- Patton Oswalt wrote a lengthy missive sharing his thoughts on joke stealing, hecklers, and rape jokes. [PattonOwsalt.com]
- Did you ever wish Arrested Development met Street Fighter? [Bluthfighter]
- Converse is going to make a line of Simpsons shoes to celebrate the shows’s 25th season. [Styleite]
- I’m glad other people like this too, a power cut of David Letterman’s interactions with bands after their performances on his show. [Youtube]
- Lewis Black gives a great commencement speech for UC San Diego. [Huffington Post]
Salon.com posted an article about a South Carolina minister named Sammy Rhodes aka @prodigalsam who has been accused of stealing jokes by many high-profile comedians like Patton Oswalt, Rob Delaney, Louis C.K., and John Mulaney.
In fact, Rhodes has built quite the following on Twitter, gaining nearly 130,000 followers by taking the words of others and tweeting them as his own. The article also points out the existence of a Tumblr account that document’s Rhodes’ more questionable tweets. Looking over them there’s more than a passing coincidence in much of the evidence.
The weirdest part of this story is how Rhodes thought nobody would notice the joke lifting. Mainly because he took ones from some of the most popular people on Twitter. It’s not as if Delaney and Oswalt aren’t huge on Twitter and followed by many. Granted, there’s sometimes obvious jokes that many come up with simultaneously but these seem to have stepped outside the realm of coincidence.
Rhodes has issued a story about why he reposts tweets. However, rather than addressing the joke thievery, he more states why he decides to “recycle” and “rerun” his own material. He’s also since noted that he might slow down on his Tweets. But, as of the writing of this story Rhodes’ Twitter account now seems to have been deleted. Read More
Kyle Kinane knows how to toe the line between ‘cute’ and ‘crass’. His stand up bits often begin with a nice, warmhearted story that quickly devolves into something crude and totally hilarious.
With his gruff and bearded demeanor, he is the sort of person you would expect to get a bit too drunk at the family BBQ, but who is incredibly entertaining while doing so. He has won critical acclaim for his debut album Death of the Party, and has made appearances on Conan, Last Call With Carson Daly, and Live at Gotham. His most recent special Whisky Icarus was similarly well reviewed (including us), beating comedians such as Louis C.K. for number two comedy album of the year by the A.V. Club. Read More
Patton Oswalt appears in the The Coup’s video for “Magic Clap” which has him mouthing and acting out the video word for word as he hangs out on, behind, and in front of a leopard print couch. It’s a pretty simple video made fun by Oswalt’s presence. The comedian even Tweeted that The Coup are one of his favorite bands.
While Oswalt is the latest comedian to follow a really terrific trend of comedians popping up in music videos, it’s not really that new a phenomenon. In fact, it seems funny people have been doing so ever since the music video rose to prominence in the early 80s. Read More
- Someone so awesomely animated Patton Oswalt’s terrific 8 minute filibuster from Parks And Recreation. [Youtube]
- Bill Hader has no plans for a Stefon movie. [GQ]
- The best of Tobias Funke’s insert me anywhere. [Splitsider]
- Youtube’s comedy week begins tonight. Follow all the action here. [Youtube.com/Comedy]
In advance of the upcoming television upfronts and the ending of the 2012-2013 television season, many networks are in the middle of confirming pilots, cancelling shows, and renewing others. Rather than you sifting through all the noise, we’re going to come up with some cheat sheets to what’s happening to your favorite, and non-favorite comedy on television. Let’s break down each TV network for you. Check out the new comedies that might catch your eye, your favorite shows that are returning, and the ones cancelled to be forever gone into dark TV abyss.
Here’s what’s going on with ABC. Read More
Vernon Chatman is best known as the co-creator of the of the short-lived wonderfully bizarre comedy series Wonder Showzen on MTV and the recently pick-up-for-season-2 hopefully not short-lived wonderfully bizarre Patton Oswalt series on [adult swim] The Heart, She Holler. He’s also a staff writer on South Park and a Producer on the third season of Louie.
He also wrote a book. Entitled Mindsploitation: Asinine Assignments for the Online Homework Cheating Industry, it’s a compilation of essays he commissioned from a series of online companies you can pay to write various term papers, poems and even eulogies. We recently spoke with Mr. Chatman via email about the book and if the answers to his questions are any indication, you’re in for a “wild ride.” Read More
The headline of this post pretty much makes this the best thing of the day. Patton Oswalt has a guest cameo on Parks And Recreation this Thursday. How to they utilize the comedian on the show? Probably in the best way possible by letting him make a fillibuster speech in front of the Pawnee council because he has things to say – about what? Star Wars VII, Avengers, Justice League, and other comic book / sci-fi details we must know. If only C-Span was this friggin’ interesting when old white decide to do on filibuster tears for hours. Watch the extended cut and take in all 8 minutes of Oswalt’s improv’d tear and it’s a good one.