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Joel McHale and the inestimable Stephen Fry in a show that mocks snowflake millennials? I am so there. More

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Serenity was written by a flaming hippie. Yet the ultimate conflict is pitch perfect for tyrannical governments trying to remake human nature. Sure, the film is blemished by a preacher who doesn’t care about God, but there’s a nugget of good sense even in that scene.

“You don’t know what it’s like to work in the private sector. They expect results.” This was from a star of Saturday Night Live, for crying out loud! If you don’t recognize the quote, I will forgive you … eventually.

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I was watching some of Mr. Newhart’s old routines–you know the one with the bomb disposal, the one with the driving instructor & so forth–with the young miss, as one does, innocently eating ice cream–when what should strike! This has Obergefell written all over it! You read it here first folks! More

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reallyThe internet features lots of snark, but precious little wit. Spend any time on social media, and you’ll find that most confuse the two.

Wit is defined as “the keen perception and cleverly apt expression of those connections between ideas that awaken amusement and pleasure.” Snark is “to be critical in a rude or sarcastic way.” Of course, sarcasm and rudeness can be funny, but the problem with most snark is its purely negative intent. Don Rickles is obnoxiously rude but everyone knows he doesn’t mean it. And funny sarcasm contains a wink to the recipient that it’s all in good fun. But snark holds the subject in contempt and the goal is harm him while virtue-signaling to the cool kids.

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Back in the 1970s Australian TV featured a variety performer under the name of Norman Gunston. His shtick was relentless self-promotion, angling to get a cigarette commercial (the route he held to winning the TV Logie Award, like Paul Hogan), comb over, misaligned buttoning of his jacket and, toilet paper dots to soak up his shaving […]

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We start with a confession: I am not that witty. Maybe mildly humorous on a good day. But I have good writers. When I was a teenager I fell in love with network radio from the so-called “Golden Age.” I was most certainly the only one in my high school that did. Back then you […]

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Old school stand up from the man behind “The Wheel” More

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Can-We-Take-a-JokeI am pleased to announce that the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia will be holding an advance screening of the FIRE-supported documentary Can We Take a Joke? to celebrate “Freedom Day” on April 13! Can We Take a Joke? is a documentary about the threats outrage culture poses to comedy and free speech, and features interviews with famous comedians including Adam Carolla, Gilbert Gottfried, Lisa Lampanelli, Heather McDonald, Penn Jillette, and more.

If you are from the Philadelphia area (or plan on being in Philadelphia on April 13) and would like to attend the screening, please email Haley Hudler at [email protected]. To learn more about Can We Take a Joke?, visit the film’s Facebook page, follow its Twitter account, and sign up for email updates at its website. You can also check out an exclusive outtake of Penn Jillette’s interview from the film below.

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This is very sad news. Yesterday, comedian Garry Shandling died of an apparent heart attack at age 66. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-garry-shandling-died-66-20160324-story.html Shandling started out as a comedy writer for seventies-era sitcoms such as “Welcome Back, Kotter”, and after several years, tried his hand at stand-up comedy where he eventually caught the eye of Johnny Carson. He became […]

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It feels like this is a good time to revive the best of the Marx brothers movie. Watch, weep, laugh, enjoy, & shake your head at the eerie precision, accuracy, & acribiousness of description of life under the tyranny of virtue. More

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Some of my fellow Ricochetti know I am of the opinion that we do not have enough comedy. What follows is an utterly accurate account of an utterly accurate bio-pic verified by many scrupulous scholars & consulted upon by many key witnesses, all people who were sober at the time. While Hollywood has moved away from bio-pics […]

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In the paragraph regarding the *constitutional importance* of the USDA and HHS “telling adults what to eat,” this hyperlink would have been pretty good, but if someone could have found a link to an actual video clip from the episode, it would have been amazing: https://twitter.com/southpark/status/517498459239497728 My personal favorite show by conservative-leaning writers.  More

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This is the Star wars cantina song–maybe some of my fellow Ricochetti are legally prevented from enjoying this fun song by the, one hopes, inimitable Mr. Richard Cheese. Some other version on youtube may be legal or legal-ish… More

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One of the things I really love about Netflix is how it’s introducing me to some pretty great TV shows from around the world. One thing that’s keeps amazing me is how much programming there is from elsewhere that doesn’t follow the progressive party line in lockstep. This week, I started watching “Dreamland,” a sitcom […]

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Progressives have often been ridiculed on Ricochet for emphasizing feelings over actions, intentions over results. What good is a hashtag against terrorism or colored ribbons against a disease? Be serious! But must we always be serious about serious problems? If sympathetic expressions are cheap and easily dismissed, why are emotionally detached jokes not dismissed with […]

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So it rather feels like this, at least in caricature … Me: Goodness, things are pretty bad in the Middle East. It’s a humanitarian disaster. More

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 As a follow up to this and this, I present the second installment of the webseries Wigs… More

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“Hey, the white boy thinks it’s scooter time.”

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