A study from the British Journal of Psychology found that comedians are more likely than others to admit to being easily distracted, antisocial, and compulsive and have less interest in connecting with other humans. Most of us would look at those qualities and say, “Sooo, comedians are kind of introverted?” Psychologists look at them and say, “CRAZY!” Probably because psychologists are still mad about flunking out of comedy school. Not good, either way.
Hi Dan, I really liked your book and the Cracked videos you've been writing/creating lately, but I miss your Friday columns. Are you ever going to go back to being a regular Cracked columnist or are you just too busy with other projects? P.S. You are awesome.
Thanks for the kind words! Unfortunately, my other responsibilities at Cracked make it impossible to keep up a weekly column-writing schedule. That column was a fun little playground for me and I loved having a regular spot, but I won’t say that it was the BEST thing for my general anxiety. I miss it, but if I still had to do a weekly column on top of all other responsibilities I’m pretty sure my brain would leak out of my butt.
The BEST thing about me not having a weekly column is that we’ve been able to bring a bunch new columnists into the fold and I’m super stoked to watch them all grow and challenge themselves. There’s an energy and hunger inherent to being a new columnist (Kathy Benjamin, Cezary Jan Struciewiscz, JF Sargent, Winston Rowntree, Pauli Poisuo, C. Coville, Luis Prada and an even larger list of roving columnists like Jason Iannone and Mark Hill) that’s really exciting to me. Keep an eye on ‘em, because they’re all doing some pretty cool stuff.
P.S. YOU are awesome.
In case you’re not familiar with our new columnists/longtime kickass writers, memorize these names:
"This water vapor tidal wave looks like the world’s most low-key natural disaster, but from the ground it probably looks like nothing other than a bit of fog. This photo was snapped by a helicopter tour company in Florida, and it’s a sight you can catch on rare occasions when the air is just the right temperature and humidity. You have those hotels to thank for it — the air currents are lifted by the buildings, which causes the air to cool and the pressure to increase. That makes the water vapor condense, and suddenly you have yourself a 50-story wall of mist crashing gently over absurdly expensive oceanfront property."
While most of us vaguely remember Tim Burton’s Willy Wonka remake as nothing more than a cinematic fart, that doesn’t mean the people behind the scenes didn’t put a shitload of tedious work into making it.
#5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Trained Actual Squirrels
There’s a scene that you’ve probably long forgotten in which Wonka Depp reveals that he’s trained a bunch of squirrels to put nuts on a conveyor belt. You might think this was the work of a bunch of people in a CGI sweatshop rendering it on workstations, but those were real squirrels, and training them to do this took fucking months. … While it’s easy to believe that Willy Wonka would be crazy enough to try to train real squirrels to do his work, the only person crazier than Willy Wonka is Tim Burton, who actually did it.
If Batman lived long enough to see himself become the villain after The Dark Knight…
…shouldn’t that have set up a The Dark Knight Rises that’s Batman vs. The Police? Where Batman’s on the run instead of fighting Bane’s Joker 2.0?
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