Monday, April 29, 2013

Convergence Comedy Clips

Doo Daa Doo Doo (Tim & Eric--& Pierre) want to meet your dad.

Here comes the landlord, one of the originals from Funny or Die.

More recent: Michael Shannon reads Insane Sorority Letter

From 1997, Troops.

Stork Patrol.

Lazy Sunday.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Recombinant Comedy, Transmedial Mobility, and Viral Video

Gurney, “Recombinant Comedy, Transmedial Mobility, and Viral Video”

Jerry Palmer’s theory says that comedy arises from the tension between plausibility and implausibility or "the way in which the comic moment plays upon preexisting notions of how things 'should be.'”

                      Box Monster Attack Prank [Click to watch]
Nothing scarier than a stockroom and a creative person.

Humor can be found in shared expectations of culture. In order to be comedic the set up and pay off must both be understood by the viewer.

Comedic timing and short length are key elements to many viral videos. In this way they are very similar to some of the first comedic films that wee made.

Metacomedy is comedy about comedy. This includes the sketch comedy of "Tim and Eric Awesome Show" with it's segment “Vista Fresh Mobile Viral Clip of the Week.” in the way the segment references elements of their own show and also parodies the involvement of corporate a sponsor. Another example of metacomedy is "Hitler finds out about the Downfall Parodies" which is a parody of previous parodies using footage of Hitler from the movie Downfall.

This refers to the parts of media that can be removed or modified without destroying the whole. This would include the individual skits on shows like “Saturday Night Live” and “Sesame Street.”  Viral videos act modularly within a video site and by being embedded in other sites. These videos can be used in different contexts to generate new comic texts.

In a similar way to how Abbott and Costello’s sketch comedy “Who’s on First?” routine became widely reused. The internet allows users to share their variations of previous comedic videos with a wide audience.

It is when “data of one format are coded into another.” Any pre-existing form of film or video footage can easily be converted and uploaded on to YouTube. Sound, music, photographs and many forms of art can also be used in a video. These can then be rearranged and edited into any number of combinations.  

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Carlin 7 Words

Pryor on SNL: Word Association

Eddie Murphy: "White Like Me"

Murphy vs. Pryor

Bringing the Black:  Eddie Murphy and African American Humor on Saturday Night Live
                                                               by Raquel Gates

Gates argues that the incompatibility between social critique and mainstream success obscures the socio-political significance of Murphy's work on SNL.  (Critics have dismissed his work as apolitical).


Pyor began in clubs and eventually performed on The Tonight Show and The Ed Sullivan Show.



Murphy's main reason for success was that he placed cultural commentary into more conventional-even stereotypical-performances.  His development of his own characters gave him plenty of opportunities to do this.

Still even more characters...


Murphy's characters bolstered the ratings, allowed him to develop an even more successful movie career while "bringing the black" onto the set of SNL and eventually, it's rightful place in popular culture.

Monday, April 8, 2013

And Now ...the News?

And Now ... the News? Mimesis and the Real in The Daily Show

Mimesis & Real

*  Definition
*  The Daily Show
*  Implications

The Daily Show

*  Background
*  Description
*  Interviews
     1) Ambush
     2) On-Site
*  Extras

Jon Stewart

*  Personal Characteristics
*  Coordination of the show
*  Status

Monday, April 1, 2013

Family Guy



Family Guy " I dream of Jesus" episode from Oct-5/2008
                     " No meal on wheels" episode March-25/2007

1- Equal opportunity offender 
  •  Race

  • Religion

  • Gender

  •  Pop Culture  


  • Stereotypes

  • Culture

2- Click culture

  •  TV networks expansion online 
  • User control TV content
  • Integration into social network 
  • Merchandise-spin offs- web forums

3- Target audience
  • Male 18-34 "lost boys" = alienate certain audiences in order to appeal to others.
 4- protest
  • parents TV council
  • - Everything is categorizes at the same level  "IT IS JUST A JOKE" 

" Family Guy naturalizes the notion that its audiences everyday lived experiences is one in which everyone and everything is capable of being made fun of"