Friday, December 19, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008



On August 19th 2007, an oil tanker off the coast of Australia split in two,
dumping 20,000 tons of crude oil.
Senator Collins, a member of the Australian Parliament, appeared on TV
newsto reassure the Australian public.

This is a humorous take on government ministers' dislike of taking
responsibility for environmental matters.
The performers here are Australian comics John Clarke & Bryan Dawe.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Jack Benny & Groucho Marx (1955) on You Bet Your Life

On his TV show, Jack Benny plays a contestant on Groucho's "You Bet Your Life" Program. That's Irene Tedrow in between the two masters. Benny tries to guess the name of a common household object for $100.

John Cleese - How to Irritate People - Airplane Sketch

Friday, July 4, 2008

1988 Paul Hunt Gymnastics Comedy Beam Routine

Paul Hunt performs on balance beam at the 1988 USA-USSR display in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Rodney Dangerfield: How to Be an Auto Mech

Here's a hilarious classic bit of Rodney, Dick Butkus, and Bubba Smith pretending to be car mechanics. This clip is from Rodney Dangerfield's cable TV special - Exposed (1984).

Monday, June 30, 2008

George Carlin on the Tonight Show (1972)

May 2, 1972 The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. George reads some fan mail, and talks about his "hair piece."

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Bob Nelson Football Routine

From the 1980s, here's the famous football routine from comedian Bob Nelson. Taped at Dangerfield's.

Friday, June 27, 2008

George Carlin: Class Clown for Kids Only

A George Carlin routine in front of a kids audience.

This was from a children's special from about 1980.

George Carlin: Mike Douglas Show 1971

May 15, 1971 - The Mike Douglas Show. Live (at the time) at San Diego California U.S. International University. George does familiar routines, "Muhammed Ali" is included on this among others. Then a very optimistic George sits for an interview with Mike Douglas. !

George Carlin & Flip Wilson: The News

Feb 29, 1972 - The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. George & Flip cover the best of the news and keep us informed.

How to Torment a Telemarketer

Friday, June 20, 2008

Long-Derided, Terry Fator and His Puppets Get New Respect; the Turtle Does Kermit

After years of performing at elementary schools and state fairs, Dallas-based ventriloquist Terry Fator was on the verge of bankruptcy. Then last summer he earned some money and respectability by winning the "America's Got Talent" show on NBC.

He banked a $1 million prize, and the Las Vegas Hilton signed him to a yearlong, three-day-a-month gig. Still, his win didn't silence the snarky comments about ventriloquists. At the time, talk-show host Bill Maher quipped: "A ventriloquist won 'America's Got Talent' contest, proving that America does not have talent."

The 43-year-old Mr. Fator is used to such slights. Even contest judge David Hasselhoff openly sneered when Mr. Fator and his puppets first appeared on the show, "Oh no, not a ventriloquist!"

Mr. Fator eventually won him over with puppets such as Winston the impersonating turtle, who performed a dead-on imitation of Kermit the Frog singing "What a Wonderful World" and Roy Orbison belting "Crying (Over You)."

"We've been fighting a stigma for years and I hope I can be the one to change that," Mr. Fator says.

Despite an entrenched bias against practitioners of this old-fashioned art form, the past year has brought a wave of good fortune for ventriloquism, long-derided as the province of children's birthday parties and the lowest form of humor, barely a step above mimes.

Jay Johnson, 58, who starred on the TV show "Soap" three decades ago as a schizophrenic ventriloquist, won a Tony award last June for his autobiographical Broadway show, "The Two and Only." Jeff Dunham's recent Comedy Central special -- a first for a ventriloquist -- was one of the highest-rated specials on the network and his DVD has sold a half-million copies. Videos of ventriloquists on YouTube have helped draw younger fans.

'Figures of Speech'

Two filmmakers are documenting the world of ventriloquists. Former "West Wing" writer Mark Goffman has been following six ventriloquists through the year for his documentary, "Figures of Speech." The title refers to the fact that many ventriloquists now refer to their sidekicks as "figures" rather than dummies, in an effort to combat negative stereotypes.
For years, ventriloquists couldn't get any respect in the entertainment world. But after Terry Fator won the "America's Got Talent" contest last August, the practitioners of this old-fashioned art form are hitting the spotlight again. (June 20)

This fall, former Chicago theater director Bryan Simon will debut his documentary, "I'm No Dummy," in part a paean to bygone ventriloquist stars, including Edgar Bergen and his tuxedo-clad, monocle-wearing dummy Charlie McCarthy.

Ventriloquism fell out of favor in the mid-1970s after the TV variety show faded from the airwaves, taking along a national forum for vaudevillian-type acts ranging from talking puppets to plate spinners. Live comedy clubs existed solely for stand-up comics and their monologues.

"There was a bias in the clubs against any comedy but pure comedy," says Mr. Johnson.

Mr. Fator says the popularity of 1960s ventriloquists such as Señor Wences on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and Paul Winchell and Jimmy Nelson on Saturday morning children's TV led to an explosion in lazy performers and bad acts -- which hastened ventriloquism's fall from grace. Two years ago, the field was at such a low ebb, the Maher Ventriloquists Studios, the country's oldest maker of dummies and a popular home ventriloquism course, closed its doors after 70 years in business

Filmmaker Mr. Goffman's interest in the subject was sparked by his mother-in-law, a second-grade teacher who uses ventriloquism to keep students engaged. He traveled with her to a yearly ventriloquist convention in Fort Mitchell, Ky., home to Vent Haven, a ventriloquism museum. The museum houses classic puppets such as Farfel, a dog who pitched Nestlé's Quik on Saturday-morning TV.

"It started as a fun, quirky project to take me out of L.A. and I was won over by the art form and the people," says Mr. Goffman, whose film follows a gospel ventriloquist, a former Miss Ohio beauty-pageant contestant and Mr. Fator, among others.

Mr. Goffman has recorded the performers' rise in bookings in the past year, as Mr. Fator's win on national TV gave a boost to the profession. Now, when they announce they're ventriloquists, "people don't just walk away like they used to," Mr. Goffman says.

David Letterman, host of CBS's "Late Show," provided another boost. On a lark, he walked into a production meeting two years ago and told his writers and producers they ought to do a week showcasing ventriloquists. The first week was such a success, he repeated it this fall.

"Ventriloquism is such a simple form of comedy, but it always works," says Eric Stangel, a head writer on Mr. Letterman's show. "You know you're going to have a big guy with a smaller guy saying things he shouldn't say, but it's still funny. It was not the kind of thing you see on other shows."

Headlining in Vegas

In February 2007, Mr. Fator auditioned his act for three different Las Vegas producers; each one told him he wasn't "Vegas material." This May, he signed a $100 million, five-year deal to headline at Vegas's Mirage hotel, beginning Feb. 14. Now he has a full-time manager, road manager, publicist, and a team of writers.

In a recent sold-out show in the Las Vegas Hilton's 1,650-seat theater, Mr. Fator whipped through six puppets and more than a dozen songs, with the aid of a scantily clad showgirl, a seven-piece band and a stage with his name in 16-foot-high letters. He showcased his newest puppets, an Elvis impersonator and Julius, an African-American soul singer he described as a former member of the "Five Tops" and "Earth, Wind, Fire and Water."

Dinner With Robin Leach

After the show, Mr. Fator and his wife, a former receptionist at a veterinary hospital, were joined at dinner by former "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" host Robin Leach, who writes a daily celebrity news blog. Mr. Leach instructed Mr. Fator on the finer points of being a star, scolding him when he ordered a doggie bag for the remainder of his pasta dinner. Next time, Mr. Leach admonished him, have the hotel send the food up to his room. "Your fans will want to shake your hand as you walk through the lobby, and they don't want to see a soggy doggie bag," he said.

As he works to continue broadening his appeal, Mr. Fator is cutting back on the country music in his act, and plans to add a gay puppet, a "cougar" -- an older female who lusts after younger men -- and a beetle puppet that sings Beatles songs.

This fall, the ventriloquist will have the last laugh on those who doubted his ability to make it to the big time. He's publishing an autobiography called: "Who's the Dummy Now?"

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Bohemian Rhapsody - done in 25 voices

Amazing arrangement, impressions & impersonations.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Carol Burnett: A Friendly Business Lunch

Harvey Korman, Tim Conway and Steve Lawrence have a business lunch - a wickedly funny skit from the show.

Friday, May 30, 2008

RIP Harvey Korman

Intermezzo for Two Pianos

Dracula: Dead and Loving It

Hedley Lamarr

History of the World Part I

$20 Whore

The Star Wars Holiday Special

Carol Burnett Show: Simba

An episode of The Liar's Club from 1977 featuring some of Hogan's Heroes and Harvey Korman.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

RIP Harvey Korman

Tim Conway & Harvey Korman

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Greatest Prank Call Ever

The finest impressionist entertainer on Earth.

André-Philippe Gagnon [Wikipedia] is a Québécois impressionist entertainer. His act is unique for his specialized talent in impersonating the singing voices of celebrities as opposed to his contemporaries who typically can do only the speaking voices. He’s known for doing all the 18 voices in the classic We Are The World. He even imitates a saxophone here [Youtube], the Pink Panther anyone?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sarah Silverman first time with Kimmel on Hugh Hefner roast

the first time they ever met (according to Sarah herself)
They've been destined to be together from this early exchange.. (cited from The Late Show with David Letterman)

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Sinatra Group

A reminder of how great "Saturday Night Live" can be. From the 1990-91 season, here's Phil Hartman as Frank Sinatra doing a roundtable show a la "The McLaughlin Group."

To this day, I don't understand why Hartman's taunt to Sting (as Billy Idol) -- "I've got chunks of guys like you in my stool" -- didn't become a national catchphrase. Look for the always underrated Jan Hooks as Sinead O'Connor, Chris Rock as Luther Campbell, Victoria Jackson as Eydie Gorme, and Mike Myers as Steve Lawrence...

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sam Kinison Mocks Religion, Marriage And Family.

Samuel “Sam” Burl Kinison (December 8, 1953 – April 10, 1992) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. Kinison was famous for his extremely raunchy humor and amazingly wild, colorful outfits. A former revival-style preacher, his standup routines were most often characterized by intense, angry ranting and punctuated by his trademark scream. Kinison was voted #20 in Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest
Stand-ups of All Time.

Bill Hicks - Revelations (1993)

Bill Hicks - Revelations (1993)
Bill Hicks
56 min 22 sec -

Friday, March 14, 2008

Got Troubles? "THE OLD PHILOSOPHER" has

Eddie Lawrence as the "Old Philosopher" had a hit record in 1956 dispensing the kinds of advice that young people should have'll be so busy laughing that you'll forget that you had troubles! Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Knee in My Package

A message from the Canada Revenue Agency. Hands in my pocket parody.

Rowan Atkinson: 'The Piano Player'

Rowan Atkinson 'plays' the piano in the manner of a cartoon character.

This was a part of Amnesty International's 'The Secret Policeman's Ball' filmed in 1979, and also starring John Cleese, Billy Connoly, Michael Palin, Peter Cook and many more.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Male brain vs female brain.

Fridays: Andy Kaufman

This is the infamous "Marijuana" sketch from the early 80s comedy program, FRIDAYS, in which Andy Kaufman appeared to get into an on-air brawl with the cast and crew, including Michael Richards.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The State: Copy Shop

The State: Copy Shop
A thief tries to hold up a copy store, but soon finds out it's not your average Kinko's...

Johnny Carson: Interviews Woodchoping Lady

Cason Interviews Woodchoping Lady

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Whose line is it anyway - Funniest Songstyles ever!

Wayne has to sing for a female bodybuilder Jane Tricker...wayne looks sooo scrawny compared to her hehe

Monday, February 4, 2008

Tim Conway: The Jockey

tim conway is a horse jockey being interviewed

Tonight Show: Sam Kinison Standup

Sam Kinison does a standup routine on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson on December 28, 1989.

Steven Wright - Stand Up

He's afraid to go to sleep in case he dreams he's in a coma and wakes up unconcious.....

Friday, February 1, 2008

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Stupid game show answers

Gymnastic Comedy Routine: Paul Hunt

US gymnast Paul Hunt performs on uneven bars at the 1981 Nadia Tour at Madison Square Garden, NYC.

MADtv: The Olive Garden

Friday, January 25, 2008

Steve Martin: Billy Jean

This is a clip from a show called "The New Show". It was produced by Lorne Michaels and some of the other original SNL and SCTV creators. This was the opening sketch to the first show.

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Unknown Comic

The Unknown Comic is the stage name for Canadian-American actor and stand-up comic Murray Langston, best known for his comic performances on The Gong Show, usually appearing with a paper bag over his head.
Langston began his career in 1970 when he appeared on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, doing impressions of a fork, a tube of toothpaste and a grandfather clock. Later, at the suggestion of Redd Foxx, he teamed with comedian Freeman King, and after appearing on several episodes of The Midnight Special, they were spotted by producers and soon became regular performers on the The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.
After over 100 appearances with Sonny and Cher, Langston began to make appearances on many more series, including The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show, The Wolfman Jack Show, and The Bobby Vinton Show.
Langston also invested in a nightclub restaurant called "SHOW-BIZ", but the club closed within two years, taking his savings. Strapped for cash, he accepted an offer to appear on The Gong Show. However, he was reportedly embarrassed about appearing on the show, so he put a bag over his head, memorized a few old jokes, and became "The Unknown Comic". The character was a hit, and soon developed a cult following, appearing on more than 150 Gong Show episodes. Soon, he was appearing regularly in Las Vegas and made the rounds of many popular talk and variety shows.
Langston later produced The Unknown Comedy Hour for Playboy TV, followed by The Sex and Violence Family Hour, starring a very young Jim Carrey. He also wrote the screenplays for the films Night Patrol (1984), Up Your Alley (1988), and Wishful Thinking (1997), and was co-host of "The NEW Truth or Consequences" (1987).
In the early 1990s, Langston decided to retire from show business to concentrate on raising his daughter as a single father.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Mitch Hedberg:

Mitch Hedberg on Just for Laughs: On the Edge

Friday, January 11, 2008

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Jimmy Carr on Conan

Robin Williams: Elmer Fudd Sings Bruce Springsteen

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

The Hallelujah Chorus, with closed-captioning:

actually, it's men dressed in drag as nuns... men who are supposed to be monks who've taken a vow of silence but still want to perform Handel's Messiah. They refer to themselves as "the nuns of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence"

note: if you like the video above, watch another performance by the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus. This longer version includes the introduction by Dr. Stan Hill, Artistic Director. His intro is great and the performance is different. VERY enjoyable!

Monday, January 7, 2008

George Carlin: Voting

Steven Wright: When the Leaves Blow Away

Marty Feldman: Undertaker Sketch

Marty Feldman was (he died in 1982) an English writer, comedian, and BAFTA-Award winning actor. On film, he's best remembered as Igor in Young Frankenstein. Because he suffered from a thyroid condition known as Graves Disease, his eyes bulged strikingly.

Here, in this undertaker sketch, the late (and great) Spike Milligan also plays a major role.

Saturday, January 5, 2008