Category Archives: Comedy

Facebook Addiction Redefined

facebook_addiction_redefinedFacebook Addiction Redefined  is a short length documentary about Facebook addicts, and the “Careface” Treatment Center in Norway.

Facebook has become pretty much a “habit” for people across the world these days, nonetheless for some users it’s a clear addiction. Facebook has over a billion registered users and the numbers are only going up. The amount of time users engage in Facebook activities, like updating statuses, commenting, posting photos, playing games and ‘liking’ posts has dramatically increased over the years and it’s mainly because of the latest gadgets such as smart phones, tablets and Wi-FI networks becoming more and more popular.

The accessibility and ease of use of Facebook interface whenever or wherever you are, it’s not surprising that the number of ‘addicted’ users is only going up. Many Facebook users may ask themselves if it’s wrong if they use Facebook frequently as a means of entertainment or just for the sake of staying in constant with their friends, or maybe as a means to relieve your stress? There’s nothing wrong with that. However, when Facebook activities start interfering with your everyday activities and become detrimental to your daily functioning at work or in school, it is a real problem.

George Carlin: Government and Fall Of Humanity

George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 — June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, actor, and writer/author who won five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums. Carlin was noted for his black humor as well as his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. Carlin and his “Seven Dirty Words” comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a 5–4 decision by the justices affirmed the government’s power to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves.

The first of his 14 stand-up comedy specials for HBO was filmed in 1977. From the late 1980s, Carlin’s routines focused on socio-cultural criticism of modern American society. He often commented on contemporary political issues in the United States and satirized the excesses of American culture. His final HBO special, It’s Bad for Ya, was filmed less than four months before his death. In 2004, Carlin placed second on the Comedy Central list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time, ahead of Lenny Bruce and behind Richard Pryor. He was a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the three-decade Johnny Carson era, and hosted the first episode of Saturday Night Live. In 2008, he was posthumously awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Totally Bill Hicks

A celebration of the comedy of Bill Hicks. The film is structured around the different strains of comedy in the Hicks stand-up, sampling the best of his confrontational performance.

Interviewees include two major American chat show hosts, David Letterman and Jay Leno, the actor Eric Bogosian and a wide range of comedians who admired his work including Sean Hughes and Eddie Izzard.

There are also anecdotal contributions from his high school friends and an interview with his parents.

The Aristocrats

Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza capitalize on their insider status and invite over 100 of their closest friends – who happen to be some of the biggest names in entertainment, to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their own versions of the world’s dirtiest joke, an old burlesque too extreme to be performed in public, called The Aristocrats.

One hundred superstar comedians tell the same very, VERY dirty, filthy joke – one shared privately by comics since Vaudeville.

The Aristocrats is a longstanding transgressive joke amongst comedians, in which the setup and punchline are almost always the same (or similar). It is the joke’s midsection – which may be as long as the teller prefers and is often completely improvised – that makes or breaks a particular rendition.

The joke involves a person pitching an act to a talent agent. Typically the first line is, “A man walks into a talent agent’s office.” The man then describes the act. From this point, up to (but not including) the punchline, the teller of the joke is expected to ad-lib the most shocking act they can possibly imagine.

The joke ends with the agent, shocked and often impressed, asking “And what do you call the act?” The punchline of the joke is then given: “The Aristocrats”.

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Stand-Up Student

Documentary about learning stand-up comedy. Starring the author as the brave/stupid guinea pig, how much could he improve in two gigs?

It features interviews with some of Britain’s best-loved comedians -

Lee Mack, Micky Flanagan, Milton Jones, Jo Brand, Ed Byrne, Tim Vine, Arthur Smith, Hugh Dennis, Rhod Gilbert, Greg Davies, Russell Kane, Russell Howard, Stephen K Amos, Shappi Khorsandi, Johnny Vegas, Lenny Henry, Al Murray, Jack Whitehall and Kevin Bridges.