Episode 202: Comedy

31 Aug

In this episode, Tyler and Josh are joined by Kahle McCann to discuss comedy and coarse joking.

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  1. Dan Roy September 1, 2017 at 7:49 pm #

    Kahle mentioned being inspired by the Portal games. The lead writer on the series is a guy named Erik Wolpaw, who got the job at Valve because he co-ran a famous and beloved gaming website called Old Man Murray.

    OMM was a sort of proto-blog from the late 90s/early 00s that mocked the pretensions of the world of computer gaming. It’s very vulgar and caustic, but in my opinion (and I know how crazy this sounds), on the level of South Park and even Monty Python in terms of inventing a prose style and comic logic that transcends the individual bits.

    It’s hard to convey that style so here are some of my favorites (these all have vulgarity):

    Start-To-Crate

    12 Days of Christmas, Complaints About Return To Wolfenstein

    America Under Attack

    America Wins The War

    and for Tyler, his article on the Death Of Adventure Games, featuring Gabriel Knight 3.

    I have to say too, that as somebody who stumbled onto OMM in 2002 (via another genius writer named Seanbaby, who has a similar style), there are few things more vindicating than thinking “this is one of the funniest writers I have ever read,” then watching him go on to major league mainstream success. (I also enjoyed watching Charlie Brooker go from TVGoHome to writing/creating Black Mirror.) Portal wasn’t even supposed to be a particularly funny game – it was build around an original gaming mechanic involving using portals to solve puzzles – but Wolpaw’s writing upstaged the gameplay completely.

    I split with a lot of Kahle’s views on comedy, but I agree with him 100% on Portal. Wolpaw is a singular talent and may be the greatest Gen X humor writer alive.

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