Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Business Model With Legs... and Thighs... and Wings.

Posted By on Sun, Feb 1, 2015 at 5:39 PM


At this past week's Board of Adjustment meeting, board members reviewed a request from what appears to be payday loan establishment that offers a little something extra.

And by "a little something extra" I mean chicken. 

14. DOCKET: B.O.A. 14-72 (City)
LOCATION: 5411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
APPLICANT: Chicken and Checks, LLC
USE DISTRICT: Commercial Mixed Use-3 (CMU-3) District
REQUEST: Variance to allow a payday loan establishment within 1,320-feet of a residential district and within 1,000 feet of an existing payday loan establishment (UDC Subsection 2.6.3M(1&2). 

That's right folks. Chicken.  And checks. Where you can cash your payday loan check and, presumably, get some chicken. 

May God and Jack Pirtle have mercy on our souls. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Howling Monkey Reads The Comics: 1-25-15

Posted By on Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 11:49 AM

We continue to tell you why the Sunday comics are funny. This is an amazing public service, and we hope you appreciate it!

This episode we explore the loss of gloves and innocence, stimulants with wizards and cavemen, toast and prayer!

The Howling Monkey Reads the Comics is a feature of The Howling Monkey blog. Joey Hack is a regular contributor to The Fly On The Wall blog and is a member of The Wiseguys improv troupe.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Closer Look at the Satanic School Bus Photo

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 3:03 PM

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's time to call the Ghostbusters

Hell on Wheels
  • Hell on Wheels

If you haven't seen WMC's amazingly dumb report about Satanic school bus brake lights, do yourself a favor. For my money the best part is when anchorman Joe Birch reminds us that, "the Devil's in the details." 

Indeed he is Joe. Indeed he is. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

#Wigsnatch Revisited: Justin Timberlake's Tweet Turned Into Fancy Needlework

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 1:19 PM


Last fall your Pesky Fly flagged a digital dustup between Justin Timberlake and a Twitter critic who accused J-Tim of being a fair weather Grizzlies fan. Timberlake responded to the dismissive tweet noting that he was from Memphis and owned a piece of the Grizzlies, concluding with the colorful idiom "#Wigsnatch."


Thanks to the remarkable talents of Memphis artist Carly Crawford this TimberTweet has been reproduced in cross stitch. 

Standing up in my cubicle. 

Slow. Clap. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

W. Kamau Bell at Minglewood Hall

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 1:54 PM

W. Kamau Bell
  • W. Kamau Bell
With the recent opening of Chuckles Comedy House in Cordova and the emergence of the local comedians guild Memphis Roast Club (which promotes Memphis-area comics and stages the annual Memphis Comedy Festival event in Midtown, bringing in comedians from around the country), the comedy scene in Memphis has never been stronger or more vibrant. That said, Memphis still misses out on most big-time touring comedians due to a perceived lack of audience and/or venues.

This Friday, however, will be an exception to that rule as Memphis plays host to San Francisco-based socio-political comic W. Kamau Bell at Minglewood Hall’s 1884 Lounge. Bell is perhaps best known as the former host of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on the FX and FXX cable networks, both subsidiaries of Fox. The show received rave critical reviews and developed a considerable following, but was ultimately cancelled after two seasons.

In addition to hosting Totally Biased, Bell has made numerous high-profile television, radio and podcast appearances, including Conan, Real Time with Bill Maher, WTF with Marc Maron, and NPR’s Fresh Air – just to name a few. He also co-hosts the semi-regular podcast The Field Negro Guide to Arts & Culture with Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid.

Here’s a clip of Bell performing stand-up at the prestigious Just For Laughs comedy festival in Chicago in 2012: 

And here he is discussing his “mixed-race baby” on Conan: 

Also appearing Friday night will be Boston’s Zach Sherwin, a comic/rapper who sometimes performs under the name “M.C. Mr. Napkins,” and local Joshua McLane. Tickets are $15 (plus a $3 service fee) and showtime is 7 p.m. For more information, visit or

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

One of the more disturbing images you'll see this week.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Who's the real lefty?
  • Who's the real lefty?

I know exactly what you're thinking: Man, it sure would be nice if there was someplace on the internet where I could spend hours and hours pouring over the written words of a liberal-hating climate change denier while looking at a picture of the author flying past planets and stars clutching his big Christian-American space-penis.

What, you weren't thinking that? Too bad, because here's a link to Tommy V Talks, the online home of one of Memphis' more outspoken accordion players. 

In this fascinating post Tommy V puts the smackdown on Neil deGrasse Tyson: 

Go ahead charlatan believers of global climate change; behold how that over a few days, with one simple blow of God’s nostrils the water level in Lake Meade has risen dramatically to levels not seen in many years; and the forecast is for even more precipitation out West.

Yeah! Eat God-snot Neil!

"Franch Ready To Hit Libyan Extremists": The True Story

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 3:13 PM

Many people assumed there was a typo in this headline from Tuesday's Commercial Appeal.


The headline was correct although the accompanying narrative about France preparing to bomb rebels along the Libyan border was complete rubbish and clearly printed in error.  What should have appeared was the story of a feud between two neighbors: Harbor Town resident Kenneth Franch, the inventor of Franch's Tangy Orange Salad Dressing, and librarian Binford Scuttlebutt.  According to reports Franch became enraged because the Scuttlebutts, who are actually from Denver and of Flemish extraction, didn't take their holiday decorations down after January 1st. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Howling Monkey Reads The Comics: 1-4-15

Posted By on Sun, Jan 4, 2015 at 2:44 PM

We continue to explain why the funnies are funny!

Sloppy kisses, sloppy vikings, and sloppy drawings all play a part in this episode of The Howling Monkey Reads The Comics!

The Howling Monkey Reads the Comics is a feature of The Howling Monkey blog. Joey Hack is a regular contributor to The Fly On The Wall blog and is a member of The Wiseguys improv troupe.
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