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hwwwell well WELL. it feels like it’s been forever since i BLAUGED on the BLAUG (i will never get tired of this made-up alternate word for “blog” that i..made up), and so i thought to curb all the music-centric posts (let’s face it, that’s probably my LEADING addiction, however this BLAUG is meant to cover all areas of media and the arts) here is yet another edition of the 10 Coolest Things I Found On YouTube (can be shortened to “10 Coolest Things…” yknow like they did with “8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter”?).
Harout Pamboukjian – Spaghetti & Meatballs (On Adult Swim)
warning: Armenians, your heads may explode from the sheer randomosity of this clip. my childhood favourite Armo singer and local L.A. celeb Harout “The Beard” Pamboukjian taps into what seems to be one kooky sense of humour, as he serenades us with a beautimus ode to spaghetti & meatballs. i showed it to my folks, also big fans, and it just bewildered them at the most. i, however, replayed it no less than 10 times to achieve nirvana (also: it really made me wanna eat spaghetti & meatballs).
OOKKAAAYY. how to describe this wonderful nugget of Aussie kid’s programming known simply as Mulligrubs. what we have here is a show that works on the basis of random structure. as you can see in the clip, we get a mixture of the so-nice-they-could-be-unhinged presenters singing songs about anything they could think of (once they came down from the acid trip, of course). the lady sings a song about going for walkies in the bush and seeing animals, at which point the image turns into an almost voyeuristic scene of young Aussie kids interacting with the local animalia (emus, a pretty common sight in the early 90s, my parents used to take us to parks to feed kangaroos n shit as kids, but nowadays it’s a safety hazard cos, i assume, no one wants to get sued). we also get a bearded man interpreting the sounds of nature on his…”auto-harp”? …what the fuck is an auto-harp? and to round things up, how can one get past that iconic multi-coloured stoned-off-her-tits FACE that will haunt u well into ur teens & 20s.
witness the delicious marriage of fake Cosby from The Simpsons and the original Pokemon game music.
Michael Ian Black: Taco Party
coming off his recent bid to be Taco Bell‘s official spokesman, i delved into YouTube to find some more MiB & taco love connections and i was able to procure this, a reading from Mike’s book My Custom Van. the portion he reads here is called…Taco Party.
Archer: Terms Of En-Rampage-Ment
while the rest of the world slowly catches up, me & a cadre of others have been enjoying probably the smartest, funniest, edgiest scripted program currently on TV (forget that it’s animated, it still shits all over most live-action productions at the moment). currently in the tail-end of its second season, Archer has only improved with time, moreso by delving into the lives of all the supporting characters. but in a recent episode the title character Sterling Archer, after having been diagnosed with breast cancer, realises he’s been taking placebo medicine & goes on, what he calls, a rampage. he calls it many different things before settling on Terms Of Enrampagement. this is the penultimate scene in the episode where he confronts the man behind all the fake cancer drugs. if this ending looked AT ALL familiar to you…it’s because it was ripped straight from an episode of Magnum, P.I. in a glorious semi-obscure homage. i’ve saved y’all the trouble and linked the scene in question below.
Magnum P.I.: Did You See The Sunrise This Morning?
best believes, a LOT of ppl were driven to this clip cos of Archer. ain’t nothin but a WIN/WIN.
Got Cankles? – The Circulation Booster Ad
my faith in late night Aussie infomercials has been restored! i’ve always felt that opting to be openly lame without acknowledging the lameness is a bad way to go for an infomercial. instead it’s best to accept and own WHAT you are (a soulless image covering the intent to fleece the public of dollars), and go ahead and accentuate the lameness. make it fun to watch, shit, it might even be the CAUSE of ppl buying the product. case in point: The Circulation Booster. a handy dandy device intended to boost the circulation in whatever appendages you think need boosting (penis booster still not available as of this post). there have been a few different variations of the ad floating around, the most well known one involving a woman talking about her “dear old mother“, but i find myself enjoying the cankles-related ones a LOT more lol.
Black Hammer & White Lightning
i very recently plowed through a buncha late 80s/early 90s classics, including Major League 1 & 2. after winning at the end of the first film Cinderella-style, we get presented with a thoroughly corrupted team of players who start concentrating more on their careers instead of playing baseball in ML2. this manifests in many ways, one of em being the film Omar Epps (as Willie Mays Hays, replacing Wesley Snipes) does with Jesse Ventura (in an awesome cameo performance) called Black Hammer & White Lightning (one would assume, lampooning the cross-over ambitions of non-actors transitioning into action movie roles).
if only the volume on this clip was cranked the fuck up, but no big deal, just twiddle the volume knob to a high level and enjoy 3 seconds of pure Walken awesomesauce (Walken, as Max Shreck, delivers this line to Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne from the dark & hella-entertaining Batman Returns).
another day, another meme. this time someone’s used a small clip of a screaming fish from an episode of Spongebob Squarepants. click here to see all the variations.
Tags: Adult Swim, archer, batman returns, black hammer, bruce wayne, cankles, christopher walken, cosby, cosbymon, DEUUEAGH, Harout Pamboukjian, jesse ventura, magnum p.i., major league, major league 2, max shreck, michael ian black, michael keaton, mulligrubs, my custom van, omar epps, pokemon, spongebob squarepants, sterling archer, taco party, terms of enrampagement, the circulation booster, the simpsons, wesley snipes, white lightning, willie mays hays
if ur both a Michael Ian Black fan AND on twitter, you’d know over the last 24hrs or so Mike has been on a campaign to get Taco Bell to use him as their next spokesperson. proving that having 1.5million followers can be effective as hell, many of his followers tweeted similar msgs to Taco Bell: and a movement was born. now anyone down for the cause is rockin this campaign poster. i woulda posted this last nite but wordpress was crackin the shits, however, i wake up today and i found that there are now also accompanying ads on YouTube to further convince Taco Bell of their grievous error (that being NOT, up to this point, hiring Michael Ian Black). everybody, “getttt onnnn the BUS”, -Killface.
vid #2 is a simple Michael Ian Black + Taco Bell = True Luv 4 Ever equation.
i’d like to introduce y’all to two of my favourite ppl in the world and all of its universes: Michael Ian Black & Tom Cavanagh. for anyone who knows even a skoche of detail about me, knows i go apeshit over Ed, a TV series that ran for 4 seasons (2000-2004) & was helmed by Late Show With David Letterman alums Jon Beckerman & Rob Burnett (not to mention executive produced by Dave himself). other than the Letterman-inspired tone and humour of the show, were the actors and characters themselves. they were so endearing that a decade later they’re still on my mind. however i scarcely bothered seeing what the individuals had done outside of Ed, not out of laziness, just cos i kept re-watching Ed over and over and never had a reason to. so over the last few years i’ve made more of a concentrated effort to delve into the careers of these people instead of just re-hashing the glory of Ed over and over (there’s a giant post about the show forthcoming, so i won’t go into too much detail right now). suffice to say, i’ve learned to keep tabs on those who’ve been more visible online and off. Mike has a comedy troupe called Stella & wrote a childrens book called Chicken Cheeks, Tom has been in a BUNCH of films (most recently playing Ranger Smith in the high-profile Yogi Bear film) & made some notable guest TV appearances, & i guess the most recognisable face from the Ed family has to be the awesome ascension into the broader limelight of Justin Long, whose portrayal of the forever geeky but sweet Warren Cheswick is pretty much a masterclass in comedy.
ANYWAY (i wasn’t meant to ramble), after finally getting on to Twitter i’ve been able to keep up to date with Mike’s latest projects, so it warmed the cockles of my cockular heart to see he was doing a podcast with Tom…and it was gonna be called Mike & Tom Eat Snacks…and all they would do is eat snacks and talk about em (the snacks that they’re eating…got the premise yet?). i’ve only listened to the first 2 eps (there are 7 in total thus far) and it’s as quality as you’d expect from the teaming of these two. here’s a link to ep1, the rest can be streamed/downloaded from the official MATEScast page on Soundcloud, become a fan on Facebook too.
Tags: Chicken Cheeks, David Letterman, ed, Jon Beckerman, Justin Long, Late Show With David Letterman, MATEScast, michael ian black, Mike & Tom Eat Snacks, Rob Burnett, stella, tom cavanagh, Warren Cheswick, Yogi Bear
mo’ YouTube, mo BLAUGIN’. go forth and be entertained, y’all.
You Just Pulled Landscaping Duty
Ben Stiller‘s finest roles (imo) have always involved him rockin the handlebar ‘stache. this would be his finest in that mode.
NOW WE’RE FCKED
so not too long ago, a YouTube user with the name HighVoltageChrist came up with a video meme/fad vid that is quirky than the usual shit (think how viral the Antoine Dodson shit became, but on a smaller scale). anyways the basic premise is: use footage from the old Mario & Luigi cartoon show to shimmy the convo in a way that ends with one of the characters uttering an expletive. except the editing has to be precision in a way that makes someone SOUND like they’re saying “FUCK”, but in actuality is some jumbled up version that ranges from “FGLUP!” to “FWUACK!”. immediately after this comes a cut up clip of Luigi jauntily strolling singing the word “KOOP/COO” over and over to the melody of some random song (at the behest of the individual editor, there are many others). this one apparently is the original one that started this (sofar) underground YouTube fad/trend.
Nicolas Cage Losing His Shit
Nic Cage, i feel, is a somewhat misunderstood and slightly underrated actor, but definitely one of the best of our generation. and i think that’s the case cos it’s only when he chooses to play tweaked characters (some that are outright psychotic and possibly insane) when we see the depth of his talent. here, lovingly cut together, is a collection of just some of those special moments.
Dawson Leery – Asshole For Hire
i was a BIG Dawson’s Creek fan back when the show first started, and remained a loyal soldier throughout its entire 6-season run. yes everyone knows half the show’s appeal is the very epitome of cheese. however, the hook that differed this show from any kind of teen soap comparison were the characters themselves and how they communicated. long story short: they all talked like smartass psychology professors (and heavy on the sarcastic self-fladulation when it came to Pacey). i never, not once, while watching the show facepalmed or groaned at its lameness, cos it never really was. it was enjoyable, and should now be regarded as vintage television for ppl who grew up watching it. it’s got this nostalgic glow to it, is what i mean. but what happens when its star and namesake can’t shake being labeled as The Dawson? he goes on the offensive. this clip is but one of many that resulted when James Van Der Beek took over funnyordie.com for a week recently. another golden outcome from this takeover was: JamesVanDerMemes.com (if u love Der Beek you’d be a fool not to click).
SAD FORRR YOOOUUUUUU
i remember clicking onto random eps of Dragonball Z as a kid and witnessing those long extended-ass fights between Vegeta and Frieza, but it was all a bit too schizo for me to get into. i do, however, remember Vegeta‘s hectic-ass yelling and screaming of everything that comes out of his mouth.
Flynt Flossy & Whatchyamacallit – Not Your Professor, But Your Prosexxor (feat. Pretty Raheem)
as i had suspected, in a recent interview with Turquoise Jeep Records founder and artist Flynt Flossy (aka F Dot Floss), it was revealed that the earlier Jeep tracks were produced by fellow artist Whatchyamacallit. i call this the pre-Tummiscratch era. i only held that suspicion cos there was a notcieable increase in the recording quality of the vocals, the flow of the emcees and the overall production of the music. clearly Tummiscratch is the man with the magic touch, producing smangers like Slick Mahony‘s “Sex Syrup” & “Go Grab My Belt“, Flynt‘s “Cavities” (feat. Pretty Raheem & Watchyamacallit), Yung Humma‘s “Lemme Smang It” and a few other album-only cuts that aren’t on YouTube. but even Tummiscratchless, the Jeep does impress. this is an early rough cut of the song “Not Your Professor, But Your Prosexxor” which appears on the newly-released debut album “Keep The Jeep Ridin‘” in a more polished form. most, if not all the sounds i recognise as Fruity Loops/FL Studio presets, but it doesn’t matter cos the song is still smangin.
Kameron Corvet – Know These Things:Shouldn’t You
a decent acoustic cover of an underrated Maxwell song from his 2nd album “Embrya“.
Snuff Box – Boyfriend Scenes
yet another short-lived British sketch show that, judging from this clip, must be seen.
when i was but a child, one of my aunties fed me a styrofoam cup. haven’t seen her since.
Stella – “Bar”
probly one of the most surreal comedy troupes around (i think anything with Michael Ian Black is fantastish anywho). oh ye, the bar owner (aka the guy who can’t cum) is H. Jon Benjamin, currently voicing the title character in the animated hit “Archer“.
Tags: archer, ben stiller, dawson leery, dawson's creek, dragon ball z, Flynt Flossy, frieza, h. jon benjamin, happy gilmore, highvoltagechrist, james van der beek, kameron corvet, luigi, mario, Maxwell, michael ian black, nicholas cage, pacey witter, pretty raheem, prosexxor, snuff box, stella, tummiscratch, turquoise jeep records, van der memes, vegeta, whatchyamacallit, woman addicted to eating couch cushions