Patton Oswalt describes comedy resurrection and insurrection in his keynote

Did you know that the gigantic Just for Laughs festival in Montreal has a keynote speech? Patton Oswalt just used that forum exactly how you would fantasize that he would (although he was wearing regular cloths and not a Jacobean doublet).

To Comedians: “Hey, ‘know what I was thinking the other day? Everything I know about succeeding as a comedian and ultimately as an artist is worthless now, and I couldn’t be happier about that.”
To Executives & the Suits: “Comedians are getting more and more comfortable with the idea that if we’re not successful, it’s not because we haven’t gotten our foot in the door, or nobody’s given us a hand up. We can do that ourselves now. Every single day we can do more and more without you and depend on you less and less.”

Read up here or here.

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* The Aurora shooting is the kind of thing that makes life almost unbearable. If you are into gun rights, and you don’t mean the kind you make with your curved (not straight!) index finger, it might be a good idea to take a healthy look at what people can do with a powerful tool. Yes, people not guns kill people, its just that they do it so efficiently and that the object in question has no other use. Andy Richter has said this much better than I’m going to.

One of our own, a comedian named Caleb Medley was shot in the head in Aurora. You can go here to read more & see his tour video and here find a link to donate to his family.

* The New Yorker has an interesting article/contest that deconstructs a basic rule of comedy using Seinfeld and print comics as illustrations. Read it and see if you agree that one incongruity is genius, several are a mess (Straight/Absurd perhaps?).

*The Just for Laughs “fresh faces” list is up. Do you recognize anybody?

*The biggest news that it is Summer!