Hungry Ghost Ritual audio review

In this episode, comedian Steven Ng and cohost Karteek Addanki review Hungry Ghost Ritual, a Hong Kong horror film directed and starring Nick Cheung, Annie Liu, Carrie Ng, Cathryn Lee and Lam Wai.

We talk about the Chinese Ghost festival, Asian superstitions, hauntings and the scary sequences and Nick Cheung as a first-time director. Listen to Karteek explain why he doesn’t like high-pitched singing voices and Steven mispronounce the word ‘Lunar Calendar’.

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Under the Skin audio review

In this episode, comedian Steven Ng and cohost Karteek Addanki review Under the Skin, a science fiction art house film directed by Jonathan Glazer and starring Scarlett Johansson.

We talk about Johansson’s performance, Steven’s archaic way of talking about sex, cinematic influences, visual metaphors and the importance of context in nudity onscreen.

Also, a short follow-up to a news article concerning the lack of ethnic diversity in Darren Aronofosky’s Noah, something we brought up on our review.

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Downtime Digest

Still Standing
david steinbergThe Most Influential Comic You’ve Never Heard Of
He was already considered a legendary standup in the 1960s.  He was responsible for getting the Smothers Brothers kicked off the air at CBS.  He logged more Tonight Show appearances than any other entertainer, save for Bob Hope.  He hosted the Tonight Show when he was 26; and, his imprint is left on TV comedies ranging from Bob Newhart’s shows to Mad About You to Seinfeld to Curb Your Enthusiasm.

The Funny Business
British MPsMPs to Campaign for Comedians
Scottish Labour MP Michael McCann chaired the first meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the UK Comedy Industry in the House of Commons this week, with the purpose of supporting and promoting British comics.  ‘Our country is very good at delivering top class comedians. We should celebrate our successes and tackle industry problems because comedy is a serious business.’

Seriously Funny
john oliverJohn Oliver Makes Fun of Serious News
Great interview with John Oliver about putting together his weekly HBO show Last Week Tonight and how they tackle finding the funny opportunities in the world’s serious news stories.

All In The Family
wayans brothersWayans Brothers Come Together for Rare Show
The four brothers will be on stage together for only the fourth time.  It’s one of the first dates of a new comedy tour that will culminate with a concert film.

Going Off
Stewart Lee:  Positive Discrimination & Causing Offensestewartlee21
Nothing is too controversial, but you have to think about how to do it with sensitivity. I don’t try to be insensitive. I think really, really carefully about exactly what things mean and how they will affect people. I never, ever set out to offend, but it can be an accidental by-product of what you do”

Downtime Digest

Monday July 14 2014

No Laughing Matter
Tracy MorganTracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart in Deadly Crash
The lawsuit was filed on Thursday in United States District Court in New Jersey, a month after a Walmart truck slammed into the back of a luxury van carrying a group that included Mr. Morgan, 45, severely injuring several others and killing James McNair, a comedian known as Jimmy Mack.

Whose Laughing Now!?!
1-new-orleans-magic-debra-hurdThe Mystery of the Lucky Comedy Club
New Orleans is a party mecca, no offence – Mecca, but has not sustained a full-time comedy club in years.  This dry spell was to lift with the opening of the Lucky Comedy Club, but may have become just another of the cities many ghost stories.

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
The Interview MovieNorth Korea Files United Nations Complaint
While his father may have been a cinephile, tiny dictator & Dennis Rodman drunk dialer Kim Jong Un does not appear to be a pushover for Hollywood.  The Hermit Kingdom declares the new Seth Rogan / James Franco comedy The Interview “An Act of War!”
Throw Out Your Television
teachers-lounge13 Summer Web Series Worth Watching
In honor of the dawning era of the Web series, here are some of the best new (or new-ish) online series to keep you busy during the long summer as you wait for the fall programming lineup to begin again.

Still Standing
Dave Chappelle Lights Up Radio City Music Hall
Chappelle has laid low since he walked away from his hit show on Comedy Central, but nine months after his surprise drop-in performance with Comedy HK, Chappelle’s residency at Radio City Music Hall shows the world that the king is back.

Downtime Digest

Downtime Digest – Friday July 11 2014

Fresh Faces
ron funchesComedian Ron Funches 11 Questions
The A.V. Club asks interesting people 11 interesting questions—and then asks them to suggest one for our next interviewee.  As a stand-up comedian, Ron Funches delivers non sequiturs and absurdist observations in a sleepy sing-song style.

Business As Usual
How to Get Into the Writers Roompoking a dead frog - getting into the writers room
Here is how professional comedy writing works, according to the book: A talented and funny person’s brain is under constant assault from insane deadlines, fickle audiences, humorless executives, and the constant threat of abject failure.

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Penis-shaped-cloudPenis Above Highway Leaves Motorists Laughing
The X-rated cloud formation appeared high above the busy M42 near Birmingham last month.  Local resident Mill Owen, 25, snapped the naughty cloud while travelling in the passenger seat of a pal’s car.  My reaction was that it must be God – that couldn’t happen by accident.

Still Standing
chelsea handlerChelsea Handler Talks Standup & Sex Tapes
After nearly a decade hosting her popular chat show, Handler has taken a step back from television and is currently touring the UK with her show Uganda Be Kidding Me.  She had warned fans to brace themselves for her take-no-prisoners style and put her success down to her ‘no-bull***t metre’.

Seriously Funny 
Is Laughing the Key to a Healthy Life?CND 140711
Laughter is part of the curriculum at St-Michel Catholic School in New Liskeard, Ont., with every class participating in 10 minutes of laughing exercises each day. A hard sell at first, says Suzanne Martin,  “if you have a rowdy class, you don’t have control of the kids.” On the other hand, Martin argues, laughing is a cost-effective mental-health program.

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