November 23, 2010 • 3:56 pm
I don’t know how to rectify my antipathy towards Oprah with my adoration for the woman. Her pseudo-spiritual, self-help, consumer-is-king unapologetic-ness wears on me. But she has done amazing things for the publishing industry, so she ain’t all bad.
Yesterday her favorite things schtick reached an apex. I can’t help but crack up at her audience’s reaction to the announcement that they would receive the biggest and best of Oprah’s Favorite Things.
Reminds me of Sarah Palin and Tina Fey’s impression of Palin; in my mind, I can’t separate Oprah’s real audience crying, hugging, and pentecostal zeal from the Saturday Night Live skit in which her audience member’s head explodes from excitement.
Filed under: comedy, consumerism, pop culture, television, amy poehler, audience, favorite things, maya rudolph, oprah, sarah palin, saturday night live, snl, tina fey
November 1, 2010 • 7:03 pm
“Did you know our basic freedoms as Americans are under attack?” says an animated brown bear.
“No I had no idea,” the other animatronic bear says, “I wake up every day and don’t feel my basic freedoms are threatened.”
This video (surely it’s gone viral) is reasoned, hilarious, and slightly disturbing at the same time. I like the reasonable response of the non-Tea Party bear to the crazy bear’s fanaticism.
“Obama is worse than Hitler,” the disturbing computer-generated voice of the Tea Partier warns, about four minutes in. “If we don’t vote the Democrats out of office, we will all be living as slaves to the evil liberal elite intellectuals who hate us and hate our freedoms.”
“I’m sorry you live so out of touch with reality,” the rational bear replies.
Filed under: comedy, homophobia, humor, politics, animated, animation, bear, democrat, tea party, video
October 25, 2010 • 4:52 am
There’s a kind of beautiful randomness to New York gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan and his The Rent is Too Damn High Party. I don’t know how I missed this video last week. And I don’t know if McMillan’s schtick is semi-serious, unapologetically publicity-seeking, or some combination of both.
One thing I admire is McMillan’s succinct, hilarious platform on issues like gay marriage (“If you want to marry a shoe, I’ll marry you.”). On SNL this weekend, Keenan Thompson did a spot-on impression. Perhaps best of all, the American Mustache Institute has endorsed his bid for governor (makes you wonder if they just like his mustache or support his politics too).
Look quick: this guy’s fifteen minutes of fame starts now.
Filed under: comedy, politics
August 30, 2010 • 3:07 pm
Her first words at winning the Emmy: “Outlandish!”
Who else but Jane Lynch, fabulous actor and polyester track suit-wearing character that she is, thanks her wife at the Emmys?
One more of my favorite clips from Glee, in which Sue Sylvester discusses the “sneaky gays”:
Filed under: comedy, television, emmy, glee, jane lynch, lesbian, sue sylvester