Archive for November, 2011

Joke theft: the only thing stand up comics take VERY seriously.

Carlos Mencia is “back.” Not everyone is thrilled…

Consider the profile’s discussion of Mencia’s infamous set of interviews with Marc Maron on Maron’s WTF podcast. The piece describes them as “a still-controversial series of interviews that burnished Mr. Maron’s reputation but cast a harsh light on Mr. Mencia,” as though there’s some debate about whether Maron used Mencia or depicted him unfairly. So far as I can gather, there isn’t (nor, in my opinion, should there be).

In reference to the podcast, the profile also provides a rather troubling quote from Mencia himself. If it aired years before, Mencia says, “I would have told truths about Steve [Trevino] and Willie [Barcena; two comics whom Maron interviewed on the podcast, who said a number of damaging things about Mencia] that they never ever would want anybody to know. I’d be ruthless and very cruel and hurtful.” The profile calls this Mencia’s “version of the high road,” but really it’s anything but: It allows Mencia to insinuate that he knows horrible things about those two men without having to provide any evidence that he actually does. (…)

All of which makes it difficult to feel sympathy for Mencia. And he’s not entirely undeserving of it: Other comics, including Dane Cook and Robin Williams, have been accused of joke theft multiple times without suffering severe professional consequences the way Mencia has. And the fellow comic who took it on himself to make the accusations public, Joe Rogan (most famous for hosting Fear Factor), seems, frankly, like a bully and a jerk, one who handled the matter in pretty much the most obnoxious and self-aggrandizing manner possible.

Dane Cook hasn’t “suffered”? Really? Yes, he’s super successful now but predictably, that fact has also lowered him further in the eyes of his (notoriously jealous, grudge-holding) peers (see above) and within rabid fandom.


Jeremy Clarkson stopped giving a crap a long time ago

When asked about the public sector workers who went on strike today across Britain, Clarkson, 51, said: “I’d have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families.

“I mean how dare they go on strike when they’ve got these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living.”


BC mob lynches beloved Dutch Christmas character cuz ‘eez black, init?

Ingenious solution:

If you want to save Zwarte Piet, tell the anti-Christmas crowd he is gay.


How stupid do you have to be to write for the Ottawa Citizen?

Apparently, this stupid.


Well, Steve Jobs DID say he was glad he wasn’t aborted…

Is new iPhone pro-life?


#OccupyRushLimbaugh fizzles in the drizzle

But the sparse group wasn’t met without resistance. Audience members who had lined up outside the Time Square-area theater let the protesters know what they thought of the protesters’ hygiene, and at one point even broke out into “God Bless America” to drown out the anti-Limbaugh hate.


CNN: Your moral and intellectual superiors…

Get punked by veteran Howard Stern prank caller.


“I’m amazed by this,” Stern said Monday on his SiriusXM show. “I think Janks was booked as a guest like 12:30 in the afternoon. So, from 12:30 to 5:30 at night, when he got on, CNN doesn’t even check their sources. It’s kind of crazy.”


Mark Steyn on Michael Coren’s show for the full hour tonight: 7pm ET


Income inequality! ‘The entitlement state is largely in the business of transferring wealth from unwealthy youngsters…’

to seniors comprising the most wealthy generation in the nation’s history.

Who in turn either spend it consciously at casinos, rummage sales, Wal-Mart and QVC, or unconsciously making nursing home owners rich.

Either way:

Money well spent!


Today’s edition of ‘Muslim? Or Stupid?’

“Gridlock! President Obama Holding Three Traffic-Snarling Fundraisers On Same Night As Tree Lighting”


Is ‘care’ the Chinese word for ‘forced labor’?

Although I love that the Whole Foods guy is a Randian libertarian who got rich catering to shallow socialists.


‘I got seven outta the ten things that kill n******’

Nick DiPaolo and Artie Lange remember Patrice O’Neal.

Misty watercolored mem’ries of… 2004 or thereabouts:


The day David Suzuki dies, don’t wait for my phone call. Don’t wait for my email.

Just show up at my place around 8pm for the party. (BYOB.)

PS: You lurk in my basement, you die.

I won’t be holding a sitar…


If you’re 26-years-old, still in college and IN THE BAND, you deserved to croak anyway

“7 Hazing Incidents on Film”

The scene below and the one that follows it aren’t referenced in the article, and have nothing to do with “hazing” per se, but who cares, really?


‘Archaeologists unearth drawings by Sex Pistols on wall of London flat’

OK, I get it: I’m old.