Jon Benjamin Has a Van…And My Heart

Not since Wonder Showzen has a TV program made me laugh out of my laugh-hole.

Louie is the best thing going, as far as art and comedy go, but JBHV is the feverish, joke-a-second-handjob comedy nerds crave.

I’m posting this since the next BFW is gonna be late, again, and wanted to direct you to some laughs. The new cartoon should be up sometime over the weekend.

Horror Movie Marathon


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I will gladly write full scripts for any of these if anyone wants to produce them. I’m talking to you, Troma.

The last panel goes out to Phil Plait, who recently outed himself as a reader of this comic strip. I don’t think he’s going to be at this show, but I urge all of you in the Boston area without Halloween plans to get your lazy asses to W00tstock.

Lastly, if you need a soundtrack to your spooky weekend shenanigans, I recommend playing Monster Fuck on a constant loop.

Next Week: Conducting Class Warfare

What’s Up My Earholes

As you might’ve already read, I’m pretty sick of news and politics these days, and as a result, I’ve pointed my mp3 player away from NPR and towards some great comedy podcasts while I’m cranking out cartoons. I thought I’d share some of them with you in case you’re into that sort of thing.

Many people don’t like iTunes auto-starting and hogging their system resources, so all these links go to the show websites, or where to find their syndication feeds. If that is too confusing, cut n’ paste the names into the search function on your Steve Jobs’ Money Machine to find them.

WTF with Marc Maron – A great stand-up who covered politics for Air America before getting tired of that shit. There’s lots to love for everyone: frequent, hilarious updates, recurring bits, and the occasional live show, to name a few. But this is essential listening for all of my fellow comedy nerds. The two-part Judd Apatow and Louis CK interviews are particularly awesome.

Comedy Death-Ray with Scott Aukerman – Every week, Scott is joined by his comedy and improv pals for a goofabout. Also, there are plugs.

The Bugle (weird link, since Times UK website is paywalled.) – John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman are funny dudes from some country that loves soccer and binge drinking. John is frequently on something called “The Everyday Show, except Friday-Sunday, and All the Times It’s on Vacation.

Pod F. Tompkast – Paul F. Tompkins has been the best podcast guest since the format was invented in the nineties and originally called Pogcasts. It is my great shame that I was unable to get tickets to see him earlier this month when he visited Cambridge.

Doug Loves Movies – Doug Benson, famous marijuana enthusiast, has other, more interesting interests, like movies. Other comedians are frequently guests, but the best episodes are when the comics get to bounce off of the actors and actresses who stop by.

Science Friday – Not comedy, and a cameo on The Big Bang Theory certainly removes all doubt, but it’s the one NPR program I still make a point to keep up with.

There are more, and I’ll post recommendations soon, since they’re easier than coming up with my own, original blog content.

Bill Hicks on Rush Limbaugh

Bill Hicks has been dead for just over 15 years. Yet Rush still blusters on and even took up a huge chunk of today’s news. There is no justice. We really do let the demons run amok.

I guess I have Hicks on the brain. I alluded to his Leno Doritos bit on Friday, and I watched one of his stand-up specials earlier today. I love that poor, dead genius.

Conan’s Last Late Night

I was 14 when Late Night with Conan O’Brien with debuted. Now it’s over and I’m just six months away from 30. I loved it for the entire run. It probably did more to shape my sense of humor than anything else, especially considering all the great comedy writers and comedians who started there: Robert Smigel, Louis CK, Dino Stamatopoulos, Mike Sweeney, Brian McCann, Jon Glaser, Brian Stack, Andy Blitz, and many more that I can’t remember at 2 in the morning.

When I started “Big Fat Whale” in 2001, I remember telling a friend that I wanted it to be in the same tone as Conan’s Late Night comedy bits, particularly the sketches and desk pieces. The strip became more political, thanks to that shithead Bush, but I hope it retained plenty of Late Night‘s goofy, absurd spirit.

This post is too serious. Conan’s not dead. He’s just gone for 3 months. Norm MacDonald’s send-off was the best:

Will Oldham: The Shit, or Just an Awesome Dude?

Moving and these lazy summer days have rendered my blog-testicles impotent of blurb-sperm. So here are some Will Oldham clips I enjoy:


Easy Does It


Cold & Wet


Kanye West – Can’t Tell Me Nothin’ w/ Zach Galifianakis and Will Oldham directed by Michael Blieden

I tried to embed a clip of Will Oldham as Pastor Pigmeat in “Horse Apples,” but Viacom is a buncha dicks. That clip could’ve sold a DVD or two of Wonder Showzen, but their unusable embedding code prevented me from doing that. In that spirit, search for a torrent of the Mathematics episode of Wonder Showzen instead. A link to the full episode in super-shitty quality can be found here.

The “Horse Apples” episode of Wonder Showzen is a source of much conflict between me and my friends. They can’t stand it; yet I love it. I rewatch it all the time, and force everyone who sits in front of my TV (or computers) to eventually succumb to its genius. That episode summarized our terrible decade in 22 painfully hilarious basic cable minutes. Wonder Sowzen never had the Smothers Brothers’ numbers, but it deserved to. As a critique of the media and its audience, “Horse Apples” clips will be preserved forever in all the future documentaries that try to explain what the fuck was up with us turn-of-the-century douchebags.

But I’m not such a Grumpy Gus that I’d end on that sour note, so here’s a squirrel frolicking to a Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy song:


Just to See My Holly Home

For the Record…

I’m pretty busy right now, but just wanted to say Jimmy Fallon sucks. Unlike Tina Fey, there’s no way Fallon will become a beloved comedy icon. That, and Tracy Morgan hates his guts. However, Conan will be on earlier, and Leno will ride his Dorito-mobile off into the sunset, so there are silver linings to this sad, unfunny cloud.

But I’m really a hypocrite. Much like Fallon, I giggle at all my comics while I’m drawing them. I also star in shitty movies in my spare time.

Patton!

Patton Oswalt‘s gonna be performing at the Somerville Theatre tonight right down the street from my place in Davis Square. Add Boston’s (Charlestown specifically) own Walsh Brothers to the line-up, and The Alternative Comedy Festival is the must-see Greater Boston comedy show of the year. I have excellent tickets thanks to the fact that my ass is in front of a computer all day long and I snatched them up right quick.

I last saw him when the Comedians of Comedy rolled into town in 2005, so it’s been a while.

I’m looking forward to the show, and maybe, just maybe, someone in his entourage is ego-centric enough to have a Google alert that will catch a post like this. If not, I can always use one of his free blurbs for the BFW book.