Jeff fa fa Dunham dot com

A little over two years go I found out about an amazing comedic ventriloquist named Jeff Dunham. What started it all was this clip of Achmed The Dead Terrorist from Jeff’s Show – it sold me on the quality of his work.

It’s such a great piece of work and so popular that it made it into the Top 10 most viewed videos on YouTube – at over 199 million views, it’s not surprising, now is it?

Something very interesting for Jeff, was the fact the the country contributing most of the views of that specific clip, were none other than us, South Africans. It was also great that despite the fact that the only country to ever ban the Achmed ringtone, being South Africa – Jeff still made an effort to bring his show to our shores.

And boy were we glad that he did, and that we managed to get tickets – we saw his show last night, live at the Grand West Arena at the Grand West Casino – and it’s been a long time since we laughed so hard throughout a show – quite the belly-ache after two and a half hours of laughing but it sure was worth every cent and every second – and for those that know his show and have seen Arguing With Myself or Spark of Insanity – last night’s show was at least 90% new material.

Another talented man that should also get a mention is Brian Haner aka The Guitar Guy (he even tweeted that “Cape Town rocks” live on stage) who opened up for Jeff before his show. Brian is an excellent guitarist who can play just about any style of music – what made it even better was that he used some typical South African words during his skit and even played an awesome rendition of the South African anthem for us in closing.

If he’s in your area, and there are tickets available, do yourself a favour and go and see his show.

VOTD: Airplane! vs Zero Hour!

I’m sure like me you enjoy comedies and by now you must have seen either scenes from or the entire movie, Airplane! It’s a spoof comedy starring Leslie Nielsen, Robert Hays and Lloyd Bridges, amongst others. It’s one of my all time favourite comedies and it’s in my DVD collection.

Some of my favourite quotes are between Leslie Nielsen’s character, Dr Rumack and Julie Hagerty‘s character Elaine Dickinson:

Dr. Rumack: Can you fly this plane, and land it?
Elaine: Surely you can’t be serious?

Dr. Rumack: I am, and don’t call me Shirley.

Dr. Rumack: You’d better tell the Captain we’ve got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.

Elaine: A hospital? What is it?

Dr. Rumack: It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.

The quotes themselves are funny, but what makes them even funnier is seen in context, the actor’s facial expressions and the things that went on in the background of most scenes. It’s pure genius – yes, comedy is subjective but if you’ve not seen it yet give it a go.

But I digress – what about this Zero Hour you mentioned in the title, I hear you ask.

Glad you asked – did you ever see a movie titled Zero Hour! before? I sure didn’t. And an even lesser known fact is that Airplane was in fact a re-make of the original Zero Hour movie, except that it was turned into a comedy. I too, can’t help but sit with a smile on my face while looking at some of the scenes from the original movie.

Take a look at the clip below showing comparisons of scenes out of both movies. [via BoingBoing]

The Fine Brothers

So, these two jews walk into a bar…

Benny and Rafi Fine are two brothers who seems to be taking the online world by storm with their witty comedies and parodies of movies and TV-Series. I don’t know what planet I’ve been on because I hadn’t heard of them until today – thanks S! [via Wired]

You’ve seen at least some of the TV Series, Lost, right? And everyone knows about Star Trek – check out this great parody skit with action-figure characters from Lost, Star Trek and a few cameo roles thrown in the mix – enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8irt6oj2HA

You can subscribe to their YouTube channel or follow them through their blog. I’m going to keep an eye on these guys.

Humanising Fonts

By now, I’m sure you’ve used various fonts such as “Times New Roman”, “Arial Narrow”, “Courier New”, or a designer’s nightmare, “Comic Sans”.

So you should be well aware of what they look like, but what if they were represented by people? This is a funny clip which shows just that – enjoy!