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I love comedy. Hahahahahahha – see? So here, to honour the best internet sites that get me trousering myself raucously and laughing harder than when I get searched at airports, I’ve compiled the ten best ones.
10. Modern Humorist
I found this site back in 1999 when the internet was one dimentional. As such it was my first favorite (apart from hotmail.com with it’s 10 Megabyte limit.) Just some of the nostalgia tearjerkers include the Cliche Trailer, the excellent ‘Racist At the Movies’ literally made me cackle with irony, and just wait til you see Monkey Hot-or-Not. Modern Humorist, I’ll miss you.
9. TV Go Home
Also Defunct, it still outstrips any other parody site because it’s just SO AWESOME. Written by Charlie Brooker, it lampoons TV guides. Hours of fun to be had. In recent years Brooker has gone on to write Nathan Barley, and the wonderful ScreenWipe on BBC Four.
After semi-retirement, Cracked made a relaucnhed appearance (much like OJ Simpson) and was great from the word go. Especially good are the “Top Ten” roundups-which invariably feature expertly collated Yourube vids. Oh and Maddox from Thebestpageintheuniverse.com writes for them too (despite the apparent retraction of the fantastic ‘Requiem for Britney’s Vagina.’)
Angry, rude, and a wind-up merchant all round, Maddox writes like he’s just found out that you left him out of your will, and you have really kickass stuff. Great drawings, ultimately a leftie of the Hunter Thompson ilk, but rarely updated, this kid is a whole lot of fun. Good merchandise site, and Youtube vids now also exist.
6. The Onion.
Yes, yes – sometimes they go on a bit too much for each story. Sometimes it seems like you’ve heard it all before. But sit on the toilet with one of their annual publications and you’ll shit yourself for hours. Particularly good are the recurring Vox Pop articles.
Semi-editorial, semi-written by some bloke down the pub, Newsbiscuit is a niche UK indie electronic rag filled with Spoof News that would impress even Chris Morris or Armando Iannucci. Always original and crazy. FUN!
Niche Market – speak German? Well then, forget it. Titanic is a german speaking magazine. In November they mocked the Maddie McCann media circus by writing an article that showed off new Maddie related Products – see here for more. Angry, undermining, the last thing it seems is German.
3. Whitehouse.org (well, and whitehouse.gov really)
The guys at Chickenhead.com are great at satirising right-wing America. Whitehouse.org is one of the may websites they run, and they are consistently hilarious. For more also check out Chickenhead.com
Again, one from the ‘Old Web’ – Landover (and Betty Bowers, a partner site) furiously send up the religiousright. They do it so damn well that when I saw some program on Westboro Baptist Church with Fred Phelps and his clan ofhate yelling ‘fag’ at anything that moved, I thought it was ll a stunt by Pastor Fred. It’s all here, including Video and Audio. In the form of the GodCast.
1. The Chaser Online
The World at large was raucously made aware of Australia’s Chaser team in 2007 during Sydney’s APEC conference when they breached top level red-zone security in the lockled down city centre by getting past 3 sets of guards by pretending to be the Canadian Delegation. Whilst filming themselves on handheld cameras. And wearing badges that said ‘Insecurity’ instead of ‘security’. And whilst dressed as Osama bin Laden. No shit. Features great articles and video clips.
This is Tim Mcintire.
Tim Mcintire is a Boston based comedian, husband and father of 2. And, after you have read this article, you will want to give him a hug.
Why? Because he singlehandedly revolutionised the way we should buy and sell digital media to the benefit of the consumer, artist and the environment, although nobody has heard about it. Even now, whilst Amazon, Sony, Google and the others are fidgeting around trying to work out over-complex print + digital delivery methods to ensure revenue, maximum customer reach etc, Mcintire solved the whole damn problem with a Paypal button. And he did it whilst being damn damn funny.
About 2 years ago, I came across “The Reverend” Tim Mcintire. I spotted his website almost by accident. The first thing I noticed was that Tim was hosting roughly half of his album “Poor Impulse Control” freely on the front page of his website, with an invitation to buy the album through Paypal (the CD would then come through the post.)
Being the kind of dude who would pay nothing for Radiohead’s new album, I senmt him no cash, downloaded the mp3s and cackled like a cock to the superb (self-produced) tracks Mcintire had to offer. A little Bill Hicks, a little weary father, a lot of charm. I though it was great.
A few weeks later, Mcintire released the remaining tracks on Poor Impulse Control for free on his site. The reason? Mcintire had sold out of the CDs, and from now on the whole shebang was free. He had an optional Paypal donation for “the beer fund”, other than that, I was free to help my damn self to this dude’s content. It was great.
So great in fact that Mcintire became the first comedian I sent a Paypal donation to. Nay, the first person ever. I sent through a donation (it automatically added postage, but I gave an amount that meant that even with postage, it was the amount I wanted to give him.)
It felt good.
Tim ended up contacting me, refunding my postage and apologising for this “error.” I immediately sent it back explaining that it was all for him. And that I thought he was great.
Tim brought out a new CD a few months later. I bought it immediately. When I got the CD through, there it was. An original CD of his first “sold out” release. For free. Because he’s such a dude. Signed? You betcha.
Enough of the anecdote. Let’s consider what Tim’s done in the CD marketplace. so to produce Poor Impulse Control, there were costs. Recording, printing, design, shipping etc. Being an up and comer, the CD riun was limited to enough copies to sell at venues, plus over the net. Once he was out of it, the physical CD has gone, but the content still remain, thanks to digital STUFF like the internets.
So right as he has made his return on the original invesment, the artist drops the cost of the product electronically to zero, gives a choice to pay and hosts it online for the whole world.
Now, with no outgoing costs (I mean he already pays web hosting fees), everything and anything the artist gets is pure profit. So even though some users will pay nothing for the content, the profit rises as the likelyhood of the sale slips away from 100% (CD order) to possible (download and optional payment.)
You only have to compare what Radiohead did recently. It works. And it’s good for the envieronment. And you have to remember that Tim did it first.
Meanwhile, Tim now offers full streams and downloads of BOTH albums on his site. The man is way ahead of even the most tech-savvy comedians out there.
Merry Christmas Tim! Here’s to you and yours.
Visit the legend here: http://www.themcintireconspiracy.com/