Lonely Island recently posted this 2008 piece - a Digital Short for Saturday Night Live - on their YouTube channel. Rude boys in the shanty-dorms, indeed. (I've met this kid over the years, in several incarnations and both genders, with varying degrees of emphasis on the Rasta bit.)
Ship Inn Man was a song (and a filmeo, as they were called during that Eighties heyday of Wedding In Texas, etc.) composed for the Codco series on TV. Definitely a moment in time. The Ship still exists, albeit as the Ship Pub, and the arts community still hangs out there en masse, but the song Cathy Jones sings is about another era. The filmeo features many of the regulars, some unfortunately no longer with us and able to enjoy a nostalgic smile.
Comedy comes in many ways, and one of them is taking something and transposing it in an unlikely environment. The British comedy team Armstrong and Miller have been mining a vein by taking the rap-infused slang of modern kids and putting it in the mouths of World War II pilots, albeit with a bit of polish.
In this sketch, the fall guys are another team, Mitchell and Webb. A language advisory: this is not for the youngsters.
"I can talk to animals. Well, not talk to 'em. I can take commands from them."
This line, from Jack McBrayer's Kenneth, aired on last month's 30 Rock episode Operation Righteous Cowboy Lightning, which I got around to watching tonight. Many of Kenneth's lines are throwaway bits or comic beats, but McBrayer makes them sail.
"My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be comic stories the next." - Nora Ephron
Ephron, who has had a lengthy career as a writer and more recently a film director, is the daughter of Phoebe Ephron, a playwright. Ephron says her mother's parting words before her premature death were "Take notes."
This has been such a hit on the web for the last few months, and is a great example of how a career disaster doesn't mean the death of a career. Jenny Slate got hired by Saturday Night Live, and then got dropped by Saturday Night Live after one season that was notably largely for her accidentally dropping an F-bomb on her debut episode.
Now she has a whole new following because of the Marcel videos she makes with her partner. A book deal is the works. Probably more.
"It doesn`t really exist, this Frat Pack. We run into each other on occasion and we all like each other's films, I guess, but there isn't some big funny restaurant or bar where we all hang out. At least, if there is, they haven't invited me." - Will Ferrell
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.