Daves I Know


Classic brilliance from Bruce McCullough and the Kids in the Hall.

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Badminton is Bad


I guess late one night during the 2004 Olympics, commentator Mary Carillo tried to insert a comedy sketch into a comparison of pro vs. backyard badminton. It’s kind of a surreal train wreck, as she comes across as serious without any crowd there to laugh at her jokes. Okay?

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Louis CK on Turning 40


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He makes a lot of sense.

Airplane! is a Remake of an Old Fifties Flick


If you’ve ever wondered where Jim Abrahams and David Zucker came up with those hilarious jokes in Airplane!, the answer isn’t strictly their warped minds. Many of the scenes set up for the gags were directly cribbed from 1957’s Zero Hour! It’s a movie about an ex fighter pilot named Stryker, who… well, see for yourself.

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Of course, the writers did have warped minds, and saw this story, replete with so many unfunny-yet- ripe-for-the-funny lines, as a perfect structure for the brilliant comedy it ultimately became.