Is Comedy Dead?

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The Hollywood writers and producers can’t understand why nobody is interested in seeing their sit-coms anymore on TV? Well, did it ever occur to them that some of the stuff isn’t all that funny anymore? The movie industry’s comedy films are also getting killed at the box office. Stand-up humor is doing OK, but in the new PC world, comedy routines often turn off half of the crowd during any given skit, throw in politics and yes, you get some headlines but comedians are divided and conquered. What happened? No, what really happened?

Bear in mind the audience is always right, if they don’t like it, it just ain’t that good. And,’if and when’ they do not like it, they sure as hell don’t want to pay for it, or invest their precious time listening or watching it on TV.

Now then, there was an intriguing in article from the Wall Street Journal recently titled;”Comedy Slump Not a Laughing Matter,” by Ben Fritz published on June 26, 2018 which stated:”Last year’s most successful comedy,”Girl’s Trip,” took in $117 million in the US and Canada. The last time the year’s highest grossing comedy grossed so modest was 1995, when ticket prices were 52 percent less on average.”

The article also said:”Conventional comedies are fighting for oxygen at the box office, captured between superhero sequels that incorporate laughs and a vast buffet of stand-up specials, sitcoms, amateur pranks and first movies on digital services such as Netflix and YouTube.”

What I, as a movie critic author, have noticed, is that each and every sit-com appears to brush up against the PC culture and quickly back-away, and assault the politically expedient right-side of the equation. Maybe this is because the comedy writers all live and work in areas where most everyone has left-leaning political views, and they assume it is funny to everyone, and that if anyone doesn’t like the jokes, then they’re ignorant, or out of touch with reality.

Perhaps, it is this feedback loop which has been labeled; the’Echo Chamber’ in which conformational bias occurs. Indeed, it barely matters what it’s called or why it keeps happening if no one in Hollywood, late-night humor notices, since now that audiences have been split in half and each series is catering to the same half of the remaining market, nobody is making any money, and audiences, yes, even on the left are getting bored with all of it; it’s simply not funny anymore. And despite popular belief in NYC, LA and DC, our president doesn’t bathe in Cheetos dust. Just sayin’.

 

 

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Time to Place Your Bets – Even on Some Weird Wagers

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It’s commonly known that Vegas is the place where you can legally wager on just about anything, provided the books offer the proposal bet(s). Gamblers love to put their money on weird wagers, especially around Super Bowl time. Now that the Supreme Court has overturned the ban on sports gambling, we just might see more uncanny bets being offered in states that bid for sports publications. Weird wagers aren’t unique to Vegas.

Here’s a collection of some of the most bizarre, weirdest, wackiest wagers ever produced:

1979: The late Jackie Gaughn, owner of the El Cortez hotel in downtown Vegas, posted odds when the faltering U.S. satellite Skylab, was going to crash into earth. The chances were set up on where it would crash: 5/1 for one of the five oceans, 12/1 into the Soviet Union, 100/1 on California soil, 2,000/1 for a hit in tiny Rhode Island, and even 10,000/1 that it would crash into the El Cortez! Turns out it landed in Australia at 30/1.
1980: From the popular TV show Dallas: “Who shot JR?” Wagers were shot at the Castaways Hotel with odds on every cast member prior to the season ending cliff hanger event, but the Gaming Control Board ordered a stop to all betting because someone needed to have a script which understood the answer.
1981: Amidst the continuing controversy over the murder of President John F. Kennedy, the grave of alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was about to be exhumed to confirm identity. The sports book in the Union Plaza was quick to leap on the proposition bandwagon on whose body will be in the coffin. Odds were posted for: a Soviet agent, Jack Ruby (Oswald’s assassin) or an empty coffin. Due to concerns about the virtue of such a bet, the gaming commission put a lid on it. Turns out it was Oswald after all.
In the united kingdom, it was 500/1 the FBI will confirm that Elvis is still alive and another 500/1 that Michael and LaToya Jackson are one in the same.
UK bookmakers also provided 1,000/1 that Tiger Woods would become President of the US and 5,000/1 which Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky would wed.
A London resident called Matthew Drumbell placed a 1,000,000/1 wager that the world would end before the year 2000. Naturally, who would be left to pay him if he lived? No pun intended on the man’s name.
During Super Bowl week at Vegas $ millions are tossed across the gambling terminals to wager on one’s favorite team, and some bizarre bets as well.
· Will singer Kelly Clarkston omit or wreck one or more words in the National Anthem? How long will it take her to sing it? Over/Under 1 minute, 34 seconds. Will her bare belly be revealing when she sings it?

· If Quarterback Tom Brady’s son is shown on TV during the game, will he be wearing a Tom Brady Jersey?

· How many times will Patriots owner Robert Kraft be shown on TV during the game?

· What are the first touchdown celebration? A ball spike, a dance, lay on the floor, a goalpost dunk, a Tim Tebow kneel, or kiss a cheerleader?

· What color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning team’s head coach? Orange, orange, clear, red, blue, green? (Yellow was favored.)

· Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank in his post-game interview? Teammates, God, Owner, Coach, Family, No one? (Teammates were the favorite.)

So, there you have it. I wonder what bizarre wagers await us for next Super Bowl? I guess we’ll just Have to wait to learn.

 

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Trend of Animation! Redefining The App Interface

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The chief reason for program developers to continuously nurture techniques for incorporating brilliant animated effects in the apps is holding back the attention of customers. Anything that’s not static and is moving in an interesting way will certainly draw more attention than a simple graphic image. A bit tedious part in development, developers don’t ever shrink away from the concept of animation because of the captivating experience they can provide to the users.

While there are several ways to indulge animations in an app’s user interface and that’s the concern of the developers, here we have clarified how including animations will redefine your program’s interface and make it way more interesting to use.

It makes your program interface a lively thing

With animations, users receive a fun-filled lively experience while strolling across the app. Even if stage arrives where some data must load from the server and users don’t have a thing to do, there is stuff moving in the background. This gives an assurance they’re not in a deadlock situation, but the procedure is ongoing.

For users, waiting for a function is no more annoying

Whatever your app offers or how exhilarating it is, most despise the notion of waiting too long for a page to appear. Moreover, that gives a frozen look to the app while the page loads and makes the users impatient. The use of some catchy animation, like a spinner, 3D bar or sand-clock. Despite the fact that the wait time at the juncture of the program, such animation keep the eye hooked at least for some more time.

Users mostly find perplexed while moving to various locations in the app by themselves. At the first use, they are not sure whether they’re moving in the right way. Now, animated objects can direct them and prevent any wrong clicks while scrolling abruptly.

Motion pictures, animated icons and images can well intercept the user’s next move and supply them directions in an interactive way. Advantages of interactive animations for navigation are seamless transition from one location to location and setting up a hierarchy visually that one stage has a link to other.

Responses with visuals leave a long-lasting impression

When an app responds to a user’s input with a few visual element, it seems to provide a human touch. The users get a feel-good experience with such feedback as they translate to have some control over the app. There are different methods to place animations and a key way is to earn the buttons respond in some way or another whenever one taps.

Now all that seems an interesting turn. So, a slight effort by developers to give some touch of animation in an app will do good and increase the in-app experience of consumers.

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