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This week it really is all fun and games in Brooklyn as the borough's very own comedy fest kicks off.
The Brooklyn Comedy Festival is taking place at multiple venues, including Brooklyn Brewery, The Knitting Factory, Baby's All Right, Glasslands, and The Rock Shop, and will feature dozens of comics from the world of sketch, standup, improv, and more through Aug. 24.
While we know commercial airline pilots are real people with thoughts and feelings (usually), we passengers rarely get even the slightest glimpse into the other side of the flight deck door.
Commercial airline pilot of 28 years, Chris Manno, has flipped this with the release of Flight Crew. . .like you, a collection of illustrations showcasing the behind-the-scenes view of a career pilot.
"Funny Or Die" is hitting the road this fall with some of the biggest names in comedy.
The 21-city Funny Or Die Presents Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival 2014 kicks off in Tampa, FL on Aug. 8 with two performance stages, the Cut Throat Freak Show, a “roaming troupe of misfit performers”, and a variety of food vendors.
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Jack Black has once again put together a first-rate lineup of musicians and comedians for Festival Supreme, taking place October 25th at the Sports Arena and Exposition Park in downtown Los Angeles.
The show's main focus is comedy, with stand-up performances by Cheech and Chong, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Nick Kroll, Dr. Demento, Norm MacDonald, Margaret Cho, Janeane Garofalo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and many more on the roster.
Delta really wants your attention, please. Their newest in-flight safety video seeks to grab and hold your eyeballs through the important informational aspects of the flight, while giving your imagination enough candy to delight.
They've been changing it up so often recently that it's almost as if Delta is a safety video production company with a flying habit, versus the other way around. Delta's 1980s-theme safety video hasn't even been in use for six months yet, and the airline is promising yet another video to follow next week.
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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.