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What’s New with Dead-Frog? A Stand-Up Comedy Database

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If you’re familiar with Dead-Frog, you may have noticed I put a new dress on this pig earlier in the week. The site is definitely prettier but there’s a bit more to it than that. There’s some additions and some adjustments to hopefully bring some stuff up you may not have noticed was there before - the iTunes top 100 comedy albums, the news archive, and the radio playing comedy clips. But the biggest part of the new site is a project I’ve been working on since January called the Stand-Up Comedy Database.

The Stand-Up Comedy Database has over 150 comedians in it so far, with more to come. Here’s some of the features of it:

  • A list of works from each comedian divided into comedy albums, specials and books by and about. If the work can be bought on Amazon or iTunes, there’s a link that takes you directly to that page.
  • Video automatically pulled in for YouTube for each comedian.
  • Sample jokes for each comedian - if available. Some don’t translate well to just text. But there’s multiple jokes for many of the comedians in the database. If you refresh, you’ll probably see a different one.
  • The ability for members to rate a comedian on delivery and material, along with their comment on the comedian. These ratings are compiled into an overall rating for each comedians, along with rating for delivery and material.
  • Members can also mark their favorite comedians, which creates a list of favorites for other users to surf through to find other comedians they might like if they think a user has a similar taste. If you comment on a comedian and he’s one of your favorites, that comment will appear on your list to. The favorites are compiled into a master list of favorites for all the members.

There’s more to come - biographies for each comedian are next. I would have had them for launch, but it’s a big project and I want to get them right and in a format that’s best for the site. I have a couple of other additions in mind as well, along with some expansions of what’s already there. But it’s ready for playing with, to reference and, in classic Internet fashion, to argue/dispute over. You can get started at the Stand-Up Comedy Database home page (which will be tweaked in the next week or so) or on the full archive of comedians. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) are more than welcome.

Most of the more interactive functions are member based, so if you haven’t already, please register with the site. If you’ve already commented before on a blog post, you’re already in the system. Request your randomly-generated password by telling the system youforgot your password and giving your email address.

There’s also a new forum section, in case you want to talk about something comedy related that I haven’t posted about yet. It’s member driven as well. For you non-joiners, blog commenting will still not require membership at all. Non members can comment on anything they like. If you are a member though, you’ll be able to select a little avatar to sit next to your comment.

Anyway, I’m very excited to finally get this out to the world… this idea was like Brain Crack to me and it’s finally good to be off the pipe. I hope you enjoy.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 05:37 PM | Comments (2)


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I must apologize for the lack of entries this week. I came down with a 101.6 degree fever earlier this week that I just got over late yesterday/today and have been playing catch up with other biz ever since. I’ll update some later and all this weekend.  Thanks so much for your patience.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 03:23 PM | Comments (1)


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You may have heard that bloggers using Movable Type have been the victim of comment spam as of late. To circumvent the spam, I adopted some measures that should allow users to comment whether they are registered or not. If you’re registered, you’re comments will appear immediately. If not, they await for my approval. If you’re a spammer, you should hopefully not reach the site at all (unless you want to read some opinions on comedy in between pimping mortgages, poker and erection pills).

Posted by Todd Jackson at 04:16 PM | Comments (1)

Hilarity Sues…

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I suppose I should just jump right in. But I have too much Charles Foster Kane in me to not start up with some variation of a Declaration of Principles. But I draw the line at making the final entry in this blog, “Rosebud.”

This is about comedy. I’ll aggregate any of the comedy news and give some commentary, along with news/reviews on funny ha-ha movies, TV shows, CDs, DVDs, books, mags and video games (I consider Grand Theft Auto to be a work of satire… a very good work of satire). I’ll cover some comedy history - like the long lost zine Army Man created by George Meyer during the writer’s strike—kinda like my favorite column on comic books (see I’m not just a comedy nerd. I’m a regular nerd too.) Every Friday I hope to throw up a little humor piece of my own for your amusement and to provide fodder for people who think I have no idea what I’m talking about. All this kids and much, much more. Or less. I haven’t decided yet.

A little note on the quote from the initial entry… I originally though Mark Twain said it. See the benefits of a good Google search. I picked it to acknowledge to you, gentle reader (or more likely - abusive skimmer), that I understand that looking too closely at comedy, like an eclipse, can burn out your retinas. So I’ll try to not be pedantic when talking about humor, but if not, I’ll be humorously pedantic (but not in a Ben Stein way).

Posted by Todd Jackson at 10:34 PM | Comments (0)

Why this blog is a bad idea.

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“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.”

-E. B. White

But I’m going to do it anyway.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 03:08 AM | Comments (0)