“Earwolf really delivers the comedy, week in and week out. Comedy Bang Bang is one of the funniest shows available, Aukerman and his guests are amazing. However, you neglected to mention some of the real stars of the Earwolf family.
"Professor Blastoff" is Tig Notaro's philosophy/science discussion podcast which is consistently thought-provoking and hilarious. Howard Kremer's "Who Charted?" is another winner, a surprising look at the top charts of the day with very interesting guests. Kremer asks great questions and the format of the show allows for a lot of free discussion about a variety of topics with the guests.
Finally, "Daily Affirmation with Bob Ducca" is perhaps the funniest short daily podcast out there, usually two or three minutes of comedy gold from Seth Morris in his character of Aukerman's hypochondriac ex-father-in-law.”
“Great article. It's nice to see the occasional article about a homeless man who is "discovered," but it doesn't make up for the millions who are ignored every day. What is worse is the idea among many that most homeless are scammers "working the system" when, in my experience, a majority of them have problems with addiction and/or mental illness. Unfortunately, the trauma of homelessness only makes these problems worse over time.
I hope Mr. Williams is able to adjust to mainstream life without relapsing, and I hope even more that he helps raise the consciousness of the nation to our failures in addressing the plight of the least among us. I think anyone who makes an effort to learn more about the average homeless person will learn that they're not really all that different from you and me, and few of us are that far from having our own lives fall into the same hole.”
“I'm glad AD ended up the way it did, it's hard to imagine Dick in any of the roles.
Glad to see Scott Aukerman's success, he's hilarious and a fantastic interviewer. Looks like IFC got the idea right with this block, although really with only 18 episodes it's hard to think how long they can run Freaks and Geeks, re-watch-ability aside.”
“How is an executive producer retiring in order to pursue other opportunities considered a shakeup? Or is it the string of promotions that followed as his job is filled? Isn't that a standard of day-to-day business? Wouldn't a "shakeup" consist of, I don't know, a lot of unexpected movement and adjustments? I don't see anything in this story that would constitute such a sensational headline. Then again, there's nothing in this story that is interesting enough to read (even for a daily viewer fanboy like myself) so I guess lying was the only way to get people to read this.”
“I'm glad to see this sort of zany, "Late Night" style of comedy return to Conan. While I enjoyed his stint on Tonight, NBC put too much stress on his appealing to mainstream viewers. Crazy holiday decorations like these (as well as other oddball bits) give me hope that Conan is doing his own thing, rather than listening to a bunch of network handlers.”
thisislara on Dec 21, 2010 at 14:54:02
“I couldn't agree more. Conan's new show just emphasizes how stifled he was on Tonight, and that he's at his best when he doesn't care how many people are watching. What an effing spectacular weirdo. God, I've missed him.”
“The best way to decrease Salvia use and sales dramatically would be to legalize marijuanna. The only reason salvia and other synthetic pot-substitutes exist is the ridiculous continuing prohibition on a relatively harmless plant.”
“The LA comedy scene really does a lot for charity, good for them. In addition to the Pardcast-a-thon, a lot of money was raised for the LA food bank by comedians associated with the Upright Citizen's Brigade theater. Many of those featured on Pardo's event also gave for the UCB fundraiser. It's great to hear these folks making people laugh on their podcasts, and brightening the lives of those less fortunate with their philanthropy.”
“That's my representative! Thank you, Rep. Wu, for standing up for Oregon and the USA. I'm sorry we didn't win this one, but I'm glad you (along with the rest of the OR-D delegation) were willing to stand up for reason and vote no on this bill. I'm proud to have you representing me in congress.”
“I have to agree with the Newsweek article, none of the twelve comedians she listed make me laugh, I've always considered them to be hackey and undeserving of their success.
I am glad to see that you'll make the case against Carlin and Williams... together with Leno, Mencia, and Dunham they enjoy far more success than their talent warrants. My dad is a huge George Carlin fan... and a Gallagher fan... so I've spent my life trying to understand what makes these people funny. Considering my appreciation for Bob Newhart, Steve Allen, Rodeny Dangerfield, Steve Martin, etc. I know it's not just my relative youth.
I remember seeing you on many of those clips from your YouTube link, and you're certainly funnier than the twelve (or fourteen) unfunny comedians mentioned. You're not Paul F Tompkins or Conan, but at least you make people laugh.”
exCalifornian on Dec 17, 2010 at 08:50:57
“Interesting ploy to get people to listen to your stand-up and get your name out there. Because you just don't really get George Carlin. A recent poster explained (since you apparently need to have it explained to you) that there are many types of humor out there to appreciate (or not). Humor is not just about belly laughs.”
We're lucky to have such a dogged liberal representing us here in Oregon. Wyden has stood up for my state for decades, and hopefully after this illness is beat he'll represent us for a few more terms.”
“I've been a fan for decades, Al, and I thank you for your service, but I am disappointed you didn't stand up today. Sadly we live in a time where everyone thinks that things can be made better without anyone making even a modest sacrifice.
Luckily I live in Oregon, where my two senators refused to vote for this bill, and all four Democratic House representatives are firmly opposed.”
cybersense on Dec 14, 2010 at 17:35:15
“Yeah, well - as he said "doing nothing" was going to hurt more.”
ginogreat on Dec 14, 2010 at 17:31:04
“Thank God, I live in the Midwest. It's sad to how many people are unemployed and frighten. These jobs are not going to be replaced. It's a trap. They are hoping that the states don't run out of money to retrain them. You have to be here to understand. It's a hopeless environment. I watch Auto Executives in the food lines. Dogs get better treatment in your state than people in Michigan. It's hopeless, homeless, and jobless in more cases than not. Today, the wind chill factor was -11 degrees. Some people can not pay for their heat bill. Please be thankful that you are not in the Midwest. I know a lot of people that would love to be in a position to even say they are anywhere other than the Midwest. Happy Holidays”
slowuncle on Dec 14, 2010 at 17:28:38
“well said----am also a proud Oregonian; I was able to speak with Sen Wyden over the week and, of course, this bill was the priority topic. I asked the Sen to relay this message to POTUS: "bipartisanship" does NOT mean punching your base in the mouth before extending your bloodied hand in supplication to your opponent”
Heavhauler on Dec 14, 2010 at 17:28:27
“Right on Oregon gets it right. (I live in P-Town)!!”
eds123 on Dec 14, 2010 at 17:24:53
“When its a choice between a tax break for some and literally watching your constituents freeze to death, what choice would you make?”
jmpurser on Dec 14, 2010 at 17:23:00
“Lucky you. I'm just North of you and my two Senators sold us out.”
“Well said Rep Blumenauer! We're very lucky here in Oregon to have you, Wu, and DeFazio speaking out publicly on this issue. I'd like to see how Sen. Wyden and Merkley stand, but either way we're lucky to have such a team of true liberals standing up for us in DC!
“Before UIGEA passed in 2006, there were a number of steps one had to take to deposit money on an internet site. These steps included calling and setting up an account with a money transferring service, which would verify your age and ID. However after UIGEA passed, the sites have had to regulate the users themselves, and teenagers have from time to time been able to deposit (although US credit card companies forbid transfers) from checking accounts, wire transfers and the like.
With new regulation, there would be a legal basis to prevent teenagers from using online gambling, and a legal recourse to pursue underage gamblers... neither of which exist currently in the US. Also, considering that the new laws would result in large casinos like Harrah's (now Caesar's Entertainment) setting up online poker sites, they would have a vested interest in keeping teenagers off, just as they have a vested interest in keeping them away from slot machines in their B&M casinos.
Your argument could be used for any online sale, be it pornography, online movies, iTunes, books, and so forth. If kids are stealing from their parents, I don't think the internet is the one at fault...”
Dec 4, 2010 at 01:50:53
“I'd never have considered these things, so I appreciate reading this. I'm generally a nice guy, but I'm also curious and kind of direct, so I'm pretty sure I've asked some of these trying questions of twins in the past... I know for example I've been guilty of the "that must be so awesome" line pretty much every time I talk to twins.
Although to be honest, if people are talking to you in a baby voice or asking if you feel your other twin's pain, that should serve you well as a guide to which people you don't want to be friends with. :)”
“Without being sarcastic, that's pretty much many major online tournaments as it is. There's little secret that pot smoking and professional poker playing are often hand-in-hand. Much like professional musicians and pot smoking... it's not guaranteed, but nobody is surprised either.
Visit poker discussion boards like 2+2 or Pocket Fives and you'll see plenty of discussion... or look at online screen names, "420" is a common part of their handle.”
“Online poker is legal in the US (aside from Washington state) so no law needs to change in that sense. What is (arguably) illegal is the transfer of money to and from online poker sites, and this is what needs to be cleared up in US law. The UIGEA created a gray area in the law which many banks have interpreted to ban online gambling transfers, although other banks have had no problem sending or accepting money from online sites. Over the last year or so, these transfers have become increasingly difficult as more banks fall onto the "illegal" interpretation of things.
While this isn't exactly jobs legislation, it is something that has been in the works for some time, with versions of the bill working their way through the system for the last two or three years.”
philss on Dec 3, 2010 at 10:40:30
“tax the stuffing out of it both ways
both to winners and the gambling houses”
“I'm sure if you went over the last six months of every newscast on television you would find similar errors. For example, the supposedly "liberal" NPR repeatedly perpetuates the myth that Social Security is scheduled for bankruptcy in 2037, while all factual sources show this is far from true. The frequent repetition of lowball oil leakage estimates during the BP spill on all three networks is another example, or the myth of WMDs.
We'd all like it if the media were accurate all the time. The fact is, ALL media outlets lie to us in one way or another, whether it is intentional or in error. "Doctrine of Relative Filth" aside, we have no choice but to be happy with those who lie to us least. As benjaminblue commented, at least Olbermann is fighting to protect our country from the corporate machine seeking to destroy it.
Finally, when you're posting on a center/left site like HuffPo, you might have more success making your point if you don't attack a liberal favorite in the opening of your article. While you may not appreciate Olbermann's style, I am sure I'm not alone in enjoying his approach to the news. Comparing him to an "unctuous uncle" and suggesting that "even the dog leaves" after two minutes of his show is very insulting to the millions who enjoy him and stay nightly through the sixtieth minute. Is suggesting that we're less than the family dog going to convince us of your sincerity?”
JPJABBER on Nov 21, 2010 at 20:40:28
“What can you expect from someone who obviously dotes on FOX news and it's like? I'm not a big Olbermann fan, by any means, but I can appreciate where he is coming from. Blustery? Sarcastic? Doubling talking? (Lying?) Talking mule, er, head? Please........at least he is not taking his orders for "journalistic integrity" from the likes of Rupert Murdoch. I'd much rather hear something from a person who is saying what he believes (whether I agree or not) than someone who can only regurgitate accepted political party talking points.......because he's PAID to do so.”
“You scientists really have thankless work. Everyone benefits from the work you do, even the masses who vastly exaggerate the money "wasted" on your work, yet few stop to say thank you. Much like teachers, you decline higher paying jobs in corporate America and instead work for the greater good while being accused of gathering riches and duping the public. So thank you scientists! I hope the PR works, but sadly the trend seems to be anti-science, with the increasing lack of respect for climate, economic, and biological science among the mainstream media and incurious masses.”
“Here here, Senator. Great to hear your opinion, and good for you for sharing it! I doubt many others in your position will be brave enough to stand up for Olbermann. Too bad he's not a corporation, then he'd have all the donation rights in the world!”
“Another great post-analysis of the election. I'm really glad to see that the tide from the left is that the centrist tack of the Democratic party is what has cost us this election. If the President had lead the progressive agenda he promised in '08, if Harry Reid had stood up for progressive values in the Senate and upheld the work of Pelosi, the Democrats would be in a much better position today. Would we have lost seats? Maybe... but there's no way it'd have been worse than it already is, and we'd have successes to campaign on.
Let's keep the progressive momentum rolling for the next two years and get REAL liberals into power, and take a true Democratic majority in '12... hopefully lead by a President who decides to practice what he's preached.”