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Just 207 Words

We haven’t had a lot of chances to watch Louis CK work a crowd, but this seemed like a good time. Nerdwriter1 decided to illustrate the anatomy of both a Louis CK joke, and his masterful delivery.

We thought it wise to watch some of his work before studying this analysis, and were delighted by both experiences.

Now take a look if you will, at the magic that can be rendered with just 207 words.

We’re usually predisposed to let the comedy happen how it will and not dig too deep to see the gears turning. But this time it turned out to be both instructive and hilarious.


Comedy seems to be the most popular mechanism for entertainment among the participants in the 48 Hour Film Project. It’s probably because when people are having fun making a movie, they tend to want to laugh, and that makes them want the audience to laugh, and well…

The San Jose 48 Hour Film Project is going to happen in early Springtime (probably the start of April) and if you have a desire to make an audience laugh, you’ll be able to sign up right around the start of next month. keep an eye on their website or the Facebook page for news as the registration launch grows near.

Tears Don’t Always Hurt

We believe that tears have many uses. (You can use them to lubricate a door hinge if you collect enough. And they also make a great salad dressing, if you mix them with whiskey and remorse.)

We challenge you to watch this clip to the end, and if you don’t experience tears, we’ll send you an AED to get your heart started again.

We won’t ask you if your tears were from hysteria or from the sadness of genius lost.

One cool thing though, his playmate is still running around loose. So keep your eyes peeled because we need this kind of laughter badly these days. (And meanwhile, we’re watching the last minute of that again, and now the tears are sadness.)


Filmmakers who participate in the 48 Hour Film Project often trend toward comedy because it easily wins the hearts of  audiences. We just learned this weekend that the San Jose 48 Hour Film Project will return in April and will present awards to the winners in May.

Stay tuned here for more intel on this amazing time-based filmmaking challenge, or get over to their Facebook page and learn how you can get involved.

Split Perspective

Life works out better when we realize that everything is perceived through split perspective. Here’s a great reminder of that from the talented folks at LifeUp! Productions.

You can see more great #48hfp movies by subscribing to Facebook groups for the competition in your city. Here are two that are certain to have great information for you as the season unfolds.

San Jose – https://www.facebook.com/sj48hfp/

San Francisco – https://www.facebook.com/sf48hfp/

Stipulations

Ovation Pictures creates something almost every year for the San Jose 48 Hour Film Project. Fans of Be My Guest and of this blog have seen many of their contributions to the 48HFP catalog.

This entry won them the Producers’ Choice Award, their second such award in a row for San Jose. We think you’ll like it too.

The San Jose competition for 2016 is planned for the springtime, and viewers of Be My Guest will be seeing more of Ovation Pictures in the coming season.

Motor-Mouthin’ with the King

For all the memorable and iconic things George Carlin brought to comedy, his bits that involved lengthy complex gags delivered at machine gun speed was one of the best.

From the early days with “Al Sleed, the Hippy Dippy Weatherman” to this gem from late in his career, the motor-mouthed bits were possibly our favorites.

Of course 40 years afterward, our broadcast regulators STILL haven’t decided what to do with the “7 Words You Can’t Say…

It’s probably irrelevant now anyway. You watch everything online, right?

 

Behind the Drunk Dialing

Of course you’ve never done it, but sometimes people drink a little too much and make a call late at night to tell someone how they really feel. (Hint Alert!) It’s usually a bad idea.

What we can learn from this charming song is: If you do choose to engage in a little drunk dialing or a bit of smashed snapchatting, try not to leave a trace.

Because this!

It’s possible that we actually know who this guy is. But we’re party to a non-disclosure agreement that prevents us from revealing our suspicions.