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Science – Human_Machine_Improv
"The best improvisational theatre actors can make any scene partner, of any skill level or ability, appear talented and proficient in the art form, and thus “make them shine”. [...] To challenge this improvisational paradigm, we built an artificial intelligence (AI) trained to perform live shows alongside human actors for human audiences."
robots  comedy  science 
4 weeks ago by kevan
Adventurers Wanted
"Adventurers Wanted is 250-hour long tabletop roleplaying game: an epic odyssey of battles, monsters and quests, lasting for the entire Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017."
games  comedy  time 
august 2017 by kevan
Internet Archive: Details: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
The first thirty years' worth of ISIHAC, apparently in their entirety, at
mp3s  radio  comedy  history  via:mcios 
march 2009 by kevan
A Day at the Races (1937)
A few good routines, but there are even more unnecessary musical numbers than Night at the Opera, and most of the longer comedy routines are incoherently chaotic. Some quality fist-shaking and spluttering outrage.
filmlog  2stars  comedy  horses  medicine  sport  lies  money 
december 2007 by kevan
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Good double-parody of complex-motive ITV village-detective mundanity and exploding American cop films. Missing references makes some scenes oddly pointless, and the gore doesn't fit either genre, but Pegg and Frost carry it engagingly for two hours.
filmlog  4stars  police  death  mysteries  comedy 
march 2007 by kevan
Un Ticket Pour l'Espace (2006)
The French space programme holds a tourist lottery to raise funding, and one of the winners takes the space station hostage. Some absurdly throwaway joke scenes, and nicely lost-in-translation running gags. Had forgotten how odd French comedies could be.
filmlog  3stars  space  france  comedy  secrets 
september 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Arts | Masters of comedy - Mitchell and Webb
"I think we both laugh at people falling on their arses as much as [affects pretentious accent] amusing librettos about Proust! Actually, I've never laughed at an amusing libretto about Proust and I don't think they exist. I take that back."
comedy  radio  television  interviews 
august 2006 by kevan
My Favorite Brunette (1947)
Another accidentally-public-domain film, from a job lot of fifty mostly unwatchable ones. Bob Hope in a thin detective parody, with a few good scenes. Surprisingly little fourth-wall breaking, except for the brilliantly absurd ending.
filmlog  2stars  mysteries  crime  police  photos  secrets  delusions  comedy 
august 2006 by kevan
A Night at the Opera (1935)
Snappily careering stuff, although the songs get in the way a bit too much. "You've missed the entire opera." "Well, I only missed it by a few minutes."
filmlog  4stars  comedy  theatre  music 
july 2006 by kevan
What Do Comedy Writers Know About Games?
Charlie Brooker, Graham Linehan, Simon Pegg and Peter Serafinowicz. "[The] topsoil, as I say, the first thing that the casual observer notices about games, is so adolescent, so male, so boring, so hackneyed, that it's no wonder they're misunderstood."
games  interviews  writing  comedy 
june 2006 by kevan
The Establishment - The Spiggott - Chris Morris Interview
Working with Peter Cook on the Why Bother recordings. "Yeah, that was the staggering thing - hearing fully-formed jokes just coming out. And that gave the lie to the impression that by the end he was a sack of useless old potatoes. He was not."
comedy  interviews 
february 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | The elf of Epping Forest
Ken Campbell. "Parrots live for ever and she's nowhere near 10 yet, so she'll live way after me. At least I know my voice will carry on for a bit after I'm gone: 'I'm up 'ere, you're down there!'"
interviews  comedy  birds  theatre 
november 2005 by kevan
What's Up Tiger Lily (1966)
Random Japanese spy film dubbed with a new script by Woody Allen, comedy English dialogue being impressively closely lip-synched. Proto-MST3K, and much better than the rubbish cover and single backhanded box-quote suggest.
filmlog  3stars  japan  secrets  food  language  comedy 
november 2005 by kevan
Stewart Lee - Stand Up Comedian (2005)
Really, badly disappointing, was expecting this to be great; but the same style of delivery as ten years ago, and the Fist of Fun repeated-verbatim-phrase laboured-overlong-non-joke thing being horrible in standup form. And better in Rich's voice anyway.
filmlog  comedy  2stars 
october 2005 by kevan

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