Category Archives: Humor

A good question: How is this still a thing?


A regular segment on HBO’s Last Week with John Oliver poses a good question: How is this still a thing?

Indeed, how is Ayn Rand still a thing?:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Ayn Rand – How Is This Still A Thing?

Segment note:

Ayn Rand, author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead” is still kind of a thing. How?

And then there’s that day in October. . .

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Columbus Day – How Is That Still A Thing

Program note:

Christopher Columbus did a lot of stuff that was way more terrible than “sailing the ocean blue,” but we don’t learn about that.

Clarke and Dawe: Which Iraq War would that be?


Aussie satirists John Clarke and Bryan Dawe [previously] are at it again, delving into their country’s decision to join the latest Mesopotamian combat.

From ClarkeAndDawe:

Clarke and Dawe – The War in Iraq. Not the Previous One. The Current One.

Program note:

“Roger Wilco. Pilot with the Tax Dept.”

Kaiser Report: Alec Baldwin & Russell Brand


In conversation with Max and Stacy.

What more to say?

From RT:

Keiser Report: Meeting of Megaminds

Program notes:

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert host a two part interview with award-winning film and television actor, Alec Baldwin, and comedian, actor, author and host of the Trews, Russell Brand, about revolution, the media, ultra low interest rates, cobblers and their little helpers. They also discuss whether or not Sean Hannity has the talent to be a ‘terrorist’ and Russell Brand gives his opinion on the role of Fox News.

For your listening pleasure: George Carlin


Not just Carlin, but Carlin in 1972, recorded at the University of California, Los Angeles, Communications Studies Department of 31 May 1972.

He discusses the origins of his comedy career, the perils of performing in Vegas in the Sinatra era, the influence of old-time radio, LSD, and marijuana on his comedy, and so much more.

And, of course, he’s brilliantly funny.

Enjoy.

From Communications Studies Department’s incomparable archives . . .

George Carlin at UCLA 5/31/1972

John Cleese: The science behind Fox News


Indeed.

Via Robert Grimsby:

John Cleese on stupidity

Program note:

Cleese explains why extremely stupid people do not have the capability to realize how stupid they are. (excerpt from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8Afv…)

American drones, making children fear blue sky


Yes, John Oliver’s done it again, creating a superb piece of journalistic comedy, this time with a focus on the impact of American drone strikes — yet another domain in which the President of Hope™ and Change™ has managed to surpass the bloody-mindedness of his predecessor.

And his hook, the image that coalesces all the graphics, words, and Strangelovian humor, comes in the words of children in lands where drones reap their capricious body counts, children who fear blue skies and Predators roam freely and embrace clouds and fog, when the airborne killers are blinded.

From HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Drones

Program notes:

The United States has launched a huge number of drone strikes under President Obama.

It’s widely accepted and extremely terrifying.

John Oliver: Guilty of investigative journalism


Really.

A realization suddenly dawned as we watched this latest and much-viewed clip from HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver about the Miss America pageant: John Oliver and his crew were doing something truly subversive. They were committing an act of actual investigative journalism.

Not only that: The episode captures in a fairly accurate manner the thought process giving rise to a completed print/video/audio investigative report.

So close to to the actual process is the episode that it captures the very thought processes of the journalist. John Oliver’s remarks are precisely similar those we’ve heard and made during the course of a writing newspaper stories, magazine articles, and books investigating various phenomena we consider it important for folks to know about.

What clinched our surmise was that hefty stack of IRS 990 forms Oliver plunked down at his desk, an act we’ve done many times before [for example], with precisely the admixture of humorous triumph and exasperation.

Indeed, the clip’s so good that a wise journalism professor would show it at the very first lecture in a course on the art of investigative reporting.

So our hat’s off to you, John Oliver, and welcome to the ranks of the Fourth Estate.

Form Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Miss America Pageant

Program notes:

The Miss America Pageant…how is this still a thing?
They claim to give more scholarships to women than any other organization, and, unfortunately, they’re right.
To illustrate these problems, John Oliver stages his own pageant with the help of Kathy Griffin.

Here are the links to the women’s scholarship funds that John mentioned on air:

Society of Women Engineers: http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/

Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund: www.rankinfoundation.org

Patsy Mink Foundation: www.patsyminkfoundation.org