Personally, I’m a big fan of political humor. I’m an extremely liberal-minded person, so I tend to watch left-slanting comedians (but I do enjoy a good “hippies are pussies” joke from time to time). So what happens when comedians actually take their views a step further (ie: off the stage) and actually try to make a difference?
The result may resemble something like Saving Bristol, a website set up by comedian Doug Stanhope. Saving Bristol aims to raise as much money as possible (including $50,000 from Stanhope personally) to offer to Bristol Palin as an escape plan.
From the mouth of Stanhope himself:
“Never in history has a woman been under more pressure to keep an unwanted pregnancy than Bristol Palin. She is the teenage daughter of Alaska Governor & Vice-Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin – a conservative, Creationist Christian power-vampire and pro-life huckster who has put Bristol and her un-welcomed fetus at the center of a politico-religious crusade to stop her exercising her constitutional right to terminate the pregnancy.
Rather than sit back and impotently bemoan Bristol’s tragic, lonely circumstance, it is time for us – the silent majority – to unite behind this poor, imprisoned woman and save her from both a tyrannical household as well as the horrible nightmare of a forced childbirth.”
All of this may come off as a bit strange, but Stanhope mentions on the site that he was once in a similar situation. I have to admit, it is freshing to see a comedian actually do something to try to make a difference. Obviously this is an extreme attempt (a young girl abandoning her family is a pretty unlikely thing to happen), but at least he seems genuine about it.
If you’ve ever gone to RooftopComedy’s Staff Picks page then you’ve undoubtedly seen Jeff “MadMan” Morris’ official title – Legendary Intern. There really isn’t any other way to describe Jeff. His bright and cheery antics have brought smiles to the RooftopComedy office for over a year now, and today is his final day. Jeff is responsible for many traditions here, including: picking up breakfast sandwiches every Friday from Toaster Oven, stock piling massive amounts of gum, wearing sunglasses indoors, and nerf basketball.
Jeff is leaving us to finish up art school and become a world-famous cinematographer. Good luck buddy, you will be missed!
OK, so by now we all know that Doug Benson smokes weed. I mean, the man created The Marijuana-Logues. Benson is an expert at crafting jokes for the weed smoking community, and has taken this talent to the big screen. In Super High Me, Doug Benson sets out to discover what effects marijuana have on his stand-up career, his mind, and his body.
Based on a concept similar to Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me”, Doug Benson documents his experience of abstaining from weed for 30 days, and then consuming massive amounts for 30 days. Since Doug is already a stoner, the 30 days of sobriety are just as funny as his 30 days of being baked.
Super High Me is just as much about stand-up comedy as it is about weed. The film has some excellent cameos from the LA comedy scene. Comedians Jimmy Dore, Sarah Silverman, Dana Gould, Zach Galifianakis, Bob Odenkirk, Patton Oswalt and tons of others discuss their views on marijuana, and one of them even smokes it on camera.
People that don’t enjoy smoking reefer will enjoy this movie as well. “Super High Me” examines California’s system of medical marijuana use and adds a much needed layer of seriousness that keeps the movie from being just a bunch of dumb stoner moments.
Go check out some of Doug’s clips on RooftopComedy.com, and add “Super High Me” to the top of your Netflix queue!
Posted: August 14th, 2008 under Uncategorized.
Last night Iliza Shlesinger was announced as the first female (and sixth overall) winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Along with a cash prize, development deal, and a new car, Iliza will join a few of the other finalists on a nationwide tour. Hopefully this will be a perfect jump start to take her to superstar-dome.
As a nod to female comics everywhere, here is one of my favorite clips from Maria Bamford discussing women comics:
OK, so we’ve all seen John McCain’s ad where he calls Barack Obama the world’s biggest celebrity and likens him to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Recently, Paris Hilton felt the urge to defend her honor and came right back at McCain with a video of her own. In the words of Paolo, “God bless America”.
Check out what Costaki Economopolous has to say about all of this:
Tune in to Comedy Central tonight at 11 p.m. for an all-new, one-hour stand-up special from Jimmy Dore.
In the stand-up special, “the weed-philosophizing political commentator” will give his humorous explanations for why the Clinton sex scandal upset the American public, why watching Christian talk shows is dangerous when you’re high and delves into the paranoia surrounding retailer The Gap. “Plus, Dore makes Al-Qaeda look less scary—by naming a fruity vodka drink after them!,” network officials said.
Several members of the RooftopComedy staff (including myself) were lucky enough to attend the live taping of this show at the Fillmore in San Francisco. I can tell you first hand that this show was gut-bustingly funny. If you’re a long-time fan of Jimmy, you will not be disappointed, and if you’re new to his material, this is Jimmy at his best. I suggest you turn off your cell phone, throw on some sweat pants, and settle in for a night of hilarity!
Jennifer is trying to get back home, but its a lot more complicated than that. The guy sitting next to her in the taxi is smoking cigarettes, but won’t roll the window down because he doesn’t want to let the tear gas in. The 70 year old grandmother on her other side wants to know why her Arabic is so bad, why she doesn’t wax her arms and why at the age of 28 she is not yet married. It’s 100 degrees outside, and she’s been in this taxi for 2 hours even though it should have been a 20 minute ride. And all she can focus on are the soldiers on the one side of the road shooting rubber bullets through traffic at the kids hurling stones on the other side of the road. Wait, why did she want to come to Palestine?
Oh yes that’s right, sick and tired of the unsolicited discussions, debates and disagreements about her identity and her opinions about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Jennifer decides to go to Palestine and figure it out for herself. Join her on American and Palestinian soil on auditions, bad dates, and across military checkpoints as she navigates the thorny question of "where are you from?", and defines for herself what being a single, Christian Palestinian-American woman really means. Apparently it means a lot of comedy.
Posted: July 8th, 2008 under Uncategorized.