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There are lots of things I think are funny, even hilarious. Although I am not 12, I use “LOL” as shorthand for “wow, that was funny.” But very few things literally make me laugh out loud. I mean, Dick Cheney can’t shoot someone in the face in every day. Yes, he’s physically able now that he has his robot heart, lovingly crafted by Satan. But it’s against the law to go around shooting people in the face. Dick Cheney knows this–he checked. What I’m getting at is that comedians can only riff on Dick Cheney not being able to tell a human face from a quail for so long. And then we’re back to how airline food isn’t so great and how black people walk like this and white people walk like this*. So I’m thankful for anything that can elicit honest-to-gosh chuckles.

@Midnight stole my heart and won my allegiance when its amazing fast-talking host, Chris Hardwick, referred to Guy Fieri** as a “human Hard Rock Cafe.” But there’s more! The show is consistently hilarious. I’ve actually laughed out loud at every single episode. Plus, plus, plus, there’s been a comedienne on every episode (I’ve seen) and she’s been treated like an actual funny person, not a token. So, yeah, I’m a huge fan of the show. Funny people riffing on the weirdness and idiocy lurking on the internet? It’s almost can’t-miss comedy. But the truth is, shows like this can always miss. Luckily this one doesn’t.

ANYHOO, this is where I’m getting my lulz these days. Where are you getting yours?

*Granted this is 2013, not 1989, but you get my point.

**I actually have nothing against Guy Fieri, who seems like a perfectly nice guy to me. My only beef with him is that all his recipes have 20 billion ingredients in them.

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  • This morning’s LOL for me, was JP Morgan’s face-plant on Twitter a few days ago.

    http://www.salon.com/2013/11/14/jpmorgan_humiliates_itself_in_front_of_all_of_twitter/

    I can see it now:
    The genius who proposed this idea must have said at a meeting over how to start ripping-off young people, since they’ve already got most of the old folk’s money, “Yeah, well, they may not have much money now. But what they do LOVE, and spend cash on, is social media! So, why don’t we have some exec available on Twitter for an hour for some questions, and we can spend that time spreading our propaganda! THIS’LL BE A LOT OF FUN!!!”

    WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPS!!!EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kurzleg

      Yeah, that was pretty hysterical. Interesting to see how oblivious our corporate overlords can be about how many (a majority?) view them. But when you choose to live in a cocoon, I suppose it’s not terribly surprising.

  • The comment thread at Alicublog is pretty much my only reliable larffs these days. The jokes my children and spouse tell are pretty funny but too nested in a given situation to make anyone but me laugh. And politics is just getting on my last nerve. I literally can’t look at Talking Points Memo anymore because its all HAIRONFIRENOWOBAMAWEBSITE. I can’t wait for them to start to social engineer their “journalism” by following programmers to the bathroom and counting their poops to monitor their stress levels. They should have a new sidebar (my computer shows three) “Editors Blog” could be followed by HowHasObama’sWebsiteFailedYouToday.

    • How long after they start counting their poops will it be, do you think, before they call in an Oracle to foretell the future from those turds?

      ‘I see an election in less than a year. And another one two years after that one. A BIG ONE!’

      “BRILLIANT!!!”

    • Barry Freed

      I mostly get my lulz from the comment threads right here at LGM.

      I loves me some Alicublog (BTW, when did Edroso move out of NYC? And why? I missed that) but I can’t stand the way Disqus does threads with having to click through to the next page so I rarely read them anymore and it’s been ages since I’ve bothered to comment there. I hates Disqus more than Haloscan if you can believe it.

      • Tiny Hermaphrodite, Esq.

        Can’t tell you when Edroso moved, but as to the why: he married Kia (yes, she was one of the regulars and stille occasionally comments) and moved to D.C. I think because she worked there.

        • Barry Freed

          Oh, I missed that, that’s great news indeed.

      • Yeah, Disqus is evil. Unnecessary too. A solution for which there was never a problem. A click-generator is all.

        Still, concerning Alicublog, a small price to pay to get access to some of the best commentary on the internets.

        This place right here also has a passel of righteous snarkists and, very important, people smarter than me.

      • LGM and Alicublog comments are awesome. Even some of the ones that aren’t mine!

  • verplanck

    I’ve been pretty happy since Achewood has resumed production of its comics, it’s only once a week now, but it’s quality.

    • jackrabbitslim

      Thank you! I hadn’t checked the site in months but Achewood is the best. Maybe the funniest thing of my entire life. Not to mention, frequently genuinely affecting. Onstad is a genius.

    • CaptBackslap

      This is fantastic news.

    • “Twitter is where you go to win a conversation nobody is having is” my new favorite thing.

      • Tiny Hermaphrodite, Esq.

        The conservative obsession with Twitter in a nutshell.

      • I like to think of it as doing stand-up in front of nobody. (Because I have no followers.)

        • KmCO

          Ha ha, ditto. I have all these monstrously clever tweets (or had; I haven’t been on Twitter in months), and hardly anyone reads them. Le sigh.

          • Well, I’d love to follow you if ever come back to twitter.

            • KmCO

              Aww, thanks! What’s your nym, so I can follow you?

        • Tiny Hermaphrodite, Esq.

          Except for the over 180 people who do follow you. Whiner. (I would follow you too if the powers that be hadn’t cancelled my account for no reason)

          • I think in twitter terms, 180 is pretty paltry. I think to get any kind of traction there, you have to have at least 500-1000 followers.

            It’s not a big deal. I mainly use it as a news aggregate because I can’t get a retweet to save my life.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been pretty happy since Achewood has resumed production of its comics, it’s only once a week now, but it’s quality.

      Amen, brother.

  • OldBean

    I’ve most recently been sourcing my lulz from The Flophouse, the worlds best podcast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79hmDqLYwHI

  • MelissaM

    No lulz for you, just a correction. Cheney’s heart is not a robot heart, or wasn’t before it was implanted, and it wasn’t created by Satan. It was from a formerly live human being, one Cheney doesn’t give two fucks about.
    http://www.salon.com/2013/11/14/dick_cheney_even_bigger_monster_than_you_thought/

    • FLRealist

      As someone who has a transplant, and who cried for days after receiving it (from both joy and sorrow), I just cannot fathom how callous he is.

      Maybe it was just me, but I had such mixed emotions during my wait – I sometimes felt like a ghoul waiting for someone to die so I could receive an organ. I give a word of thanks every day to my donor and his family for the last four years of my life.

    • Dick would gladly have eaten the body of that person, just to get his/her heart.

      • Dick Cheney is a zombie? zrm’s gonna be so pissed when he hears this.

    • Thanks for the correction. But I’m really just trying to riff here.

      • MelissaM

        I know. I’m still boggled by yet again his lack of any empathy.

        • Oh, totally.

        • Tiny Hermaphrodite, Esq.

          Ha, I finally caught up with the curve, it didn’t surprise me a bit. I also expected the repugs to act this obstructionist since 2008 and at the latest when Limbaugh announced that he wanted Obama to fail even if it meant the decline of America.

  • jackrabbitslim

    Achewood, Hyperbole and a Half, Hark, a Vagrant!, Dinosaur Comics, White Ninja, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Pottery Bible Fellowship. All of these have had me laughing so hard I cried. XKCD gets honorable mention for being amazing and really funny but Munro makes me work hard enough that I usually don’t actually laugh out loud.

  • cpinva

    ” It was from a formerly live human being, one Cheney doesn’t give two fucks about.”

    aside from himself, there’s no evidence cheney gives even one fuck, about any other human being.

    • Oh, I suspect he cares about “Daddies Little Draft Exemption” – his daughter, Liz.

      After all, someone has to carry on the Cheyney family tradition of pure evil.

      And who better, than she?

      • FLRealist

        I think she surpasses him on the evil scale – he must be so proud!

        • Not yet.

          Not until she can snatch the pebble from his cold dead hand.

          And then, LIZ WILL SURPASS HIM!
          BWAH-HA-HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

          • Tiny Hermaphrodite, Esq.

            Probably she will have to suffocate him in his sleep to claim his legacy.

            • Yup.
              And she’ll throw him off-guard first, to get him in a good mood, by playing his favorite snuff DVD’s.

  • Rigby Reardon

    **I actually have nothing against Guy Fieri, who seems like a perfectly nice guy to me.

    Well, except for his alleged homophobia and general obnoxiousness.

    http://foodnetworkhumor.com/2011/10/guy-fieri-isnt-as-bad-as-you-think-he-is-hes-worse/

  • CaptBackslap

    Guy Fieri, besides having what’s apparently the worst restaurant in New York history, is also a raging homophobe.

    • TribalistMeathead

      Oh, I don’t know about all that. New York has been around for a long, long time.

    • I’ve watched a handful or so of his cooking show and DDD’s which is the extent of my knowledge of Fieri. So I had no idea. May I just add a belated “ewww” and “gross”?

      • CaptBackslap

        Does that mean you haven’t seen this review?

        • No, I read it. I even wrote a post about it.

          Just because the guy opens a shitty restaurant doesn’t make him a jerk. Although apparently he is one.

          • CaptBackslap

            I’d argue that serving garbage and charging about $50 a person to eat it is worth a few jerk points.

            • efgoldman

              I’d argue that serving garbage and charging about $50 a person to eat it is worth a few jerk points.

              No, in Manhattan it just means you own a hopefully-trendy restaurant.

  • Karate Bearfighter

    bspencer, if you like @midnight, you should check out the Doug Loves Movies podcast. There’s a large overlap in guests between the two, and the pseudo-gameshow format gives it just the right out amount of riffing.

    • DrS

      Also, Chris Hardwick does have his own podcast. And, quite a large number of the guests have their own podcasts as well.

    • Ooooh, thanks!

  • Halloween Jack

    As grim and cynical as The Wire can be, I have literally laughed out loud once or twice during any given episode.

    • +1. People were always telling me how great The Wire was, with the amazing slow burn of the storyline and the characters and the acting… but nobody ever thought to mention that it was fucking hilarious, from that first “Got to– this America, yo” and on.

  • I laugh out loud watching the Walking Dead, but that’s just because I hate our entire species.

    • Barry Freed

      Shouldn’t that be ZRM’s line, Mr. Lovecraft (if that is your real name)?

      • I know…that was very zrmish. It’s about zombies and it’s super-dour. Wait. Any possibility N_B and ZRM are ALL ONE GUY?

        • Barry Freed

          That’s just crazy talk, next thing you’ll be telling me that Substance McGravitas and Righteous Bubba (whatever happened to him?) are ALL ONE GUY.

  • Once again, I wish I should say I planned that nymfail…

    • I think the universe is making sure all your nymfails are awesome.

  • Chet Manly

    Just in case anyone hasn’t seen it, the BBC quiz show QI is awesome and nearly all of it is on youtube. I can’t imagine anyone who likes @midnight wouldn’t love QI.

    • TribalistMeathead

      Ah yes, the show that will never make it on BBC America, because it doesn’t involve home remodeling or finding valuable items in your attic.

      • Maynard James Keenan

        They could always sanitize Americanize it a la Whose Line is it Anyway?

        • TribalistMeathead

          And turn it into the American version of Numberwang: “That’s a number!”

    • Kurzleg

      Well, if Stephen Fry is the host…

  • Kurzleg

    Just picked up a Chromecast device and have been watching Louie, Archer and 30 Rock. (Yeah, I’m way behind the curve. So sue me.) Louie gets a bit raw for me, and Archer is a bit one-note, but both have their moments.

    30 Rock, on the other hand, consistently produces two or three laugh-out-load moments per episode. I only wish they could find a way to work Dr. Spaceman into more episodes.

    • I thought the first 3 seasons of 30 Rock were some of the funniest things I’d seen, really, ever.

      • TribalistMeathead

        The Future Mrs. Meathead and I started rewatching the series from the start several weeks ago, and our watching has dropped precipitously now that we’re into the Nancy Donovan storyline, which would’ve been pretty good if Julianne Moore didn’t have the worst fake Boston accent in recorded history.

        • omg, the Julianne Moore scenes were so fucking painful. I hated that whole story arc.

          The episode about MILF Island the one about the porn video game are probably my favorites ever. Just sheer genius.

          • TribalistMeathead

            MILF Island was a season-long arc, and a great one. And I learned while rewatching that Rob Huebel plays the host, which makes it better.

            Nothing will ever match the moment in the Cougars ep where Liz introduces Jack to her boyfriend, and, after the boyfriend walks away, Jack goes “Where did you two meet, an Amber Alert?”

            • There was a show done in MILF Island style. That’s the show I’m referring to

              • TribalistMeathead

                Oh, I thought there was more than one ep with MILF Island clips.

                • There may have been. But there was only one show where the cast members were kind of mirroring the action on MILF Island.

                • Hogan

                  It was the episode titled “MILF Island.”

      • Kurzleg

        I’m now on season 3, so I’ll have to see what happens after that. I’ve seen some of the Julianne Moore episodes, and yeah, JM doesn’t have the best accent.

    • and Archer is a bit one-note

      I had a line for this…

  • DrS

    Come to sacramento (or New York City now) and try one of Mr. Fieri’s restaurants, and you can find reasons for dislike.

    Also, “Fieri” is a name he adopted for himself, as he was born “Ferry”. Not that there’s anything wrong with a stage name, but the mispronounciat ion is an irritant.

    And he wears sunglasses backwards on his head sometimes. That’s clear douche behavior.

    • Sam Lefrak, an NYC developer of Polish-Jewish ancestry, decided at the age of 60 that his last name was LeFrak. I still giggle about this, thirty years later.

      • And while he was in college, he was known as Tony DORsett – but when he was drafted, he wanted to be known as Tony DorSETT!

        They had his mother on TV right after that, and she said something to the effect of, “I don’t know anyone named DorSETT. We were always known as the DORsett’s.”

      • DrS

        So chic!

    • Ya know, he makes a lot of stylistic choices that are distinctly not bspencerian…but I try really hard not to judge people on such a superficial basis. I guess in this case, it’d be ok if I did, though.

      • TribalistMeathead

        Because it’s not just the backwards sunglasses, it’s the backwards sunglasses, AND the spiked hair, AND the frosted tips, AND the stupid dyed beard, AND the leather bracelet, AND the 50 other douche accoutrements.

        • Yeah, but still. I figure there are probably perfectly nice people out there who dress poorly.

          • TribalistMeathead

            I don’t think there are perfectly nice people out there who dress poorly AND interact using fist-bumps.

            • I have a mean streak a mile wide. Niceness should really be encouraged here.

          • N__B

            Fuckin’ A.

        • KmCO

          Not to defend Guy Fieri, whom I really know very little about, and certainly not to defend obnoxious bro types as a class (who have been mathematically calculated to be the most annoying sentient beings in the known galaxy), but there are occasionally young-ish guys with irritating dudebro superficial styles who are actually fairly decent people when you dig deep enough. Would I hang out with such people? Probably not, as I have little tolerance for poor humor and my scene is decidedly more iconoclastic or (let’s be fair) geeky, but there is a little-known, rare breed known as the Douche With a Heart of Gold.

      • Helmut Monotreme

        Is there anything about Guy Fieri that isn’t superficial?

        • DrS

          May is helping my mood.

    • KmCO

      Also, “Fieri” is a name he adopted for himself, as he was born “Ferry”. Not that there’s anything wrong with a stage name, but the mispronounciat ion is an irritant.

      Ugh, that is irritating. If you’re going to co-opt a perfectly good Italian name (and believe me, as an Italyphile, I’ve considered it myself in my more, ah, touched states), learn to fracking pronounce it correctly.

  • As always, most laffs come from books, although Tumblr can be pretty teeheeriffic.

    I’ve recently started reading A. Lee Martinez. He writes in the same deranged spirit as Christopher Moore and Eric Garcia to name a couple of literary lunatics.

    Also, adults with kids (or adults who read kid’s books, ahem) might be familiar with Eoin Colfer. He has a couple out that are not for kids and if I were to try to describe the basic plot you’d say that’s stupid and it couldn’t possibly work, but it does. (Bonus fun: If you’re familiar with the Artemis Fowl series, he’s re-purposed a lot of the main characters.)

    Random question – Is anyone doing NaNoWriMo this year?

    • Tiny Hermaphrodite, Esq.

      I read two books by Martinez the one with the robot detective and the other was about a diner with zombies werevolves, vampires and whatnot. Didn’t leave much of an impression. Well de gustibus and all that.
      Terry Pratchett on the other hand hasn’t disappointed me yet. Also very funny are Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus books, there being one trilogy and stand alone follow up. Wouldn’t mind if he did one or two more.

      • I think I have the entire Pratchett library, unless you count the Long Earth books, which I don’t.

        I didn’t realize there was a follow up to that Stroud Trilogy. Did you read Valley of the Heroes?

        • Tiny Hermaphrodite, Esq.

          I have so far read all the Discworld books and Good Omens. The Long Earth books are also on my far too long reading list.
          The Stroud book is The Ring of Solomon. As you probably guessed by now it’s a prequel. And yeah I read Valley. Liked it.

          • Tiny Hermaphrodite, Esq.

            And we need an edit button. DO YOU HEAR ME VACUUMSLAYER? ANYONE?

          • Stag Party Palin

            Working my way through Discworld via the LA Library e-books. Good fun. Is there a Pulitzer category for sub-adult humor written very very very well?

            • Hogan

              Don’t miss the Tiffany Aching books.

              • Tiny Hermaphrodite, Esq.

                What Hogan said.

                • Barry Freed

                  I still have yet to start on Pratchett, I’m told Pyramids is a good place to start and I’ll begin there. I’ll probably start on Monday on the subway because I’ve just finally finished reading the last of Flashman which has been my subway reading for awhile now and I’m very sad about that. If you haven’t read Flashman you simply must, there’s nowt funnier.

                • Which Pratchett book to read first is a debate that can last for decades. I’d say read start with any two books other than his first three or his last three.

                  I wasn’t a huge fan of Flashman, but I read a couple because I’d read Pyrates which had me guffawing all the way through.

    • herr doktor bimler

      Christopher Moore.

  • KmCO

    I’ve been getting some of my laughs from watching reruns of “Peep Show” on Netflix. I absolutely adore truly neurotic British humor. On the literary front, I just finished “The Disaster Artist,” during which I laughed so many times I lost count. Tommy Wiseau referring to one “Mark Damon” at one point in the story just about killed me.

    • Aaaaash!!! Thanks so much for reminding me of The Disaster Artist!! I gotta kindle that baby.

      • KmCO

        Yes you do! You will not to be disappoint.

  • grrljock

    For a politics-free palate cleanser, this is my ol’ reliable. Jen writes smart commentary to badly done cakes.

    • KmCO

      Ha. I first read “Jen” as referring to JenBob, and the cakes part…well, you can do the math.

  • KadeKo

    Kristen Schaal was on At Midnight this week, wasn’t she? That’s always a plus.

  • keta

    Rob Ford. Mayor of the 4th largest city in North America, and the largest city in Canada. It’s the country right above the US.

    The absolute best reality teevee ever, although it looks to go off-air some time soon.

    • LeftWingFox

      Honey Boo-Boo is an improvement on the Rob Ford Show.

    • N__B

      Rob Ford, the U.S.’s hat pin.

  • Stag Party Palin

    Got no TV humor faves but will start on @midnight imeediately.

    Surprised nobody has mentioned Charlie Pierce. And Tbogg. Both better than any TV around.

  • Origami Isopod

    Well, I guess this thread is as good a place as any to drop this link. “Heeeyyy, Mr. Nolte, you sexay thang…”

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