Jake Yapp is a British comedian who specialises in doing high-speed summaries of pop culture phenomena, like this Radio Four in 4 Minutes sketch, which is a work of genuine genius, especially the radio drama bits. Read the rest
Among the most-read articles of 2016 on McSweeney's Internet Tendency is this list by Susan Harlan, which includes many entries that will be more relevant than ever after January 20th.
• Thanks For Behaving So Predictably Badly Face
• A Smidge of Self-Awareness Would Not Go Amiss Face
• Please Stop Touching My Knee Face
The Fun is strong with these two.
The end-of-year episode of Jesse Thorn's Bullseye podcast (MP3) highlights the funniest bits from 2016's best standup comedy albums, an hour and a half of seriously funny stuff that I've enjoyed more than any other podcast I've listened to this week. It's been a bleak 2016, and this is a tonic. Read the rest
Spike Jones was one of those rare talents who stayed playful with his art. He recorded a ton of holiday music, sadly crowded out these days by insipid and derivative renditions that feel more like money grabs than celebrations. Case in point: his spirited rendition of Jingle Bells.
Spike inspired many great covers in his style, like this version by the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass:
Friends and loved ones told Adam Rosenberg he talked in his sleep. They were right.
When they weren’t filming HBO’s lastest smash hit Westworld, it turns out Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores), Jimmi Simpson (William) and Ben Barnes (Logan) were busy recording Dubsmashes. And the app was kind enough to round up all their short videos into one compilation.
While the song lip syncs are fun, it’s the dialogue scenes that really push this over the edge. Along with the impressive Dirty Dancing homage at 3:08.
As I've posted previously, Under The Weather is a single-person pop-up shelter to sit inside that my big brother Rick came up with a while back. (He was sick of getting soaked at his kids' soccer games and was inspired by a portable toilet he saw by the field.) Late last night, he had me cracking up at this new video of him pitching his product (literally). "Bet I can't do it blindfolded? Let's see."
Under The Weather is designed for spectator sports, fishing, and other outdoor events where it's raining, windy, or cold, but you are either obligated to watch or having so much fun you don't want to leave. No doubt it's an odd invention but he's selling a slew of them!
You can buy the pods directly here: Under the Weather Pods