Psycomedia Demi-Episode 85 and a soupçon – Cogency Download: Psycomedia85S.mp3 References: Bell V, Maiden C, Munoz-Solomando A, Reddy V. (2006) ‘Mind control’ experiences on the internet: implications for the psychiatric diagnosis of delusions. Psychopathology, 39(2), 87-91. Gendron, M., Lindquist, K. A., Barsalou, L., & Barrett, L. F. (2012). Emotion words shape emotion percepts. Emotion, 12(2), […]
SPACESCAPE! By Ian Sharman and David Wynne. Page 1.
So, my new webcomic, Spacescape, which I’m creating with David Wynne starts today! It’ll be updating three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Get on board now and tell your grandchildren you were there at the start! Bookmark spacescapecomic.co.uk or follow spacescapecomic on tumblr!
I have been looking forward to this since I heard of its inception!
Psycomedia Episode 85 – The Lesser of Twelve Evils Download: Psycomedia85.mp3 References: Caruso, E. M., Van Boven, L., Chin, M., & Ward, A. (2013). The Temporal Doppler Effect When the Future Feels Closer Than the Past. Psychological science, 24(4), 530-536. Sackett, A. M., Meyvis, T., Nelson, L. D., Converse, B. A., & Sackett, A. L. […]
An Oxford psychologist and a fashion major discuss Louie S01E02 - Poker/Divorce
Synopsis: The conversation during a poker game becomes an intense exploration of gay culture. In the second segment, after Louie’s brother depresses him about the finality of his divorce, Louie reminisces about a high school crush subsequently looking her up on Facebook.
Kaffeemaedl: After we published the first post in this series, I realized we forgot to explain the setup here. I, Kaffeemaedl/Amanda, am a big fan of Louie and have seen all three seasons. Tetrarchangel/Tim has just started and we’re writing these as he watches. After watching Poker/Divorce, Tim emailed me his notes. I’m posting them here, interspersed with my comments on what he had to say and on the show overall.
The use of music in the poker scene to reflect the group emotions of the gathered comedians was striking - music in sitcoms is either not really used or used in such an unsubtle way as to not really be funny.
In that selfsame scene, the “faggot” discussion is so not sitcom - it’s a very real comedians’ discussion, with that mix of serious self-reflection and the desire to make the punchline even if it’s socially costly, and goes on past the joke, if there is one, and I admired it greatly for that.
K: I discovered Louie about 2 years ago, and I remember watching the first few episodes to find out if I liked the show or whether I’d quit after a few. After watching the poker scene I knew I’d keep watching. Rick explaning what the word “faggot” actually means is what did it. It was a very serious and emotional subject, and it was approached in such a thoughtful manner. As you said, very much not like a typical sitcom. After that I knew this was a show worth following.
T: I love Louie’s eyes. He has terrific eyes for acting. Especially in the title sequence, they capture so much in a few movements.
I wondered about the divorce life parallel - but I haven’t gone to Wikipedia and looked it up, though I heard on the very good Laughter Therapy podcast where they include an excerpt of Louis CK’s standup that he did get divorced much as the character of Louie did. I think I prefer to stick with the fictionalised for now - this IS his exploration of his divorce. The facts don’t matter.
To take that point further, the surreal elements of the show illuminate the all too real. With Tammy, this is especially the case, with Louie journeying in his mind to this bizarre experience of the alienation between teenage boys and girls, an alienation he has resumed through his divorce.
"That’s why you’re Facebooking. Playing could’ve been." This is probably the quote of the episode, again, it’s so true to what I hear life is like at that stage, and yet so surreal at the same time, with the death themes, the memories, the fantasies, and the brilliant payoff which I won’t spoil since the scene was in that way so dramatically tense and then untense and then tense again.
Finally, a little interesting note, Netflix bleeping the profanity in a specific and detailed routine about bestiality. Maybe there are better ways to manage content - if we can handle the routine, we can handle the words!
K: I love what you said about his eyes, and it reminded me of this.
Something Louie does as a comedian and within the show that I really appreciate is how often his jokes are about empathy or a lack thereof. He’ll make jokes about what an awful person he is, how he doesn’t give up his seat to a soldier, or sell his car, buy a cheaper one and donate the money left over, among others. And even as he’s making jokes about how selfish he is, he’s still phrasing it in a way that makes sure we see the people he’s talking about, and think about them for a second, when we otherwise wouldn’t give them any thought. Other occasions include a joke and a situation in a third season episode regarding a homeless person. He takes these subjects and people that humans in general tend to look away from or try not to think about, whether it’s because we don’t have the power to do anything about it, or because we’re comfortable and don’t want to jeopardize that in an attempt to help someone else who is obviously not. But regardless of our reasons, we do tend to act as if these situations aren’t there, and I think pointing them out, and pointing out our attitudes towards them, is important and Louie often does it.
About the music, I don’t know if you know this already, but Louie employs a couple people to write the score. I think overall it fits really well within the episodes and sounds great on its own. It’s as if a Woody Allen film’s soundtrack came to life. You have the nice, well-behaved jazz song that suddenly gains consciousness and realizes it can change its mood along with what’s happening on screen, instead of just going on with the rhythm it started. To me, the music of the show is a good illustration of what you said, “the facts don’t matter”. I’ll take Louie’s interpretation of life any day over the actual facts. I like my depression with a little whimsy on top.
timmytime asked: The first season of Louie is very different to the rest of the show, its more of a surreal comedy piece at this point. The second and third seasons have a different focus and I'd say are even more unique. That's not to say the first season isn't good - I love it! But that it's possible you'll like the other two if you don't enjoy this heaps yet.
I agree with you and I think the third season gets even more “different”, but I’m pretty much a fan of everything about the show. I was just about to say I love the “louieness” of it, then realized: what is more louie-ish though? Is it the first, more loose/random season, or is it the longer storylines that still seem to have little connection to reality that come later on?
I’m just gonna go with everything. I really love this show. (Tetrarchangel is the one watching for the first time, in case that wasn’t clear)
Thanks for the feedback!
At this stage, the heading for the helicopters and the secret service cars might have been the best laugh moments, apart possibly from the infected vagina which we considered as a post title, probably because it’s such a break from what is otherwise a naturalistic Seinfeldian milieu.
Tetrarchangel: I was scared of hype. Louis CK is supposed to be the best, the American Stewart Lee or whatever, so I was aware that I didn’t want to be underwhelmed. But I was definitely laughing frequently by the second half, especially combined with sadly saying ‘Louie’ when he did something foolish. That’s a real sign that I’m instantly connecting with Louie as a character, as a human I care about whether he does something that’s bad for him or not. It’s worth noting that I’m a total rookie - my only Louis CK exposure is a couple of tumblr image posts and his appearances on Parks and Recreation. So yes, I laughed at it, more the ‘sitcom’ than the ‘standup’ but I definitely liked it - and now I’m going to leave in an inexplicable helicopter.
K: As a non-British person, I haven’t heard of Stewart Lee before. Why would you say Brits think of Louis CK as the American Stewart Lee? Can you link to a video that illustrates that?
T: I will include a video so you can get a flavour of Stewart Lee http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4Fi-iti338 but I think it’s not about stylistic similarity as their status. Amongst the comedy connoisseurs, Stewart Lee is probably considered the pinnacle of clever stand-up, and has a certain element of penetration into being well-known - such as having his own BBC2 show, but isn’t a mainstay in popular culture, and wouldn’t want to be. My impression of Louis CK is that he, similarly, is admired by comedians, and his show is well-loved by those who are, as Lee puts it in the clip, experienced in comedy. But he’s never going to be in the CBS sitcoms slots, and would again, probably never want to be. (I’m not saying there isn’t a backlash against Stewart Lee, nor that there might be still more obscure figures who are even more beloved by comedians and ‘expert’ viewers for want of a much better term, Daniel Kitson, for example). My worry was the idea that he’s the best, he’s the one exposing the new talent (i.e. Louis and Tig Notaro, Stewart and The Alternative Comedy Experience), how can a show sustain that pressure? But it didn’t happen, at least, in episode one.
Psycomedia Episode 84 – I’m Just Waiting For The Smoke Therapy To Catch Up With The Mirrors Therapy Download: Psycomedia84.mp3 References: Flor, H., Elbert, T., Knecht, S., Wienbruch, C., Pantev, C., Birbaumer, N., … & Taub, E. (1995). Phantom-limb pain as a perceptual correlate of cortical reorganization following arm amputation. Nature, 375(6531), 482-484. Knecht, S., […]
What social group did you belong to? (in college): "They had this sort of adjacent to the main cafeteria, they had what’s called, the friends room, it was a Quaker school, and it was really like, the no friends room, and uh, I ate in there. [x]