THE LEGEND OF OUR FOUNDING
It all started on a Saturday night in October of 2006. Four disaffected young comedians sat drinking the official beverage of the Comedy Manifesto Group while surfing the channels on the official Satellite system of the Comedy Manifesto Group. By collective agreement (the only way we do things), we stopped momentarily on a particular late-night sketch comedy show - which, for sake of this introduction, we will call "Esenell."
None of us have regularly watched "Esenell" in the last four years, so we didn't know how bad it had gotten, save for the episode last year where they made Steve Martin look utterly unfunny.
However, the sketch we watched defied all previous boundaries of unfunniness (petit abruti behavior, for your vocab lesson, budding comedist). In the bit we saw, the punchline was an inordinate number of water jugs falling out of a closet. We're not making this up. We make nothing up, so we can prove our seriousness. Worse, the skit continued for three minutes after the last jug fell with not one laugh-worthy line; instead, the actors - one of whom is a major abruti "comedian" in the United States right now - talked about how one of them had a friend at "Esenell" and it would make a great skit (the lies the oppressors tell!), but that they would cut out all the tripe.
It ended, it went to commercial, and the four of us simultaneously yelled, "I'm funnier than that!" Looking at each other, we realized that if we combined our forces and utilized the power of teamwork, we would be four times funnier than that! And thus, the great High Council of the Comedy Manifesto Group was born.
THE SUPREME GOAL
Comedy can be a powerful force in societal balance and attitude. Right now, it sucks. Our goal, simply put, is the improve the state of American comedy by unleashing the arbitrary bounds placed upon it by our oppressor. We do this in several ways.
First, we provide a common petition for those disgusted with the state of the national comedy scene. Writers, fans, and those ambiguous comedists in between can join our movement merely by signing the Manifesto. Numbers are power, and by making a list of people who would be both producers and consumers of post-revolution comedy. Simply put, if you would like to be more high-quality sitcoms on television instead of derivative drama or if you're tired of seeing petit abruti comedians like Carlos Mencia given million-dollar contracts, then taking a minute to sign the petition and join the Comedist Party is worth your while.
Second, we aim to produce humorous material. This is done through our newsletter, The Hitter, a humorous take on the oppressor world written by the members of the High Council, and the Skits, Bits, and Other...Stuff section of our site, a free-for-all, anything goes section of humorous material open to the public. We also are seeking to put into production a variety of projects designed to give life and inspiration in the American comedy scene, and we are constantly looking to build contributors, funding, etc.
Speaking of which, this site has a silver rule: if you can write something funnier than what is on it, write it, submit it, and we will publish it. This is how comedy should work. Unfortunately, oftentimes, other factors prevail than who can make someone laugh the most. In short, not even the four members of the Supreme High Council, authors of Comedy Manifesto are granted permanent publication rights. Publication is determined by democratic vote of the Supreme High Council and the Webmaster.
THE DIVISION OF AUTHORITY
Signatories to the Comedy Manifesto (comedists, for short) are divided into three categories:
The Supreme High Council of the Comedy Manifesto Authors - The class for the annonymous four original creators of the Comedy Manifesto. Because of the high level of secrecy involved, there is no possible way any other member can ever enter this circle. In fact only the Webmaster knows their identities. He is the only one who communicates with them as a matter of security, and they conduct official business through the Webmaster only. No, you cannot meet with them, so don't ask, but they are, in fact, dashingly handsome and strong as oxes. Their identities are so secretive, they officially put all documents in the name of the webmaster and have erased their permanent addresses. This policy is to protect themselves and the comedist movement alike.
The High Committee of Comedy Manifesto Signatories - The second level of membership grants members a few exclusive purposes: 1) they get to see pictures of the Supreme High Council; 2) When they awaken from the euphoria-induced coma, they have an official voice in the direction of the Comedy Manifesto Group and are aware of all possible business directions. Membership in the High Committee can be offered at any time for any reason (such as funding a project or publishing 10 quality articles with us) and is decided by the members of the High Council. Currently the only member of the High Committee is the Webmaster.
The third group is the Comedists. Membership is given to anyone who takes one minute to sign the Manifesto. Comedists are charged with spreading the word to other potential comedists, and they are kept aware of any business done on the site by means of members-only email. In the future, there might also be a members-only section. The only cost of membership is your time and your energy. The costs of not joining are much higher.
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