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TGIF. In honor of it being Friday evening, we're throwing some credit over to the fine folks at The Onion, America's finest satirical periodical. The paper may have discontinued many of its city print editions, but the web version surges on unabated. In fact, in the last week or so, they've posted two fabulously hilarious articles on airlines and, though both are (of course) fake, they make for an excellent read:
And now for some oldie-but-goodies:
Though it's been a brutal winter so far, 'tis still the season for wacky urban stunts, from Santacon to Polar Bear Plunges, and one of the world's most rapidly spreading annual "flashmob"-type events is coming up this weekend.
We're talking about the No Pants Subway Ride, which Improv Everywhere began over a decade ago in New York, and which now has spread to include a whopping 59 cities, from Paris and Philadelphia to Beijing and Brisbane.
On Nov. 6th the biggest names in comedy will help fight malaria, one laugh at a time.
Greg Behrendt, Adam Bloom, Jim Bruer, Ronny Cheing, Dane Cook, Rhys Darby, Adam Hills, Marc Maron, Rove McManus, Eugene Mirman and Kevin Nealon are just a few of the comedians who will be take part in the live 24 hour international telethon, Comedy Gives Back, from the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City, The Improv in Los Angeles, The Leicester Square Theatre in London and The Comedy Store in Sydney.
We don't do this very much, but there's a Saturday Night Live sketch you need to see.
We won't spoil the best bits, but the situation involves two "Express Air" gate agents (one of whom is Tina Fey) at an unspecified airport, boarding a flight by groups. They begin innocently enough by boarding the elderly, but after elites have their turn it all goes downhill...into hilarious territory.
This is something of a comment on new procedures of recent, specifically on American Airlines, to add another boarding group just for travelers without rolling carry-on luggage. That's right; if you're flying AA and you're traveling light with only a briefcase, backpack or purse, then you'll be called to board somewhere between the elites and the regular groups. SNL has their own take on this, of course.
To watch the short video, head to Yahoo Screen.
The New York Comedy Festival is one of the world's best fests and not only because it features today's best stand-up comics, but also because it brings them to NYC's best venues.
The highlights of this year's festival, which will run from November 6 to November 10, include a conversation between Larry David and David Steinberg at Town Hall, Kathy Griffin at Carnegie Hall, and an Evening with Bill Maher at the Beacon Theatre.
Tickets to most performances are still available and range in price from around $50 - $100. You can find links to the appropriate ticket vendors for each show (it varies based on venue) at nycomedyfestival.com/schedule.
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The "airplane mode" debate is always a hot topic, and we admit to "forgetting" to turn our electronics all the way off during takeoff and landing, but until there are definitive answers instead of a "we don't know so just ban it all" attitude, travel-savvy passengers will take the electronic interference warnings with a grain of salt.
College Humor recently put their talents to work on a short skit as a nice social commentary on the divisive issue. It's definitely a cute clip until the flight attendant overacts the last minute. Sidenote: you may want to turn down your volume or risk everyone hearing the f-bombs yelled by the FA. One quick spoiler before the video (posted below) is our favorite quote:
So you're saying a $90 million dollar aircraft can't ignore the signal from my $40 iPod Shuffle? That's weird.
"Airplane!" the movie debuted in 1980. That means it's been a good 33 years since the world has had another good comedic film (let's not talk about 'Airplane! 2') which takes place mostly on an airplane, despite all the changes to air travel over those decades which have been ripe for parody.
Waitwe take that back. There has been one other comedy set onboard an airplane in recent yearsSoul Planebut a purple jumbo jet on spinners with Snoop Dogg in the captain's seat meant a very loose interpretation of...well, everything.
Solving this problem is Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almódovar, with his new "very light comedy," I'm So Excited.
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WHEN I’M FORCED TO PAY $9 FOR A SANDWICH IN ECONOMY
Tumblr is good for two things: porn and GIF blogs. Oh, wait. This week we can add a third thing to that list; Tumblr is also very good at being worth over $1 billion (to Yahoo, who just purchased the microblogging platform).
Since even mentioning porn twice in this post may get us blocked from your lunchtime reading, let's talk about GIF blogs. In particular we'd like to draw your attention to one, frequentflyerlife, started over a year ago by Star Alliance frequent flyer, @melissaiscool.
Thank to the crowd-funding website Kickstarter, the world is richer with many realized travel ideas. For example, there was the Capture Clip, aka the travel photographer's best friend, and the Ice Cream Travel Guide, but occasionally Kickstarters aim to have a little fun.
Case in point: LA comedian Kurt Braunohler raised nearly two times what he asked (he needed $4,000 and got $6,820 from 257 backers) in order to hire a skywriting airplane to print the phrase "HOW DO I LAND" in the sky over downtown.
In case you are just tuning into the internet for the first time, let us remind you that The Onion is a satirical news organization dedicated to all things hilarious. In their latest fact finding mission, they’re filling in the public on a recent "FAA report" about Spirit Airlines, and let’s just say they’re less than impressed.
Through plenty of expletives and anecdotes we learn that traveling with Spirit Airlines might not be worth it—even despite those low, low fees. Charges for this and charges for that are unwelcome, and the nickel-and-diming quickly ruins any deal that you thought you were getting.
We've got just the ticket to cure that case of the Mondays. Below is one of the cutest videos you'll see all week (unless you're, like, stuck in a kitten video k-hole again).
The premise is that "Kid Snippets" of BoredShortsTVa YouTube series of adults reenacting scenarios voiced by young childrenasked two little boys to pretend to be pilots. The results yield such gems as this exchange:
"So, what do you want to do when we get to Utah?"
"Umm, let everybody get out and fly back to the airport."
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Someday, someone will explain to us the mirth to be found in having the Internet become useless every year on April 1st. It's not that we harbor any hostility toward people who write things that are false but plausible, and who then giggle when people belieactually, no. Those people are ridiculous and they make the world a worse place to live.
There was maybe a marginal justification for their existence when the Internet was younger. Back then April Fools' Day pranks were the web advertising equivalent of Superbowl commercials. But now that the White House is posting pranks the whole thing is just grating.