Adorable! If you haven't seen the original, you really should -- and keep in mind that this was a real feature film. (Thanks for the tip, Tamara!)
My friend Julie just pointed out that today's big viral Sarah Silverman and Matt Damon video recalls Damon's earlier work in the motion picture feature film "Eurotrip". "Scotty Doesn't Know":
Having a stressful day? Watch this:
If there were a taxonomy of viral video (or internet memes in general and I don't mean those questionaires on MySpace), this would have the "palate cleanser" designation. It's successful - and viral - partly because it changes the subject entirely. (See also: cute overload.)
(Link via my colleague Chris Principe)
(One of my friends just told me this post was "very un-(me)" to which I say "I have many facets!!" and also "'colleague' was jokey fake businessy language for 'coworker, obvs'".)
(I just bought this cold-brew coffee thing, and I swear this picture on the company's website is Evangeline Lilly before she was famous. Even if it's not, why does she look like there's something a lot naughtier than coffee in that mug?)
In other links:
* Whatevs counts down the best of Acceptable TV. Excellent time-saving list!
* The best jokes are the jokes that only four people get: chapter infinity plus one (Also, "watching confused Gawker commenters embarrass themselves" is a particularly satisfying pastime.)
* Neat: The sound of two bots chatting.
* BWE asks Zach Galifianakis about his Ellen audience appearance: "If you don't dance with the creeps you are seen as a creep."
My friend and co-worker Nick Poppy made this short funny film, Zombie-American, starring Ed Helms as a Zombie trying to catch a break. CLICK "FUNNY" TO VOTE FOR IT! (This is just the first of three parts):
To see the video in its original context (and grab the link and embed code) go here on funnyordie.
Today I'm "stealing"
all most of my links from another blog I edit, the Comedy Central Insider blog:
* The Family Guy Rips off the Simpsons:
* Speaking of the Rejection Show, it is tomorrow night at UCB.
* I Like: Guyswithfeelings.com -- a comedy podcast.
* Holy Freaking Shit,
Chandler and Rachel Matthew and Jennifer walk us through Windows 95 in "the world's first cyber sitcom" (via The Apiary):
They said "cyber". Heh. Heh.
Big thanks to everyone who came out to Ritalin Readings last night! It was so so fun. I am too tired to describe how fun, but so fun, and all the readers were hilarious. Here are some things:
Jon Friedman's "Opening Credits" for last night's Ritalin Reading:* Emily Gould gets the last word (maybe) at Jimmy Kimmel. I want what she says at the end to be my ringtone.
Suggestion for this weekend: see The TV Set. Here's a great scene:(Be sure to stay in the theater at the end for a "scene" from 'Slut Wars' starring a self-effacing Seth Green.)
Well, sort of -- in this Times article about how How I Met Your Mother creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays incorporate the internet into their show (and vice versa), we learn that tonight's episode, "The Bachelor Party", will feature a scene too racy for TV that will show up on the show's MySpace page (and presumably here, since I play right into their hands.)
Until this article, I had no idea Bays and Thomas were the brains behind the hysterical 1999 Late Show hoax boy band, Fresh Step.
- Letters to Fresh Step (McSwy's)
And...let's go to the mall, again:
It's a great day for comedy fans: the funniest show on TV has been renewed for a second season. In honor of the occasion, Amelie put up Tina Fey's Paris Hilton takedown video.
Also, I have a crush on Jack Donaghy. Not Alec Baldwin -- Jack Donaghy.
Via EW's Popwatch, some of Jack's greatest moments:
As Worker pointed out in the comments, God Tube does indeed demand further investigation. He found this awesomeawesomeawesome video:
(Um, Dear God: embedded videos that play automatically are, like, an abomination. Here's the video.)
(Instant update: this has been on regular secular You Tube for a while, says Worker. Still awesome, though!)
The coolest thing ever happened last Friday. Because our friend AJ Daulerio is moving to Philadelphia, Will Leitch and Aileen Gallagher organized a surprise roast for him. For over a month, we had to keep it secret, but it was all worth it when it went off without a hitch (AJ was surprised, tons of his friends came out, we were funny, and he loved it). Gawker videographer Richard Blakeley was there to capture AJ's speech at the end of the roast:
One of the best nights of my life! (Note: if only ONE other roast takes place in the next six months, this will officially qualify as a Sunday Styles trend piece.)
Some photos after the jump. (UPDATE: NINE MINUTE long video on Deadspin. Unfortunately, technical difficulties prevented Eric Gillin's roast from being included, which sucks since he was hysterical.)
I don't usually get serious, personal, or sentimental on this site, but I feel that, this time of year, it's important that we each take some time to be thankful for the people in our lives who ---- JK! Here's a dirty video from Planned Parenthood.
I think we can all agree: last night's episode of How I Met Your Mother was, hands down, the BEST EVER.
I've never watched an entire episode of a tv show on the internet before in my entire life, but as Slap Bet Commissioner, I demand you watch it. (You can watch the whole thing for free here, click the innertube link on the right upper corner.)
(Most of) that special, special video after the jump (spoiler alert! watch the show first.)
Make it sparkle!
A good friend of mine just tearfully admitted that she's never seen Mr Show. I said "Shhh, baby, it's okay, relax, I have all the DVDs, we'll have a little party and I'll cue up my favorites...BUT YOU HAVE TO LOVE IT OR WE ARE NO LONGER FRIENDS, CAPISCE?"
So anyway, I found one of my favorite sketches (and I believe, by consensus on nerdy comedy message boards I don't like to admit I read, the most classic Mr Show sketch of all.): THE AUDITION
(Also, I absolutely love it when I'm at work and I use the "are you using this chair" line at the beginning of a meeting and the person I'm talking to says "do you need it? For the audition?" Okay, it's happened exactly once but I still love it.)
* Is anyone else finding something to chuckle at in every sentence of this article about Ted Haggard's spiritual restoration, or am I just 13?
* I don't know why my dear Claire is giving this fucktard more attention, but at least he comes off badly. Like, really really badly.
* Tomorrow I'm participating in Sarah Brown's Cringe TV pilot taping. So tonight my friend Stephanie is going to accompany me to SuperCuts to try to make my hair decent looking, and not just a pixie haircut grown out for a year. Really. Two nights ago, I took my hair down to ask my friend Amanda what to do with it and she said "You look like Charlize Theron. In 'Monster.'
* Reno 911!: Miami movie trailer, via dead-frog:
* And, finally, who is such a blog geek that they want to see a photo of Gabe from corporate-casual sending me a text message from that Spy party? Here: I can find out how many people click, you know. (Also, cute, no? 20 bucks for his number.)
Two things about this: Man ordered to wear "Sex Offender" t-shirt
1. I wonder if all his friends are going to start wearing the same t-shirt in solidarity, like when someone has cancer and all their friends shave their heads? and
2. This classic Mr. Show sketch is actually totally on Youtube!:
* I'm guest-blogging for the Jane Magazine website again! Today's post: what we need today are funny weathermen (Shhh, just trust me!)
* What we also need today is Mandy Stadtmiller as this week's comedian guest blogger on the Comedy Central blog, reminding us of the brilliance of Gilbert Gottfried (Update: link had to be removed from there, but it's still here.)
Coming soon to theaters: Jesus Camp:
I attended an extremely Fundamentalist Christian camp every summer for six years, but even it was not like this. The phrase "spiritual warfare" was bandied about, but in the "let's pray really hard" sense, not the "let's train our children for the coming war" sense. Be very, very afraid. There's really nothing funny about this, actually.
(photo of rough drafts of charades lists by Jen.)
Quick Vermont Highlights:
1. You know how they say you should find the thing you love the most and that you're best at and then figure out a way to get paid for it? Well, unfortunately for me, it appears that my thing is "Charades."
7 people. 4 hours. Most. Fun. I've. Ever. Had. In. My. Entire. Life. Solemn vows have been made about making it a "regular thing", which would improve my life 100%.
2. You know what's fun? Going to the Applebees off exit 26 of I-91 with your friends on a Saturday night and sending a round of drinks over to a (slightly bewildered) random table.
3. You know what's supremely dorky but also worth a year of therapy? Going off by yourself at 3 am on a mountain and looking up at the stars while listening to In the Aeroplane Over the Sea in its entirety. I was having such a great time I threw on some On Avery Island (Song Against Sex, natch) and Mountain Goats at the end. It was enough to make me almost want to ditch the city for the land of Cars 'n' Stars.
Okay, now some value-adding links. You've suffered enough:
* I thought the headline was funny, but then two separate people urged me to read the entire thing, and they were right: When This Meth Thing Blows Over, You'll Come Crawling Back, by Cocaine
* Kids steal fake pot from billboard promoting Showtime's "Weeds":
(via Golden Fiddle)
* THE comprehensive analysis of the famous self-regard of aforementioned blogger Jaqueline Mackie Paisley Passey. (Includes a photo of her most recent bullet-dodging boyfriend!)
My friend John Hodgman's hilarious book, The Areas of My Expertise, is now out in paperback. Here's a funny trailer for it that I found on Elizabeth's site:
(Co-starring Jonathan Coulton.)
When this book first came out in hardback I heartily endorsed it because I really really liked it. Since then, I've gotten email from people I do not know who also loved it. Just from a quick gmail search:
"I just got through reading "The Areas of My Expertise" last night. Holy shit, that book is hysterical and really well-written... Each time I read through a section, I'd think "Okay, that's my favorite part so far..." and then I'd read the next section and think "Nooo, this is my favorite part." - Carol
"John Hodgman: It's a little bit frightening how funny that guy
is. Kind of like when you see a kitten that's so cute you're just
certain it could take over the world if it wanted to. Very important
to always keep kittens like that distracted with balls of yarn. Very
important." - Jeff
If you haven't read it yet, get it here.
I know this is everywhere (as it should be), but this commercial by We Are the Web.org warms the cockles of my little internet nerd heart. [And brings back sweet memories - The Tron Guy! The Peter Pan guy! The kittens, my god, the kittens! (Just ignore the subservient chicken, we all know that shit was Burger King)]:
Can't get it to embed but it's here. )
* Great. Now everyone who reads Rolling Stone is going to know what weed smells like.
* On the Comedy Central blog: video of comedian Wendy Spero taking her mom up on stage to read her jokes aloud.
* Dean has friends who, a few years ago, made a video similar to that cartoon idea from yesterday: Something to Cry About.
(In the interest of retaining your trust, the clip is not unfunny but kind of way too long (it was made a few years ago, after all.) So if you want to know what the something to cry about was, highlight the following text: Steel Magnolias.))
* Welcome to New York, Gabe Corporate Casual Worker #3116 Gawker Commenter Extraordinaire! I have a feeling we'll be hearing a lot from him in the future.
* Amelie Gillette: "Things I Learned From Reading US Weekly's "How Vince Proposed"
The long trailer for Tina Fey's 30 Rock. (Premieres Oct. 11/ Wednesdays, 8:30p / 7:30c)
The long trailer for Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
(Premieres Sept. 18/ Mondays, 10p / 9c)
I'm really excited about both these shows, and I need to get a life.
(Now with Jodi Applegate's back-from-commercial rant - hilarious.)
Don't listen to Jodi - if they're selling anything on the internet, be sure to buy it!
* A very funny 1986 anti-crack PSA by Pee Wee Herman.
* My pal Will "nice guy" Leitch returns triumphantly to his hometown of Mattoon, Il for their annual Bagelfest!
Related: Gawker Media Employee Can Eat, Ride Bike At Same Time (my comment is a joke that 3 people will get, as usual.)
* Junkiness Caption Contest (win Kyle Cease's new CD from Comedy Central Records)
* Get ready to be obsessed with dealspl.us (like flickr but for online deals, coupons, offers.)
* Hey downtowners, are you planning to order from Maxdelivery.com any time soon? If so, use my code and get $10 off (and I'll get a $10 credit, too, and it should work even if you've ordered before.): 255638D1
(Gimme a break, I don't have ads. Just give me this one thing, after six years. for Christ's sake.)
The T Bird Show interviews Adrian Grenier in Williamsburg waiting for a car service. I would say something mean now but 1. the current season of Entourage is my favorite thing on TV and 2. Adrian seems actually kind of normal and cool and laid-back here, though all disclaimers regarding celebrities apply.