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Ferguson Police Parodies Will Leave You in Tears -- and Not From the Gas Grenades

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Funny or Die
David Koechner subdues a suspicious barbecue in his new skit, "COPS: Ferguson."
We weren't sure what to expect before watching Funny or Die's short about Ferguson. The town has experienced a teenager's death and violence in the streets, and it's likely to be mentioned in any discussion of racism in 21st-century America -- nothing that sounds remotely like a punch line.

Yet Missouri native and Anchorman costar David Koechner makes it work.

A parody of a 2010 episode of Cops, the clip stars Koechner as a racist dingbat in camouflage gear who rolls around Ferguson choking old ladies and stabbing basketballs. At one point he remarks to his partner that, "A lot of cities like to use violence as a last resort, but we've found it's pretty fun to just use it as a first resort. Sometimes I just point my gun at anyone walking around."

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"Aunt Claudette" Is A Proud Troll We Can't Help But Love

Categories: Jesters, Media

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Libbie Higgins
No one works a broach like Claudette Higgins.
Who is Claudette Higgins, really? Is she the intrepid, neck brace-wearing journalist who chases down interviews in parking lots and accuses Target of hating fat people? Or is she the doting aunt of Justin Bieber?

When Daily RFT wrote about "Aunt Claudette" last week, many commenters took her pretty seriously, especially her interview with a woman in a Target parking lot who suggested the store stop carrying snacks if it won't carry enough plus-size clothing. But for our more discerning readers, you've probably guessed the truth.

"I consider myself one of the oldest trolls on the internet," says Libbie Higgins, a 40-year-old special needs teacher from Maryland Heights. She's been trolling in relative obscurity since 2007.

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Too Drunk to Remember St. Louis Mardi Gras? 19 Awesome Photos to Help You Remember

Categories: Jesters

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Photos by Jon Gitchoff
"I'm the king of drinking, and I'm going to prove it."
There are two kinds of people: those who don't go to Mardi Gras and those who don't remember Mardi Gras.

No matter which category you fall into, Daily RFT is here to help you relive Mardi Gras weekend in St. Louis. Here are 21 people doing Mardi Gras right.

Warning: Some images may not be appropriate for the workplace.


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RIP Harold Ramis: Comedy Great And Washington University Alumnus Dies At 69

Categories: Jesters

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Chances are good that, at some point, Harold Ramis cracked you up.

His acting, directing and writing credits form arguably the greatest comedy canon of all time -- it includes Animal House, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Stripes and Groundhog Day.

Ramis died yesterday of complications from an autoimmune disease.

But despite his associations to Chicago and Second City, Ramis' ties to St. Louis also helped inspire some of his best, most gut-bustingly hilarious films.

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VIDEO: This St. Louis Vaudeville Performer Really Hates Dick Pics

Categories: Jesters, Sex, Video

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Tom Casey
Gents, Sammy Tramp would like to have a word with you.
Hey dudes, it's quiz time: Let's say you like a girl and want her attention. Do you:

A. Buy her flowers.
B. Read a novel so you can offer intelligent-sounding sentences during conversation.
C. Send her a dick pic and a badly misspelled text message -- "nice titssss. fwb?"

Too many guys fail this test, says St. Louis vaudeville performer Kyla Louise Webb. So she wrote a song about it. The tune, titled "Don't Send a Dick Pic," is catchy as hell and contains strongly worded advice to guys who choose Option C.

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Sklar Brothers Vow to Rescue St. Louis From Baseball Depression

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Randy and Jason Sklar want to make your Cardinals pain go away.
Randy and Jason Sklar share your pain, St. Louis.

The Creve Coeur-born pair watched the World Series from their homes in LA, but distance didn't lessen the hurt from the Cardinal's big loss. As consolation, the brothers are returning to St. Louis this Friday for a show at the Cherokee Performing Arts Center, where the two hope they can heal the damage of a city's broken baseball dreams.

"This show is going to cure you from feeling bad, for a while," promises Randy.

The Parkway High School graduates spent years in New York City perfecting their act before shipping off to LA, where their bickering flow of characters, stories and sports fandom landed them a four-season gig hosting ESPN Classic's Cheap Seats and regular appearances on The Jim Rome Show.

We rang up the nebbishy duo to pick their telepathically linked brains (we assume) on getting over sports heartbreak, St. Louis and their latest project: celebrity bowling.

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Win Tickets To See Anchorman 2's David Koechner

Categories: Jesters

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Mandee Johnson
Hats. The more the better.
Comedian David Koechner may be best known as the sensitive buffoon Champ Kind in Anchorman or Todd Packer on The Office, but did you know he's also a Missourian?

Koechner is a busy man. He's got Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opening in December. The be-hatted comedian has also received rave reviews for his twisted performance in the equally-twisted thriller Cheap Thrill, which will open next year.

Even so, Koechner has found time to make a quick stop at Lindenwood University in St. Charles tomorrow for a stand-up comedy show in Bezemes Family Theater, and Daily RFT has tickets to give away!

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Anchorman 2's David Koechner Returns to Tipton for Hometown Performance

Categories: Jesters, News

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Danny Wicentowski
Anchorman 2's David Koechner put on two shows in his hometown of Tipton, MO (pop. 3,262) over the weekend. The shows benefited the TIpton Chamber of Commerce.
Tipton, Missouri knows all about David Koechner. Granted, the 50-year-old comedian is hardly flying under the radar: He's reprising his career role as the cowboy-hat-wearing sportscaster Champ Kind in December's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and, yes, he also played Michael Scott's "friend" Todd Packer in NBC's The Office -- but even so: The conservative, mostly-Catholic town 160 miles west of St. Louis (pop. 3,262) knew him first, long before any of that.

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Six Classic Insults by Mark Twain, In Honor of his 177th Birthday

Categories: History, Jesters
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Mark Twain insulted everybody. He was incredible.
The great Missouri sage Mark Twain went after everybody: Congress, the French, Christians, school boards, mankind, the French.

(He liked insulting the French).

In honor of his 177th birthday today, we give you six of our very favorite Mark Twain disses.

Classic Twain Insult #6

"The average American may not know who his grandfather was. But the American was, however, one degree better off than the average Frenchman who, as a rule, was in considerable doubt as to who his father was."

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Tommy Johnagin, Standup Comic from Southern Illinois, Lands Pilot Deal with NBC

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NBC is giving St. Louis standup Tommy Johnagin his own show
Tommy Johnagin -- a standup comic who grew up across the river in Benton, Illinois -- has just landed a pilot deal with NBC.

"I'm very excited about it," he just typed up in an e-mail to Daily RFT.

We found out about it from the industry website Deadline, who wrote this morning that this is a pretty "rare" deal for a standup comic to get these days.

The show, as it's conceived right now, will chronicle:



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