You Are A Fluke Of The Universe. You Have No Right To Be Here.

Hilarious Song

From National Lampoon In The Good Ol’ ’70s

I first heard this song on Dr. Demento, on WCOZ, in the early 1980’s. I didn’t know it at the time (I was a kid) that this was a satire of the spoken word poem Desiderata (Latin for “Things to be desired”), I only knew it was hilarious. Les Crane released it as a spoken word single which was a hit. I vaguely remember seeing posters with this poem on it, as a child in the 70’s, but I wouldn’t swear by it.

Melissa Manchester is the female singer on this, which is cool. If you know the poem being satired, then this may be funnier, but I think it’s still funny regardless.

This is the radio station I used to listen to Dr, Demento.

 

Futurama Easter Egg In Rick And Morty

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Brain Slug and the Smizmar Lady

As if Rick and Morty needed anything else to make it awesome. This show is a game changer, like the Simpsons were in the 80’s. I am probably super late to the party on this, but I was watching the recent Rick and Morty shorty I wrote about. The piece itself is hilarious enough, but seeing the nod to Futurama made me fairly burst with joy and good humor. A crossover episode would be as amazing as it is impossible. Nicely done.

Watch Steven Wright & Rowan Atkinson In Their Oscar Winning Short

The Appointments of Dennis Jennings

Won Best Live Action Short Film Of 1988

I remember watching this on HBO in 1988 or 1989. I recorded it on my super snazzy hifi vhs recorder. I was all about recording back then. Boxes of tapes. Simpsons, The Young Ones, Blackadder, HBO comedy specials…. these are the days my friends. It could be Franky. It could be very fresh and clean.
… but I digress. The Appointments of Dennis Jennings is a bleak, stark, monotonous piece of dark humor, that has (unfortunately) fallen off the radar of pop culture. It’s a shame because it is brilliant. Grim. That is the vibe that carries through this piece. Funny is another word. It’s really, darkly, cumulatively so, but funny nonetheless.

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“Why would anybody sleep with a parachute on?”

I hadn’t watched it in at least 20 years, maybe longer, but I was reminded of it and thanks to YouTube, it’s available for all.

Steven Wright does his whole monotone deadpan thing, to perfection. Laurie Metcalf, who was hilarious on Roseanne, and Rowan Motherfucking Atkinson (Blackadder, Mr. Bean) are brilliant. This film takes time to put together, but it’s really rewarding, and completely deserving of an Oscar.

It has the dread and unease of a Terry Gilliam film, like 12 Monkeys but with none of the danger, tension, or life.

Brazil sans whimsy.

It’s kind of like a mashup of the non scary parts of Jacob’s Ladder and The Lobster. 

It’s absolutely worth the half hour to watch it. After all, it won an Oscar. 🙂

Watch 90 Minutes With Mel Brooks & Conan O’Brien

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An absolute legend.

Mel Brooks & Conan O’Brien

Serious Jibber Jabber From 2013

This 90 minute conversation between Mel Brooks & Conan O’Brien is pure gold. I love Mel Brooks. I love his movies (most of them), I love his humor… I love him! He’s wonderfully dynamic and energetic, even at the age of 87. He still is quick as a whip.

Serious Jibber Jabber is a web series done by Conan in which he does an old fashioned (think Dick Cavett, or David Frost) long format interview. No commercial breaks. No band. Just the subject and the host.

Thankfully we have a good host and a spectacular subject in Mel Brooks & Conan O’Brien. Mel’s career is long and legendary. He wrote for the Titan of modern comedy, Sid Caesar, in which he worked with Carl Reiner, Woody Allen, and other luminaries. THEN he wrote for Jerry Lewis (which I didn’t know until I watched this), and created the great spy parody  series, Get Smart. So many funny!

Mel Brooks has been popping lately in my feeds, mainly due to the death of Gene Wilder, and is own 90th birthday. 90 is the new 70. Stan Lee is in his 90s and still working. In fact he’s in Portland right now, for ComicCon.

Yes, people are living well, and living well, into their 90s, but it still means that our time with them is short. Take the time to appreciate a man who honestly had a hand in shaping our culture. (for better or worse)

No Apocalypse Today Please

My Hungover Friend

Asks Galactus To Reschedule

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Friends like these are keepers.

My dear friend Dale, with whom I write on MoviePilot, and share a blog, has a routine. Every Friday night he has revels. Revels means booze and bad things. This means that as payment for a wonderful night of debauchery, Saturday is a day or recovery.

I will usually get a text mid afternoon Saturday saying, “My hangover is vast.” Then he orders a floppy pie (pizza) and comes back to the land of the living.

This time I went another way with it and Dale went with me. Good stuff.

 

Rick And Morty Season 3 Teaser And More

Rick and Morty Season 3

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What are you in for? Everything.

Early Animation From Comic Con 2016

I am one of the zillions of people who love Rick And Morty. In my opinion this show is as revolutionary and next level, as the Simpsons was back in 1987. It’s so brilliant, poignant, brutal, and FUNNY, that it became insanely popular almost instantly.
The entire universe awaits Season 3, which is set to premiere around the end of the year (hooray). Production has progressed to the animated sketch stage (I’m sure there’s a term for this level of animation.), which is what we were shown at Comic Con. It shows Rick being Rick.
He apparently has to ‘evolve’ back into a human body, climbing the hierarchy from bug, to rat, to …. what next? Something horrific no doubt.

Totally Improvised Rick and Morty Mini Story

The universe sees that we hunger and lust for Rick and Morty season 3, and she bestows upon us this off the cuff, improvised live episode like manna from heaven.

I don’t know the context of this little slice of fried gold, but it seems like the cast and writers just threw it together. It feels live not contrived.

One thing I love is watching Justin Roiland voice both Rick and Morty in real time. The guy is talented. Dan Harmon is like the Dungeon Master, as he throws out information and scenarios for the cast to respond to.

The Summer of Summer

Guess what? Summer goes to Harvard, Morty amputates his legs and has jets on his stumps (poop is involved), and Summer shoots John Lennon. Yeah. Wubba lubba dub dub, indeed. It’s pretty funny, and I actually prefer this to the pencil sketch preview of Rick the Roach.

Both videos do succeed in making me hanker for Rick and Morty Season 3 all the more hungrily.

Watch This Russell Brand Standup Now

Russell Brand Standup

Is Absolutely Brilliant

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This is a nice piece of work

I know, I know. Russell Brand. But stop it. He’s really really smart, and really really funny.

Messiah Complex is a manic ADD tour de force. Brand is no longer a drug addict, so there’s no longer anything mitigating the mania. And it’s brilliant. This particular Russell Brand standup is delivered almost in one long breath. It’s fast but he keeps tying it all together as he goes. He capitalizes on his own narcissism and compares himself to Gandhi, Che Guevera, Malcolm X, and Jesus. He succeeds wonderfully.

He weaves filthy sex stories with stories about tv appearances gone wrong, and drug addiction, well… addiction in general really. It’s wild and frantic. It’s heavily anglophile. There are some jokes that may fall flat because Noel Gallagher references don’t really scan in the USA, but never you mind. You’ll be laughing. He is a machine gun assault of jokes. If his charm does get you, simple erosion will wear you down to grudging admiration.

Let it be said that I haven’t been a Russell Brand fan before, although I did love Get Him To The GreekI watched this on a whim, while surfing YouTube. I’m so glad I did. It’s treasure. It’s a keeper. I have watched this more than once. Take a look at this clip (below). If that makes you laugh, you’ll like this. If not, then ok.

I’ve watched other stand up specials of Russell’s and they didn’t do it for me like Messiah Complex. I laughed my ass off throughout most of it. If you do as well, then cool. Maybe you’ll like the rest of my blog. It’s new still but it’ll fill up. Until it does, watch this russell brand standup now, or the monsters will eat you.

I Saw Carrie Brownstein Filming Portlandia

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Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein Is Super Cute

And Completely Hilarious

I was walking home from work the other day, and as I turned onto my street I saw a film crew, tents, trucks, and a million people standing around intensely inactive.
Living in Portland, I immediately thought “Portlandia?” because I knew they were filming, and it didn’t look like it was Grimm (the other show that films in Portland). I was intrigued.
I ran into Fred Armisen at a record store (how Portland is that?) a couple years ago, which was cool. I also know a couple people who either have been on, or are still on, the show. Yes, I’m cool but not because of that. Portland is a small city. Everyone knows someone who’s been on Portlandia or Grimm. Grimm sucks. Do not speak of Grimm.

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The creative process.

So I stop across the street from the crew, and see the super funny and awesome Carrie Brownstein standing with Jonathan Krisel (co-creator, writer and director of Portlandia). I bore witness to a snippet of a sketch which involves a giant dog statue/device that sits on the front lawn of the house in the right of the photo. Why a giant dog?

For Pooping!

Over the several takes I stuck around to watch, a man (an extra) walks his little dog down the sidewalk, only to pause before the giant dog totem, which then squats and “poops” out about a half dozen softball sized balls of “poop”, which roll down a track. Think of a six foot wide contraption from the game Mousetrap. Like that. Once the poop rolled down, the extra walking the strokes his chin. And scene. Ah, art. I’m certain that everyone involved in that scene (except the extra) makes more money than me. That includes the guys in orange vest who would announce what manner of vehicle was approaching. “Bike! Got a bike coming through, guys.”

I did not take a pic of the dog device, as I tried not to be an intrusive fanboy. However, think of Clifford the Big Red Dog. Now make him brown. Kinda like that. See? You’re not missing much.

As mundane as it was, it was still neat to see a show I like filming, literally, a few hundred feet away from where I sleep and poop. It was cool. AND NOW YOU KNOW. When you watch season 7 and see this sketch, think of me. I’ll know if you did.

Conan and Letterman Trash Leno – SO GOOD

The 2010 Tonight Show Fight

The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend

I came across this gem during a late night YouTube spiral. I think I started off listening to a very engaging lecture by Christopher Hitchens, then somehow it was then Norm MacDonald, which then led to Conan O’Brien on The Late Show, back in 2010, right after getting suuuuuuper fucked by NBC and Jay Leno, over the Tonight Show.

 

I think the longer we just sit here, the more uncomfortable it’ll make Jay.

So begins the wonderful, groundbreaking, extremely intense,interview between two direct rivals. Conan and Letterman. This is around 2010/2011, while NBC is in a public relations death spiral over the Conan/Leno Tonight Show debacle.

Conan O’Brien goes rogue, and goes on The Late Show with David Letterman. This is after an extremely messy departure for Conan O’Brien, after more than 20 years with the network. Jay Leno, a man whose reputation as a nice guy is key to his success, is exposed as a… well, a showbiz asshole. He pulled a power play and won, but messily; making his bosses look bad.

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Conan and Letterman impersonating Jay Leno. WATCH THE VIDEO!

Game of Thrones

Conan took his visible rage on the road, and on the Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour, Conan was reborn. He somehow became cool, and not in the nerdy cool way he’s been forever. Real cool. Fonzie cool.

Conan and Letterman both share the sting of being outfoxed by Leno, and fucked over by NBC. The relish with which Dave listens to Conan rant is plain. “There we go! Now we’re getting somewhere!” He exclaims as Conan starts to let out some of his rage.

Conan seems almost diffident. He’s so wary of being used as a pawn again that his guard is way up. No need to worry. Dave treats Conan as a comrade in arms, and this whole interview is GOLD. It’s a solar eclipse level rarity, this confluence of rival late night legends. Watch the video. Conan and Letterman vs Leno. It’s totally worth it.