8 Surprisingly Interesting Comedy Facts

Posted Apr 10, by Alison Stanton

After Kanye West's actions at the 2009 VMAs Comedy Central played the South Park episode 'Fishsticks' four times in a row as payback.

The 2009 Video Music Awards is something we all remember. When Taylor Swift won the award for best music video, Kanye West jumped on stage, swiped the microphone, and declared “I’m really happy for you Taylor, I’ma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!” 

It was probably the high point of Kanye West’s ego train (except for maybe that time he said people treat him like Hitler). South Park’s creators had already ragged on Kanye for his ego though. Back in April of that year, the South Park episode “Fishsticks” aired. The episode focused on a joke that Carlos Mencia claimed to have invented and that Kanye West didn’t seem to understand. 

Carlos Mencia was parodied for his habit of stealing jokes, which he responded to well by saying “...it was hysterical. Catch the rerun.” Kanye too responded well by saying “South Park murdered me last night and it’s pretty damn funny. It’s hurts my feelings but what can you expect from South Park! [sic].” 

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show’s creators, were still surprised by Kanye’s reaction, because all the episode did was tease him for his ego and call him a gay fish. Following the VMA fiasco, Comedy Central re-broadcasted the episode for two straight hours on September 15, 2009. 

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Chevy Chase’s Comedy Central Roast was so mean they refused to air it more than once!

Chevy Chase is one of the most prolific comedians in Hollywood, yet that didn’t stop countless celebrities from trashing him so thoroughly he was brought to the verge of tears in front of a national audience. 

Why exactly was this comedian so hurt? Chase’s resume includes SNL, several National Lampoon movies, and his own syndicated talk show, and he had in fact been "roasted" in the early 90’s. Chase said he had enjoyed the night as prolific actors such as Robert De Niro and Paul Newman lovingly trashed his "smart-ass" comedy style, so when asked to participate again in 2002 Chase thought it was a no brainer. 

Yet as the night progressed and not one of his friends was in attendance Chase was hurt beyond belief. He was forced to sit through an entire night of B-list celebrities who didn’t know him critique such personal flaws as relationships and drug problems. Chase said it was such a slap in the face that it forced him to reconsider his entire life, and when called up at the end for a closing statement all he could mutter was, "That hurt." Comedy Central refuses to air the Roast because it was so mean! 

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For years after South Park was banned from showing an image of Muhammad, an uncensored image of Muhammad appeared in the opening credits of every syndicated episode.

 

South Park has had a rough history with Muhammad. At first, when they depicted Muhammad in the episode Super Best Friends, there wasn’t too much of a problem. But a few years later when things were more sensitive due to violent incidents and death threats involving extremists, Comedy Central wasn’t too big on letting them show Muhammad again. 

If you remember the “Cartoon Wars” 2 parter, you’ll know what happened next. In that story, South Park was making jabs at both Family Guy and Comedy Central. Comedy Central refused to allow the showrunners to show Muhammad, but they were adamant about having him included because there was no problem a few years earlier. Comedy Central pulled the image of Muhammad, which the creators had anticipated would happen anyway. 

Things worsened when South Park hit its 200th episode which further made fun of how desperately the networks want to avoid showing Muhammad. As you may recall, the show’s creators were surprised at the level of censorship in the episode placed by Comedy Central, and refused to re air it or host it online. 

The news of the episode was so big that an extremist even made death threats against the show’s creators. So what’s the funny thing about all this? Muhammad has been in the opening credits of the show for years.

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Russell Brand got fired from MTV for dressing up like Osama Bin Laden a day after 9/11!

Russell Brand is an actor, comedian, and the ex-husband of Katy Perry. He’s played Mickey Mouse in Bed Time Stories, Dr.Nefario in Despicable Me, and Osama Bin Laden on September 12 2001. And while Brand’s comedy is critically acclaimed, that little bit didn’t get any laughs. 

What made the situation even worse was that Brand even brought his drug dealer and his drug dealer’s son to the MTV studios on that day. As you can imagine, he was instantly fired from his job as an MTV video journalist. 

Brand has acknowledged that it wasn’t a good decision, and says that he was smacked out on heroin when he made it. After leaving MTV, Brand starred in RE: Brand-a British comedy documentary that took a “challenging look at cultural taboos.”

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Actor-Comedian John Cleese’s name could have been John Cheese.

John Cleese is an English actor, comedian, writer and film producer, best known for being a membership of the comedy troupe Monty Python which was responsible for the sketch show Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the four Monty Python films. 

Additionally, he also played memorable roles in two James Bond films, two Harry Potter films, and three Shrek films. 

His family’s surname was previously "Cheese" but his father changed it to "Cleese" in 1915 upon joining the Army. Therefore, he was born as John Cleese. But regardless of what you call him, there’s no denying that John is an extremely talented individual. He went from getting gold stars at St.Peter’s Precatory School to achieving numerous BAFTAs and Academy Award.

Here's more facts about this living comedy legend:

  • He holds a law degree from Cambridge University
  • He reached his adult height of 6'4 3/4" at age 13
  • Owns an Antique shop in California
  • His mom lived to be 101
  • After a necessary removal, he sold part of his colon!
  • He originally wanted to be a classic Shakespearean actor

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Comedian Louis C.K.’s first language is Spanish and has dual citizenship in Mexico and the U.S.

Louis is the star of FX’s comedy series Louie. He writes, directs, and edits for the series. He’s an award winning stand-up comedian actually.

His grandma was Mexican and his grandpa was a Hungarian Jew who migrated to Mexico and met her. His father was born in Mexico and met his mother at Harvard. Louis was born in Washington D.C. but actually grew up in Mexico City until he was seven. His first language was Spanish and still remains a Mexican citizen. He frequently jokes about how people assume he's a White American and the funny situations he finds himself in because of this.

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\"\"Comedian Demetri Martin wrote a poem that reads the same forward and backwards!
You all probably know what a palindrome is - something that can be read the same either way, like ‘noon,’ ‘radar’, or even ‘on a clover, if alive, erupts a vast, pure evil; a fire volcano‘. Wordsmith Demetri Martin decided to take this phenomenon to the nth degree by composing his very own 224-word ‘palindroem’. I don’t know what’s scarier to me - the amount of time and effort Martin had to put into writing this or the likelihood that he thoroughly enjoyed every second!
Presenting “Dammit I’m Mad” by Demetri Martin:
 
“Dammit I’m mad.
Evil is a deed as I live.
God, am I reviled? I rise, my bed on a sun, I melt.
To be not one man emanating is sad. I piss.
Alas, it is so late. Who stops to help?
Man, it is hot. I’m in it. I tell.
I am not a devil. I level “Mad Dog”.
Ah, say burning is, as a deified gulp,
In my halo of a mired rum tin.
I erase many men. Oh, to be man, a sin.
Is evil in a clam? In a trap?
No. It is open. On it I was stuck.
Rats peed on hope. Elsewhere dips a web.
Be still if I fill its ebb.
Ew, a spider… eh?
We sleep. Oh no!
Deep, stark cuts saw it in one position.
Part animal, can I live? Sin is a name.
Both, one… my names are in it.
Murder? I’m a fool.
A hymn I plug, deified as a sign in ruby ash,
A Goddam level I lived at.
On mail let it in. I’m it.
Oh, sit in ample hot spots. Oh wet!
A loss it is alas (sip). I’d assign it a name.
Name not one bottle minus an ode by me:
“Sir, I deliver. I’m a dog”
Evil is a deed as I live.
Dammit I’m mad.”

There was a British sitcom about Hitler!

It was called "Heil Honey I'm Home!" and it was released in 1990. The show focuses on Adolf Hitler and his wife, Eva Braun while living next to a Jewish couple. Obviously, the show is centered on Hitler not being able to get along with his neighbors. The first (and only episode) centered around the Jewish couple crashing a dinner party that Hitler was throwing for Neville Chamberlain. 

Although 8 episodes were planned (and some shot), only that first one was aired, as most people thought that the comedy was just too tasteless for television. The show was cancelled immediately and neither the pilot nor any of the other episodes were shown ever again. 

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