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  1. illuminatedwax

    submit youtube clips for improv4humans

    A young, white, rich married couple tells the story about how they tried moving to Chicago, but got accosted by a homeless dude at an el stop and were so scared they decide to break their lease and flee to Arizona. It's really long, so the confrontation starts here: and reaches a climax here:
  2. The sound was fantastic as always, but I was really impressed with how well the "sing-along" was mixed -- you've got a solid engineer there! Is this the first we've heard of this new show? A Google search for "Besser vs audience" or "Besser versus audience" isn't giving me any info on this. What is it?
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    EPISODE 205 — Flaming Mop and Tuxedo

    I'm with Besser on the YouTube video with the dude at the traffic stop, but that dude is lucky he wasn't black. This advice got Sandra Bland thrown in jail: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Sandra_Bland and this family's windows busted in:
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    EPISODE 204 — Convoy

    Fun etymology nerd fact: "infamous" comes from a totally different root word than "famous", so despite the similarity in spelling and meaning, the two words are not derivative of one another!
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    Guest suggestions

    I'm pretty sure he studied and performed at the UCB in NYC.
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    EPISODE 201 — Surrounded by Passwords

    Let's face it: these trophies are for the parents, not the kid. Kids know when a trophy is just a "participation" trophy, and who the best players are, and who the best teams are. But I don't think this is nearly as common as the report about the one team makes it seem. A lot of people insist that this is endemic of some larger trend where kids don't learn about success and failure and expect to be handed everything, but honestly I think that's either just a bunch of old dudes complaining about "kids these days", or maybe people that live in LA assuming that LA culture is representative American culture in general.
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    Guest suggestions

    You should make a trip back to Chicago and get on a bunch of really good Chicago-based improvisors. There are so many teams out here that have been doing improv for years and years, and they do really amazing work. Also seconding the Cook County Social Club suggestion someone made years ago!
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    EPISODE 200 — 200th Episode!

    One of the best episodes of the show, and listened to every episode, compulsively going back through the archives after I heard one. Very few podcasts can be this consistently hilarious and entertaining. Most podcasts are made up of huge amounts of excess cruft, with people just rambling on like a morning radio zoo show, but this one gives us over an hour of solid entertainment with no bullshit on a weekly basis. We're all lucky to have it, and we're lucky we can get such talented improvisors on the show!
  9. Pineapple is also a "joke" fruit because people will eat it or drink pineapple juice to make their semen taste better. I think there's just 10,000 different meanings behind the symbol of pineapple, so everyone's mind goes there. What is the big project Matt was talking about at the end? Does anyone know yet?
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    EPISODE 197 — Summer Stache

    That Crap on Youtube was hard to listen to, because it was two classic American suburban neighbor stereotypes facing off: the shrill, sanctimonious, overprotective lady against the redneck bully who is raising his kids to be bigger assholes than he is. I hate both of those kids of people. fuck. punk'd again!!
  11. To be fair, though, you can get a lot of information from those YouTube clips. Those are clips that Razowsky himself has placed on his website to represent his best work. You don't expect to laugh out loud at recorded improv, but you can analyze the footage. For as much as he stresses REALLY listening and connecting with your scene parter, both the clips on his site and the one story we got from Besser show that he has a bad habit of stepping on his scene partner in order to get his ideas out. Forget "game" and slight differences between schools of improv, that's a basic principle everyone can agree on, and it's why Besser didn't want to perform with him anymore. Maybe that's not what he teaches, but it's what he seems to do. Add that to the footage of his class, where he endlessly rambles on about himself, and I think people should be forgiven if they come away with an impression of the man as a bit of a selfish performer. Also, he was bad-mouthing UCB, basically implying that it's more than just his taste, but rather impyling that the UCB is a second-class school.
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    EPISODE 193 — Into the Thunderdome

    Thank you so much to Matt Besser and improv4humans for letting me be a part of this! As part of that gratitude, I won't debate the points anymore, because as Master Blaster says, Case Closed means the case is closed. Sorry to everyone who thinks I didn't do a good job representing their side. Doing a call-in comedy show with 2 other callers AND 4 funny comedians is tough -- I wanted to let Kate and souprman talk and not hog the discourse, and I didn't want to talk over the host and the people actually being funny. There was a lot more that I had to say, but I said "thank you" before I heard Matt ask for final thoughts, and it really sounded like they wanted to wrap up, so I let it go. I sent souprman the rest of my thoughts in a PM, though. That said, listening back to it, I think I made the points I wanted to make, particularly in my opening statement. I think any more debating would have just been picking apart and re-explaining what I had already said, and probably even more boring to the people that didn't like the segment. I wish I had studied more into the realities of what the journalist actually did while getting an interview, but even if you assume she acted as is stated in the podcast, my position wouldn't change one bit. While I would love to spend more time talking to Matt to clarify what I was trying to say, we're not gonna solve sexism in a comedy podcast. So while I wasn't on the ball as much as I could've been, I don't regret the experience at all. PS To those people saying it was "wasted" on such a stacked cast, you realize that Case Closed episodes usually go like half an hour longer, right? I don't think we missed out on any comedy.
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    EPISODE 191 — Drizzle, No Apologies

    Debating about shit is one of my favorite things to do, so thank you so much for inviting me on the show, and thank you so much to Kate and souprman who were excellent people to have a discussion with!
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    EPISODE 191 — Drizzle, No Apologies

    I think there are some aspects of this that hadn't been brought up. Don't you need to have people be outraged in order for punks to have any kind of value at all? If everyone and their mom is super into Johnny Rotten spitting on them, it loses all of its power. Without that outrage, it just becomes a Green Day concert. The same thing applies to Matt's "economics" argument: if no one is outraged at someone saying shitty things, then people who actually say shitty things will keep selling out shows. Offense is really just a measurement of what is and what is not the status quo. And it can go both ways. When NWA says "fuck the police" or Ice-T talks about killing cops, that's partially intended to be offensive, and it's offensive for the purpose of highlighting how shitty the police system is. But being offended can also be going against the status quo, too: when reporters go out and write the latest article demanding an apology from a comedian, it's for the purpose of saying, hey, I think this is something we should add to our list of "shit we won't put up with". I think it goes without saying that most journalists are not very good at this. Journalists don't realize who's on their side. If that one writer knew anything about Tim Meadows, they'd realize that he's on their side, and they have better people to write about. The age-old problem with going against conservative thought is that you get overzealous and start attacking people on your side. I have a friend who says "it's easier to punch your neighbor than lead a revolution." Journalists are also lazy as fuck, too. That journalist should really be taking a huge hit to her credibility for posting such a blatantly false article, but she probably won't. I think we need to be spending more time shaming journalists who write significantly factually incorrect material than shaming comedians at an open mic who haven't figured out the best way to get across to the audience that their latest joke is against racism or sexism or whatever and still keep it funny. I took some Second City classes, and they have a saying: stereotypes, sexism, racism, etc., are the swamp. And if you decide to go out into the swamp, make sure it's clear to your audience that you're going out there to get something valuable. The one comic who does all stereotype work -- is he doing it to show how bad stereotypes are and use irony to demonstrate how to explode that kind of thinking in our own lives? Or is he just doing it because ha ha, I've heard that stereotype before! Because that has a far greater impact on people without power in our society than people with power. What did Sun Kil Moon go out in the swamp for? It was to be petty towards a journalist that was rude to him. I don't know if it's misogynistic, but it is establishing power and dominance: if she hates me, it's only cause she wants to fuck me because I'm so great. But at the same time, I'm sure there are a lot of women out there who have dealt with guys who have used that exact attitude to put them down purely because they are a woman, so I think that resonates in a way with them that reminds them of real misogyny.
  15. look at that dead poets society motherfucker
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