Best of the web: June 18, 2016by Fiona Rae
Kiwi comedian The Boy with Tape on his Face cracks the US in just three minutes.
ON TAPE: In just three minutes, Kiwi comedian Sam Wills seems to have cracked the US with a performance on America’s Got Talent. The clip of his act has been viewed more than 20 million times on YouTube. Wills created The Boy with Tape on His Face in 2005, however, and became an Edinburgh Festival favourite with his prop comedy. He even performed at a Royal Variety Performance in 2011, apparently with the same oven gloves.
BAD ADS: The top 10 most complained-about ads have been revealed in the Advertising Standards Authority’s 2015 annual report (available for download from asa.co.nz), and although television ads drew the largest total number of complaints, it was an online ad campaign that came in at No 1 in the rogue’s gallery. Ad industry website StopPress has a rundown.
SVOD HIGHLIGHT: What’s good in subscription video on demand. Lady Dynamite on Netflix is another cheerfully surreal comedy that just happens to be exploring mental illness. Stand-up comedian Maria Bamford returns home after a stint in a psychiatric ward; funny and strange imaginings ensue.
Follow the Listener on Twitter or Facebook.
Women with complications caused by deeply embedded vaginal mesh are being helped by a pioneering surgical technique.Read more
North Auckland farmer Fergus Riley has uncovered many important lessons in caring for his father Peter, who has Alzheimer’s.Read more
Instagram is running a social media experiment to see what happens when it hides the number of likes on photos and other posts.Read more
Duncan Smith and Annabel Tapley-Smith weren’t satisfied with producing meat of uncommon quality. So they bought a butchery.Read more
A study on biodegradable plastic bags found they were still intact after three years spent either at sea or buried underground.Read more
Amid the agony of defeat, we must remember that the UK is in such terrible shape politically that it deserves to cherish this flickering flame of...Read more
Caretaker and unionist Ernie Abbott was killed almost instantly when he picked up the suitcase containing the bomb.Read more