Thank you to my godson, Keelan Murphy, age 10, for coming up with the idea for this week’s post. The kid is a genius.
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Anyone who is reading a geek comedy website is sure to be a cool guy, totally down with all the balls, foot or otherwise. Our readers are men’s men, the kind of men who like to be manly with other man’s men, while watching tertiary man’s men run about a field, like men do. But maybe you slipped through the cracks, and got past any one of our seventeen anti-nerd countermeasures, and wandered onto this site – how do you interact with all the real men’s men, like us here at Humourisms? Between long winded posts about European philosophers and filming Game Boys webisodes, there’s nothing we like better than cracking a beer or similar carbonated beverage, and sitting down with the lads to watch ‘the big match’.
So, it’s been left up to me to explain to you non-macho men how to cope in the football-themed conversations that are currently dominating the country, and that we here at Humourisms freely engage in while lifting weights, eating steak directly off the cow, or on our way to and from our most reliable prosititutes. So, here is Humourisms’ guide to bluffing your way through Euro 2012.
Firstly, you must identify if you are, indeed, a bluffer. Here is a quick test, that you can take, at home, free of charge;
1) What do you and your friends, as a group, look like?
2) As a child, which of these costumes would you have been more likely to wear?
3) Finally, and perhaps most concisely, which character from Revenge of the Nerds do you most identify with?
Since my recent post ‘My Top Four Asian/Pan-Pacific Rimmer Philosophers… and why!’, I have been inundated with literally a million emails saying, “Hey Jon, you articulate and definitely not gay stud you, that was a great article, but why you be hatin’ on the great thinkers of the European tradition? I sure would love to see you rock about Locke, talk blue about Camus, and preach-a about Nietzsche. P.S. You are definitely not gay.” Seriously, all one million of them said exactly that.
So, never one to disappoint the loyal and always pleasantly commenting Humourisms fanbase, here are my Top Five European Philosophers In The World Ever, Now That’s What I Call Rational!
(Disclaimer: While I do have a degree in Philosophy, it’s been some time since I used it. Some facts may be incorrect, as my memory is a bit fuzzy on everything from Habermas to around Frichte. I could read them all again to fact check, but no-one actually cares.)
Number 4 – Jean Paul Sartre
No, you’re not looking at the real-life basis for James Bond, and no, that isn’t Groucho Marx without the grease-paint moustache. This is muthafuckin’ JP Sartre, and he’s here to blow minds and screw bitches – and he just ran out of bitches. Continue reading →
This week, Jon Hozier-Byrne explains the merits of giving Jon Hozier-Byrne a job.
As of quite recently, I am on the job hunt. I am journalist by trade, and have edited whole newspapers, magazines, and contributed to the Irish Times and other such big-time newspapers, but unfortunately, finding a job in the ever-expanding field of journalism is a degree more difficult than one might think. In fact, if you’re reading this, there is a decent enough chance that you’ve googled my name after I sent you a CV, and are trying to size me up as a candidate for employment, and also to see if I am mental. Well, look no further, as I present to you; five reasons why the search ends here, and why I am the only employee you will ever need.
5. I have lots of fancy book learning
As you can see from the above photograph of me looking at some books while holding my glasses, I am clearly the intellectual type. I have a Masters in Film studies, and a Bachelors in Philosophy and Film, clinically proven to be the two most intellectual and fancy of the Arts disciplines. Whats more, my Junior Cert results were off the hook. Seriously, they called me Mister CSPE. Continue reading →
International comedy icon and posterboy for aspiring comics everywhere, Marc Maron talks to Jon Hozier-Byrne about the WTF podcast, his approach to comedy, and his role as a reluctant saviour of modern stand-up.
More than any other comedian, Marc Maron bridges the generational gap between the traditional American raconteur and the international new-media entrepreneur. In a career spanning three decades, the New Jersey-born, self-proclaimed “New Mexico Jew” has released four comedy albums, produced two half-hour comedy specials for HBO and Comedy Central, written a book, and appeared on Conan O’Brien no less than forty-six times (as well as almost every other television show that allows comics to perform). At the same time, he has pioneered the transition of stand-up comedy from the stage to the browser, hosting the twice-weekly comedy podcast WTF. With twenty-four million unique listeners, WTF was officially named “the biggest and best comedy podcast out there” by Entertainment Weekly, and was described as a “must-listen” by both Vanity Fair and the New York Times. Stand-up comedy is mid-way through the uncomfortable transition between traditional media and what comedian Patton Oswalt describes as “the new comedy circuit”, and since 2009, Maron has been on the forefront of the art form’s evolution. Continue reading →
One of Ireland’s most recognizable comedy faces, Ardal O’Hanlon talks to Jon Hozier-Byrne for the University Observer about life after Dougal, national identity, and how he saved Irish stand up
It’s very early for Ardal O’Hanlon, his voice harsh, almost caustic; “It’s very early for me, on a Saturday.” Having stirred him from his well-earned sleep to talk to us, we begin with the easy questions; as the founder of the International Comedy Cellar, what does he feel is his legacy to Irish comedy? O’Hanlon seems surprised, but immediately shakes the dust off his voice, and responds with profound excitement; “Myself and three other fellas – Barry Murphy, Kevin Gildea, Dermot Carmody – we were a sketch troupe at the time called Mr. Trellis. Yeah, we just stumbled upon that room really, we used to go and see bands in there and we just though that was a suitable sized room to try and kick-start some kind of comedy scene.” Continue reading →