Posts Tagged ‘Dane Cook’

Monday Medley

What we read while pondering the benefits of open marriage…

Louie Louie Louie: Oh Louie/Tickets

As Season Two of Louie continues on FX, John S and Josh will be offering NPI readers their reactions to each episode. At the end of the season, they will rank the episodes. Get excited.

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Ra-ra-ra-raaaaaaaandy: Aziz Ansari’s Brilliant Balance of Parody

For those of you not yet aware, Judd Apatow has a new movie, Funny People, about comedians in Los Angeles coming out in a few weeks. As part of the promotional material for the movie, the fictional projects of the fictional comedians in the film have become, well, slightly less fictional. Clips from nonexistent movies starring Adam Sandler’s character “George Simmons” (who seems to be a fictional version of Sandler himself) are available on YouTube, has clips of a fake show called “Yo Teach!”, and Aziz Ansari has been doing stand up as his character, “Randy”.

Now, all of these projects are essentially parodies: The fictional films seem a lot like send-ups of actual lowbrow comedies, the fictional show lampoons “Welcome Back, Kotter”-style shows (“Do you guys know who the greatest rapper of all-time is? William Shakespeare!”), and “Randy” seems to be a parody of Dane Cook: 

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Symposium: I am not Delusional

Josh, it seems to me that your argument comes down to this paragraph:

“Unless John is completely risk-averse, he should be attending shows if the expected value (based on reviews and reputation) meets a certain threshold, say the ‘really good’ threshold. What about price? Well, his price cap should be based on his initial willingness to pay. If he were originally willing to pay $15 for a ‘really good’ comedy show, then—if that expected value is met—he should still be willing to pay $15.”

There are two problematic concepts here: a) the “really good” threshold and b) my willingness to pay.

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