small

Nothing passes the hours of the weekend better than our epic Things I Find Funny series.

Lucas Stangl

Karina Wolf

Elisabeth Reinkordt

Molly Lambert

Tyler Coates

Georgia Hardstark

Alex Carnevale

Things I Find Funny

by Danish Aziz

This Is No Game, the episode of Conan O'Brien that was taped in front of an all-child audience, Money by Martin Amis, stuff poor/dumb white people like:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3dHxAYYXhc]

Tim Duncan's temporary afro, theater majors, Noreaga, Mitch Hedberg:

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=IueXtzdC6kA]

nicknames, referring to white chicks as "mileys", Hipster Runoff, referring to Rob Rutherford's sophomore year coat as "fat coat":

everything Eric Cartman has ever said, the first few times I heard the "what I should've said" joke by Mike Birbigs:

"You'd Be Surprised" - Mike Birbiglia (mp3)

more Birbiglia:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL59mauFEsc]

photo captions, the racial sensitivity episode of The Office:

the Chinese counter-protesters at the Olympic torch relays, Best of Craigslist, Gabe & Max's Internet Thing:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPsUmhqncAg]

Japan, people who start social networking sites, The Boondocks, the gay sex scene from Wet Hot American Summer:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzH7dlahHdM]

MIA being engaged to Edgar Bronfman Jr's son, the words "muxtape" and "tumblr," other people's political views, Google Hot Trends, "blow out" haircuts, E-40, Lucky Louie's only season:

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=fOHs_5HQLaA]

our old roommate Doug going to law school, cursing babies, dogs, the "college reunion" Stella sketch,

the space dolphin saying "we left those retarded dolphins on earth years ago" in the space dolphin episode of UCB, the David Bowie song in HBO's Extras:

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=aFoJ0S7W5Hk]

Ricky Gervais, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the voice of Lil' Bush, anti-drug PSA's, gingers, Rick Ross's beard, Teletubbies, YTMND sites, "I'm not just sure, I'm HIV positive!", the "I like turtles" kid:

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=CMNry4PE93Y]

"What what in the butt":

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=PJReZE7Tj1A]

kung fu cat, the Olsen twins, Pete Doherty, Clayton Bigsby, Carlton and the fact that you don't need to say anything more than that first name for people to know who you're referring to, pregnant women, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the fact that almost all the males I know some how managed to lose their virginity, SBC as Bruno:

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=d8vtVoqjDco]

the fact that SBC's cousin is a famous scientist, the Reverend Wright saying "god damn America."

Danish Aziz is the contributing editor to This Recording. He lives in San Francisco.

METRONOMY REMIXES TO SAVOR WITH YOUR LOVED ONES

"Foundations (Metronomy remix)" - Kate Nash (mp3)

"Atlantis to Interzone (Metronomy remix)" - Klaxons (mp3)

"Do the Whirlwind (Metronomy remix)" - Architecture in Helsinki (mp3)

"5:55 (Metronomy remix)" - Charlotte Gainsbourg (mp3)

"La Ritournelle (Metronomy remix)" - Sebastian Tellier (mp3)

"El Manana (Metronomy remix)" - Gorillaz (mp3)

"Not That Big (Metronomy remix)" - Temposhark ft. Imogen Heap (mp3)

"Trick or Treatz (South Central remix)" - Metronomy (mp3)

"The Treatment (Metronomy remix)" - Dead Disco (mp3)

"The Distance (Metronomy remix)" - Dntel (mp3)

"Spinning and Scratching (Metronomy remix)" - Love is All (mp3)

PREVIOUSLY ON THIS RECORDING

Tackling sexism FTW

Return to the scene of the Lost season finale

Although this movie took place on Earth, did it really?

Thursday
Jul312008

In Which Molly Details What She Finds Amusing

Some Of The Things I Find Humorous

by Molly Lambert

Phyllis Diller, Dave Chappelle, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, the This Recording YouTube channel, Mary Hartman Mary Hartman, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bob and Ray, SCTV, Wanda Sykes, Susie Essman, Cheryl Hines

When people tell you how they're going to say "fuck it" to life and move to some other city or country and then you see them three months later at a party and they're all "o, hai," Alex's crush on Ayn Rand, when Alex threatens to make a list of "The top 10 Women Of All Time" and asks for help because he can't come up with 10, culture-bound syndromes, fanfic, Ernie Kovacs

[youtube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX5khYGqjPY"]

"Lesbians" who backtrack and start dating guys and are all "I know, we'll talk about it later," when Alex says something genuine and heartfelt and then I realize he's just fucking with me, When Marky Mark goes to record the song in Boogie Nights, religions, tumblr, Keeping A Notebook, Mary Rambin, when I looked up "self worth" on thesaurus.com and this happened:

South Park, Stephen Colbert, Bill Murray, Mark Twain, Mindy Kaling, David Sedaris, Becca Wiener, Emily Gould, Rachael Bedard, the internet, monkeys dressed up like people, Super Grover, The Muppet Show, Mah Nà Mah Nà, Huga Wuga

[youtube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLb0J8o4Au4"]

Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles wrestling, Louis C.K. and Lucky Louie, Chunklet Magazine, Your Show Of Shows, Lindsayism, Chappelle's Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry and Jeff Garlin trying to keep a straight face in their Curb scenes with Susie Essman, Nichols and May, Doug Benson, Oh my car

Baby porcupines, capybaras, Narwhals, bears, giant pandas cubs, red pandas, cats, cats in outfits making faces showing you how much they don't want to be in an outfit, the hilarious hyrax:

The Cable Guy, Clueless, Safe Men, Heathers, Mean Girls, Night Of The Lepus, The King Of Comedy, Dick, Caddyshack, Animal House, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, Brain Candy (the cab driver, toast fucking, Cancer Boy, Happiness Pie, Dunk The Drug! "It was only a couple of Flipper babies!")

Chris! I thought you said the drug was ready! I'm confused.

When sidekicks are vastly superior to the person they're supposedly a sidekick to (Garth Algar, Luigi, Donald Duck, Daffy Duck, Cameron from Ferris Bueller), Andrew Lasken's videos, his love song to Riskay, his tribute to Daniel Powter's exposed brain syndrome, the time he went on a date with Riskay:

[youtube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtYOLbHgiIg"]

Sloth babies, interviews with Quentin Tarantino where the interviewer can't get him to stop talking, The Best Show On WFMU, The Gorch, Philly Boy Roy, The Best Show recaps on Recidivism, The Erowid Vault, geoducks, Campus Ladies

Thinking about Biggie ghostwriting Hard Core for Lil' Kim and imagining him coming up with lines like "I used to be scared of the dick, Now I throw lips to the shit, Handle it like a real bitch", Lil' Wayne, Suga Free, Snoop's interest in country, Trick Daddy

Tina Fey, Amy Sedaris, Morgan Murphy, Jen Kirkman, Mo Collins, Chelsea Peretti, Laura Kightlinger and The Minor Accomplishments Of Jackie Woodman, Jessica Chaffin, Melinda Hill, C.J. Arabia, Natasha Leggero, Amanda Egge, Kat Dennings and her video blog, Mary Van Note, Charlyne Yi

[youtube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNjIHxpWFxI&feature=related"]

Al Capp, Rube Goldberg, Edward Gorey, Jules Feiffer, B. Kliban, Quentin Blake, David Shrigley, Roz Chast, Charles Addams, Peter Bagge, Chick Tracts, Carl Barks, Lynda Barry, R. Crumb, Archie, Krazy Kat, Nancy, Little Lulu, Plastic Man, Julia Wertz

Daniel Pinkwater, Jean Shepherd, S.J. Perelman, Charlie Kaufman, David Sedaris, Woody Allen before he got creepy, The Marx Brothers (ranked) 1. Harpo, 2. Groucho 3. Chico, Mel Brooks, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Mae West, Buster Keaton

[youtube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsyRhRR5Iu4"]

Bob Dylan, particularly as uber-indie a-hole circa "Don't Look Back," Will Oldham, R. Kelly, Mariah Carey, Pete Wentz's man-crush on John Mayer, John Mayer on Chappelle's show, Prince, Prince's desire to call Apollonia's group "Vagina 6", the Mary Jane Girls, Klymaxx and Bernadette Cooper from Klymaxx

[youtube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6A4LbAZ0pg"]

Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2, Godfather 3, all the comedies made by the Coen brothers and most of the dramas too, talking about Southland Tales and still not having seen it (although to be fair, I have watched long sequences on youtube, which seems like the way it was meant to be experienced), Santa's Village

The Tess And Molly Show, Gabe & Jenny, Kristen Schaal, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Missi Pyle, ONTD, fourfour and Rich Juzwiak, Flight Of The Conchords, The episode of The Sarah Silverman Show where Sarah tried to have a crush on Officer Tig Notaro, all the jokes on that show about Valley Village

Freaks and Geeks, Bill Haverchuck, Jason Segel's performances in the Apatow canon, especially as Eric on Undeclared, when Neal does the ventriloquism routine, Biff as Coach Fredericks, Dave 'Gruber' Allen as Mr. Rosso

Dorothy Parker, Kim Deal, Ellen Page looking super uncomfortable in a fancy dress on the red carpet, Frank Black shirtless, Pot Psychology, Emily Gould, Tracie Egan, when Moe Tkacik hasn't had sex in a while and she writes something really cranky and funny and awesome, picturing Nick Denton sitting on a cloud made of money like Zeus and laughing at all of us

Livia Soprano, Livia saying "Oh poor you," Paulie Walnuts and Silvio Dante, Christophuh and Ade, Janice "Parvati" Soprano

Max Silvestri, Human Giant, Showfriendz, Jerry Minor, Eugene Mirman, Katt Williams, the Chongalicious girls, Jane Lynch especially in Talladega Nights as Ricky Bobby's mom

[youtube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGyD3xg7_xI"]

Garry Shandling, The Larry Sanders Show, when Larry thought David Duchovny had a crush on him, when Hank's sex tape comes out and on it he's asking two girls if they want a "mouthful of Hank," everything Mary Lynn Rajskub does especially being on 24, and her deleted scene with Tom Cruise in Magnolia

Everybody on The (American) Office, but especially Toby, Meredith, Stanley, and Creed. Oh and also Angela, Kelly Kapoor and Phyllis, are my dream guests for a slumber party. When B.J. moved to New York and became a cokehead. The dinner party at Michael and Jan's house, Jan's scented candle business

The whole 30 Rock gang, especially Liz Lemon, Tracy, Jenna, Kenneth, and Jack, the Sheinhardt wig company. Everybody on How I Met Your Mother, especially NPH and Willow, T-Pain, Plies, rap beefs that don't end in death, Weird Al, novelty musical genres, Girls Aloud, kitten in a tissue box

[youtube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdQj2ohqCBk"]

Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder, Preston Sturges, North By Northwest, Cary Grant, Warren Beatty in Shampoo and Reds, in Sullivan's Travels when they show the cartoon to the chain gang, Robert Altman, The Long Goodbye and California Split

Madeline Kahn, Carole Lombard, Diane Keaton, Joan Blondell, Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Stanwyck, Katharine Hepburn, Bernadette Peters, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr

Tess Lynch, Tyler Coates, Alex Carnevale, Bridget Moloney, Danish Aziz, Sam Solomon, Mike Metzger, Lizzy Klein, Mike D, Amir Shoucri, Joni and Susanna , my parents, my whole family, my brother Ben Lambert and his Lambo drawings

another case of exposed brain sydrome

Jack White's hair, Britney Spears, Pete Doherty, Dov Charney, Hippies, Punks, Noise Music, Hipsters, Techno, the Hennifer Lopez taco-flavored keeses, Butters, Matt & Trey, Home Movies, Brendon Small, the many alt white people of Portland

Professor Klarvin and his lover Virginia

ABBA videos, David Byrne's dinner with Brian Eno, The Jonas Brothers and their purity rings, Sneakernight, Miley Cyrus lyrics ("if you text me, I'll delete it"), Disney's stable of child stars

Shitty serious teen films that come on the movie channels at 2 am and usually star Dominique Swain, Bijou Phillips, or some combination thereof, the all-time best/worst one of these; Havoc, starring Bijou Phillips, Anne Hathaway, Anne Hathaway's breasts, and Freddie Rodriguez as a cholo from the east side of LA, the fact that Havoc was written by Stephen Gaghan, who also wrote shitty/serious non-teen movie Traffic

Is Clueless really still my favorite movie ever? Yes. Yes it is.

Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, and Maria Bamford, the Comedians Of Comedy DVD, the part where they go to a Cracker Barrel, Puns on WALL*E, Puns on "He's Just Not That Into You," the compulsive inability to stop punning known as witzelsucht, Larry David as the "temp Beatle"

[youtube="http://youtube.com/watch?v=2If8cnCVzow"]

When white people pick one rapper to like and it's Lil' Wayne, when rappers pick one white people band to like and it's Coldplay, pan flutes, people who sexualize The Chippettes, the parts in Walk Hard with Tim Meadows, "I'm just so tired of all these Star Wars" Mr. Show's Monster Parties: Fact Or Fiction

[youtube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo4tzrxyXsA"]

Amy Winehouse Skanks For Crack

Cupid - Amy Winehouse: (mp3)

Monkey Man - Amy Winehouse: (mp3)

Little Rich Girl - Amy Winehouse: (mp3)

You're Wondering Now - Amy Winehouse: (mp3)

Molly Lambert is the managing editor of This Recording

THINGS WE FIND FUNNY

Lucas Stangl

Karina Wolf

Danish Aziz

Elisabeth Reinkordt

Tyler Coates

Georgia Hardstark

Alex Carnevale

PREVIOUSLY ON THIS RECORDING

Exuberance is beauty.

Legend of summer music.

Alex and M. Night.

THIS RECORDING IS THE FREAK BOOK

Wednesday
Jun252008

In Which Humor Is In The Uterus of The Beholder

Things I Find Funny

by Alex Carnevale

Maura Tierney and Woody Harrelson getting it on in Semi-Pro, being called 'boss' in convenience stores, The State's Doug sketch, dick in a box, celebrity jeopardy, Julian carrying around a drink in Trailer Park Boys, schrute space, Jack Black doing the farm musical on Mr. Show, Fawlty Towers, the CSI episode of Two and a Half Men, Martin Amis' Success, Helldate, the poetry of Robert Creeley, Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says I Love You, Deconstructing Harry, the comedy of Richard Pryor, Pryor hosting SNL, Chris Farley in a van down by the river, pre-taped call-in show:

Loose Balls by Terry Pluto, Katt Williams, Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, Kurt Vonnegut's Bluebeard, the poetry of John Berryman, hasidic jews, people who believe in god, The Rock. Bret Hart, Andrew Sullivan, Samoa Joe, Kenta Kobashi, Molly Lambert, Rachael Bedard, Rebecca Wiener, Will Hubbard, Christopher Hitchens, Danish Aziz, Barack Obama, My Cousin Vinny, Michelle Obama, LaVondra Obama, Kinisha Obama, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, William F. Buckley, Tess' apartment, Keith Gessen, Henry Kissinger, Jon Stewart, Upright Citizens Brigade, Kevin Goldstein, Coupling, Seinfeld:

Gideon Friedman, Morgan Clendaniel, Robert Rutherford's car. My high school French teacher instructing us on the verb forms of 'to come', my parents' dog Rosie, The Bachelorette, The Joe Schmo Show, when my old dog Isaac tried to dance with my moms, kites, my life as a young man, Paul Pierce, pregnancy pacts, Kevin Garnett, when David Ortiz tells reporters "Get out of here and get some ass", the 10,000 year old man, The Odd Couple, Cowboy Mouth, Iggy Pop, Jon Stewart, Kurt Banas, Brett Grob, the coke scene in Starsky and Hutch:

Manhunting, Young Manhattanite, Wanda Sykes, Science Corner, Who's On First:

When Jim Carrey's second personality has sex with Renee Zellweger in Me Myself and Irene, Bill Kristol, Bill Hicks, Joseph Epstein, Mark Steyn, Patton Oswalt, Jeff Goldberg, Bernie Kravitz, Mitch Hedberg. Roger Kimball, Hilton Kramer, James Panero, Stefan Beck. John Malkovich in True West:

Damon Wayans' early stand-up, Al Franken's first book, Dave Barry, Galaxy Quest, Alex Rodriguez, John Sterling, Mike D'Antoni, Chad Ford, Mike Francesa, Chris Russo, Kevin James and Ray Romano's golf special, Kenny on 'Til Death, Leon on Curb Your Enthusiasm:

Crazy Eyez Killer, when Larry goes to heaven and his angels are Dustin Hoffman and Sacha Baron Cohen, when Larry thinks he's a gentile. Nobody Scores, The Boondocks, Calvin and Hobbes:

When he frees a public hair by fighting in a manger scene, when Larry's bottle of water gets mistaken for his bulge, Larry David buys weed:

Robert Olen Butler, Judith Butler, SCTV, Martha Nussbaum writing about Judith Butler, e-mails from R.B. Glaser, Kick-Ass, Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson, All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers, Science Corner, John Cage's Silence, Christopher Hitchens, the Marquis de Sade, my little brother, the moving parts of Liar Liar, Nick Douglas, Tristram Shandy.

The Catcher in the Rye, Animal Farm, George Carlin before he stopped drinking, Dan Aykroyd and John Goodman before they became possible heart attack victims at any moment, Ayn Rand, The Secret History, The Superficial, when they throw the snake into that woman's car in The Little Friend, P. G. Wodehouse, Julia Allison, Chunk, Gordon Korman, the Little Brain, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, Hitler. Larry David Lost spoilers, when Larry tells David Schwimmer's father to put more cashews in his trail mix, Franz Kafka, John Carney, the sea was angry that day my friends, the superlatives I wrote for my senior yearbook, my high school stage version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, Emily Gould, Danish criticizing some miley's handbag as a way of baiting her to punch me in the face, Danish putting his fingers in his ears, Danish pouring a beer on a frat girl and having some frat brothers threaten him, Lazy Scranton:

The Westing Game, Hannibal when he serves Ray Liotta his brains. When it turns out Fry is his own grandfather. Michael Kay CenterStage with Larry David, Big Love, The Sopranos, when people get mad because I made up some opinions about Jenna Fischer, Gram Parsons, when Hitch mistakenly brings Eva Mendes to Ellis Island to learn more about her thieving grandfather and it backfires, The Audition:

Riff Market, the discussion about what other people would think if they saw Amy Brenneman wearing an antique watch that no longer keeps time in Your Friends and Neighbors, when Dr. Jason Patric tells an ex she's on a patient's AIDS-list, David Foster Wallace, Canadians like Jason Segel and Bryan Adams.

Robin saying, "He's like the american bryan adams" about the boss, dancing in the dark video, Trapped in the Closet, e-meters, Scientology, No Country for Old Haircuts. Three dudes singing 'Yellow Ledbetter' in an alley, the special effects in Air Force One, Benjamin Netanyahu, Lucian Freud, That's What She Said, The Brown Daily Jolt circa 2002, Todd Goldstein plugging his band on the jolt but forgetting to do so anonymously, Paul Johnson, Charles Murray, Catholicism, Rousseau, Joyce, Robotman, Beckett, Pinter, Mamet, Mindy Kaling. Robbie Williams performing 'Millennium' on Letterman, Henry Stephen Keeler, Chevy Chase's shark sketch, Drunk Girl, Dave Chappelle and Wayne Brady:



Dave Chappelle - Wayne Brady

Virginica in Baby Gap with Ellen Page, Donny you're out of your element, the opening of Jurassic Park when Roy Scheider screams, Shoot her, Shoot her!, Michael Ian Black's blog, the political campaign episode of Stella, the sketch where Showalter throws a cat out the window, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Frank Calliendo, Kirsten Wiig as Penelope, Kirsten Wiig, George Saunders, MILF Island, Hampton, Friday, Firesign Theater, it's good to get off campus, even just for a little while:

Doug sleeping while sitting upright on the toilet, baiting Molly with gender politics, Bill Cosby as a hero to the conservative movement, Cartman serving Scott Tenorman his parents:

Butters getting locked up in his basement after faking his own death, the Butters parody of Great Expectations, "Trapped in the Closet", Cartman employing time travel to get the Nintendo Wii, Awesom-O 3000, Randy Marsh, Bill Simmons, the biggest deuce in the world, "Sharon!!!!", me barfing all over Danish's favorite jacket in the middle of a party, Bar Mitzvahs, Lightspeed Champion.

Marriage

Children

Divorce

Death

Alex Carnevale is the editor of This Recording.

THINGS WE FIND FUNNY

Lucas Stangl

Karina Wolf

Danish Aziz

Elisabeth Reinkordt

Tyler Coates

Georgia Hardstark

"Bathrooms and Sandwiches" - Louis C.K. (mp3)

"Duck Vaginas" - Louis C.K. (mp3)

"Awesome Possum" - Louis C.K. (mp3)

"My Sex Life" - Louis C.K. (mp3)

PREVIOUSLY ON THIS RECORDING

The birth of the Palestinian refugee problem.

We dig into the 21st century.

These couples foretell doom.

Wednesday
Jun042008

In Which We Showcase Humor in An Almost Classical Mode

Things I Find Funny

by Danish Aziz

This Is No Game, the episode of Conan O'Brien that was taped in front of an all-child audience, Money by Martin Amis, stuff poor/dumb white people like:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3dHxAYYXhc]

Tim Duncan's temporary afro, theater majors, Noreaga, Mitch Hedberg:

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=IueXtzdC6kA]

nicknames, referring to white chicks as "mileys", Hipster Runoff, referring to Rob Rutherford's sophomore year coat as "fat coat":

everything Eric Cartman has ever said, the first few times I heard the "what I should've said" joke by Mike Birbigs:

"You'd Be Surprised" - Mike Birbiglia (mp3)

more Birbiglia:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL59mauFEsc]

photo captions, the racial sensitivity episode of The Office:

the Chinese counter-protesters at the Olympic torch relays, Best of Craigslist, Gabe & Max's Internet Thing:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPsUmhqncAg]

Japan, people who start social networking sites, The Boondocks, the gay sex scene from Wet Hot American Summer:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzH7dlahHdM]

MIA being engaged to Edgar Bronfman Jr's son, the words "muxtape" and "tumblr," other people's political views, Google Hot Trends, "blow out" haircuts, E-40, Lucky Louie's only season:

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=fOHs_5HQLaA]

our old roommate Doug going to law school, cursing babies, dogs, the "college reunion" Stella sketch,

the space dolphin saying "we left those retarded dolphins on earth years ago" in the space dolphin episode of UCB, the David Bowie song in HBO's Extras:

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=aFoJ0S7W5Hk]

Ricky Gervais, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the voice of Lil' Bush, anti-drug PSA's, gingers, Teletubbies, YTMND sites, "I'm not just sure, I'm HIV positive!", the "I like turtles" kid:

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=CMNry4PE93Y]

Rick Ross's beard:

"What what in the butt":

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=PJReZE7Tj1A]

kung fu cat, the Olsen twins, Pete Doherty, Clayton Bigsby, Carlton and the fact that you don't need to say anything more than that first name for people to know who you're referring to, pregnant women, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the fact that almost all the males I know some how managed to lose their virginity, SBC as Bruno:

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=d8vtVoqjDco]

the fact that SBC's cousin is a famous scientist, the Reverend Wright saying "god damn America."

Danish Aziz is the senior contributor to This Recording. He lives in San Francisco

Things I Find Funny

Lucas Stangl

Karina Wolf

Elisabeth Reinkordt

Tyler Coates

Georgia Hardstark

METRONOMY REMIXES TO SAVOR WITH YOUR LOVED ONES

"Foundations (Metronomy remix)" - Kate Nash (mp3)

"Atlantis to Interzone (Metronomy remix)" - Klaxons (mp3)

"Do the Whirlwind (Metronomy remix)" - Architecture in Helsinki (mp3)

"5:55 (Metronomy remix)" - Charlotte Gainsbourg (mp3)

"La Ritournelle (Metronomy remix)" - Sebastian Tellier (mp3)

"El Manana (Metronomy remix)" - Gorillaz (mp3)

"Not That Big (Metronomy remix)" - Temposhark ft. Imogen Heap (mp3)

"Trick or Treatz (South Central remix)" - Metronomy (mp3)

"The Treatment (Metronomy remix)" - Dead Disco (mp3)

"The Distance (Metronomy remix)" - Dntel (mp3)

"Spinning and Scratching (Metronomy remix)" - Love is All (mp3)

PREVIOUSLY ON THIS RECORDING

Tackling sexism FTW

Return to the scene of the Lost season finale

Although this movie took place on Earth, did it really?