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A Goth’s Month in Review: April 2013

by on 2013/04/30

April is all about funny.

You see, I like funny. Love it, in actual fact. I seek it out. When I find it, I follow funny around. I research it, learn all there is to know about it.

Then, long story short (the end) … I wind up listening to 43 podcasts and extrasodes on iTunes of the Pod F. Tompkast, the terrific Paul F. Tompkins (Laboring Under Delusions) vehicle.

43…in like two weeks. Relentlessly. Doggedly. Amusedly.

Because Paul F. Tompkins is all that Paul F. Tompkins. In fact, I am listening to Paul F. Tompkins YouTube Mix videos right now as I write this.

Yes, I may have a problem …but like I said, I like funny.

Hacker Renders is also funny. He makes me laugh and laugh as well. That’s probably why we have continued this site for more than three years, in the relentless, dogged pursuit of amusement. And the funny.

Here are my top five for this April full of laughs, my favourite, surprise, disappointment, least-liked, and the pick from the funny man who really wishes I would stop talking about Paul F. Tompkins – right about now.

laboring_under_delusions_2012Paul F. Tompkins: Laboring Under Delusions (2012) on 2013/04/08

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“I seriously can’t recommend this comedian enough. I will now continue my acquisition spree and locate his other standup albums/DVDs including Impersonal, Freak Wharf, Sir, You Have Fooled Me Twice, and You Should Have Told Me.

Finally, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to conclude this review by saying that I have a problem… an addiction if you will. Miss_Tree, my favourite teenager, politely asked me, yesterday over Shanghai noodles in a restaurant, to please stop talking about Paul F. Tompkins.”

louis_ck_live_beacon_theatre_2012Louis C.K Live at the Beacon Theatre (2011) on 2013/04/23

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“Hoo boy, I just don’t know how to feel. Yes, I was laughing. Quite a lot. But it was a pained sort of laughter, like the kind you’d make if you were being tickled by a very large, angry man, and you aren’t really sure you aren’t going to die of suffocation before the tickling is finished.”

sixteen_candles_1984Sixteen Candles (1984) on 2013/04/22

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“You have to wade through a lot of reprehensible dreck to find the good moments in this black spot on the immortal John Hughes’ otherwise solid record. Unfortunately, I have to steal Miss_Tree’s pithy review by concluding as she did that ‘Sixteen Candles is a nightmare on a stick.’ Now perhaps I could say that it doesn’t hold up …but that thought makes me incredibly sad.”

iSteve (2013) on 2013/04/24


“First you take some shitty wigs, like a huge garbage bag full of used, shitty wigs … find scriptwriters who did all of their research about Apple’s co-founder from watching Steve Jobs’ keynote speeches on YouTube, facts about Jobs that they overheard from semi-literate morons’ conversations at Starbucks, and things they found in the ditch.”


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Dog Park (1998)
Dog Park (1998) on 2013/04/19

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“Mistaken identity . . . the value of country music . . . the significance of the number seven . . . and a great use for an ex’s pornography. These things and more are all revealed in this under-the-radar treat, which is just as rare in being funny without being malicious. It’s a big surprise I’d never have expected from the “stick it inside” comedian.”

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