Earlier this month on the Vince Vaughn-hosted episode of SNL appeared a mockumentary clip for “History of Punk” where they give a look at a Sex Pistols-like fictitious Punk band fronted by Fred Armisen. Ian Rubbish and the Bizzaros, like the Pistols, had a problem with British authority (like the police and the Queen) but the comical twist here was that on top of all of that, Ian Rubbish (played by Armisen) somehow was actually a fan of the infamous “Iron Lady,” the late Margaret Thatcher. The clip tells the story of Rubbish’s fall from grace thanks to his devotion to Thatcher and making music about her, which is basically the opposite of Punk.
The former British Prime Minister passed away this month and SNL played this little tribute to her, which was a whole lot better than how Britain made “Ding Dong! the Witch is Dead” a hit after learning of her death.
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New Girl has been a success thanks to Zooey Deschanel’s “Jess” character, Max Greenfield’s “Schmitty,” and of course Jake Johnson’s “Nick Miller.” For the new edition of Made Man’s Speakeasy series, Paul F. Tompkins sits down with Jake Johnson, in which our fellow Chicagoan opens up about his new movie Drinking Buddies, auditioning for New Girl, and having fun on the job.
Much like Alison Brie did in the last video of the series, Jake also took on the task of imitating popular internet memes. He did Grumpy Cat, Strutting Leo, and Trollface. Check that one out below. Continue reading
Conan O’Brien has finally published this gem… Conan invited Simpsons writers Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jay Kogen and Jeff Martin for his latest edition of his series Serious Jibber-Jabber. This was a mini reunion since Conan himself was a writer in the early days of the legendary animated show, and they talked about the early days of the show, their approach to writing for it, their favorite characters to write for, and tell great stories about some of the celebrity guests (Bob Hope, Liz Taylor, Michael Jackson) that appeared on The Simpsons back then.
This may not get too many views and few will sit through the entire 80-minute video (I did) but this is up simply because it’s awesome. For fans of The Simpsons, the world of comedy, and the process and history behind legendary works in entertainment, this is gold.
Remember how I said earlier that we love Alison Brie? Well here’s more reasons to continue doing so… The Mad Men and Community star sat down with Paul F. Tompkins to talk about playing those two very different characters in each of the shows, whether she relates Trudy or Annie the most, how she was still pretty cool in h.s. despite playing Dungeons and Dragons, being a fan of watching her own work, and her short run at acting in Soap Operas. See the full interview above.
Below you’ll find more examples to why Alison Brie is just plain awesome. Continue reading
The “couch gag” has been a staple of the animated show, The Simpsons. The new episode of The Simpsons will feature a special couch gag, spoofing the hit show Breaking Bad and its special blue crystal meth. In the Simpsons version, instead of getting Springfield all methed up, Marge is cooking up some mean batches of special blue cupcakes while “Crystal Blue Persuasion” by Tommy James and the Shondells.
Honestly, sometimes you just need some clarification… Hilarious comedian, Reggie Watts, breaks it all down with his new video for his song “If You’re F*cking, You’re F*cking.” Beatboxing, dancers bringing life to the lyrics and Reggie’s eloquence with this timeless subject make this a great video/song.
Check it out above.
The latest edition of Speakeasy shows host Paul F. Tompkins sit with comedian Rob Delaney. Within the interview, the comedians discuss Delaney’s Twitter presence, his knack for memorizing Cosby’s standup bits, the car accident that changed his life, and the curious case of how he caught Hepatitis A.
The full interview is shown above, hit the jump to see them play “Internet Games.” Continue reading
Fan of Pineapple Express?! The boys got together and…. did NOT make a sequel to the film. As an April Fools prank, Seth Rogen released a mock trailer for Pineapple Express 2 that actually serves as a very brief look into his other, real project called This Is The End. The fake trailer features actors James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson (who appears somehow even though his character died in the first movie) and Jonah Hill. It’s (purposely) poorly made and hilarious. See it above.
Update: Seth Rogen has released the official red band trailer for This Is The End to make up for the prank. Check it out after the jump. Continue reading