Tag: Comedy

Gay Hell, Andy Haynes

I have a gay brother, I have a gay sister and I have a gay uncle, and I support them very much. And I think it’s crazy that we live in a time where they are not afforded the same civil rights. I think that’s insane. I think that’s crazy.

Having said that, I still think they should go to hell.

Only ’cause gay people are so good at gentrifying neighbourhoods, I kind of want to see what they do with the place before I get down there.

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 3: Favourite Comedy

This is another really difficult category, since I’m not entirely sure what counts as a “movie.” I’ve decided to include stand-up comedy specials, mostly because it makes it really for me to make a choice. When I was about 12 years old I was sifting through several of my parents’ VHS tapes, probably looking for a tape that I could use to record something else. I came across a video tape that I never watched and it had Eddie Murphy’s Delirious on it as well as Steve Martin’s The┬áLonely Guy. I had never seen either of them. I first watched The Lonely Guy and then continued watching Delirious. I couldn’t get through the first ten minutes of it without laughing so hard I fell of my chair and started wheezing. I immediately called my best friend to tell him to come over. I rewinded the tape to the start of the show and we watched it again. I have never laughed so much in my entirely life.

Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks is the late comedic great who was the inspiration for many of today’s talent – though few of them have the stones to be as confrontational and ahead of his time as he was. (Some have tried by blatantly ripping off his material – here’s looking at you, Leary.) He was an intellectual, and some of his comedic pieces were more spoken word than him trying to be funny, and he was probably the best at showing and highlighting our dissonant idiosyncrasies and idiotic behaviour. When I read his book, he often talked about censorship and the effect the disappointment of censorship had on him. One of the worst blows was his network television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman, where he performed and network management pulled the piece from the broadcast for not meeting regulations of the standards and liabilities department. I just stumbled upon an episode of the Late Show in which his mother was a guest, Letterman apologised for the incident and they aired the piece that was pulled more than a decade before. Enjoy.

Late Show with David Letterman – Bill Hicks Remembered – Part 1
Late Show with David Letterman – Bill Hicks Remembered – Part 2
Late Show with David Letterman – Bill Hicks Remembered – Part 3