The Power Line Show, Episode 50: The Lighter Side of David Deeble

Featured image A few months back you may recall that I laid claim to David Deeble as “Power Line’s Next Comedy Legend.” Well a few days ago we tracked him down over in Germany, where he lives half the year (because he really likes a challenging audience for comedy), to talk about why most comics, like most other artists, are liberals, and several other topics. Turns out that I, too, have a »

The Millennial Job Interview

Featured image People often ask how the tender, safe-spaced, and cosseted “millennials” are going to fare in the real world. Fortunately we don’t have to wonder any longer: Daniel Brea of LA Reel House has put together this short video of how a job interview with the typical millennial might go. Looks accurate to me! »

Wake Up to Wokeness, or Something

Featured image We could use a little comic relief on a day of such grim news, so it’s worth taking in how Saturday Night Live once again skewers the political correctness of the left with their offering of “Woke Jeans.” Memo to campus crazies: when the pinnacle of liberal pop culture thinks you’re making a silly ass of yourself, you’re making a silly ass of yourself. Bonus flashback: This isn’t the first »

Power Line’s Next Comedy Legend

Featured image Power Line is honored to be the venue for our regular Friday feature from Ammo Grrrl, but it is long past time that we acknowledge a faithful Power Line reader and frequent supplier of pictures and ideas for the Saturday photo gallery: comedian/magician David Deeble. You should subscribe to his YouTube page, and follow him on Twitter, where he rivals Iowahawk for timely takes on the current news, like this: »

BBC Dad Spawns Parodies

Featured image It is becoming clear that “BBC Dad” is has become next big celebrity, because of course the parody videos are starting to emerge. Like this one from a feminist point of view: Naturally you need a Trump version: And of course there need to be a Star Wars-themed version: More: How long until we get a full-on “Hitler learns about the BBC dad” video? (But no—I’m not doing it!) »

And Now for Something Completely Different

Featured image One of the great things about the internet is how it makes possible unofficial comedy (like the endless “Hitler Learns About. . .” parodies). Herewith Sunday night’s debate rendered as a musical number: And here, from the geniuses at Bad Lip Reading: Dirty dancing indeed. »

Can We Take A Joke?

Featured image Further to Ralph Nader’s comments noted here yesterday that political correctness is killing comedy (Ralph Nader!), I’m delighted to see leading comedians coming together to join the attack in a new documentary, “Can We Take a Joke?” Here’s the two-minute trailer, just out yesterday: »

And Now for Something Completely Different. . .

Featured image I gather there’s some kind of science fiction moving coming out Friday that a few people may wish to see. Okay, kidding. But after all this hype and the ridiculous TV commercials, how can The Force Awakens possibly live up to expectations? Meanwhile, the geniuses at BadLipReading have done these brilliant treatments of the first two Star Wars films (I say “first two” because I refuse to acknowledge that the »

The Best Apology for Politics Ever

Featured image While we’re on the subject of British politics, Power Line reader Jack Pitney points me to the following Monty Python apology about political figures that is much better than the one I included in the Week in Pictures this morning. Only one minute long, and right on the mark: »

Today’s Rim Shots

Featured image So, these quips emerged in the course of yesterday’s afternoon class that ranged from logical positivism in law to federalism and Justice Louis Brandeis’s famously wrongheaded sentence in New State Ice v. Liebmann about the states being “laboratories of democracy.” So I hear there’s a new movie coming out from Hollywood about logical positivism: “Straight Outta Comte.” Ba-da-dish! States are the “laboratories of democracy”? These days more like the “meth »

NR Video on Politically Correct Comedy

Featured image Our pals at National Review are branching out into video production, and I especially like this one out just this morning about the perils of politically incorrect comedy (just under two minutes long): »

“Genderflect” With Pep Boys!

Featured image I’m too old to stay up for Saturday Night Live any more, but I wish I had been able to monitor the outrage on social media among the Social Justice Warrior set this last weekend, when SNL took down both Starbucks and the whole swollen transgenderism fetish in one fell swoop. If you missed it too, it is definitely worth two minutes of your time for this: »

So Who Can You Still Joke About?

Featured image I’ve been trying to come up with a list of nationalities or ethnic groups—even subgroups—about whom it is still safe to make a joke publicly, since political correctness is shrinking the domain down to the vanishing point.  Before long you won’t be able to make jokes about “little green men” from Mars, for fear of offending illegal aliens “undocumented” immigrants.  I’m not even sure you can joke about white people any »

Today’s Silly News

Featured image Looks like someone has finally decided to strike back against the obnoxious French knights of Monty Python and the Holy Grail: British Inventor Builds Giant ‘Fart Machine’ to Fire at France Colin Furze, a plumber and inventor from Stamford, Lincolnshire, has begun building the biggest fart machine ever, which he plans to place on top of the cliffs of Dover and aim across the Channel towards France. His hope is »

That Rabbit Is Nuclear!

Featured image I don’t think I ever shared this story when it crossed the wires a few years back, but it came back up on my screen yesterday, and it’s just too good not to share with Power Line World.  From the Associated Press in 2010: Radioactive Rabbit Trapped, Killed A radioactive rabbit was trapped on the Hanford nuclear reservation, and Washington state health workers have been searching for contaminated rabbit droppings. »

Best. Supreme Court. Brief. Ever.

Featured image Make sure you’ve swallowed any and all liquids, especially hot ones like coffee, before you read further. P.J. O’Rourke has filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, related to the upcoming case Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus.  The only possible thing that could top this would be an amicus brief from Dave Barry. Steven Driehaus is the sore-loser Democrat who is suing Susan B. Anthony List for independent »

Ripe for Mocking: The NGO Community

Featured image Fans of This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and similar “mockumentaries” will be delighted to learn that someone has trained their cinematic sarcasm on the NGO community.  Long overdue: the entire universe of self-appointed, do-gooder NGOs are among the most insidious forces in modern political life. The Samaritans comes out of Kenya, and takes aim at an NGO plausibly named “Aid for Aid.”  (That name itself »