Strange Magic trailer

Tex­tures and effects won’t make up for generic char­ac­ters and awk­ward gags.

I’m not laughing.

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Zach Galifianakis and Dick Van Dyke

I recently watched the Will Ferrell/Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis movie “The Cam­paign.” Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis is really grow­ing on me as an actor.

Here are two videos with essen­tially the same con­ceit.  A come­dian talk­ing about ver­bal com­edy while engag­ing in phys­i­cal com­edy. Zach’s is more con­tem­po­rary, while Van Dyke’s is more old school.

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Jacques Tati: Anatomy of a gag

This week the com­plete films of Jacques Tati was released on blu-ray and DVD. You can­not study the his­tory of film com­edy and not know about Tati. He had a mar­velous sense of humor, and a unique style of com­edy. Here is an excel­lent analy­sis of some of his work.

Play­Time: Anatomy of a Gag from Cri­te­rion Col­lec­tion on Vimeo.

I also rec­om­mend this post from Cri­te­rion films for fur­ther reading.

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Toddler in a minion costume.

This is not a fail video, despite the graphic.  The boys response to falling is price­less.  If he broke down  cry­ing it would be much less funny.  It is the sur­vival of the spirit that makes great comedy.

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Funny short: Wake Up Call

Here is some ter­rific ani­ma­tion that is pure phys­i­cal com­edy. Funny and short.

Wake Up Call from Kevin Jack­son on Vimeo.

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