The AV Club is reporting that Koko Taylor passed in Chicago due to complications from surgery. A true queen of the blues. She was 80.
Rob from Kasper Hauser was interviewed by All Things Considered host Robert Siegel today about one of KH's two new books, "Weddings of the Times."
Jimmy Pardo and Matt Belknap are the hosts of Never Not Funny, one of the world's most popular comedy podcasts. Pardo has been a standup comic for twenty years, and has appeared on the Tonight Show and been featured in his own Comedy Central special. He's also hosted television shows like National Lampoon's Funny Money on GSN and Movies at Our House on AMC. Belknap works in film development, and is the founder of the comedy fan website aspecialthing.com.
These are my ten favorite comedy shows, ever. Selected by favoriteness (not greatness, not influence, just favoriteness). No particular order. Cheated a little by counting Brass Eye and The Day Today as one show, and Letterman as one show.
My favorite right now is 30 Rock, my favorite ever is Larry Sanders.
Brass Eye / The Day Today
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Larry Sanders Show
Late Night / Late Show with David Letterman
King of the Hill
You may have noticed that we're sponsoring a really awesome comedy film festival in LA.
We'll be giving away tickets to some awesome movies throughout the festival, but here's two great flicks to start us off. To enter, email our intern John at firstname.lastname@example.org with your film preference, full name, and two favorite words and definitions - one real, one fake. A pair of tickets will go to the author of our favorite real word, and our favorite fake one.
Saturday night at 10:45, there's a screening of "TV Carnage," a bizarre and amazing collection of insanity, including a main feature called "One Man Force" that promises to be a gem of disastrous cinema. As the Cinefamily folks put it: "TV Carnage barfs up its frenetic celebration of the human thought process with a magical odyssey of alternative judgment calls and creative decision making."
Above, an example of the kind of madness that will be shown in the shorts program.
At 8PM Saturday night, a screening of the documentary "Winnebago Man." Documentarian Ben Steinbauer tracks down the man in the legendary viral clip above, and finds much more than he expected - a rich, brilliant, heroic American figure. A huge hit at SXSW this year.
Congratulations to our winners, Mariel and Riley!
Thanks to some awesome volunteers who came by this weekend, a huge number of pledge thank yous are going out this week.
All of the t-shirts will be mailed this week, and all of the thank you gifts except for the Mustache TVs, which had a slight delay in printing.
We'll have one more volunteer day in a week or two to put together Mustache TVs, but besides those, everything should arrive within the next two weeks. Enjoy!