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.
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