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Show Us Your Ugly Things, Standup Comedy Edition

Show Us Your Ugly Things, Standup Comedy Edition

Showing your ugly things is a theme that Mad Art Lab harps on regularly. The idea is that the silly drawings or crafts or songs or writing you do behind closed doors for yourself and yourself alone, no matter how terrible you think it is, shouldn’t be kept secret. Putting your stuff out there for the world to see achieves a whole number of wonderful things: critique, for example, is essentia... »

Lab Track: Nikola Tesla Dood

Lab Track: Nikola Tesla Dood

You’re a fan of Matthew Inman’s comic The Oatmeal, yes? Aren’t we all? Have you seen his reverential Nikola Tesla comic? Did you know that Inman loves Tesla so much that he ran an Indiegogo campaign that raised $1.37 million to purchase Tesla’s own lab in hopes of turning it into a Tesla museum? And that it was successful? Did you know that he’s now raising money to a... »

Lab Track: Scientist

Lab Track: Scientist

I’ve been listening to The Dandy Warhols recently, since I’ll be seeing them at the Chicago iteration of Riot Fest in a few weeks. I happily stumbled upon this old gem, which features simple lyrics about a scientific approach to life over a driving groove. Enjoy! Scientist The Dandy Warhols In me the scientist always stuck on Always trying this I try to live on science alone Analysis a... »

Lab Track: Infinite Monkey Cage Theme

Lab Track: Infinite Monkey Cage Theme

One of the great things about going to conventions, besides getting to see all the wonderful people I get to see, is the bounty of new ideas and recommendations and inspiration those people give me. One such recommendation came from Labber Ryan, who told me about a science podcast from the BBC known as The Infinite Monkey Cage. I subscribed, started listening, and have since recommended it to ever... »

If We Can’t Laugh at Jazz Satire, Jazz is More Fragile Than We Thought

If We Can’t Laugh at Jazz Satire, Jazz is More Fragile Than We Thought

Update: I appeared on WNYC’s Soundcheck to debate this topic with 30-year jazz critic Howard Mandel. It’s on the August 7th episode. Go listen! This past weekend, the internet exploded (as it is wont to do). The New Yorker published an article in its Shouts and Murmurs column, which is reserved for humor and satire, entitled “Sonny Rollins: In His Own Words.” From the ficti... »

Lab Track: Foil

Lab Track: Foil

Now that all the Weird Al hysteria has died down (on the internet, but not in my heart), I wanted to feature one of the many amazing tracks that came out with the comedy musician’s fourteenth, and probably final, full album, which set a record as the first comedy album to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts. A parody of Lorde’s “Royals,” “Foil” starts out innoce... »

Lab Track: What Does the Spleen Do?

Lab Track: What Does the Spleen Do?

What does the spleen do? I don’t know either. I once knew a girl who had hers out, and as a result she said she couldn’t eat fatty foods without puking. I haven’t heard of that since, though, so maybe that’s bogus. Apparently this is a common area of ignorance, so the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine class of 2016 put together a parody of “... »

Watch Isaac Newton in a Rap Battle with Bill Nye

Watch Isaac Newton in a Rap Battle with Bill Nye

We’ve featured Epic Rap Battles of History here at the Lab before — the YouTube series dresses two rappers up as historic figures and pits them against each other to debate their respective achievements in rhyme. It’s the best. There are plenty of battles between sci-fi characters (Doc Brown vs. Dr. Who) artists (try Bob Ross vs. Pablo Picasso, or perhaps Stephen King vs. Edgar A... »

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