You all know I love a good laff. I’ve been a big fan of laffs for a while. Now, I know you’re used to hearing cutting-edge, super cool mixes of the hippest indie rock, the dopest hip hop, the “eerie”-est reggae, the most obscure old pop, and the most inspirational faith-based spoken-word lectures. Well, this week I’m gonna drop some very different science on you. Some very funny science! That’s right, this week’s mix is 17 tracks of funny—stand-up clips, hilariously bad music, pranks, skits, bits, routines and other great comedy cut-ups. Farfalle!
(Oh yeah, some of this stuff is really, REALLY offensive. If you’ve never heard Neil Hamburger or Shut Up Little Man, just be forewarned that this would get a hard, Brüno-style R if it was featured in multiplexes across America. It ain’t for the kiddies. Serious!)
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01. Automated Operator / Matt Besser Matt Besser is perhaps my favorite member of the Upright citizens Brigade (though that’s a tough call). He’s definitely the most stubbornly independent, almost totally eschewing the mainstream film and television roles that his original colleagues have garnered in the decade since UCB was a comedy troupe and a basic cable television show. Besser seems to do almost all of his work online and in live venues now (excepting his minor role in the unfairly maligned 2007 comedy Walk Hard), and even though it’s cool that he clearly has some principles he’s stuck with, I think he’s due for a breakout hit, or at least another great Comedy Central show.
Anyways, this is from his CD May I Help You (Dumbass)?, the entirety of which was recorded when Besser was living in New York and happened to have a telephone number whose last seven digits matched that of a Web helpline that tech support to users of barnesandnoble.com. New York dialers who didn’t include the ‘1-800′ when they dialed got Besser, who, after realizing what was happening, proceeded to mess with them and record it.
What is a juggalo?
A dead body.
Well he ain’t dead, but he ain’t like anybody
that you’ve ever met before.
He’ll eat Monopoly and shit out Connect Four.
That’s as vivid an image as has ever left these Clowns’ Faygo-stained lips. Believe me, once you’ve heard “What Is a Juggalo?”, you absolutely do not need to hear anything else they’ve ever done. Unless you just wanna laugh.
03. Introducing Tony: “I seen them potheads” / Ray and Peter Shut Up, Little Man! comprises 72 minutes of recordings from the early ’90s of two hilariously abusive, alcoholic roommates, Ray and Peter; the recording was made by the pair’s neighbors, two young, broke San Franciscan college kids, Eddie Lee Sausage and Mitchell D., whose thinning sanity was soothed only by recording the disturbingly hilarious rants, fights and other interactions between the two, which were perfectly audible between the dinky walls of their lower Haight apartment building.
Now I’ve confused you, because this clip (one of my favorites from the record) features Raymond and Peter’s friend Tony. He’s described by Eddie and Mitchell thusly:
“Tony—a Southern-bred Vietnam vet and white trash drifter—moved in and out of their apartment during the time we lived next door. In many ways he was the scariest of the three, recalling a movie extra from Deliverance. Tony provided the catalyst for more fighting, new jealousies, and shifting alliances.”
04. Clowny Clown Clown / Crispin Glover From Glover’s monumentally insane album The Big Problem ? The Solution. The Solution = Let It Be.
05. Texas and Sea Food / Mitch Hedberg This is from Mitch’s last album, Do You Believe in Gosh?, which was released posthumously in 2008.
06. Come Over (Karaoke Version) / Tim and Eric featuring Ruth Carr One of my favorite songs from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! It loses a little without the video that accompanied it in the episode, but its beautiful, honest message is still there. Come over.
07. Stalking / Bruce McCulloch Bruce McCulloch was easily the weirdest of the Kids in the Hall, playing both Cabbage Head and Flying Pig. For fans of his work on KITH, McCulloch’s comedy albums are definitely recommended; this is from his first, 1995’s Shame-Based Man.
08. Theme From Rocky XIII / Weird “Al” Yankovic With Rocky XIII now an actual possibility, Weird Al oughta think about dustin’ this one off for a remix!
09. Soul Search (Part II) / Corey Feldman’s Truth Movement Wow. Rarely has the absence of something, in this case talent, been so tangible. And, yes, this isn’t an ironic band name; this is Corey Feldman and his actual band.
10. Wonderful Wonderful / Neil Hamburger For those of you who have never been treated to the wonder of a Neil Hamburger concert, either live or recorded, get ready for a treat. And by treat, I mean get ready to be abused. For the uninitiated, what Hamburger does is tell either lame or incredibly tasteless and vulgar jokes, and then ruthlessly berate the audience when they start to reject him. Onstage he also drinks like a fish and struggles with an off-putting case of smoker’s cough. It’s fantastic.
11. Raise Your Weapons to Wave the Supreme Leader / Kim Jong Il I already schooled you on the incredible musical talents of the Supreme Leader a while ago, but I figured you could always use a little refreshment on the greatest composer the world has ever witnessed.
12. Rodney From Newbridge Talks About Hagar the Doo-Wopper / Scharpling & Wurster A classic (and rare under-10-minute) clip of Scharpling & Wurster at their best. For those of you who aren’t schooled on the Best Show on WFMU, be startin’ now.
13. Sex Farm / Spinal Tap It’s been too long; I gotta watch this again.
14. Gag Peanut Brittle / Paul F. Tompkins One of Mr. Tompkins’ best bits. Definitely catch this dude live if you ever have the chance.
15. Only a Woman / Trey Parker Hipsters be damned, I thought Team America: World Police was funny. OK, truth be told, I can’t remember the movie very much, but the soundtrack is amazing and I still listen to it. This is probably my favorite song from it.
16. Hulkster In Heaven / Hulk Hogan & The Wrestling Boot Band If you didn’t already know—yes, Hulk Hogan made an album. No, it wasn’t during his mid-to-late-’80s peak; it was released in 1995. Yes, he raps about saying your prayers and taking your vitamins on it. But even better, on it he sings this heartfelt ballad about a fan of his who passed away, and I’m probably a creep for laughing at it, but at least I’m not alone.
17. They Threw Me out of Church / Wesley Willis My favorite Wesley Willis song! I love when he says “He was so tired of my buulllllSHIT!”
18. Bleachy Calls T.G.I. Fridays (Sing Happy Birthday for Bleachy) / Earles and Jensen Matador, always one to be up on the times and fully tapped into the zeitgeist, has dipped its toes into the hot prank call arena. Expect to see Earles and Jensen headlining Lollapalooza with the Jerky Boys and the Crank Yankers next summer!
Ha, I kid though, this is really funny stuff. “They call me the Tootsie Roll Kid; I’m a child at heart!”