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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Netflix Comedians- Trevor Noah

I love searching for new comedians on Netflix because Netflix has fully embraced stand up comedy more than most with the exception of Comedy Central. Netflix is putting out comedy by some favorites like Todd Glass, John Mulaney, and even Bill Burrs last special came out on Netflix first and his new special is set to drop in December on Netflix.  On stand up comedy alone its totally worth the money but Netflix is not why I decided to do this post, I decided to do this post because I wanted to let people know about a comedian I had never heard of until I saw him on Netflix by the name of Trevor Noah.

When you talk about a black comic you think of comics like Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, and Eddie Murphy.  But I think this guy is in a weirder category like Hannibal Buress, he’s not a Def Jam comic he is just a comic doing his own thing. Trevor Noah is South African, his comedy and accent definitely reflect that.  He comes to America with an outsiders perspective about what it means to be American and black and African American in modern day America.  His observations on the everyday things the Americans take for granted are sharp and hilarious.

His special, available on Netflix, African  American is an hour of some of the best comedy today.  I believe that this kind of smart comedy is a nice break from some of the mind numbing silliness.  Even as cool as this special and comedian are they are made all the cooler with the accent.  So when you get a chance check it out and enjoy some cool smart comedy.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stinkin Monkees 15- Easy Go

Here we have our hero thinking he has a girlfriend but as soon as he turns around to meet his friends shes gone.  How many of us can relate to this kind of thing, sure you probably didnt lose a girlfriend in the blink of and eye or even so fast that she left a cloud of dust but maybe you thought you had something you really didnt have in a relationship. The poor guy was probably so in love he couldnt see the forrest for the trees.  All I know is I can relate to that last panel. That one hurts!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Movie I Can’t Wait To See – Dear White People

Holy crap I was just cruising Hulu when I found this, the title grabbed me and I had to watch the trailer.  The first trailer has a group of young “African American” (I put quotes because I hate adding something to American just to describe a slight aesthetic difference, don’t forget I’m “Mexican American”) standing in front of the box office at the theater drilling the poor guy about why every black character in movies is some sort of a cliché.  The movie appears to be a comedy because as we all know, you cant just come right out and say the things you want to but when put into joke form you can say almost anything you want.

The movie seems to take place on a college campus, the only place a conversation like this could even take place without old people talking about the “good old days.”  Even the material is comedic in nature the questions being asked are the right questions that need to be asked.  This movie seems to have the classics in it like, “racism is over.” 

The second trailer is much longer and more in depth about the movie.  The lead is female and black with a radio show.  It seems to be a movie where the overzealous meet the way too relaxed to create the racism spectrum of the movie.  Its making fun of the subject because the subject is not even really allowed to be a subject.  I agree that we have come a long way in race relations in America but we are at a breaking point and this is how the conversation gets started. 

I recommend this movie because I’m gonna watch it even if it doesn’t come to my racist redneck sister humpin town.

Theatrical release is 10-17-14

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Don't Be A Bully, Ridicule Responsibly!- from the Having Fun With Depression blog

First let me tell you just a  little about myself.  I am in a constant fight with depression (surprise!), you know I’m not lying because of the depression I’ve left in the couch (roll snare drum).  I guess I deal with depression the way I deal with everything else in my life, with humor.  Ive been doing stand up comedy for the last couple of years and they seem to feed each other.  The depression gives me the focus I need to write about how much my life sucks but if none of it goes over too well the depression kicks up again…. But it helps!  I’m not advising anyone to do stand up comedy because it can suck and just make things worse especially if you’re not funny but writing is good therapy.  But wait, you don’t know what to write about. Sure you do, I’ll help you that’s why I’m here but lets have some fun along the way.

This blog is gonna be dedicated not fixing you but trying to brighten your day a little and letting you know that life sucks and we’re all in it together.  When you’re depressed the hardest thing to do is feel better about your situation and to put a smile on your face.  I think you just need to find the right smile because there are different kinds.  I’ve always hated the “I’m happy” smile,(those happy bastards) it just seems like showing off. Then there is the “I’m nervous” smile (I know this one all too well), I personally like this one because it drives people away instead of inviting them in.  The one that comes easy when you’re depressed is the “ha ha you just fell down” smile, this is my favorite one because it doesn’t mean you’re happy or pretending anything, you’re just enjoying another persons embarrassing moment. 

Enjoying another persons pain seems harsh but it works (wow that sounds way worse than I intended) for a good laugh.  I don’t mean to go be a bully and start pushing people down what I mean is that basically comedy is tragedy plus time.  The theory is pretty simple its basically the equivalent of imagining pushing your bully down a flight of stairs, you would never do it but it makes you feel good just to think about it.  Works the same way with your personal problems like making the joke first before anyone else does taking the power away from everyone else. Lets try an exercise.

This is how I write my comedy but it also works as therapy and having a good laugh at yourself.  First make a list of things you hate about yourself. For example- being fat,skinny, being weird, dull, ugly, poor, rich (you get the idea). Next pick one. Now start making jokes (yes its as simple as it sounds, don’t worry I have examples).  For example, lets say you’re depressed that your overweight girlfriend just dumped you (I know that seems really specific but it happened to me I just wasn’t depressed about it, don’t look at my like that I’m not lying).  Lets start making fun of your fat girlfriend (remember these are not to use anywhere else other than on your page or the stage, don’t be a bully). 

The following is my thought process while writing a joke.
Lets start with how fat she is. Being fat is gross. Her being naked is gross. Here is the joke- my fat girlfriend was naked in the bed when I walked into the room and she said she wanted me to do anything to her… so I dressed her.
Now if that made you laugh you just experienced the kind of laugh that is even still possible when you’re depressed (maybe that’s why its my favorite kind of laugh). Making fun of your problems is the best way to get over them (it works for me) so give it a shot.  Or maybe if you want me to do some of the heavy lifting for you let me know what to make fun of in the comments and we can make fun of it together.

If you want some extra laughs follow me on twitter @smellyfingertee

Don’t forget, Don’t Be A Bully,  Ridicule Responsibly!