Mary Carillo's Badminton Rant: Athens 2004


30 Responses to “Mary Carillo's Badminton Rant: Athens 2004”

  1. theawesomerobot says:

    This looks like it was filmed in the ’80s – so low-fi!

  2. LB says:

    Everything she speaks is the truth.

  3. jacques45 says:

    Sue Sylvester’s editorialising skills really have come a long way in these 6 years.

    • bmcraec says:

      Snap, Jaques. I was very surprised to not see the name Sue Sylvester before your comment. This is the prototype performance, and IMO, way better! Even her voice is perfect. And that helmet hair! What’s not to like?

  4. edi says:

    Mary Carillo is so weird.

  5. mmbb says:

    Hey, Mary,
    Given a sufficient quantity of black powder, and an appropriately-sized chunk of PVC pipe, I’ll bet you $100 that I can make even the crappiest of birdies exceed 200mph.

    Also, is it just me, or does she seem to grit her teeth or clench her jaw a lot?

  6. Tgg161 says:

    She’s trying her hand at comedy open mic.

    Can we get a laughtrack added to this?

  7. IamInnocent says:

    Weird? No way, she is great! It is incredibly harder to improvise solo than with partners and this is some of the best I ever heard, ever! Completely surrealist, inventive and yet it has internal coherence, method to its madness if you will, all of that with the straightest face… superb.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Haha this is amazing- three minutes of badminton freestyle is a real challenge!

  9. markfrei says:

    All I know is that I stopped watching the Olympics altogether when they filled the broadcast airwaves with Badminton while killing wrestling – an actual Olympic sport, as in they played it in ancient Greece.

    Yes, I know wrestling bores most of you (at least if you are straight and male), but badminton? Really?

  10. Antonio Lopez says:

    As, nothing like the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie…

  11. Sawyertrice says:

    “…and later this evening, we will broadcast recent footage of Vice President Johnson’s tour of Vietnam”

  12. frankieboy says:

    a funny jock chick, what’s not to like?

  13. JhmL says:

    That was the best thing I’ve seen all week. And I saw Inception yesterday.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Christopher Burr’s a gangsta with them rollerblades-I seen it!

  15. maralenenok says:

    At home, we first threw our rackets up at the birdie, and when the rackets got stuck in the tree, we used a long stick. Eventually we just started keeping the stick nearby.

  16. Anonymous says:

    And I thought tress only ate kites and flying model rockets.

  17. ethancoop says:

    scripted? I mean it’s possible she wrote that up the night before and had them put it in the prompter which would make it even stranger.

  18. Anonymous says:

    She’s awesome, who is this character?

  19. bbbaldie says:

    This is hilarious! Never heard of Mary Carillo, but I am now a fan. :-D

  20. CG says:

    It’s even more surreal when you randomly skip forward.

  21. thebulfrog says:

    That’s the sort of clip that makes a person’s career- I just hope she’s gotten plenty of opportunities since to rant, and wasn’t reprimanded for going off script like that.

  22. stegodon says:

    Dennis Leary soccer mom, -1.

  23. Nick says:

    I don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or applaud? I’m confused.

  24. bobbcorr says:

    Come on, kids, this was inspired. It started kind of gently, in the abstract, and became progressively more detailed, personal and strangely bitter, but it ended perfectly.

    I can almost imagine the producer, suddenly and painfully aware of time to fill, turning his right hand over and over in the universal sign of “keep talking” while pointing to the countdown clock with his left hand, and Mary has to come up with something fast. Again, inspired. Especially when she refers to neighborhood kids by name and the “duck rescue incident”.

    Backyard badminton FTW.

    • Anonymous says:

      Completely agree, I have yet to hear such a rant as immersive or detailed as hers. It has the right amount of raalism and distorted reality to make it entertaining.

      This woman is a pro fo sho

  25. Anonymous says:

    Damn You Cristopher Burr! Damn You!

  26. Ernunnos says:

    I’m disappointed. Not one Jarts reference?

  27. Anonymous says:

    It’s always Christopher Burr.

  28. ck says:

    I know it didn’t make air in the States but imagine being awake in the middle of the night, not able to sleep, figuring to watch any of the olympics to keep you company and instead you’re treated to this. There is no way you’re going back to sleep now. That was inspired. And completely random. A gem for insomniacs.

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