humor http://wnpr.org en 'Weird Al' Yankovic On Parody In The Age Of YouTube http://wnpr.org/post/weird-al-yankovic-parody-age-youtube <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcJjMnHoIBI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9qYF9DZPdw</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:45:01 +0000 NPR Staff 25249 at http://wnpr.org 'Weird Al' Yankovic On Parody In The Age Of YouTube Flop Life: What If We All Acted Like We Were In The World Cup? http://wnpr.org/post/flop-life-what-if-we-all-acted-we-were-world-cup <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvsuYssoTw0</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:44:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 24995 at http://wnpr.org Flop Life: What If We All Acted Like We Were In The World Cup? Oh, Canada! How'd You Get So Funny? http://wnpr.org/post/oh-canada-howd-you-get-so-funny <p>David Steinberg, Martin Short, Mort Sahl, Rick Moranis, Lorne Michaels, Jim Carrey, John Candy, Kids in the Hall, Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Howie Mandel, Rich Little, Norm Macdonald, Katherine O'Hara, Russell Peters, Leslie Nielsen - They are all Canadians. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:25:20 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 23359 at http://wnpr.org Oh, Canada! How'd You Get So Funny? New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff http://wnpr.org/post/new-yorker-cartoon-editor-bob-mankoff <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">From Faith Middleton:&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;He wrote one of the greatest cartoon lines ever, a sentence that rocketed through the country like a speeding train: </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">How about never—is never good for you?</em></p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 14:58:34 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 21758 at http://wnpr.org New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff Obama Cracks Wise At White House Correspondents Dinner http://wnpr.org/post/obama-cracks-wise-white-house-correspondents-dinner <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq_wMv_MeQc</p> Sun, 04 May 2014 06:45:00 +0000 editor 21249 at http://wnpr.org Obama Cracks Wise At White House Correspondents Dinner Teaming Up to Explain the Internet's Future http://wnpr.org/post/teaming-explain-internets-future <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We did a <em>Colin </em></span><em>McEnroe</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em> Show</em> about </span><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/will-connecticut-be-next-gig-city" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">the current state of the internet, and what it could become in the future</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Turns out, </span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/04/technology/fast-internet-service-speeds-business-development-in-chattanooga.html?_r=0" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Chattanooga, Tennessee is way ahead of the curve</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, having taking it upon themselves to create a </span>superfast<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Internet system. Colin's vision for the introduction was me stepping into the futuristic starship that is Chattanooga, guided by </span><a href="http://wnpr.org/people/greg-hill" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Greg Hill</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, learning the ways of the people and meeting some of their school children.</span></p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:14:39 +0000 Chion Wolf 21132 at http://wnpr.org Teaming Up to Explain the Internet's Future Songwriting With Colin: "Truckin' Bees" http://wnpr.org/post/songwriting-colin-truckin-bees <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's not too often I get to write a song with Colin, but I love when it happens. We had about two hours until </span>showtime<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when Colin dropped off the lyrics to the song we wanted to use as an intro to </span><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/theres-more-bees-just-stinger" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">our show about bees</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> -- specifically about how bees are trucked to different locations throughout the country. I could hear the tune in my head right away.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:12:12 +0000 Chion Wolf 20998 at http://wnpr.org Songwriting With Colin: "Truckin' Bees" Creating the Sounds of a Wedding Reception http://wnpr.org/post/creating-sounds-wedding-reception <p>Having Colin McEnroe write the introduction for every day's show is always a surprise. I never know what kind of sound effects I'll need, or who else will be voicing it with me. This introduction was no exception.</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:15:03 +0000 Chion Wolf 20179 at http://wnpr.org Creating the Sounds of a Wedding Reception Who's Tucekr? http://wnpr.org/post/whos-tucekr <p>Every now and then,&nbsp;<em>Where We Live</em> airs a rerun. In order to make shows broadcast-ready a second time around, host John Dankosky&nbsp;needs to record a few things.</p><p>On this particular day, John needed to record credits. I spelled my own name, "Tucekr Ives." It was close enough, so I didn't go back and edit it.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:35:14 +0000 Tucker Ives 20303 at http://wnpr.org Who's Tucekr? Anatomy of a Prank: Is the Show Host Fair Game? http://wnpr.org/post/anatomy-prank-show-host-fair-game <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every April 1, I think, "Why didn't we do a <em>Colin </em></span><em>McEnroe</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em> Show</em> on pranks?! Next year, it's </span>gonna<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> happen." A few weeks ago, I put it on the calendar, and started researching.</span></p><p>When I searched "professional prankster," I found <a href="http://www.joeyskaggs.com/" target="_blank">Joey Skaggs</a>, <a href="http://www.tommabe.com" target="_blank">Tom Mabe</a>, and Jeff Pinsker, who was mentioned in <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20096517,00.html" target="_blank">a <em>People</em>&nbsp;magazine article from 1987</a>. He was, at the time, paid to prank CEOs.&nbsp;</p><p>Now Pinsker is the president of <a href="http://www.klutz.com" target="_blank">Klutz</a>, a much-loved kid's book and toy maker. I emailed and asked if he'd be interested in coming on our show to talk about his process of pranking.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">He agreed. I exhaled.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:54:25 +0000 Chion Wolf 19414 at http://wnpr.org Anatomy of a Prank: Is the Show Host Fair Game? April Fool's! Exploring Pranks and Practical Jokes http://wnpr.org/post/april-fools-exploring-pranks-and-practical-jokes <p>I'll be honest: I hate April Fools' Day, and I'm not a big fan of practical jokes. I hate it the way that some people hate Valentine's Day or New Year's Eve. I think merriment and foolishness should be spread across the year. That's why most of our shows, even pretty serious ones, start with a comedy sketch, because life is so much better when you think of it as a comedy. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:51:24 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19347 at http://wnpr.org April Fool's! Exploring Pranks and Practical Jokes The Science of When We Laugh and Why http://wnpr.org/post/science-when-we-laugh-and-why <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Humor, like pornography, is famously difficult to define. We know it when we see it, but is there a way to figure out what we really find funny—and why?</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:46:40 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 19390 at http://wnpr.org The Science of When We Laugh and Why Sandwich Monday: The Waffle Taco From Taco Bell http://wnpr.org/post/sandwich-monday-waffle-taco-taco-bell For most people, the morning goes like this: Wake up, take a shower and wait six hours in painful agony until it's an appropriate time to eat Taco Bell.<p>But, finally, times have changed: Taco Bell has introduced a breakfast menu. The centerpiece is unquestionably The Waffle Taco.<p><strong>Peter:</strong> I was driving in after picking them up, and I was terrified of getting in a fatal car crash. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:15:00 +0000 editor 19329 at http://wnpr.org Sandwich Monday: The Waffle Taco From Taco Bell The Nose Travels to the Grand Budapest Hotel http://wnpr.org/post/nose-travels-grand-budapest-hotel <p> A hilariously fussy hotel manager with a taste for the high life is wrenched from his gay surroundings by the specter of war and a false murder charge. That doesn't <em>sound </em>terribly funny, but it's the premise for "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2278388/" target="_blank">The Grand Budapest Hotel</a>," the latest Wes Anderson movie. Our Nose panelists all went to see it, and it will be one of our topics on this show.<em> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19156 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Travels to the Grand Budapest Hotel New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It http://wnpr.org/post/new-yorker-cartoon-editor-explores-what-makes-us-get-it Bob Mankoff has been contributing cartoons to <em>The New Yorker</em> ever since 1977 and now, as cartoon editor, he evaluates more than 500 cartoons submitted to the magazine each week.<p>Mankoff is proud of the many cartoons that have been published under his aegis. "Sometimes I take my aegis out of my drawer just to admire it," he writes.<p>His most well-known cartoon shows an executive looking at his desk calendar, saying to someone on the phone: "No, Thursday's out. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:36:00 +0000 editor 18940 at http://wnpr.org New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It The Nose Lurks Behind the Backdrop of "Between Two Ferns" http://wnpr.org/post/nose-lurks-behind-backdrop-between-two-ferns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama has consistently refused to be a panelist on The Nose, but his appearance this week on </span><a href="http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/18e820ec3f/between-two-ferns-with-zach-galifianakis-president-barack-obama" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">"Between Two Ferns"</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;with Zach </span>Galifianakis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has given us new hope!</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18383 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Lurks Behind the Backdrop of "Between Two Ferns" The Scramble: Are A.J. Jacobs, Lupita Nyong'o, and John Rowland Related? http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-are-aj-jacobs-lupita-nyongo-and-john-rowland-related <p></p><p>Today on The Scramble, one of our favorite writers, <a href="http://ajjacobs.com/">A.J. Jacobs</a> takes us deep inside the world of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/01/opinion/sunday/are-you-my-cousin.html?_r=0">modern ancestry research </a>where websites are all &nbsp;too happy to tell you that you're distantly related to Gwynyth&nbsp;Paltrow, Michael Bloomberg, Quincy Jones, and King David. &nbsp;Those are all actual examples of people A.J. was told are his relatives.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:34:09 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 17805 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Are A.J. Jacobs, Lupita Nyong'o, and John Rowland Related? Why You Shouldn't Let Radio Hosts Take Care of Your Plants http://wnpr.org/post/why-you-shouldnt-let-radio-hosts-take-care-your-plants <p>Do you love Amaryllis bulbs? So do we. Just make sure you don't let John or Colin take care of yours.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/123189398&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:16:08 +0000 Tucker Ives 13398 at http://wnpr.org Why You Shouldn't Let Radio Hosts Take Care of Your Plants Does High Unemployment Mean the Humanities Should Be Dumped? http://wnpr.org/post/does-high-unemployment-mean-humanities-should-be-dumped <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">From Faith Middleton:</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> More institutions of higher learning have shuttle busses to the nearest corporate high rises.</span></p><p>While it is understandable in a time of high unemployment to think about practical careers, it appears more people, including some entrepreneurial university administrators, think it's time to leave the “fluffy stuff” for hobby hour. That fluffy stuff would include literature, philosophy, languages, the arts and history—what we call the humanities. (Or, the stuff that hangs around long after we're dead.) Possibly the new rules of the road go something like this: read Michener before bed, and call it a day.</p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:34:37 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 12590 at http://wnpr.org Does High Unemployment Mean the Humanities Should Be Dumped? Rob Ford, Gawker, and My Kids http://wnpr.org/post/rob-ford-gawker-and-my-kids <p>We normally write about other people -- because other people are the news. Not us.</p><p>And then, sometimes, really strange things happen.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:06:16 +0000 Jeff Cohen 10814 at http://wnpr.org Rob Ford, Gawker, and My Kids 8 Great 'Shutdown Pickup Lines' http://wnpr.org/post/8-great-shutdown-pickup-lines When a government shutdown loomed in 2011, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/04/08/135245909/some-see-a-funny-side-to-a-shutdown" target="_blank">the Twitterverse had some fun</a> with <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23govtshutdownpickuplines" target="_blank">#govtshutdownpickuplines</a>.<p>They're back!<p>Here are some of the better, slightly naughty ones we're seeing (we also also checked <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23shutdownpickuplines&src=hash" target="_blank">#shutdownpicklines</a>):<p>-- "<a href="https://twitter.com/lafnlab/status/385062284105498624" t Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:19:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 5891 at http://wnpr.org 8 Great 'Shutdown Pickup Lines' Five Comedians You Need to Check Out http://wnpr.org/post/five-comedians-you-need-check-out <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Standup is not an easy thing to do. You might think you&#39;re funny, but funny takes on a new definition when you&#39;re stranded on stage with just a microphone, a spotlight, and a judgmental audience. Today</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</em><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/tales-thousand-and-one-stand-shows" style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">we talked comedy with Jason </span>Zinoman</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, first-ever </span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/26/arts/kate-berlants-experimental-comedy.html?_r=0" style="line-height: 1.5;">comedy critic for <em>The New York Times</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. While researching the show, I watched a lot of comedy (what a job I have!) so&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I thought it would be fun to provide you with a sampling of a few of my favorite performers. Caution: some of these sketches may contain </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NSFW</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> language so, you know, don&#39;t blast it at your desk.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:41:33 +0000 Patrick Skahill 5844 at http://wnpr.org Five Comedians You Need to Check Out The Compelling Life Of Michael Bolton http://wnpr.org/post/compelling-life-michael-bolton <p>Michael Bolton has reinvented himself many times. A few years ago, he cut off his trademark hair.&nbsp; He put out an album of opera arias and another of American Songbook Standards. But probably his biggest challenge was dealing with his image as a romantic icon so permanently rooted in the dead center of the mainstream that poking fun at him became an easy way for people who really weren't all that cool to prove they were at least cool enough to reject Michael Bolton.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:09:40 +0000 Chion Wolf 3438 at http://wnpr.org The Compelling Life Of Michael Bolton The Birth, Life, And Death Of Jokes http://wnpr.org/post/birth-life-and-death-jokes <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/Colin%20McEnroe%20Show%2006-24-2013.mp3</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:05:13 +0000 Colin McEnroe 570 at http://wnpr.org The Birth, Life, And Death Of Jokes The Birth, Life, and Death of Jokes http://wnpr.org/post/birth-life-and-death-jokes-0 <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/Colin%20McEnroe%20Show%2006-24-2013.mp3</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:05:13 +0000 Colin McEnroe 6468 at http://wnpr.org The Birth, Life, and Death of Jokes Baratunde Thurston On Comedy In The Digital Age http://wnpr.org/post/baratunde-thurston-comedy-digital-age <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Tucker/Where%20We%20Live%2005-03-2013%20Baratunde.mp3</p><p></p><p>Tomorrow, is the final <a href="http://www.ctforum.org/">Connecticut Forum</a> of the season. It’s called <a href="http://www.ctforum.org/forum/funny-smart-people">Funny, Smart People</a> and it’s being moderated by our very own Colin McEnroe. The panelists are The Daily Show’s John Hodgman, Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein and our next guest, <a href="http://baratunde.com/">Baratunde Thurston.</a></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 16:03:37 +0000 John Dankosky 762 at http://wnpr.org Baratunde Thurston On Comedy In The Digital Age Sex, Drugs, And Brooklyn: A Conversation About HBO's 'Girls' http://wnpr.org/post/sex-drugs-and-brooklyn-conversation-about-hbos-girls <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Commodore%20Skahill/Colin%20McEnroe%20Show%2003-04-2013.mp3</p><p></p><p>Why do people love the HBO series "Girls?" Part of the fun is the cascade of 21st century epigrams.<p></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 20:52:18 +0000 Colin McEnroe 6922 at http://wnpr.org Sex, Drugs, And Brooklyn: A Conversation About HBO's 'Girls' The Nose: When Jokes Go Bad & An Interview With John Hawkes http://wnpr.org/post/nose-when-jokes-go-bad-interview-john-hawkes <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/Colin%20McEnroe%2003-01-2013.mp3</p><p></p><p></p><div id="cke_pastebin">We're doing something a little unusual on The Nose today. We're spending pretty much the whole show on one topic -- transgressive humor.<p><br />&nbsp;</p></div><div id="cke_pastebin">I've been thinking a lot about this lately, and the subject came to a boil last weekend when Seth MacFarlane, who specializes in tasteless and sophomoric material, hosted the Oscars and gave the international audience a heaping dose of what he's known for.<p><br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 19:37:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe 6926 at http://wnpr.org The Nose: When Jokes Go Bad & An Interview With John Hawkes The Nose: Welcome To The 'Land Of Steady Habits' http://wnpr.org/post/nose-welcome-land-steady-habits <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Commodore%20Skahill/Colin%20McEnroe%20Show%2010-21-2011.mp3</p><p></p><p>Is Connecticut funny? Is Connecticut anything?</p><p>In 1992, film-maker Ken Simon made a documentary attempting to probe the identity of the state. He interviewed a range of "experts," including me. The title of this documentary? "Between Boston and New York."</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 20:12:46 +0000 Colin McEnroe 8386 at http://wnpr.org The Nose: Welcome To The 'Land Of Steady Habits' Steve Almond's America http://wnpr.org/post/steve-almonds-america <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/Colin%20McEnroe%20Show%2010-18-2011.mp3</p><p></p><p>"Never be deceived by a humorist, for if he is any good he is a deeply serious man moved by a quirk of temperament to speak a certain kind of truth in the form of jokes. Everybody can laugh at the jokes; the real trick is to understand them."</p> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 18:38:28 +0000 Colin McEnroe 8406 at http://wnpr.org Steve Almond's America