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GUEST BLOG! Comedian Joe Wilson, gives his insight into how Twitter has impacted the comedy game. Enjoy!
I am a comedian named Joe Wilson, which has been less than amusing lately. And by comedian, I mean I have the ability to say words in an order that produces the involuntary reaction known as laughter.
In the past, my name inspired people to ask about my CIA-agent wife, which was fun. But now I have the same name as the nation's most famous heckler, South Carolina congressman, and raging douchebag, Joe Wilson.
My response to Joe Wilson's heckle, which I have offered to the White House just in case – "I don't come down to your district and interrupt you blowing insurance company lobbyists." A little wordy, but it is congress.
I've been watching Twitter since Obama's speech, my name trending hard, awaiting what would top it as Michael Jackson topped Farrah and Billy Mays topped Fred Travalena (we are all famous to a few people).
And just a few days later, there it was – Kanye West.
I thought all the Joe Wilsons of the world, including my dad, would have our belligerent namesake buried by news of Kanye's jackassery. Then the "Kanye interrupting the president" jokes started and Joe Wilson was back.
Then Patrick Swayze shuffled off this mortal coil, the first celebrity death Twitter didn't inform me of in a flurry of hashtags. Instead, it was a text from a friend, "Patrick Swayze starts work on Ghost 2."
I thought celebrity death always trumps celebrity egos gone wild. Then the "Kanye West interrupting Patrick Swayze on his way to heaven" jokes started.
Hours after the first Kanye West interrupting the president jokes, I saw tweets from people complaining about it being a played out, hack joke. Similar tweets popped up bitching about Kanye interrupting Swayze on his way to heaven jokes, 3 hours after they started.
Twitter hacks up jokes before comedians can!
The speed of topical humor, in both joke and video form, has never been faster. Topical humor is a form of comedy that is inherently temporary in relevance and in its ability to earn laughs. Twitter has become the grim reaper of late-night, and not so late-night, writing rooms.
In hopes of you forgetting Joe Wilson (the other one) and the publicist directed actions of Kanye West, I leave you with a topical joke having nothing to do with either of them:
Ed Hardy Colostomy Bags are just like douchebags in Ed Hardy shirts, except Ed Hardy Colostomy Bags have more content.
That joke dies when all the homeless people living in hipster neighborhoods across the nation are clothed in tigers.
Ladies and Gentleman Joe Wilson! Check out his award-winning short The Swear Police, and some other goodies. He's on the tumblrs, and of course catch him on Twitter at JoeWilsonTV.GUEST BLOG! Comedian Joe Wilson, gives his insight into how Twitter has impacted the... more
This Kanye meme is amusingly out of control. The rate at which these image macros are appearing is incredible. There are dozens of categories.
You have the philosophical
The Abraham Lincoln-ic
Check out a plethora of other Kanye meme pictures over at kanyegate.tumblr.comThis Kanye meme is amusingly out of control. The rate at which these image macros are... more
Current Movies Online Producer, John Lichman just started rocking a sweet handlebar mustache. We here at Current Comedy, think he should become a meme. Let's see some photoshop goodness.
This is the raw image, lets see some awesomeness!
We shall post the results here, and Twitter, and Current.com.Current Movies Online Producer, John Lichman just started rocking a sweet handlebar... more
Glorious Keyboard Cat, why oh why do you make me laugh? You like Disaster Girl are a harbinger of bad news, but somehow your Yamaha presets and cute face, make everything so much better. I applaud you.
Chuck Norris vs. Keyboard Cat
What's your favorite Play him off keyboard cat?Glorious Keyboard Cat, why oh why do you make me laugh? You like Disaster Girl are a... more
Today is Star Wars day, and it's because today's date coincides with a pun. I don't feel like I should mention it, because it would defy my own good judgment. For I hate the presence of Star Wars on the internet. The film came out 32 years ago, and people are still busy talking about it.
Yo I saw that movie too, and I'll admit it was okay. But the thing that bugs me, is its everpresence on our digital psyche. This is a rough estimate here, but I'm going to say that the internet is 12% about Star Wars (the rest is porn, just porno) and I think that's a travesty. The first viral video ever, was the Star Wars Kid, after that it'd be great if they'd stopped, but they haven't.
Is it really funny that you mashed up Star Wars with Snatch, another movie that has been sitting on Sam Goody(that's still a store right?) shelves for years.
Would Guy Ritchie be proud?
Is a guy who almost looks like a wookie playing Chewbacca on his guitar really that impressive?
Is it really exciting that you've remixed Star Wars and the Macgyver theme?
What's Richard Dean Anderson up to these days?
Is somebody playing a Star Wars song on a tesla coil supposed to be edgy?
OK this is pretty cool, but why not use a better theme song like Sanford and Son?
Is it more funny when Star Wars merges with another notable meme?
David at the Dentist, you've already taught us so much.
Or is it hilarious that people haven't seen this movie?
I actually like this, but still in general I still hate Star Wars.
¡Star Wars, get off the internet! I have to work here.Today is Star Wars day, and it's because today's date coincides with a pun.... more
This morning I was on NPR's Morning Edition talking about Lady Gaga. (My new goal in life is pitching pop culture stories to NPR that make the hosts sound like their heads are spinning around and around, Meryl Streep-style.)
You can listen here, or read the basic text I riff on when I go into record a slightly looser, more natural-sounding version. The piece, essentially, is about how people are terrified of Gaga because they don't really get her, but they know they can't control her. Plus, let's face it, we're not really used to turning on their TV and seeing performance art.
Here are three Lady Gaga videos you really need to see—no matter what you think you think about Gaga and her music or her look or her existence. (She is singlehandedly 2009's best meme, isn't she?)
1. Even the most dancefloor friendly Gaga hit has a black hole of fear at the center—parties that never end, jealous boyfriends who never get enough attention, an abusive affair with fame. "Paparazzi" is a song with such a tangled relationship between the subjects and objects of desire that you could write a dissertation about it. (Somewhere, some cultural studies major already is.)
On the American Music Awards, she set her piano on fire and belted out a heart-wrenching ballad while smashing wine bottles on the keys:
If there's a tipping point for Gaga, it's got to be "Bad Romance," which has already racked up the kinds of view counts an artist like Rihanna enjoys a year after a song's release, though it's barely a month old.
Lady Gaga is beautifully weird, a cultural ambassador of oddity. She's executed a perfect attack on pop culture by not trying for one second to fit in. And she's not just selling sex, she's selling art—which may be the most terrifying thing of all.
+ Juxtaposition 101: The Pope & The Queen & Lady Gaga & Tupac Shakur
+ Like that Lady Gaga interview? Too bad!
+ When perf art goes popThis morning I was on NPR's Morning Edition talking about Lady Gaga. (My new goal... more
By now I'm sure you've heard that Joe Biden said "this is a big fucking deal." The fallout from this f-bomb has celebrated by the internet's visual punsters. This is a round up of Biden talking things other than healthcare.
"this is a big fucking dill."
"this is a big fucking eel."
"this is a big fucking seal."
"this is a big fucking Biel."
"this is a big fucking wheel."
Consult your rhyming dictionaries for more puns. If you want to wear the original joke, you should put your pre-order for the Busted Tees shirt that ships next week.
By now I'm sure you've heard that Joe Biden said "this is a big fucking... more
If newspapers were still hiring, my beat would be Internet Memes. We've previously discussed Kanye West not letting you finish, Balloon Boy, Pickleback and Snooki in places she shouldnt be.
At SXSW, I've been able to connect with colleagues in the same field.
This afternoon I had lunch with Tim Hwang. He founded ROFLCon, a convention that celebrates the weird world of the internet celebrity.
I asked him if the event should be monthly instead of an annual convention, considering the speed at which memes occur. He agreed and said "in Japan everyday is ROFLCon."
Cataloging strangely hilarious internet history might sound like a joke. And it is, but it's also critical in the understanding of this subculture, which is increasingly becoming mainstream.
In 2008, Current traveled to ROFLCon to cover the internet famous TRON GUY.
This year's ROFLCon takes place from April 30th to May 1st in Boston.If newspapers were still hiring, my beat would be Internet Memes. We've... more
Last week the interent took notice of P. Diddy's Twitpic in front of the Mona Lisa.
The internet knew he's a lover of the fine arts, so they've put him in front other masterpieces. These pieces are remniscent of early Snookishops.
The Thinker, 1880. Auguste Rodin and Diddy.
Starry Night, 1889. Vincent Van Gogh and Diddy.
Marilyn, 1962. Andy Warhol and Diddy.
More fine art...
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Last week the interent took notice of P. Diddy's Twitpic in front of the Mona... more
Finally Hitler is pissed, because he want's to make a Hitler pissed off parody.
http://boingboing.net/2010/02/16/adolf-hitler-makes-a.htmlFinally Hitler is pissed, because he want's to make a Hitler pissed off parody.... more
To mobilize a nation, you must first unify them. This process happens all the time on Facebook.
Haters have come together to join: Can this pickle get more fans than Nickelback? The pickle in question, a dill, already has 449,178 fans. The Canadian rockers have 1,392,481 fans.
Nickelback is hated by many, though their records continuously go multi-platinum. Pickles are hated by few, though they make good sandwiches great.
infoMania's Sergio Cilli proposes that Nickelback is a contributing factor to rock's sucking in 2009.
This is not the first time an inanimate object has rallied support over a pop cultural phenomenon. A recent Mashable study finds that Justin Bieber is less popular than an onion ring. Switched.com illustrates the meme with this formula:
"Is nondescript, everyday household item 'x' more popular than inexplicably popular public figure 'y'?"
I expect this will serve as a meme blueprint for weeks to come. Some examples will be more successful than others. I found this group on the Pickleback wall:
At 2 fans, it does not appear that those cans will beat out successful film franchise Twilight. Nice try.
What's will be the next "arbitrary object versus hated pop culture icon?" My vote is for "Ukelele vs. Dolph Lundgren?" Though I don't think it will gather as much popular support as say "a fencepost vs. Taylor Swift."
What do you think?To mobilize a nation, you must first unify them. This process happens all the time on... more
Super Bowl advertisers know the aphorism: "I'm just watching it for the commercials" so they premiere their most entertaining commercials. Those ad slots are expensive, so every aspect is calculated. Research has gone into finding out what consumers will relate to. Jezebel catalogued some of those commercials that portray "pathetic men."
The most provocative commercial was for The Dodge Charger.
On-screen we see the stoic faces of four dejected men. An assertive male voice lists a series of requests he has acquiesced to.
"I will eat some fruit as part of my breakfast."
"I will say yes when you want me to say yes."
"I will listen to your opinion of my friends."
"I will carry your lip balm"
"I will watch your vampire TV shows with you."
Finally he says: "Because I do this, I will drive the car I want to drive." We hear the vrooming of an engine, and we see the all new 2010 Dodge Charger racing down the highway, with the text and voiceover: "MAN'S LAST STAND."
This is the most depressing commercial I've ever seen. The ad portrays men as victims to their wives. A dystopian view that men have been emasculated by feminism. This ad suggests that the only we can reclaim masculinity is to purchase a fast car. I don't think the advertisers are intentional sexists, trying to exclusively portray their view of women. They've researched this and are targeting a dissatisfied demographic of passive-aggressive men, who are in codependent relationships. Men who feel they can't be "men" because they can't do what they want to.
This suffocating version of pathetic masculinity cannot simply be fixed through commodity fetishism. Buying a car, only distracts from perpetual disappointment. Nor can things get better for men if they revert to a patriarchal Archie Bunker version of masculinity correct themes.
This fundamental depression, is complicated and there is no easy way to resolve it.
Ironically while we're waiting for a solution, we can distract ourselves from this sadness, by watching hilarious commercials.
infoMania's Conor Knighton says this is his favorite Super Bowl ad. Stay tuned for this week's episode where they'll cover Super Bowl commercials in a much funnier way.
Super Bowl advertisers know the aphorism: "I'm just watching it for the... more
A new meme is just starting to make waves in the blogosphere. Selleck Waterfall Sandwich is here, it’s weird, and it doesn’t care. This tumblr account is exactly what you’d expect from the title: A pastiche of Tom Selleck, a waterfall, and a sandwich, photoshopped to create strange masterpieces.
It is common for memes to have surreal aspects (a cat playing the keyboard or a wolf giving advice.) Though most memes in the pantheon of virality, have an aspect of sense to them. The audience understands that Keyboard Cat identifies FAILs, or that Wolves give bad advice. We can laugh at these memes because we understand what they meme.
This meme on the other hand, may be an example of the first truly surreal meme. As nothing seems to correspond with reality. Selleck Waterfall Sandwich sounds more like a Dadaist parlor game.
I can imagine André Breton, Marcel Duchamp and Henry Miller sitting around a smoky Parisian bar coming up with this meme in an absinthe-induced haze.
Granted this Exquisite Corpse does have elements of sanity.
The protagonist of this meme, Tom Selleck has had kitsch popularity for years. His facial hair has been fodder for viral videos, Twitter accounts, and competitions.
Sandwiches too are wildly popular on and off the internet.
Waterfalls however, don’t make any sense, and provide the x-factor in this surrealist comb.
It’ll be hard to gauge how powerful this meme gets, but I suspect it’ll have reached its prime when Stephen Colbert or Jimmy Kimmel invite Tom Selleck on to their television shows to stand in front of a greenscreen waterfall while eating a Subway Sandwich. Now that’s what I call integrated marketing.
In the meme time, watch SuperNews! Memetasia.
http://su.pr/2nuH6MA new meme is just starting to make waves in the blogosphere. Selleck Waterfall... more
"If Friday the 13th is unlucky, then 2009 has been an unusually unlucky year. But your luck is about to change. Today is the last of three Friday the 13ths to endure this year.
The other two were on in February and March. Such a rare triple-threat occurs only once every 11 years.
The origin of the link between bad luck and Friday the 13th is murky. The whole thing might date to Biblical times (the 13th guest at the Last Supper betrayed Jesus). By the Middle Ages, both Friday and 13 were considered bearers of bad fortune. In modern times, the superstition permeates society.
Here are five of our favorite Friday-the-13th facts:
1. Fear of Friday the 13th — one of the most popular myths in science — is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.
2. Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor and some airline terminals omit Gate 13.
3. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.
4. Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. "It was bad luck," Twain later told the friend. "They only had food for 12." Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.
5. The number 13 suffers from its position after 12, according to numerologists who consider the latter to be a complete number — 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus, 12 days of Christmas and 12 eggs in a dozen.
Meanwhile the belief that numbers are connected to life and physical things — called numerology — has a long history.
"You can trace it all the way from the followers of Pythagoras, whose maxim to describe the universe was 'all is number,'" says Mario Livio, an astrophysicist and author of "The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved" (Simon & Schuster, 2005). Thinkers who studied under the famous Greek mathematician combined numbers in different ways to explain everything around them, Livio said.
In modern times, numerology has become a type of para-science, much like the meaningless predictions of astrology, scientists say.
"People are subconsciously drawn towards specific numbers because they know that they need the experiences, attributes or lessons associated with them, that are contained within their potential," says professional numerologist Sonia Ducie. "Numerology can 'make sense' of an individual's life (health, career, relationships, situations and issues) by recognizing which number cycle they are in, and by giving them clarity."
However, mathematicians dismiss numerology, saying it lacks any scientific merit.
"I don't endorse this at all," Livio said, when asked to comment on the popularity of commercial numerology. Seemingly coincidental connections between numbers will always appear if you look hard enough, he said."
What do you think about Friday the 13th?
http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/091113-friday-the-13th.html"If Friday the 13th is unlucky, then 2009 has been an unusually unlucky year. But... more