Comedy Central may never be able to recreate the magic that was the Chapelle’s Show(Chocolate News and to even lesser extent Mind of Mencia), however they may have come very close with Key & Peele. It’s a different show than Chapelle’s, at the same time they remind me of each other. Both shows tackle matters of race and identity doing so in a very humorous, yet very smart way. They also have this ability to go from satirical social commentary, to just silly absurd goofiness. If you know me, then you know the latter is something near and dear to my heart.
Props to Comedy Central for that hot young second season renewal.
Keep it going Key & Peele!!!
Have you been enjoying your holidays, reader of this here blog entry? I have they’ve been pretty low key for the most part but it’s been really cool. I’ve been reminded time and time again, of how grateful I am for my family and friends. The highlight was seeing old footage of my folks from say thirty years ago, 8 mm Gangsterness. What did I get for Christmas? Well let’s just say I’m pretty stoked about this Barnes and Noble gift card (Editors Note: I am the author and by default am also the editor, and I never use the word stoked. This blog piece was the perfect excuse for me to use it. ) That coupled with the fact of my envy for my sister’s blender means one thing. I’m getting old. Good thing you’re never too old to engage in an awkward conversation with your grandmother and uncle, which produces this gem here:
My uncle: you wanna beer?
Me: no I’m okay, but thanks
My grandmother: Charles wouldn’t drink in front of me (this is true I wouldn’t do that ever),You know me and Charles have good relationship, he tells me things. There are no secrets with me and my grand children ( this is true as well she’s asked me very personal things, but I could never bring myself to lie to my grandmother nah not granny) Charles you ever been to a strip club?
Me: No, it’s not really my thing; it’s a waste of money (also I am not into the idea of walking around a club of dudes at half massed; I do see the gentlemen’s club place though it’s a very leisurely thing to do)
My uncle: Yeah, I agree with you Charles, They don’t do anything; all you do is get an erection you can’t even ejaculate. You can find girls on craigslist who’ll do a whole a lot more for the same amount of money.
My grandmother: Who’s Craig?!
My grandmother genuinely wanted to know who this craigslist guy was and why he had women on his site doing the unthinkable with their unmentionables. And, tell me why my uncle felt the need to throw ejaculation into the convo. Brilliantly awkward…HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!!
Blockhead: the talented producer known most notably for his work with Aesop Rock and his own albums on Ninja Tune also happens to be a very funny guy. Whether it’s the satirical rap group Party Fun Action Committee (of which he is a member of) or his blog Sweeping Generalizations, where he laments on everything ranging from why flying sucks to the awkwardness that occurs at weddings. Insightfully dead on yet very comedic, his sensibilities are ones that are appreciated and welcomed.
I asked Blockhead a few questions regarding his thoughts on humor and as an added bonus his top 5 unintentionally funny rap songs. Enjoy…
Where do you get your humor from ?
I watched mad TV I still do, but when i was little i watched a many sitcoms as possible. Shit like pee wee’s playhouse and night court were my joints. When i got a little older, “Married with children” changed the game for me. It was my first exposure to “risky” comedy. Granted, it was low brow as fuck but it definitely opened my eyes to a different kind of humor. But then again, I was the kid in the sandbox teaching the other kids curse words.
Were you into sketch comedy growing up and if so what were your favorites and what made them funny
I definitely was, but my taste got more refined in my early teens. I watched “Kids in the hall” like crazy , as well as SNL and “In Living Color”. Actually, now that i think about, “In Living Color” was my shit. I would tape it and rewatch it over and over. I loved the impressions and I could do a bunch of them myself. A little known fact about me is that I can do some pretty good impressions, but mostly of friends so they’re only funny to me.
How did Pfac come together, I hear it goes back to a public access show…
Yeah. back in the late 90’s my whole crew of friends did this public access show in NYC. At the time public access was kinda the shit. Mad people watched it and it actually had some status to it. Our show was called “Baby Show” and it was basically us doing little skits (mostly improv’d around an idea) and overdubs of movies and tv shows ,where we put words into the peoples mouths. We did it for about 3 years and actually had a decent following. I was on it , as well as Jer (the other guy in pfac) and I think PFAC was just an extension of that but through music. Oh, by the way, Aesop (ROCK) and Adrian Grenier were also on it occasionally. I think if tapes emerged, it could bury all of our careers quite easily.
Here’s Blockhead and Aesop Rock taking it back to their public access show roots. Look out for a cameo by a knife throwing Rob Sonic.
PFAC recently returned this year to critique your buddies Yameen’s album, have we seen the last of PFAC.
I don’t know. I’m too busy to really doing real songs and Jer is even busier than me. The stuff for Yameen, was just a one off. I will say that jer has been doing music under the name “Sir Jarlsburg” and it’s basically him singing and rapping as an olde timey knight. It’s pretty much the craziest shit i’ve ever heard. I recommend peeping it on myspace.
Do you catch any sketch comedy now a days? If so which ones do you like?
I still peep SNL when I’m home. the human giant has it’s moments. I’d venture to say, that I see more random funny sketches on youtube then any particular show.
Who makes you laugh these days?
Tons of shit…I love comedians. Louis CK’s last stand up was amazing. Patrice O’neal is another favorite. As for actors, all the good ones are pretty known by now. Zach Galafinakias has blown up cause of “The Hangover” but he’d be one i’d say to watch.
Who’s more loonier Ultimate Warrior or Ron Artest?
it’s a very very close call but i’ma go with the Ultimate Warrior (RIP?). His interviews may be some of the best shit i’ve ever heard. steroids apparently make you hilarious. Artest is amazing as well. he should have his own “late night” interview talk show.
Top 5 uninentionally funny rap songs?
Tough one…It’s hard to pinpoint, so i might just go into genre’s with some of these.
#1 All time has to be “Black Shampoo” by U-God. there is a slight chance he was doing it intentionally but whatever, that shit is comedy gold.
#2 Might be 95% of white rappers from canada. Shit is disgusting. not so much for the lyrics but the voices are comical on whole other level.
#3 Hulk Hogan’s rap album is amazing. It’s all about taking vitamins and saying your prayers. There’s one song called “When the hulkster goes to heaven” about his friend that died in the ring. While his heart was in the right place , it basically becomes a song about how the guy was a great hulkamaniac…and he died.
#4 My old demo’s of me rapping. Not that anyone will ever hear them but man, that shit is brutal. Mad lyrical with a weak voice and a suspect flow.
#5 The cookie monster rap:
I had this old sesame st. video tape and there is this one joint that the cookie monster does called “Healthy Food” where he rhymes over a faux run dmc kind of beat.