Potato Salad: Behind the scenes
Project of the Day—Teachers Lounge is a comedy web series created by Ted Alexandro, Hollis James, and Matthew L. Weiss about some teachers hanging out in their lounge. Featuring notable guest stars like Lewis Black as the principal (you can see him looking angry or pained or some horrible combination of both up top) and Judah Friedlander brilliantly cast as the computer science teacher.
Gayle Waters-Waters is back, and she’s still strong and suburban. Cheers to season three!
Jerry Seinfeld on How to Write a Joke (by The New York Times)
Valuable advice from the one and only Jerry Seinfeld.
Clouds 4 EVA.
Endless LOLs in Kurt Braunohler’s new Kickstarter project to write jokes in the sky. A simple reward for $4,000: “I’ll marry you.”
Kurt is a man on a mission. Let’s all help him “hire a man in a plane to write stupid things with clouds in the sky.”
If you think herding cats is the height of futility, creator C.C. Boyce can one-up ya. She’s on a mission to teach the fundamentals of woodworking to professional comedians.
No sleep ‘til Monday.
Beginning right now, the duo is giving Kickstarter backers the ultimate reward: Over two days of pure KATG. Featuring special guests from across the comedy spectrum, the show will be live until 10pm Monday night.
A man and his hamster.
Marvin is a short comedy about an unemployed goofball and his secret friendship with a talking hamster.
Between an exterminator girlfriend and a provocative new neighbor, the odds are against these interspecies friends. This unconventional buddy comedy is our Project of the Day.
Hey NYC! Stephen Elliott is hosting a shindig in Brooklyn for his Kickstarter backers and he really wants you to come. Back his new film, Happy Baby, for as little as a buck and enjoy this evening of literary hijinxs, oddball jams, and Eugene Mirman at his hilarious best.
I am humbled to be somehow (impossibly!) sharing the stage this Thursday evening with: Mike Doughty, Starlee Kine, Eugene Mirman, Jami Attenberg, Kflay, Stephen Elliott and Melissa Febos, whom I’ll be interviewing for a live edition of my Rumpus column, “Conversations With Writers Braver Than Me.”
It’s a fundraiser for Stephen Elliott’s indie film endeavor, turning his novel Happy Baby into a movie. Contribute as little as $1 to his Kickstarter, and you can attend! (Although the suggested donation is $20. But no pressure…) It’s at 8 at Public Assembly, in Williamsburg.
It’s going to be a great event, and an even greater movie. Please come! And bring friends!
The Annual is a new bimonthly humor magazine created by Yoo-hoo-swilling editor Kevin Cole and his merry band of contributors from around the country.
With an estimated lifespan of more than 200 years and an uncompromising creative vision, The Annual seeks to find the infinitesimally tiny common ground between MAD magazine and the New Yorker — or, as Cole puts it, like National Lampoon without the “straight-to-DVD phase.”
Backers can support the project and score a copy of the first issue for just $5.
A new Turkey Day tradition.
Christmas has A Christmas Story airing on TNT for 24 hours straight. But what does Thanksgiving offer on the tube? Football, yes. Animated turkeys? Probably. Yet there’s no universally acknowledged Thanksgiving classic. Drumroll…
Thankskilling 3, the sequel to the gently beloved Thankskilling, aims to fill that gap in programming. The new film follows a “fowl-mouthed villain Turkie [who] carves through the likes of a rapping grandma, a mindless puppet, a wig-wearing inventor, a bisexual space worm, and their equally ridiculous friends on his quest to recover the last copy of ThanksKilling 2.”
If the idea of a killer turkey hunting crazy characters while yelling gobble gobble motherf#$%er sounds appealing, you may have found the perfect film to help you digest your Turducken feast.
Watermelon Tears is a musical short film that tells the sordid tale of a certain ’80s prop comic and the younger brother who steals his act.
Replete with rivalry, betrayal, and a cornucopia of smashed fruit, the film will bring to life a tale of sibling rivalry through original songs and ridiculous dance breaks. Starring the hirsute triple threat Sean Tillman, known to many as Har Mar Superstar, Watermelon Tears boasts an immensely talented team willing to work for leftover melons.
Creator Lily Gwyer-Miller just launched a Kickstarter project to cover the bare minimum costs, including location fees, transportation, construction costs, and insurance. Retro-minded backers can score a special-edition VHS, tickets to the premiere, and even a rollerskating lesson with the director herself.
A future-classic midnight movie, from the team that brought you such timeless fare as Poolboy Drowning Out The Fury, FDR American Badass! and Darnell Dawkins Mouth Guitar Legend. You’ve been warned.
The ladies of The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet are not afraid to be the butt of their own jokes. Specializing in classical arrangements of songs both old and brand new, they incorporate original sketch comedy and some seriously insane costumes into their live performances. They’ve done everything so far from making mustaches to sewing fake meat onto dresses (wassup, Lady Gaga) — but the one thing they still haven’t gotten around to? Recording their debut album! The crowds demand it. And by crowds we mean, every member of our staff, who have watched and chortled over their charm-your-pants-off project video at least one hundred times. They have our ears, our hearts, and our Project of the Day.