Posts tagged with ‘comedy’
Amy Chozick, The New York Times. A Comedy Show That Comes via a Hashtag.
Next week, Comedy Central is hosting a comedy show almost entirely on Twitter, with comedians posting video clips and jokes using the hashtag #ComedyFest. It’s an experiment to get users to watch video directly on Twitter, rather than use Twitter as a second screen while watching TV.
As early as next month, Comedy Central will introduce a free, ad-supported app, called CC: Stand-Up. Designed to look and feel like a cable channel devoted to stand-up, the app will offer videos of comedians performing routines.
A recommendation algorithm (similar to the one used by Amazon) will allow users to discover new comedians. If you watched Jeff Ross, for example, a web of other comics would pop up based on routines with similar topics (like mass transit), style (like dark humor) or other relationships (both like marshmallows).
FJP: News following comedy - Remember Dave Chappelle’s Clayton Bigsby, the blind racist?
If Alanis Morissette ever does a follow-up to her “Ironic” song, I’m hoping this gets worked in there somewhere (especially since it’s actually ironic, unlike most of the examples she chose for her song):
One of the leaders of Hungary’s Jobbik Party, which the Anti-Defamation League says is one of the few political parties in Europe to overtly campaign with anti-Semitic materials, has discovered that he is himself a Jew.
As the AP says, Csanad Szegedi had in the past railed about the “Jewishness” of the political class. According to the ADL, his party’s presidential candidate referred to Israeli Jews as “lice-infested, dirty murderers.”
For Szegedi all of this came to a screeching halt, when in 2010 a prisoner confronted him with evidence that he had Jewish roots. According to the AP, Szegedi tried to bribe the prisoner to keep him quiet, but rumors and innuendo reached a fever pitch by late last year and in June, Szegedi conceded that his mother was a Jew. According to Jewish law, that makes Szegedi Jewish, too.
Not only that, but Szegedi’s grandmother survived Auschwitz and his grandfather survived labor camps.
HT: Rabbi Jason Miller.
Don’t believe what you read. Just because it’s printed, posted or tweeted with a supporting link doesn’t make it news. Here’s a few warning labels we’d love to see for the endless flow of chatter, speculation and churnalism often masquerading as information for the public good.
Designer Tom Scott has identified a host of evils afflicting the modern journalist, such as when a writer sloughs off his or her own opinion with the phrase “some people claim.” It’s by no means exhaustive collection, and unlikely to adorn papers in the near future, but these caveats certainly should! At least that’s what certain people claim.
h/t: Very-Merry Happy