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Something new coming up

Well - at least new for me. 2_gryphon produces his rants, poinktferret has his PoinkCasts and I started out with the pawpet videos. Now I'm going to try out a bit of audio-comedy on my own.

After I finally localized a podcast provider that allows me to start off for free and upgrade in case this thing kicks off further than I expect, all that's left for the first episode is to find a suitable background music or leave it out completely.

So, as of now: keep looking at http://atkelar.podbean.com/ if you're interested!

...and check out the picture, maybe to be used for some related art:



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Dec. 31st, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I'm not sure where the jokes were. No one likes advertisements in gas pumps, but just saying that isn't particularly funny. You only really evolved past statements at the end with "buy me now or I'll cut myself" and the relevant windshield commercials. The first one I don't really understand since I've never seen web advertisements that even hinted at pleading with the viewers, but it was so out of the blue that it made me laugh. Possibly the carrier pigeons with hernias might strike most people as funny, but I don’t think my family has ever really gotten any bulky paper advertisements, and I have to admit I didn’t know what a hernia was past some sort of sports injury. I think the sound effects were counterproductive as well. I guess you wanted to find some way to incorporate cats into the broadcast, but the canned meow sound between every joke was odd, and canned sounds in general are the audio equivalent of clip art. While your English is excellent overall, there were a number of minor odd phrasing errors that bothered me, though I tend to be anal about that sort of thing so I would guess that it’s not a complaint you would hear often. Two odd things that stick out in my mind were the product placement part (if you start with “brand x cell phone”, it seems like you should have the next thing be “brand y sunglasses”, not “a different brand of sunglasses”), and cat-E-gore-ies (the first syllable is stressed). Of course, if I’m going to complain about it I should probably tell you what to do about it…but I have no idea. I guess you’ll just have to go back and be born in an English speaking country.
As for no one smoking anymore, I think that must just be an Austrian achievement, since I still get puffed in the face in America more often than I would like when I exit buildings. It was so common at my school in fact that they forbade smoking within 20 feet of a doorway. I've had several anthropology teachers who did field work in different places all say that everyone chained smoked there, even little kids, so I think the cigarette manufacturers are still probably raking it in hand over fist.
I hope you were looking for this sort of feedback, since I always feel rude getting free entertainment off the net and then complaining to the maker about it.
Dec. 31st, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
Well, first of all thanks for being honest :)
I don't mind constructive criticism at all, that's why the "comment" feature isn't disabled. Since you took the time to tell me what bothered you, let me explain some of your issues.

1.: the language: like you said yourself - it's difficult to pronounce some of the words. I have heard different versions of the word "category" myself and went with the one that is easier on my tongue. The "other brand" is interesting... I had my script originally say "brand y" but since I never ever heard that it sounded odd and I replaced it.

2.: funny or not - mind you, if I explain it it'll probably even get less funny.
Gas-pumps: I was trying to "tell" how stupid I think those are. If that is a thing you grew up with, it's probably common to you and you don't see it as stupid anymore. I was hoping that the part about "them" paying for the products would illustrate that.
Printed ads: OK - as common as a hernia is (it does get used as an injury in sitcoms quite often) I really don't know what shouldn't be funny about that little bird trying to lift a huge wad of paper. And yes, those ads are fewer every year but as I said: those making them still want us to have them.

3.: The final two issues I can comment on are the "pleading" and the "nobody smokes" ones. Those were pure sarcasm, sorry if you missed that (I might try different pronunciations for such jokes): I know (or I hope) that there is no ad saying "I cut myself if you don't buy this" but the way some ads jump at you with bright letters and such makes them look that way IMHO. And of course people also smoke in Austria - but it's getting more illegalized almost by the minute. And advertisements for cigarettes are gone for a loooong time, making the movies look like nobody ever smokes.

With all books and articles about comedy (writing) I've read over the time there is one common statement: different people will have a different sense of humor. I know that I have to improve things (it was a first experiment after all)

Again, no hard feelings here and I hope you don't take it personal either when I say that we just seem to have slightly different ideas of "funny" :)
Jan. 1st, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
I do have a bit of an odd sense of humor. Actually, that's why I'm used to hostile reactions why I say anything...
I wasn't aware of any sort of injunction against smoking in movies, probably since saying I see them once in a blue moon would be an overestimate, and although I thought you might have been being sarcastic I couldn't think of any way that joke would make sense if you were. I assumed it must be a dark joke about the advertisers not stopping for just a pile of corpses with lung cancer. As for internet ads, it just seems like jokes should be in some strange way true, like the windshield ads. Advertisers don't care seem to care about customers as anything other than wallets, and have been slavering over content sensitive ads for a long time. Internet ads use a lot of tactics, but not pleading with the marks, so exaggerating that seemed odd to me. Unfortunately all this analysis is probably counterproductive to actually being funny.
Are books on being funny actually helpful? I feel about as inclined to believe that as books on becoming a millionaire by stuffing envelopes.
Jul. 11th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Especially the sound effects!
I can see how a little bit of background music can help too.

Didn't know you also faced many of these ad woes over there too! ;/
120m of commls in a 90m film.. eeesh! We used to have regulations against that, but now it's mostly what the audience will tolerate... ...rarrrgh!
Jul. 12th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! I keep getting mixed feedback for the sound effects :)

I don't know if we have regulations but the 120 minutes was a comedic exaggeration of course ;)
Jul. 12th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
hmmm... well, if I had any minor critiques of those, I would say they were enjoyable, but maybe a bit more variety would be better too :9
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