Patton Oswalt advises politicians to wrestle porn stars, dive in pudding to get respect

By | October 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm | No comments | feature slider, News | Tags: , , , ,

Here’s something you’re not going to believe: Comedy, it’s popular! Know how we know? Big name publications can’t help themselves from putting out special comedy editions of their magazines. And while it’s great to put a spotlight on comedians and their world (even in music magazines), who really needs to read comedy news in icky print, anyway? (“JK, LOL” — said in the manner of Doug Benson)

After Rolling Stone featured Aziz Ansari (who was also the cover dude for Under The Radar magazine’s May comedy issue) as it’s comedy issue cover boy, and Mila Kunis graced the cover of GQ for its comedy issue, SPIN magazine is about to release its own funny-centric edition. And they did it right. They secured Patton Oswalt to serve as guest editor for their very first “funny” issue, on newsstands Oct. 25.

In his introduction, Oswalt writes that there has never been a better time for comedy than right now, and points to how finance, religion, and government has made matters so grim that we need comedy to undercut it all and get through the bullshit. He writes:

If you want any say in running things, in being prominent, in being taken seriously, then you’d better make fun of yourself. The next president not only will have to have the best economic plan, but he’ll also need to be the funniest in sketches and YouTube videos. No one will respect you until you willingly take yourself down a few dozen pegs. The public no longer wants to be bothered with pulling the exalted from their pedestals — they’d better do a belly flop, of their own volition, preferably into a wading pool of pudding. And then wrestle a porn star.

Seems like a sound political strategy, doesn’t it? We await your belly flop, Ron Paul.

And although he writes, “We’re not even pretending to cover everything that’s current, valid, and popular in comedy and satire,” there are plenty of contemporary comedy goodies to be found in the special edition, including interviews with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein of Portlandia, profiles on comedian Natasha Leggero and The Best Show on WFMU, a look at Parks and Recreation’s Chris Pratt’s soundtrack to life and some questions for the original fusion of comedy and music, Weird Al.

This all sounds like it’ll make for a great comedy issue of a music magazine. So we’ll check it out, and who knows, maybe we can get into the ‘special issue’ game and dedicate a week to music. Does anyone have any contacts for Eddie and the Cruisers?

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Erik's love of comedy was formed at a much-too-early age when he would tape hours of stand-up even though he didn't get many of the jokes. Today when not writing for Laughspin, he checks his Twitter feed and is a getter of jokes and eater of pizza.

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