Humor

Humorous items

Hallelujah!

In celebration of the season, Les Freres de St Francis de la Sissies - who have taken a vow of silence - offer their version of the Hallelujah Chorus.

"BaaaStuds" in the hills of Wales

Leave it to the Welsh! With a little help from Samsung, a group of ingenious shepherds in Wales have created art - and entertainment - from some LEDs and a flock of sheep.

Shakespeare Facebooked

If William Shakespeare had had a Facebook or MySpace account, what might it have looked like? Mike McPhaden thinks he knows with Wm. Shakespeare's Five and Twenty Random Things Abovt Me. (PG-13 for language)

Quest for the holy G

Gatorade has taken on an ambitious project: create an online parody of Monty Python and the Holt Grail complete with NBA star Kevin Garnet as King Arthur, a basketball-shooting wizard and a talking goat.

To Canterbury they wende...

Just when we thought the SCA was irrelevant to the modern world, a trio of rappers brings us the Canterbury Tales Rap. Watch it on YouTube.

Official Monty Python YouTube channel

Learn all about the legend of King Arthur, the story of Brian, how to avoid killer rabbits, and even the Meaning of Life on the official Monty Python channel on YouTube.

Unfortunate English place names

Bart Simpson would have a field day if he visited England with some of its "unfortunate" place names such as Pratts Bottom, a village in Kent, or Crapstone in Devon. Hazel Thompson of the New York Times looks at some historic names which might bring a snicker.

freecreditreport.com renfaire commercial

The hapless freecreditreport.com guys are reduced to playing at a renaissance faire in their latest commercial, which can be viewed online.

Congratulations Sir Terry Pratchett!

Science fiction author Terry Pratchett says he is “flabbergasted” over his recent knighting by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Pratchett, who authors the popular Discworld series, was among those honored January 1, 2009.

French and Saunders in the medieval kitchen

British comedy stars Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders take on medieval life in this sketch set in a medieval French kitchen. The video is posted on YouTube. Cooks beware!

"Dead Parrot's" early ancestor discovered

A 4th century Greek ancestor of Monty Python's famous "Dead Parrot Sketch" has been found in a joke wherein "a man complains that a slave he was sold had died." The joke, translated from the Greek, is from Philogelos The Laugh Addict.

Book-a-Minute: Beowulf

Don't have time to read a classic? Here's the ultimate Book-a-Minute version of Beowulf!

Monty Python YouTube Channel

Learn all about the legend of King Arthur, the story of Brian, how to avoid killer rabbits, and even the Meaning of Life on the official Monty Python channel on YouTube.

Talking SCA Barbie

The scamps at the Socially Challenged Adults Tribe on Tribe.net have re-posted the updated, and marvelously catty, "Talking SCA Barbie" parody which finds the beloved doll taking to medieval re-creation with a wench costume, foxtail and scruffy Ken by her side.

Which wife are you?

Have you lost sleep at night wondering which wife of Henry VIII you most resemble? Well, help is on the way in the form of a quiz on the OKCupid website.

SCA tops list of "Top Ten Complaints of the Geek's Wife"

Wired Magazine's GeekDad blog features a "Top Ten Complaints of the Geek's Wife" list supposedly written by the long-suffering female spouse of a game-playing, technology-loving, SCA member.

Facebook Hamlet

OK, if Shakespeare could have texted, he would have, alright?! Sarah Schmelling offers a Facebook version of Hamlet.

Leaveth Anne Boleyn alone!

It just had to happen! A parody of Chris Crocker's [in]famous "Leave Britney Alone" video is available to view on YouTube, this time with a distinctly Tudor flair.

En garde: beware the BBQ sword!

Looking for the perfect gift for the SCAdian fencer? How about a BBQ Sword, a twin-pronged cooking fork with a rapier handle.

King of Norway Knights Penguin

Nils Olav, a king penguin residing at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, was knighted by the King of Norway for his long service to the military.

DVD Being Assembled from Pennsic 37 Show

The Pennsic 37 debut of "Forbidden Pennsic -- The (filked) Musical" was recorded by several individuals, and these recordings are presently being edited into a DVD.

Web site offers SCA-focused video clips

What happens when medieval living history meets a modern concept like YouTube™? SCA-video.com offers linked and locally-hosted video clips with an SCA-centric focus, ranging from serious and useful to outrageously funny.

Renaissance humor explained

Dr. Sarah Knight, a lecturer in Renaissance literature, explains Renaissance humor in an interview for the BBC.

Medieval cartoon: a warning to Royals everywhere

A cute cartoon from Waverly Flams chronicles a royal love triangle with disastrous results.

Kaamelott: sacred intervals

The strict codes of medieval sacred music are parodied in this hysterical video posted on YouTube. King Arthur, Sir Bors and a monk trade theories on music with unexpected results. PG-13 for language.

Air Trebuchet

Members of the Trebuchet Transport Cooperative of Albany (TTCA) in Albany, New York, feel they have an answer to rising fuel costs using medieval technology: Trebuchet Transport!

A Pennsic revelation

The new view from the Pennsic war courtesy of Mehrit: McStella!

Ealdormere: the Movie!

Once upon a time.... in a Kingdom to the North.... a group of re-enactors in their late-night Pennsic cups devised a drinking game wherein real-life actors were cast as SCA members in a very fictional film. The result: Ealdormere: the Movie!

“Put down your lance, Vance!”

Security was tight for the April 1, 2008 meeting of U.S. President George W. Bush and Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko, as captured by Reuters photographer Grigory Dukor, who observed security's reaction to guys in armor.

Medieval comic strip humor

The Museum of Depressionist Art website explains "medieval humor" with the help of the "Katzenjammer Kids" - or the medieval equivalent.