I rewatched the Wayne Brady sketch recently, and it was still very funny despite no one remembering Wayne Brady for much other than being in that sketch.
Off topic, but here's a consequence of the UK handgun ban: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2266958/Builder-discovers-deadly-haul-30-shotguns-pistols-hidden-false-wall-days-Dunblane-massacre.html
Guy renovates house; finds 30 guns bricked up in the cavity wall, wrapped in newspaper dated March 1996.
5: that's a Chappelle reference, isn't it.
I've seen some Chapelle's Show but instead I want to talk about Dave Chapelle's Block Party, which is one of the weirdest, greatest ideas for a movie ever. By all the evidence Dave Chappelle, mid-freakout, realized that people would give him money to do anything as long as he was in it, so he just decided to throw the sickest party he could think of in his old neighborhood under the pretext of filming it. It is utterly charming.
That show had 64 sketches? Wasn't every episode "Dave talks to audience -> Sketch -> Commercial -> Dave talks to audience -> Sketch -> Commercial -> Dave talks to audience -> Musical guest -> Commercial -> Dave talks to audience"? And aren't there only like 25 episodes? And half of the sketches are really short, like mock commercial sort of things. And half of the other ones are interminable and stupid.
Anyway, this tournament should start out with 12 at most.
The black white supremacist sketch alone gets it in the Comedy Hall of Fame.
Doesn't he live in like Yellow Springs?
Once I had brunch in Yellow Springs.
12: he does now (and he invites a bunch of random people from there, including a marching band) but he used to live (grew up?) in Brooklyn.
He owns a farm in Yellow Springs, but I think he lives in South Africa now.
The Block Party movie was so much better than the TV show.
A lot of it revolved around bringing the Central State University (Ohio) marching band to Brooklyn for the festivities.
I've never had brunch in South Africa.
"We traveled all the way back in time to call you a cracker"
I thought he grew up in Silver Spring? Am I imagining things?
Apparently he moved to New York after college. Anyhowthemovieisinbrooklyn
Where's the one where the actors are a roving band performing various musical styles: you get Dave and a guitarist showing up at a barber shop and playing something tepid, then a drummer shows up and it turns into funk (all the people in the barber shop totally rock out, dancing) ... segue to Dave and just a white guitarist playing something on the street, something white, and a couple of white people show up and start dancing, white style.
I'm forget the progression of the chain, but -- you know that one?
OK, thank you Wikipedia. He grew up in Silver Spring, and when his parents divorced his dad moved to Yellow Springs, and he would spend his summers there. (Wiki doesn't say anything about South Africa that I saw, but who knows?)
It's almost like you guys are interested in his pedigree rather than his work.
I gave M/tch the show DVDs a couple of years ago. It's too bad he can't get on FB at work so he could beat your ass down, heebie.
21: It's called People Dancing. It's not my favorite, but it has some good moments. M/tch loves that one.
6: Whatever happened to that British Army vet who had turned in the found shotgun to the police in good faith and then they had him up on illegal weapons charges? Did he actually go to prison and everything?
Oh wait, this isn't FB, is it? I can't keep up anymore.
26: The Unfoggetariat is not amused.
Cocaine is a helluva drug. (One might be surprised by just how often this phrase is apt. Or one might not.)
24.2: It's called People Dancing
I enjoyed the few episodes that I have seen. Maybe I should watch some more.
I have just started watching Portlandia. Dont spoil it for me!
Anyway, heebie is really racist.
30: Portlandia has been hit-or-miss for me, having seen maybe 3 episodes at random so far, but I saw one the other night that gave me a serious laughing giggle fit. Hit my funny bone, you might say. Yes, it had to do with farting. I'd thought I was above all that.
I want to echo apo's love for the black white supremacist sketch.
I want to echo apo's love for the black white supremacist sketch.
Nice echo effect.
I'm using my time less productively than you Pwned.
I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you.
"There's a lot of penis sicknesses out there, isn't that right, Q-Tip?"
I love the sketch where Charlie Murphy plays basketball with Prince.
I found that article super annoying because there weren't links to the actual sketches. No, I don't want to read your non-funny opinionating that just makes me want to see funny comedy sketches I can't see. Only sketches that were youtube-accessible (there are a few) should have qualified.
42: I'm guessing that stuff was taken down because of the article - that there was a surge of viewings that awakened Viacom (or whoever).
But yeah, without the sketches, worthless (because, even if you know Chapelle well, I'm not sure you know all 64 sketches well enough to follow along).
I found every single sketch with no problem at all, swallowing up the better part of a whole day. And I fucking suck at the internet. Maybe cracker-ass crackers can't see Chappelle or something.
44 to 41.
They're on Comedy Central, you know.
48: yes. But if it's a black comedian, it's too much trouble for people here to google the skits.
Asking to have it explained to you why the Chappelle Show was funny is like asking to have it explained to you why James Brown was apparently thought of as a good singer and dancer.
Right, just like James Brown there are several transcendent pieces, and a whole lot of things that are formulaic and indistinguishable from each other.
have it explained to you why James Brown was apparently thought of as a good singer and dancer
Maybe parsimon can give this a shot.
To CN, I can't think of any sketch comedy show with a better hit/miss ratio per episode and over the life of its run.
54 gets it right.
I must say the seed at No. 1 of the not very funny/uncomfortably racist "Pixies" (apparently, the sketch that sent Chappelle over the edge and to exile in South Africa) is inexplicable, as is putting "Oprah Pregnant" (one of the all time greats) at 7.
Completely OT: Yesterday I found myself wondering, out of the blue, how Gary Farber was doing. Looking at his blog it appears that the answer is "not well."
I just sent a donation and I wanted to mention it in case anybody else was so inclined.
I don't understand 53. What have I done wrong now?
I was just teasing you about 21. It's awfully hard to describe a comedy sketch without making it sound like the least funny thing imaginable.
Oh. I was just talking, in 21, to those who've seen it and might be able to identify it.
So I can't get this Chappelle thing on white people dancing to play. It's just a black screen when I hit the play button. In fact nothing of the video clips allegedly available at the Comedy Central link in 48 plays. Maybe it's just me/my system.
56: the seeds are based on how often the skits have been viewed at Comedy Central's site. They don't reflect value judgements on Rembert's part. In fact, he comments agrees with one of the two points you make here.