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‘Snide Remarks’ and politicians being silly

Monday, October 20th, 2008

There’s some political silliness in this week’s “Snide Remarks.”

And speaking of political silliness, below are Sarah Palin’s two “Saturday Night Live” appearances from this weekend, once in the opening sketch and once in “Weekend Update.” The show didn’t really require her to do much (which is smart, since she’s not an actress or a comedian), but what she did do, she did well. Good for her. (The show earned its highest ratings since 1994, so good for “SNL,” too.)

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McCain and Obama come together to make fun of McCain and Obama

Friday, October 17th, 2008

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before, but political humor can be tricky. Comedy is entirely subjective anyway, and introducing politics into it just makes it more likely that one person will laugh while another doesn’t find it funny (or, in some rare and tragic cases, even realize you were trying to be funny).

No one feels the brunt of the rancorous political season worse than the candidates themselves, and that’s why it’s happy-making to watch these clips from last night’s annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City. In election years, the two presidential candidates traditionally are invited to speak at this event, and it’s become a sort of “roast,” where they can crack wise at one another’s expense all in the spirit of good fun.

McCain’s segment is broken into two parts, followed by Obama’s in one. It does my heart good to see them not only making some very good, very clever jokes (they had speechwriters, of course), but to also see them laughing at each other’s jabs. It looks like honest laughter, too, not the fake kind you do because you have to. Like I’ve always said, a good joke is a good joke, regardless of who the target is.

And they’re both funny! They make fun of themselves, of their public images, and each other. Why can’t McCain be this loose and energized in general? His routine here is snappy, animated and smooth. Obama is more deadpan and doesn’t have quite as polished a delivery as McCain. As for the overall quality of the jokes themselves, I’ll call it a draw.

Here are the videos, after the jump.

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Literal interpretation of a music video

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Remember music videos? And remember how they often had nothing to do with the songs’ lyrics? Here, courtesy of Funny Or Die, someone has taken A-ha’s famous video for “Take on Me” and rewritten the lyrics to match the video.

Another Palin video, but more leeway this time

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Another excerpt from Katie Couric’s interview with Sarah Palin, with Joe Biden thrown in for good measure.

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This time, a lot of people aren’t playing fair. The way it’s been talked about on the Interwebs the last few days has been, “Palin can’t even name a single Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade!!!” But that’s not what Katie Couric asked her. What she asked was, “What other Supreme Court decisions do you disagree with?” That’s a much tougher question than just, “Can you name any other Supreme Court cases?”

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See? This is why people make fun of Christians

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

You’re not helping, guys. [YouTube]

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Ortega does what now?

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

If you have not already seen the Ortega commercial featuring Olympic gymnasts Shawn Johnson and the Hamm twins, you must watch it immediately. You must subsequently refrain from making vulgar comments. Personally, I find the unwitting double entendre of Johnson’s declarations to be the least trainwreck-y part of the commercial’s overall embarrassment.

Also: How did Paul and Morgan Hamm, who are twins and grew up together, come out pronouncing the word “Ortega” differently?

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Obama is never gonna give you up

Monday, August 11th, 2008

He will also, according to this video, never let you down, run around, or desert you.

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A video of Paris Hilton that doesn’t make you hate her

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Adam McKay is Will Ferrell’s regular collaborator, and the director and co-writer of “Anchorman,” “Talladega Nights,” and “Step Brothers.” So he’s obviously a talented guy. I don’t think I appreciated just how talented he is, though, until I saw this video, in which he actually makes Paris Hilton funny.

This is her campaign video, written by McKay as a response to John McCain using Hilton’s image in one of his ads.

(I know I’ve been posting a lot of videos lately. I don’t know why! At least this one isn’t about Hitler, though.)

More fun with Germany

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

I don’t know why I’m on a German kick lately, but here are two amusing YouTube videos that made me sit up and say “Ach!”

First, Adolf Hitler sings.

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Second, “ALF” is dubbed into German.

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“Willie, mein freund!”

Child’s laughter opens portal to hell

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

I don’t know how many others have tried this — it seems like a pretty simple idea — but this video of a little girl giggling has been dramatically slowed down, thus turning the merry sounds of a child’s laughter into something evil and hilarious.

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