Stand-Up Comedy (well… Netflix originals)

Recent finds of humour, giggles, and inappropriate racist comments:

1. Ali Wong – Baby Cobra

2. John Mulaney – The Comeback Kid

3. Iliza Shlesinger – Freezing Hot (Clip)

4. Aziz Ansari – Buried Alive (Clip) 

I love how ONE person can command a physical stage and whole audience for over an hour with NOTHING BUT A MICROPHONE. That’s true performance talent. But the more you watch youtube videos of these comedians, the more you realise how comedy is an art and practice of repetition (testing and learning what works) rather than innate ability.

Also, as Ali Wong identified – I’m starting to notice a difference in the types of humour and topics between male and female comedians. Let’s just say … I’m hooked on start-up comedy and want to know, learn, and watch more.

Ginger ‘Snap’ Rogers – the feisty blonde of Classical Hollywood.

This is a short extract from Stage Door (Gregory La Cava, 1937) featuring Ginger Rogers and Katharine Hepburn. I’ve developed an obsession with Rogers: she dances with Fred Astaire, she banters with Hepburn, and she exudes a beauty beyond her platinum blonde hair. I’m a fan of fast, witty dialogue – especially when delivered by great actresses.

If you’ve never seen her films, here are some personal recommendations, from me to you:

42nd Street (1933)
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Top Hat (1935)
Shall We Dance (1936)
Kitty Foyle (1940)
The Major and the Minor (1942)
Monkey Business (1952)

“Sure [Fred Astaire] was great, but don’t forget Ginger Rogers did everything he did backwards…and in high heels!” — Bob Thaves 1982 © NEA Inc.

PLUS, She also has her own website: www.gingerrogers.com

Hello, Year 2014, I’m pleased to have made your acquaintance.

Was it your intention to come into my life today and knock me off my feet? My knees are slightly tingling, but I already have a good feeling about the next 365 days with you. I think we should be honest with each other from the start though… I’m not looking for a long-term relationship. However, here are 14 goals for our time together:

1. Design and Print Business Cards.

2. Improve your Twitter abilities/Create a network and following

3. Read at least three Nora Ephron books.

4. Graduate University at the top of your department.

5. Learn how to fake a British Accent.

6. Develop a visible Six Pack or Run another Marathon. You’re choice.

7. Learn at least one magic trick that can be performed in social settings.

8. Compete a Jaw-Dropping work experience: internship, graduate scheme, part-time job or starting your own business.

9. Stop biting your nails. NO excuses – It’s tacky, immature, and unprofessional.

10. Watch every James Bond film ever made.

11. Start learning a Fourth Language.

12. Write a Travel Adventure Novel. It can be really really horribly bad as long as it’s written – with commas, periods, semi-colons and all the necessary punctuation.

13. Get over your fear of winking in public.

14. Visit Australia, China, Thailand or India. (The more the better).

I must say: It’s not you; It’s me that needs improving. But by this time next year, I will have outgrown you my dear 2014. After all, I don’t want to end up like you’re ex-girlfriend Miss-New-Years-Resolutions. This isn’t a about a fresh start. This relationship is built on trust, acceptance, and hard work. I promise to make you a memorable and meaningful year, if you promise to make me appear carelessly lucky to the outside world.

The Selfie of all Advertisements.

Critically, I don’t know if they say the company name enough to create brand awareness and loyalty… but the video on its own is worth viewing. Over 136 million hits on Youtube, it’s doing something right, even if it’s only the celebrity element. Still, it references popular culture and maintains a humorous tone throughout. At any rate, it was a good watch and as a spectator, you don’t feel like a consumer being sold a brand.