New KKK Blog - Standards of Truth Apply to Performers -- Ask Mike Daisey and Ira Glass

Mike Daisey got busted. BBBBUSTED! He was called on the --- I'm assuming --- lush carpets of This American Life on Friday by Ira Glass himself. Mr. Daisey, who is to solo performance what Louis CK is to stand-up comedy (that is, The Gold Standard), had been on an episode of TAL in January where he told an exceptionally compelling story (an excerpt from his solo play, The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs) about going to China and inspecting Apple computer factories and uncovering corruption beyond anything any one journalist had ever discovered. But unfortunately it wasn't exactly ... ummm ... errrr ... true.

Daisey says he stands by his story. And he certainly has gotten people talking about important issues. But that's not the point of This American Life. The show wants truth. I take no pleasure in Daisey's bust. The retraction episode on TAL was brutal. BBBBRUTAL. I do think Mr. Glass did a remarkable job of walking the fine line between, "Just tell me the truth and everything will be okay." and "NEGRO IS YA CRAZY?" (No, Ira Glass would never say that. No, Mike Daisey is not black. That's just what a Defcon 1 level of interrogation sounds like in my head.)


New KKK Blog - The Academy Awards Program Loves Comedy But Hates Comedians

At some point during Sunday's Oscars, the announcer mentioned that Saturday Night Live comedians have been nominated for nine Academy Awards and have won a grand total of zero. That's right. Zero. When my wife heard that she was shocked. "Not even Bill Murray?" Nope, not even Bill Murray. It is truly a testament to his talent that my wife was so offended for him. I had no idea she thought about him one way or another. Don't get me wrong. Mr. Murray is a genius. He should be allowed to come pick up any Oscar any time he sees one to his liking. I, however, wasn't shocked that he didn't have one, because I know that The Academy doesn't respect comedians.

Members of the Motion Picture Academy like comedians. They enjoy having us around. And if you think they don't need us then just try to rewatch last years ceremony hosted by Anne Hathaway and ... I can't remember ... Was it Joaquin Phoenix? Comedy is the lifeblood of the Academy Awards. And without comedians the blood can run dry. (I felt so sorry for every documentary filmmaker who had to wait through Robert Downey Jr.'s low-jinks so they could see whether their whole life had changed or not.)

TO READ THE ENTIRE BLOG CLICK HERE Why Comics Love Recording in San Francisco


Comics love to record their CDs and DVDs in San Francisco. They LOOOOOOOVE it! Even if they don't live here. Even if they didn't come up doing comedy here. Even if they don't spend that much time in the bay. They still love to record those permanent records known as "specials" here. And they even used to love to record them here when those permanent records were actually records.

Here is a quick list off the top of my Googler of notable CDs, DVDs, and albums that were recorded in San Francisco:

1. Paul Mooney's Race - 1993 (The San Francisco Punch Line)2. Steve Martin's Comedy Is Not Pretty - 1979, and Let's Get Small - 1977 (both at The Boarding House in San Francisco)

3. Margaret Cho's I'm The One That I Want (The Warfield -- this reset the bar for the modern special.)

4. Lenny Bruce's Live At The Curran Theater - 1961 (Apparently the actual show was --- GULP! --- THREE HOURS AND SEVEN MINUTES LONG!)

5. Mort Sahl at The Hungry i - 1960 (Yup, before it was a seedy strip club it was home to the best comedy the country has ever seen.)

6. Zach Galifinakis' Live at The Purple Onion - 2007 (You can hear our very own Alex Koll* introduce Zach at the beginning of the DVD.)

7. Sandra Bernhard's I'm Still Here... Damn It! - 1998 (Slim's)

8. Bill Burr's Let It Go - 2010 (The Fillmore)

9. Phyllis Diller's Live in San Francisco - 2001**

10. Kevin Avery's Hardcore 2007 (The San Francisco Punch Line)

11. Daniel Tosh's Happy Thoughts - 2011 (Yerba Buena Center)

12. Eddie Izzard's Dress To Kill - 1998 (Stage Door Theatre, I was in the flippin' audience the night it was recorded for HBO. I didn't get it. I do now.) FOR THE REST OF THIS POST GO HERE!