One nice thing about the contemporary world of comedy is its abundance of small gifts. You can thank the Internet for this; it may have destroyed bookstores and record stores and much else I hold/held dear, but it created the video version of the occasional, even random comic essay (what S.J. Perelman, borrowing from the French, called his feuilletons, "little leaves"). Television, sometimes distinct from the Web, but sometimes in concert with it, has picked up on some of these rhythms; but in the new media egg-basket, and in the minds of your children, America, it is all pretty much the same thing anyway.
Here are three very short comedies, made for different reasons and in different forms, but all good.
Every so often,
Just what would constitute the first "The Greatest Event in Television History" was kept tightly under wraps before its premiere in October 2012. What it turned out to be was a shot-for-shot remake of the opening credits to the 1980s detective series "Simon and Simon," with Scott and Jon Hamm standing in for Jameson Parker and
The fourth, therefore, was only a surprise as to the identity of the targeted series, which was leaked beforehand in any case: "Bosom Buddies," with Scott as
Music videos are still a thing, or a thing again, thanks once more to the Internet, and to the form's compatibly small claim on your time. North Carolina's
Set in a club in a building that's condemned "only on weekdays," the video for "Void," from the band's most recent album, "I Hate Music," was directed by Scott Jacobson (a writer for
It's funny and exciting and a little moving as well -- everything I want in a rock video, really, or a comedy short.