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Python fans are certain to welcome the best bits from the penultimate season of the BBC sketch comedy in a new iPhone app: Python Bytes 3 – Monty Python Series 3. If you have a flair for the obvious, you’ll correctly assume this is third in a series of apps that feature the best skits from the cult-classic, Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
The 20 most popular skits from series three are presented in a style that looks like Terry Gilliam had a hand in the design. The app launches right into a random sketch, and a shake of the iPhone launches another arbitrary dose of funny.
Tapping on a video toggles a menu where users can select specific sketches, create playlists and even delete scenes – a nice touch for space-freeing purposes. The app, like the rest of the series, sells for $2.99 – a fair bit less than buying the complete season and a fair bit less tiresome than a YouTube search. The app even comes with some cast audio commentary.
Let’s be honest, while vintage Canucks (like this humble Python head) were weaned on British sketch comedy, for an American audience it’s a decidedly acquired taste, particularly in its retro-absurdist Python perfection. There were always laugh-beer-out-yer-nose moments, but for each one, if we’re being candid, there was also an unmitigated dud. That makes this final greatest-hits package a perfect lightweight introduction for those who haven’t yet reached the point where even bad python is good python.
Check out the trailer from the first app to see the UI:
It’s important to take note of what’s going on in politics, especially near an election, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t mock the process and what’s said. Hugely popular cable TV station Comedy Central has clearly taken note of it as it has just released its Indecision Election Companion.
The app provides fans with exclusive jokes, interactive content, photo galleries and more. There’s an iOS-optimized version of Comedy Central’s “Indecision” blog, along with a 2012 Election Calendar and an exclusive “Peanut Gallery” commentary feature that offers exclusive live commentary from the Indecision bloggers and special guests. It also lets users share their reactions to the debate.
It’s all suitably entertaining with a keen satirical edge as it covers the spectacular highs and extreme lows of the election. Even for those not overly interested in politics, it should make the whole thing more accessible and interesting.
Comedy Central’s Indecision Election Companion is out now, it’s universal and free.
Funny or Die is bringing their special brand of star-studded comedy to the iPad with The Occasional, a bimonthly magazine which will feature completely original content. Don’t expect a traditional magazine though, as the FoD crew has freely admitted that they have no idea what they’re doing and thus plan to spice up every issue with some offbeat content.
So far what we’ve seen in the first issue is fairly standard magazine fare, but with a very humorous twist. There’s an interview with Ed Helms conducted by comedian Zack Galifianakis, a “Hippo Fact Page” of dubious scientific accuracy, and oh so much more. If you’re tired of “serious” magazines with “real” information then this just may be your solution.
You can download a free trial of The Occasional for free, but it only provides a small taste. A full issue is $3.99 and an annual subscription is $9.99. But in all honesty, can you put a price on laughter?
Apps allow us to create so many different kinds of things. Everything from movies to presentations to auto-tuned songs can be made on Apple’s mobile devices with these little programs. Thanks to Amildio Inc, the maker of apps like Touch DJ and Seline, soon users will be able to add one more thing to that list: laughs.
Laugh Synth is an app designed for creating, sampling and synthesizing the sound of laughter. Users can record their laugh and then manipulate it through touch into an entirely new, hilarious sound. Four different effects can be applied in addition to the fine-tuned pitch controls. The app has 25 built-in presets making it easy for users to get started creating synthesized “lulz.” Not a bad start for the “world’s first laugh synthesizer.”
Users can email their hand-crafted laughs or share them through Facebook and Twitter. Laugh Synth is currently available for $0.99.
Released: 2011-11-23 :: Category: Music
Though viewers have been able to watch The Daily Show online for quite a while now, the show never had a dedicated app, until now. MTV and Comedy Central have launched the official Daily Show app for iOS devices, so now you can easily access Jon Stewart and company with but a tap. Even better, it’s a universal app so download it once and you’re set for all devices. This truly is a moment of Zen.
The app includes features such as a quote of the day from the show and an accompanying video clip. There’s also an archive of videos which can be accessed at any time, as well as a schedule of upcoming episodes and the ability to set reminders for upcoming shows. On top of that there’s also a search function by topic as well as Twitter integration, so you’ll have nearly all aspects of the show at your fingertips.
What the app doesn’t feature is full episodes of The Daily Show, and that might be a deal breaker for many. The show is already available for free online, and can be watched on iOS devices by folks using Flash-enabled browsers like Skyfire. Also, with full free episodes online, what’s the incentive to pay $1.99 for an app that only provides short clips? While this would be a fine free companion app, it’s hard to find justification to ask users to pay for something which gives them less than what the free option offers.
While we wouldn’t rule out the possibility that a future update could add full episodes, the app in its current form is hard to recommend. Diehard Daily Show fans who can’t ever get enough Stewart may enjoy this app for the extra content it offers, but the vast majority of the populace is probably better off simply watching the show from its homepage on a Flash-compatible browser.