Posts Tagged ‘Comedy’

Oui Oui Oui – SHORTS TV

In Comedy, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement, Video on January 28, 2019 at 9:52 am

I love SHORTS…

During my own personal “shutdown” (i.e., my 2.5-week & running visit with TMJ) I lean heavily on short films to keep my spirits up and my attention off of the pain. It works. Film-after-film I am enlightened, emotionally charged, humored, and alas, feeling less pain in my SCM and Masseter muscles. Endorphins counteract pain receptors.


Being no fan of medicine (OTC or prescribed) I prefer natural and homeopathic remedies when my good health is challenged. For the chronic pains of TMJ, I prefer to administer MMJ topicals and edibles while watching original short films on DirecTV’s channel 573. It’s a winning combo if you’re trying to “be somewhere else without leaving the house.” 😉

Travel via channel 573 is the best way to go. You don’t speak multiple languages? How do you feel about subtitles? If you’re down – there are no limits to where you can kick-it.

This weekend I traveled well via these hard-hitting short films that took me far away from the tensions of TMJ. I found a few that had trailers and thought they’d be cool to share, so I started with:



WEST SIDE SWORDY [2015] yields strong homage to West Side Story in the frame of their tale of two street gangs and fight choreographies that was shot in California on a $15K budget. I loved the relative scene designs, the DJ who controlled more than the music and the integration of sword dancing. This is not a West Side Story re-make, but it is strongly inspired. Director Dan Liu and crew did a fantastic job on this 9-minute short that could have easily been a “Thriller-length” music video. Drop in on their website to catch the next showing:

I then took a journey with Abraham, the principal character in IN GOD WE TRASH. Now before you send this one to the blasphemy bin hear me out. I really took this film to be hinting at a number of our population who say and do things in the name of Christianity to cover their own shortcomings. The film’s message is conveyed in a practical and comical way;  no offense – comprehend.  It’s only 22-minutes and is subtitled. Reading is fundamental – go for it!



The following film was probably by far the silliest, most metaphorically visual film that I have seen in a long time. IS THIS A JOKE, (aka THIS IS A JOKE) is a fabulous comedy written by Tom Edmunds and whose Cinematographer is Luke Bryant. Laughter is a huge producer of endorphins, thus this show helped to TKO my TMJ pain easy. Here’s a teaser to a jam-packed comical pleaser:

I particularly like the way that Tom directs silliness; his vision is hilarious. To see a directors mind does little more to reveal to me the contents of his mind and Tom Edmunds mind is a colorful hoot. My TMJ didn’t stand a chance. Actually, I had to watch this film twice to catch all of the literal punches that were sewn into passing conversation. Believe it or not, on the second round I laughing harder, and reaped more of those pain-free endorphins. Yes-yes!!

It’s possible that I watched at least 20 short films this weekend to help keep my mind distracted from the taut pull of my sternocleidomastoid muscle and my masseter muscle. The pain is pass-out worthy, I just won’t give in.  Especially since there’s always  Probability & Statistics, Shorts TV, a Tens Unit, and BC Powder. 😛

There’s plenty to do than focus on TMJ’s hue. However, with all of the research I’ve done on it, I wouldn’t doubt that a future character in a future script will be battling this ailment.

The way it’s kicking my arse is a comedy, but I’m sure I could work it into a drama. STAY TUNED.


So what have you got up for the day? I think I’m going to take it easy.
As much as I like “doing the most” – with TMJ it isn’t easy.

If you’re at the point of wondering why I keep bringing it up,
it is because it’s giving me a bear hug and the chronic pain sucks.

But I won’t lie, intense math equations help to keep me from focusing on;
and the hope of TMJ fading away is my prayerful sum,

I accessorize that with a couple of edible yum-yum’s and short film binging,
I’m Qui
Oui Oui to the reel vibes of Shorts TV and it’s assistance in my pain ending.

Watching more today because TMJ defense via endorphins is mind-bending.
Reviewing my peers’ films is what I call, “passionate time spending.”



In Communication, Griot, Music, Self Improvement, Video, weightloss on June 25, 2017 at 9:43 am

Didn’t catch the spin cycle class this weekend? All may not be lost for burning calories if you’re going to church this morning.

I’m a church going gal, from the bible belt in the south. Pentecostal principles have shaped my being since the age of twelve. I may not share brother Swaggart’s taste for hair (hair spray) or sister Tammy Faye Baker’s make-up regimen, but I do believe in the dance.

When club goers go to a club and the DJ spins the steel just right, something invokes them to dance – some more choreographed than others, but still when the mood is perfect, all dance breaks out on the dance floor. Well, the same is true of the church. When the conditions are perfect, (the word of God has gone forth and praises are high), it is not uncommon in a pentecostal church for a dance session to break out.

Enjoy the comedic dance renditions in the video. These dances do look similar to the dances I’ve seen on the pentecostal floor. It’s good to learn the names of the dances too, in the event that … ‘Go on and laugh at yourself.

Christians dance in the spirit, much like  club-goers dance to worldly music. The only difference is in the intent of music (and vibe) that moves them. Club goers yield their dance skills to worldly music and Christians yield their dance to gospel music.

Either way,  calories are burned and an exercised heart is earned.


Good morning brothers and sisters, the gospel vibe can be enchanting,
I’m Qui
Reminding thee to stay fit – with That SUNDAY MORNING Dancing.


Laughter Heals

In Comedy, Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on July 13, 2015 at 6:24 am


Let’s talk KEY & PEEL
and how a lot of their episodes keep it real.
They’re mixed in race but bear a black appeal.
Their comedy is funny and confrontational in feel.

I admire their approach;
the way upon the subjects that they broach.

Kudos el comedic Bros!
You killed it in the last episode

with the skit about the trigger happy cop
whose frayed nerves made him shoot black men a lot.

Did anyone else see this piece in humorous fashion?
The cop was ‘so gone,’ he shot his [black] police captain.

This was not a skit that made me double over and laugh
but the kind that played lightly on “real life gone bad.”

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It’s sad, but this is where we’re at.
Key & Peel are unique in this bag.

They play to their white fam then expose them to their black side.
Comedy is the bait but their intellectualism sustains the ride.

The duo is easy on the eyes and substantial on the mind
So it’s good to follow them up with Hannibal Burris’ WHY.

It’s a new show, have you seen his new place?
WHY with Hannibal Burris debuted on July 8th.

Ep1-why-w-hannibal-burris-openingIt opened up with Conan O’Brian and his side kick
in an introduction to Burris – a pretty cool schtick.

I enjoyed it and while Key & Peel keep it real, they’re silly on a sly –
If you can’t get with their style of humor, don’t give Hannibal a try.

He’s real to how he feels and his comedy is intelligent and dry.
You’ll either laugh at his lay or you’ll pass him up in stride.

Hannibal’s style walks the line. He too is a black man
whose been thrust into the hype spotlight and given a chance.

He’s also the guy who questioned and reignited the BILL COSBY RAPE allegations.
The subject was part of a stand up piece and now Bill’s under investigation.

Oh my. Comedy and its relation. I can’t say I would have chosen that route.
What kind of job security will Hannibal have, if he gained largely from ratting Bill out?

Hannibal Burris is not new. He started his journey of laugter long ago.
He really caught my eye doing a skit about “dance and the the holy ghost.”

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He comes off a little like a preachers kid.
Hannibal has very few limits and this fact is not hid.

So why then would Bill Cosby be safe? It is surely a doggy dog world.
I’m Qui
Enjoying the intellectual and comedic side of things that play to this sapeosexual girl.

Laughter is best when played off of the real.
Laughter has an awesome and great capacity to heal.
It’s good for your abs too.