In what is arguably the most significant event in Internet television history, the cult-sitcom “Arrested Development” aired a new, 15-episode season on Sunday, more than seven years after its cancellation. The Bluth and Fünke families returned, an episode or two each dedicated to what the individual characters were up to in the aftermath of the [...]
When Steven Kirby tries to impress the ladies, he opens with the following: “I’m the third funniest guy in the state of Oregon.” The response he typically gets? “Are the first two single?” But don’t feel bad for the political science and planning, public policy and management major. The 20-year-old took third place at Oregon’s [...]
Would sharks be embarrassed if they knew we could totally see their dorsal fins above the water? Comedian Louis C.K. thinks so, and it really makes you wonder. Then again, a lot of Louis’ jokes in his newest HBO comedy special “Oh My God” make you wonder. Are, perhaps, people with nut allergies more expendable [...]
He’s known as the one-man-jam band and the mad scientist of music. Keller Williams takes an interesting approach to improvisational music by being the sole musician on stage, accompanied only by a range of instruments and gadgets. And within all the commotion of doing an entire band’s work, Williams manages to find the time to [...]
Oh, by the way, Whose Line is coming back. More details later. — Colin Mochrie (@colinmochrie) March 1, 2013 Improv and comedy fans, rejoice: The cult classic television show — “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” — is returning after six years off the air. ABC was home to this hilarious improvisational comedy television show [...]
Comedian and author John Hodgman has a message for University of Oregon students: “Study hard. Don’t drink hashish all the time. Go easy on the sexting and take fish oil. It’s good for the skin and coat. Live your dreams. Don’t ever forget that you are mortal. That guy you’re seeing is a jerk. You [...]
John Hodgman isn’t the only TV personality heading to Eugene in the next few months. Many other stand-up comedians on the national circuit making guest appearances in movies and television shows will be coming here. — Hannibal Buress (comedian, TV writer): Friday, March 29 — WOW Hall — Buress has written for “Saturday Night Live” [...]
When it comes to zombie movies, my standards are incredibly low. I don’t care much about plot, characters, dialogue or camera work. I’ll accept any original story, no matter how outrageous — from the vaguely mentioned outbreak in “Shaun of the Dead” to the contaminated water in “The Crazies.” Sure, I still appreciate a well-constructed [...]
Zombie rom-com: that label alone should have film-buffs excited for the movie “Warm Bodies,” which was released Feb. 1. I mean, have you ever heard anything like it? Zombies sentient enough to partake in an affair of love and romance? Finally, I thought, sitting down to watch “Warm Bodies” Friday night. Finally something new. The [...]
This year will not be short of comedies — in fact, like every year, the film industry will be flooded with way too many comedies with predictable plots, flat jokes and bad actors. Here are just a few that I’ll watch in hopes of gaining a few intellectual (and sometimes mindless) laughs. “The Hangover Part [...]
The New York-based Found Footage Festival comes to Eugene tonight at 8 p.m. at the Bijou Theater, where a series of mostly unknown videos featuring strange and funny real-life characters will be played for the enjoyment of film-lovers. Featured videos must abide by two simple rules: they must be on a physical format (no YouTube, [...]
The improv comedian and standup comic is best known for his work on the American television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
Comedian Dave Chappelle hit Eugene with only a few days’ notice on July 23, performing to a sold-out crowd at the McDonald Theatre. Appearing to do improv for most of the show, Chappelle pleased the crowd with anecdotes and wit that was, at times, subtle and profound. To make a comparison to Mark Twain might be apt, as the comedian seems to have mellowed with time. Chappelle seems almost to have a collected calm about him surrounding his tenure on “Chappelle’s Show,” which appears to hound him at every turn.
Stepping into the Hollywood Theatre on Sandy Boulevard in Portland, Ore., I got an impression of the run-down nature that the city usually evokes in the minds of people not from there.
Seattle-based comics Louie Foxx and Matt Baker performed a stunt comedy variety show Friday evening at Cozmic Pizza to an all-ages audience.
For those living here, many of the vegan, Mother Nature, natural birth, free love and acid-trip jokes land close to home.
With over 2,500 likes in one day, “University of Oregon Memes” allows anyone to upload images lampooning college life at the University. The images, called “memes,” have become a widespread internet phenomenon — and Hunter and Shelstad have localized the craze.
“I recently read a study that mentioned that kids these days are typing ‘lol’ and not actually laughing,” said Leigh Ann Jasheway, University of Oregon professor and professional comic. But the kids that came to the quarterly (and free) “Quack Me Up” stand-up comedy showcase held in the Ben Linder room in the EMU on [...]
With the dark and rainy winter just around the corner, Leigh Anne Jasheway wants to help people lighten up and have fun. She did just that at the 6th Annual Northwest Women’s Comedy Festival on Saturday night at the Wildish Community Theater in Springfield.
Editor’s note: This satirical article is part of the Emerald’s “Shallot” series. As such, the content is unbelievably fake. On Tuesday, Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater, hired John Ashcroft as its ethics director. In lesser-reported news, Ritalin, Inc. hired Earl Simmons, better known as rapper DMX, to its ethics director position. Frank D. Courier, [...]