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YouTube / CBS Home Entertainment

Gag Reels from Star Trek: The Next Generation

YouTube / CBS Home Entertainment
YouTube / CBS Home Entertainment

CBS has been releasing the Star Trek TV series on Blu-ray. To celebrate, and I suppose to entice you into buying them, they've posted snippets of the special features online. Ensign, chart a course for the Guffaw Nebula!

Season 2 Gag Reel

Michael Dorn (Worf) has trouble holding his scowl together, Jonathan Frakes (Riker) trips on a chair, Brent Spiner (Data) experiences a malfunction, and more. Note around the one-minute mark, you can see studio lights at the top of the bridge set.

Resistance is Futile

Worf versus his prosthetic teeth. My biggest laugh was at the end.

Season 3 Gag Reel

Here's a snippet of the Season 3 gag reel. Worf: "I never played with boys."

Season 5 Gag Reel

Here's a snippet from Season 5, via IGN.

Star Trek: Enterprise Gag Reel

Oh yeah, Enterprise is coming out on Blu-ray too.

Lots More

There's more of this stuff on YouTube (there are 10+ minute gag reels for most seasons, and some have leaked online, though most isn't official). The best way to get this stuff is of course to buy the discs (TNG Season 1 is the place to start), with the downside being that they're super spendy. We also have a post with some more Trek bloopers, though the videos tend to be taken down frequently.

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Watch 18 Minutes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus Seinfeld Bloopers
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Sometimes you just need to settle in and watch professional actors cracking up, over and over. That's what we have for you today.

In the two videos below, we get a total of 18 minutes of Seinfeld bloopers, specifically focused on Julia Louis-Dreyfus. When Louis-Dreyfus cracks up, Seinfeld can't help but make it worse, goading her. It's delightful.

Sample quote (during an extended break):

Seinfeld: "We won an Emmy, you know."

Louis-Dreyfus: "Yeah, but I didn't."

Her individual Seinfeld Emmy arrived in 1996; the show started winning in 1992. But in September 2017, Louis-Dreyfus—who turns 57 years old today—set a couple of Emmy records when she won her sixth award for playing Selina Meyer on Veep.

The Funniest Word in the English Language? 'Booty,' According to New Survey

Some words, regardless of their meaning, are simply more chuckle-worthy than others. To determine which expressions in the English language are truly the most comical, Smithsonian reports that psychologists at the University of Warwick in the UK conducted a survey in which they asked people to rate the “humor value” of a sampling of chosen words. They recently published their findings in the journal Behavior Research Methods.

The researchers selected nearly 5000 words, and then used Amazon’s online crowdsourcing tool Mechanical Turk to ask more than 800 individuals to rank the humor value of 211 randomly chosen words from the list, on a scale from 1 (humorless) to 5 (humorous). Likely not surprising to anyone with younger siblings, the funniest word ended up being “booty,” with an average ranking of 4.32. In descending order, the remaining top 12 words—which all received a score of 3.9 or higher—were “tit,” “booby,” “hooter,” “nitwit,” “twit,” “waddle,” “tinkle,” “bebop,” “egghead,” “ass,” and “twerp.”

Why these words are so funny remains fuzzy. But when they analyzed their findings according to age and gender, the researchers did find that sexually suggestive words like “orgy” and “bondage” tended to tickle the funny bones of men, as did the words “birthmark,” “brand,” “chauffeur,” “doze,” “buzzard,” “czar,” “weld,” “prod,” “corn,” and “raccoon.”

Meanwhile, women tended to laugh at the words “giggle,” “beast,” “circus,” “grand,” “juju,” “humbug,” “slicker,” “sweat,” “ennui,” “holder,” “momma,” and “sod.” As for people under the age of 32, they were amused by “goatee,” “joint,” and “gangster,” while older participants liked “squint,” “jingle,” “burlesque,” and “pong.” Across the board, all parties were least amused by words like “rape,” “torture,” and “torment.”

Although humor is complex and dependent on elements like syntax and delivery, the study's researchers say that breaking comedy down to single-word units could demystify its essence.

“The research initially came about as a result of our curiosity,” said Tomas Engelthaler, the study’s lead author, in a press release. “We were wondering if certain words are perceived as funnier, even when read on their own. It turns out that indeed is the case. Humor is an everyday aspects of our lives and we hope this publicly available dataset allows future researchers to better understand its foundations.”

[h/t Smithsonian]


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