OpinionMonty Python's "Lumberjack song" would be pretty inadequate if another comedy group had made it nowadays http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clPYfaTvHT0
      – BorgClown, 2009-02-20 at 17:37:06   (37 comments)

On 2009-02-20 at 17:38:25, BorgClown wrote...
Is it a sign that we are more tolerant and considerate to homosexuals? Maybe the discriminatory urge just displaced elsewhere.
On 2009-02-20 at 17:42:04, BorgClown wrote...
Sorry for the video, this one is a better-quality version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpxQp3Hy5nk
On 2009-02-20 at 18:15:45, Lee J Haywood wrote...
They contrasted the manliness of lumberjacks with transsexuals and/or cross-dressers, which is still just as amusing I think. There may be implied homosexuality, causing puzzlement, but it's more about the humour in the unexpected direction the lyrics go in.
On 2009-02-20 at 18:50:27, Baslisks wrote...
I think modern day comedians don't have the subetly to do things like these.
On 2009-02-20 at 19:46:33, Thelevellers wrote...
I disagree Basilisks... I'll try and find some examples, but I think I know at least one that does exactly that kind of thing... *youtubes*
On 2009-02-20 at 19:54:08, Thelevellers wrote...
Of course, Tim Minchin has done some... Quickest find http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gaid72fqzNE Or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS3yOhvKTNM And the assumption song by Arrogant Worms is clever, though subtle isn't exactly the right word(!). It's hard to pick out from my vague memories of various comics what's that kind of subtle, as opposed to simply clever. :S
On 2009-02-21 at 10:26:36, Lee J Haywood wrote...
The first song is fairly good, although I already knew what to expect. The second was very contrived throughout, after a good start. They make it easier to see that the lumberjack song was all about introducing the unexpected into an otherwise normal song, and they stuck to a simple theme without going too far. Also, it was a much better song to sing along to with its fabulous chorus - something Tim Minchin's songs lack - and sticks in your head.
On 2009-02-22 at 04:57:14, BorgClown wrote...
A couple of Spaniard comedians, "Los Morancos", made a parody of the Dragostea din tei (aka NumaNuma) song. It is recent and plays with homosexuality, but in a very supportive way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqxumHvUkW I wish you understood the lyrics, but a wiki explanation will have to suffice: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marica_t%C3%BA
On 2009-02-22 at 21:06:39, Thelevellers wrote...
I know what you mean about those Minchin songs... Though on the subject of him, I did find that someone has finally uploaded a copy of his excellent 9 minute beat poem attacking pretty much everything that gullible hippies believe in! :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB_htqDCP-s I do love the sing-a-long factor of 99% of Python songs, I love getting things like the accountancy shanty stuck in my head! :) *Sings* It's fun, to charter an accountant, and sail the wide accountancy... :D
On 2009-02-22 at 23:43:09, Lee J Haywood wrote...
The argument sketch is still very amusing, no matter how many times I hear it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQFKtI6gn9Y (6 min 7 sec)
On 2009-02-23 at 19:57:32, Thelevellers wrote...
Heh, that is a classic! Talking of comic arguments, have you seen Argumental? They have a section in that which basically ends up the same as that in the end. It's also very funny - Marcus Brigstocke getting angry FTW! :D
On 2009-02-23 at 20:15:53, Lee J Haywood wrote...
No, I haven't seen it.
On 2009-02-23 at 20:16:11, Baslisks wrote...
my default mode of conversation....
On 2009-02-28 at 08:26:02, George wrote...
I agree... it's partly because we were familiar with the Pythons themselves, and their particular sense of humour that allowed people to 'get' this. If it was a bunch of unknown college students doing exactly the same thing, just as well on YouTube, I'd probably think that it was nothing remotely special. But then if that same bunch of students made 'The Life Of Brian' (if it didn't already exist), then I think they'd be given the credit they deserved.
On 2009-02-28 at 10:14:09, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Maybe there's something to be said for having so many people familiar with the sketches that you can share a laugh at them, although with many other comedies it's clear that what appeals to your sense of humour is a very personal thing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljCR4bTazQc (3 min 13 sec)
On 2009-02-28 at 14:02:54, Thelevellers wrote...
YAY! I LOVE CHINESE! :D
On 2009-03-01 at 01:24:45, Thelevellers wrote...
Ohh. I just remembered this from my childhood: I once had a fight, with my uncle Jim He said I threw a tomato at him, But tomatoes don't hurt, said I with a grin, Ah, but thiss one it did, for it was in a tin!
On 2009-03-01 at 01:45:10, BorgClown wrote...
It's amazing, but I didn't find the "I like Chinese" song or fan-video funny at all. And it's rare for me not to find funny any intentional funny thing. Maybe it was funny decades ago, when Tibet was left alone and Chinese mafias didn't were so global.
On 2009-03-01 at 01:46:16, BorgClown wrote...
Tiananmen square?
On 2009-03-01 at 11:01:07, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It'd be better without the video, I agree. Chinese citizens tend to be very friendly, unlike the government/military. The song would be considered quite racist today, although it's mostly subtle about it... the line "They only come up to your knees" always makes me smile for some reason.
On 2009-03-01 at 12:10:33, Thelevellers wrote...
I love the silly obvious rhymes, they make the subtle racism that much funnier... C'min 'I like chinese, they come from a long way over seas'?! :) I have to say though, that I might feel differently if I heard it today - that song, along with everything on the Monty Python Sings album has a special place in my heart, as there's been a copy to hand ever since I was 7 or 8... :) Nothing is funnier than an 8 year old singing 'Sit on my face, and tell me that you love meeeeeeeee'! :D
On 2009-03-01 at 22:45:22, BorgClown wrote...
The Chinese being associated with Chinese food is still true today, though. When I got to know Rome, it amazed me that near our hotel there was more Chinese food and slanted-eyed people than actual Italian folklore. And I don't think it was a Chinese area, but maybe our hotel being near the train station had something to do with it. Managed to gorge on Italian pizza and pasta instead of Chinese buffets anyway =P
On 2009-03-01 at 22:45:58, BorgClown wrote...
Yay, my avatar is the 100th picture uploaded!
On 2009-03-02 at 10:42:42, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I was quite surprised by the sheer number of Chinese restaurants in the city centre where I live, as I went by on the bus. I don't even like Chinese food... @BorgClown: I knew that was coming, since I keep an eye on these things, but why would you even notice?
On 2009-03-02 at 11:00:08, Thelevellers wrote...
He noticed cause he's cool. Obviously. ;-)
On 2009-03-08 at 02:07:46, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: I really don't know why I checked it, all I know is that it wasn't immediately. I've been told before that I'm curious about things most people are not. But then again, why did you knew it was coming?
On 2009-03-08 at 05:17:30, Baslisks wrote...
@BorgClown: I think that describes everyone one of us here.
On 2009-03-08 at 09:26:22, BorgClown wrote...
You're all a thoughtful and open-minded crew, a bunch of people rarely seen IRL together, even as few as we are here, and even rarer in the numbers I saw them at SB. I think that's why I keep coming back. BTW, my Internets died the past days, and unfortunately DNr doesn't work on a blackberry T_T
On 2009-03-08 at 09:43:12, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: I have the site e-mail me when new users are created, pictures are uploaded and SQL errors occur.
On 2009-03-08 at 10:09:16, BorgClown wrote...
Now I have avatar 101. I wanted to search a relevant image, but also wanted to save the effort. Guess what won.
On 2009-03-08 at 10:11:29, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I don't know. It's not really the 101st, since often people upload a new one without having used the old which then gets deleted. So there are gaps in the numbering...
On 2009-03-08 at 10:17:46, BorgClown wrote...
You just gave me the recipe for quickly reaching the 1000th avatar.
On 2009-03-09 at 22:52:25, Thelevellers wrote...
Oh dear... I see this degenerating... At least no-one here is too competitive... (hopefully! ;-)
On 2009-03-10 at 11:08:37, Lee J Haywood wrote...
In theory the security should make it difficult, but not impossible. If you want to try hacking, please use the test site (discussionator.exofire.net).
On 2009-03-10 at 13:10:44, Thelevellers wrote...
Lol, love that, endorsing hacking of the site, as long as it's the test site.. More things should be like that, the world would be a better place... (Sure you can drive while on your mobile and driving at 180mph, with as many people in your car as possible... Just sign here... Here... Here... And head off to the 'test road')!
On 2009-03-11 at 02:36:28, BorgClown wrote...
But the test road only allows 20mph and it's full of rubbish
On 2009-03-11 at 02:37:50, BorgClown wrote...
I wouldn't hammer DNr anyway, barely have time to myself these days.