Category Archives: Humor

Breaking The Leg – “All In The Timing” By Alpha Psi Omega

Sometimes, you just need to laugh.

Comedy is no stranger to the University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance, and certainly no stranger to Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honors society. They put on Guerrilla several times throughout the year, often incorporating humorous aspects to the theme of the show. And UATD tends to put on at least a couple of comedies a year. However, this year, APO decided to get a little bit atypical with their fall show.

“All in the Timing” by David Ives is not actually a play. It is, rather, a series of nine skits, coming off like an episode of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” Yet, there’s more to it than that. Ives doesn’t use the farcical style of Monty Python so much… drama and character still exist in many of the scenes, and each scene has a different voice. Some of the scenes, or really short one-act plays, share similar voices to one another, while others could’ve been written by someone completely different.

In what has to be the largest collaborative effort for a show APO has ever done, Tommy Walker directed the show, but had three other people assistant directing four of the plays. Twenty-one actors were cast in the show, some playing multiple roles. And the technical side… well, let’s say that a lot of people were involved in this show. And I think it worked out well.

The show is, admittedly, hard to describe. To put all nine plays into a single show and attempt to make them cohesive, Walker created a circus world, a carnival of sorts, where all the actors were visible backstage the entire time. Before the show and during the intermission, actors came out and acted as clowns, some showing some very impressive clown work. I think Nick Burroughs’ animal clown is going to live on in my mind forever.

As for the plays themselves, Ives has an affinity for completely altering the reality of the world. In “Sure Thing,” a man, Bill (Anthony Haselbauer), and a woman, Betty (Tara Lynn Steele), meet at a coffee shop. Their conversation goes down several possible paths, reset to the last branch of the option tree at the sound of a bell every time something goes wrong.

“A Singular Kinda Guy” was a well delivered monologue from Wen Powers (who got some of the more dramatic parts of the show) about a man who thinks of himself as a typewriter trapped in a world of word processors.

 

In “Foreplay, or the Art of the Fugue,” a man, Chuck, takes a woman on a date to a miniature golf course… three times. Yet simultaneously. And the three Chucks (Burroughs, Motel Foster and Eric Marable, Jr.) interact with their individual women – Amy (Alex Karr), Annie (Illiana Garcia) and Alma (Adelle Smith) – as well as each other on occasion. Sometimes they go through the same motions, other times things are entirely different… especially for the third Chuck’s date with Alma.

In “Phillip Glass Buys A Loaf of Bread,” we have what I’d like to call a David Lynch-directed comedy musical. A moment of time where two people that knew each other once is frozen, and the four actors on the scene (Michael Vine, Jessica May, Karina Simonis and Loui Clagett) become representations of fractions of sentences and thoughts, singing and moving around the stage in a strange, clockwork-like motion of frozen time, the representation of confused neurons firing off in your brain when you aren’t really sure what to say.

“The Philadelphia” uses a fantastic concept where cities represent outlooks and reactions to life, and people can be trapped in them unknowingly, and outside of the city itself. Mark (Haselbauer) rushes into the restaurant where his friend Al (Patrick Croce) sits, oddly content despite the horrible service and even more horrendous food offered by the waitress (Naomi Prentice) at the restaurant. Al explains to Mark about living in a city outside of a city and how in a Philadelphia, you can never get what you ask for.

“English Made Simple” breaks down the barrier of language, altering and reinterpreting it in several ways, moving in and out of time and space to talk about the truth behind the words. In the setting of a science experiment/language lesson run by Amber Gibson’s character, Jack (Burroughs) and Jill (May) have many different conversations through different mediums… even hand puppets.

The theme of death and life passing before your eyes over and again, much like the theme in “Philip Glass Buys A Loaf of Bread,” emerges in “Variations on the Death of Trotsky.” Leon Trotsky (Powers) is caught in the moment between the fatal blow to his head and his actual death, dying multiple times throughout the scene while his wife (Taylor Schafer) and the Spanish communist that killed him, Ramon (Garcia), interact with his constantly dying body.

“The Universal Language” toys again with the idea of language, and the idea of love (a common theme in nearly every piece), but instead breaks down the English language itself, setting up a pseudo-everything language that is wholly incomprehensible and yet strangely understandable. Dawn (Kiley Gipson) comes in hoping to learn this universal language to cure her lisp while Don (Croce) tries to teach her the language and confidence. A girl (Simonis) enters at the end of the play to solidify the partnership Dawn and Don have created together.

The final play, “Words, Words, Words,” takes a swing at art itself, taking on the proposed theory that a monkey typing for eternity could eventually churn out the complete works of Shakespeare. The three monkees – Swift (Jordan DeWitt), Milton (Drew Singleton) and Kafka (Brittany Steelhammer) – try to comprehend and reason out the purpose behind what they do for their scientist masters (tech booth cameos from Tyler Spindler and Keegan Butler).

With a LOT of people involved, this could have been a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. Frankly, some of the comedy hit some people better than others, but that’s how comedy works as a whole. There were some plays I enjoyed far more than others, but they were all solid and came together as a great show. Unfortunately, there are no more performances left of the show, but maybe some of the scenes will see repeats as Guerrilla acts. It might be worth it. I think Ives really has some interesting things to say, in retrospect… But even if you don’t want to think about it afterwards, there’s still the moment of laughter during.

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The Cutest, Most Macabre PSA

Still catching up. Only two tonight, as I thought. Impromptu naps can take a lot out of you.

I don’t really have much to say about this one… this is another case of, “Hey, look! I found a neat little video online and I think it’s swell.” Though, to be fair, this one was one a friend found and I’m just passing along… but, whatever.

In a cute little PSA by the Melbourne Metro about stupid ways to get yourself killed in idiotic and preventable ways around trains, the video is a 3-minute, catchy singalong with some 20-plus different little singing, dancing cartoon people that manage to get themselves killed in rather idiotic and preventable ways. Only the last three, dubbed the “dumbest ways to die,” deal with trains, but the others go to set the tone for just how stupid those actions are. Walking across the train tracks is just as idiotic as setting your hair on fire, eating expired medicine or taking your helmet off in space.

Some of the cartoon deaths are surprisingly gruesome, but the cute way they’re portrayed, combined with the singing and the silly dancing, makes it all very entertaining and kind of fun. Check it out. I’m going to bed.

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Gay Men Will Steal Your Girlfriend

In case you hadn’t heard, several states have voted through a mandate to legalize same-sex marriage. Washington, Maine and Maryland (And maybe another one? I can’t remember.). Throw in the polling data that shows that Americans are finally feeling a majority approval of same-sex marriage’s legalization and it seems like America may actually legalize it within the next 50 years or so.

…yeah, it’s probably a while off for the entirety of the nation, but we’re getting there finally.

Still, it’s a slow, arduous process, one that many are lobbying and fighting to speed up. The reelection of President Barack Obama may help on that front, but it’s really the states that each need to turn around and legalize it, ultimately, unless the Supreme Court steps in with a Loving v. Virginia type of case for same-sex marriage. And CollegeHumor.com has come up with quite the convincing argument to help the more reluctant male voters change their minds.

If you don’t vote to legalize same-sex marriage, gay men will marry your girlfriends.

The video is not entirely safe for work, but it’s pretty funny. And potentially outlines a credible threat. Think about it. I mean, really think about it.

…I don’t really have anything deep to say. My mind is kind of nonexistent at the moment for some reason. I’ll probably get back to ranting about capitalism and greedy, stupid business owners (particularly big, corporate owners) and their consistent resistance to any change that loses them a single personal penny tomorrow. But for tonight, I’m really exhausted.

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Sing, Sang, Sung – “Man Up” From “The Book Of Mormon”

Okay. So, I’m actually hoping to go on a bit of a movie binge this weekend. Not only are there several movies out now that I want to see (“Looper,” “Argo,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”), but I want a break. Work plus editing this script (I’m about halfway done. As in, I’ve almost finished the first half of the script. The second half needs to be almost totally rewritten due to a character being eliminated. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun.) plus life in general… they get exhausting. And it’ll be the last break I can get for a while. I had an audition today for a TV Pilot, I have an audition next Tuesday for “Godspell” and SETC screening auditions are next Saturday. Then, on Sunday and Monday the 28 and 29, I’m stage managing and acting in a ghost story community theatre creation one-night-only show. It’ll be the third “original work written by the community” type show I’ve acted in, the fourth I’ve worked on, and the second one-night-only version. It should be fun.

But, basically, all that boils down to me being quite busy. And work’s going to be even busier. People are moving around, getting different job titles, and I’m getting more responsibility foisted on me… Fun times. I still need to listen to several audiobooks to review them.

So, ultimately, I wanted to see those three movies this weekend. One a day, matinee each day. Unfortunately, my audition took longer than expected today (plus I got myself turned around on the road), so I got to the theater too late for any of those movies. I ended up watching “Seven Psychopaths” instead.

When my brain is less mush, I’ll try to write about it.

But because my brain is mush, I’m posting the THIRD “Book of Mormon” song I’ve posted on this blog… It’s getting ridiculous now, isn’t it? But I really want to perform this song and “You and Me (But Mostly Me)” for a Guerrilla or something. I also totally still want to do a cabaret, but I feel like that ship is sailing away.

Anyway. “Man Up.” It’s a funny song. Nice little end of the first act thing, everyone coming in with their own themes, singing simultaneously… I enjoy those types of songs. Like “One Day More” from “Les Miserables.” Oh, and by the by, I will be seeing “Les Miserables” in theaters before “Django Unchained.” Sue me.

So here’s the song.

“Man Up” – “The Book of Mormon”

ELDER CUNNINGHAM:
What did Jesus do,
When they sentenced him to die?
Did he try to run away?
Did he just break down and cry?

No, Jesus dug down deep,
Knowing what he had to do-
When faced with his own death,
Jesus knew that he had to…

Man up.
He had to man up.
So he crawled up on that cross,
And he stuck it out.
And he manned up.
Christ, he manned up.
And taught us all what real manning
Up is about!

And now it’s up to me
And it’s time to man up!
Jesus had his time to,
Now it’s mine to man up!

I’m taking the reins,
I’m crossing the bear!
Just like Jesus,
I’m growing a pair!
I’ve gotta stand up,
Can’t just clam up,
It’s time to man up!

‘Cause there’s a time in your life
When you know you’ve got to
Man up.
Don’t let it pass you by,
There’s just one time to
Man up.

Watch me man up like
Nobody else!
I’m gonna man up all
Over myself!
I’ve got to get ready,
It’s time to,
Time to…!

What did Jesus do
When they put nails in his hands?
Did he scream like a girl?
Or did he take it like a man?
When someone had to die
To save us from our sins,
Jesus said “I’ll do it!”
And he took it on the chin!

He manned up!
He manned up,
He took a bullet for me and you,
That’s man up.
Real man up.
And now it’s my time to…
Do it too!

Time to be a hero
And slay the monster!
Time to battle darkness,
You’re not my father!
I’m gonna time to, just watch me go!
Time to stand up and steal the show!
Time to!  Mine to!
Time to!  Time to!
Time to!

NABULUNGI:
Sal Tlay Ka Siti,
A place of hope and joy…

ELDER CUNNINGHAM:
Man up!

NABULUNGI:
And if we want to go there,
We just have to follow that white boy!

ELDER CUNNINGHAM:
Time to!

ELDER PRICE:
Heavenly father,
Why do you let bad things happen?

UGANDANS:
Sal Tlay Ka Siti…

NABULUNGI:
Did you get my text?

ELDER PRICE:
More to the point,
Why do you let bad things happen to me?

UGANDANS:
Sal Tlay Ka Siti!
We got your text!

ELDER PRICE:
I’m sure you don’t think I’m a flake…

ELDER CUNNINGHAM:
Man up!

ELDER PRICE:
Because you clearly made a mistake!

ELDERS:
Turn it off!

ELDER PRICE:
I’m going where you need me most…
Orlando!

ELDERS:
Orlando!

UGANDANS:
We will listen to the fat white guy!

ELDER CUNNINGHAM:
My time to, time to,
Now it’s my time to,
Time to!

UGANDANS:
But Hasa Diga Eebowai!

ELDER CUNNINGHAM:
No time to, not time to,
No, now it’s time to time to!

UGANDANS:
Huuh!

ELDER CUNNINGHAM:
I’m in the lead for the
Very first time!

UGANDGANS:
Time to!

ELDER PRICE:
I’m going where the
Sun always shines!

UGANDANS:
Shines to!

ELDER CUNNINGHAM:
I’ve got to stand up,
Get my flippin’ can up,
It’s time to,
Time to…
Man up!

[Simultaneously]

NABULUNGI:
Sal Tlay Ka Siti!
Sal Tlay Ka Siti!
Sal Tlay Ka Siti!
Sal Tlay Ka Siti!

UGANDANS:
Hay ya ya!
Hay ya ya!

ELDER PRICE:
Orlando!
Orlando!
I’m coming
Orlando!

ELDERS:
Turn it off!

ELDER CUNNINGHAM:
It’s time to-

GOTSWANA:
I have maggots in my scrotum!

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The Bill O’Reilly/Jon Stewart Debate

So, today was another debate (quasi-political, quasi-comedic) that I managed to miss. I very nearly missed it because I had forgotten about it. It was on the internet, viewable with a donation of $4.95 to charity, at TheRumble2012.com. But I saw people talking about it on Twitter, so I remembered and went to watch it. Which means that the actual reason I missed it is because the servers were apparently all down nearly the entire time. I didn’t even bother trying to watch it after all the Twitter complaints and my one attempt that led to a “This page ain’t loading” page.

Fortunately, I did manage to find some live updates for this “Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium.” For those unaware of what that is, it was a debate, moderated by CNN anchor ED Hill, between liberal host of “The Daily Show” Jon Stewart and conservative host of “The O’Reilly Factor” Bill O’Reilly. Huffington Post fortunately had a live update of the debate going, though it’s obviously not even close to actually watching the thing. Hopefully, the internet will eventually pull through and either post a free version, or a taped version you can still pay the $4.95 to watch.

Anyway, there were a few things I wanted to say about the debate. If my readings of the updates are right, Stewart probably “won” the debate because it seems like O’Reilly was randomly not taking things seriously at strange points and by doing strange things. Granted, it was supposed to be humorous as well, but… Apparently he started talking in an odd Southern-esque accent at one point? No idea why.

But, being that I’m a liberal, you’d probably figure I’d side with the diminutive Jewish funny guy anyway. Fine. Still, there were some rather interesting points raised throughout the debate. For example:

On defunding PBS and NPR, as Mitt Romney wants to do, what’s the point? O’Reilly… didn’t really seem to have anything but complaints. “Why should I be paying for this stuff? It’s gross! I don’t like it!” Not that he said any of that, but it comes off as that type of tone. Stewart’s reply, asking for a refund of the $800 billion used to fund the Iraq War, points out a pretty good secondary argument over this question of defunding these programs. First is the argument that defunding these programs is like trying to kiss better a lopped off limb. Ultimately, it’s a rather worthless gesture. But secondly is, if you want to defund things because you disagree with them, then the government is going to have to take back the money for a whole mess of things.

On entitlements, Stewart has actually brought up this point before on his show in one of his more serious, poignant and pointed moments. As Stewart said in the debate, “Why is it that if you take advantage of a corporate tax break you’re a smart businessman, but if you take advantage of something so you don’t go hungry, you’re a moocher?” There has been, as I’ve talked about before, a strange and unfortunate trend to paint those that need government help to stay on their feet, however permanent or temporary, as somehow less deserving of American life than people that survive without any help from the government, outside of tax breaks and roads and education and so on. Specifically, people that ever take welfare or use food stamps are deemed as lesser beings. It’s stupid and demeans all their potential eventual success.

But my favorite little nugget of the night, besides O’Reilly admitting America shouldn’t have gone to Iraq, is something Stewart said that I’d never really thought of. He suggested, via a single-payer system as it’s the only way he thinks it would work, that health care should be removed from work.

That’s a point I’d never really thought about. And, frankly, it should. People that dislike Obamacare gripe all the time about how it eliminates choice and destroys a person’s ability to choose their own health care. Well, even if that were true, unless you’ve got a good amount of money set aside for health care and, y’know, don’t have a big family, you don’t have much of a choice. You get the health care your job offers, or you don’t get anything. And if you don’t have a job or don’t have a job that offers you health care (like me, as I’m not hired on for enough hours to apply for health care through my job), then you’re just screwed. You don’t get health care. Unless you’re independently wealthy. It would be much nicer if health care were more readily available to the unemployed and the part-time workers that are strewn throughout the country.

Based on what I read, this debate was likely far more entertaining and exciting than the first presidential debate, sadly. But I’ve said my piece on that a couple times now. Hopefully, I’ll manage to catch the next presidential debate… and, looking for the schedule, I’ve discovered that the next debate will be the vice presidential debate on foreign and domestic policy on Oct. 11, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Then will be a town meeting style debate on foreign and domestic policy on Oct. 16, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, which in theory will be where Barack Obama can shine. And the final debate, in the style of the first debate, will be on foreign policy on Oct. 22, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. That one could be anyone’s game.

Anyway, here’s hoping I can actually watch these debates as they happen next time.

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Breaking The Leg – “Fools” By UATD

One day, I’ll start buying tickets to opening night so these posts aren’t “I got to see this show, and if you didn’t, too bad, suckers!” Though, to be fair, this show was sold out for a good while. I only barely got in myself.

Anyway.

The Fall 2012 University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance season started off last Monday with the premier of directed grad student John Nara’s first show at UA, “Fools” by Neil Simon. Simon, as a playwright, became extremely well known for his witty, often fast-paced comedies such as “Barefoot in the Park” and, perhaps his most famous play due to the eventual television series, “The Odd Couple.” Simon received more Tony and Oscar nominations than any other writer, as well as a Pulitzer prize for his complex “Lost in Yonkers,” though many feel he was underrated due to his continual comic works. It tends to be true that drama gets more respect than comedy on almost every level. Unfair, but true.

“Fools” is perhaps a bit more… shticky and slower than many of Simon’s other comedies. And “slower” can be applied in multiple ways. See, the plot of “Fools” is such: The sleepy little Russian town of Kulyenchikov has been under a curse for 200-plus years. The curse states that there can be no love in Kulyenchikov, and that everyone living there for more than 24 hours, and everyone born there, is made phenomenally stupid and unable to leave the village. The unaware school teacher Leon Tolchinsky (John Paul Snead) answers an ad for a teacher placed in another city’s newspaper and arrives… to a village of fools.

The characters of this town are colorful, and each memorable and hilarious. First, we meet the shepherd (Joey Gamble), who has lost his sheep and is wholly unable to understand how his horn works. Gamble’s shepherd was the perfect introduction to the abject ignorance and idiocy this town would provide throughout the show. Leon attempts to keep optimism and smiles throughout his stay in the town (the play takes place, pre-epilogue, over a slightly-more-than-24-hour time period), but his frustration begins to seep through the longer he stays and the more crunched for time he is. The other villagers – the butcher (Jordan DeWitt), the old lady peddler (Bess Houston) and the postman (Ben Mitchell) – test his patience. Perhaps the one that tests his patience most is the magistrate, played by Wen Powers in one of the most dedicated bits of physical humor I’ve seen in a long time. A crouched over old man, Powers moves at approximately half the speed of dead grass growing. His first entry onto the stage, in which he circles the outside of it, takes about three full minutes, or five minutes in the play.

Leon ends up crunched for time when he discovers that he has 24 hours to break the curse, leave town or be hit by the curse as well. Unfortunately for him, the option of leaving town is eliminated when he falls for the daughter of the doctor who placed the ad, Dr. Zubritsky (Tommy Walker) and his wife (Loui Clagett). Their daughter Sophia (usually played by Natalie Riegel, but played by understudy Esther Workman at the showing I went to) is especially problematic, having only just recently learned how to sit down properly. And worse, the only known way to break the curse is for a Zubritsky to marry a Yousekevitch (the family that created the curse), and so her hand is being constantly asked for by the last, and immensely cheesy and over-the-top very obvious bad guy, Yousekevitch, Gregor (Sam Hardy).

With physical humor and absurd word play and wit sometimes reminiscent of Monty Python, the play has quite a bit to offer in the ways of humor. Most of the audience was giggling for a large portion of the show when I saw it. With some special jokes thrown in to the theatre students of UA and other parts of UA’s culture (Gregor Yousekevitch invited the audience to his tailgate next Saturday), and just good acting all around, there were also some good moments for big guffaws of laughter.

There were also moments where Simon was perhaps attempting to be pointed and poignant, making sweeping statements about the ignorant masses or philosophical statements about knowledge and teaching, but I’m not so certain those hit the notes nearly as well as the comedy and meta-humor laced throughout the show did. Perhaps others enjoyed the mild social commentary, but I found the show to be quite enjoyable just as a witty, laughable comic routine. And the actors chosen for the show were amazing, and amazingly transformed through costume and makeup by the talented designers Alex Kosbab and Tiffany Harris. The set, though I didn’t get to experience it in all its glory due to my poor seat in the house, was whimsical and playful, designed by Brad Lee.

Ultimately, it was a great time, a very cute and quite entertaining show filled with stellar comic actors (who all understand physical comedy and timing quite well), and a great premier show for director Nara. It will be interesting to see his next step is and how that goes. (It’s either Noel Coward’s comic “Design for Living” or Helen Edmundson’s tale of ethnic cleansing in 17th century Ireland, “The Clearing.” …A bit of a difference there, either way.)

Next time, I’ll try to see the show early enough to get you all to buy tickets, too. Next UATD show is “Side Man” by Warren Leight. Should be interesting.

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The Daily Show’s Best Clip Yet

So, as promised, a post not (completely) about me being sick! Which I still am. I think it’s getting better. Eating my Mexican jambalaya earlier might not have helped things, but pain seems to have abated quite a bit. And it was really tasty. Now I just wish my neck weren’t so sore.

ANYWAY.

As I mentioned Tuesday in my only other not-about-being-sick post, Mitt Romney made a really massive gaffe wherein he basically says anyone that doesn’t pay federal income tax is irresponsible and dependent on the government to function, asking for things like food and healthcare and shelter. I ended up talking more about what I thought was his more-damning-to-his-so-called-experience statement, the immediate flip-flop on him knowing how the markets work. The big takeaway for everyone, however, has been the 47 percent comment. Because that segregates the nation. Bad idea for Romney.

I would love to talk more about the 47 percent comment and the problems I have with a lot of the ideologies behind it, and behind the people supporting it, but for today, I have a better idea.

I’ll let Jon Stewart do it.

In “The Daily Show”s segment “Chaos on Bulls**t Mountain,” Stewart hammers Romney, Romney apologetics (i.e., Fox News) and the Republican, neo-conservative ideologies that give rise to the sort of idea that people on welfare are useless, unworthy wastes of space in America. I would love to expound on this more, really, but that will have to wait for another day.

Honestly, though, that clip is one of Stewart’s best. Ever. President Barack Obama could just play that, add the tag “I approve this message” and get votes, I think. It’s not necessarily the funniest clip, but it’s one of the most powerful and condemning.

Oh, and as a bonus, here’s a really good SNL clip from a special Thursday edition of SNL’s “Weekend Update.” They also target the 47 percent comment, and make fun of “Fox and Friends.” Easy pickings, but still a lot of fun.

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The Daily Show Has Nailed It This Week

Dunno if you heard, but this week was the week of the Republican National Convention. Four days (Or, well, three and a tad days.) of GOP fanfare and froufrou. All to say, “Yes. We’re definitely picking Mitt Romney. Unless there’s someone else. Someone? Anyone? No? …Okay, Romney it is.”

The entire convention was filled with a lot of bashing of President Barack Obama, bad jokes, a couple racist dudes (well, two that got caught and thankfully thrown out), a lot of stretched truths, half truths and, well, lies… I guess it’s just your typical politics? Well, typical politics plus Clint Eastwood arguing with an empty chair. Best tweet in response: This is a perfect representation of the campaign: an old white man arguing with an imaginary Barack Obama.

Anyway, we’ll see how Obama responds during the DNC. He has a chance to really rip into the missteps of the RNC speeches and lay out his policy plans, something that didn’t really happen at the RNC. And having seen Romney’s performances in debates… Well.

During the whole RNC event, though (which I never watched… I didn’t hate myself that much), “The Daily Show” was filming in Tampa, Fla., where the RNC was held. And they had some pretty amazing, spot on criticisms of the event and the Republican Party. I’m hoping they do similar for the DNC… but I don’t know if their stuff will be as good as it was in Tampa.

Night one, a look at the political imagery of a natural disaster, Hurricane Isaac versus GOP.

Night two, a criticism of the theme of the night, “We Built It,” and how it’s based on a misquote.

Night three, fact checking GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s address to the RNC.

And night four, a Leonard Nimoy-narrated spoof of the Romney biographical short film. It’s pretty fantastic.

But in my mind, the best clip, the most politically poignant and, coincidentally, frightening segment that “The Daily Show” did is this one, where Samantha Bee talks to RNC attendees about Romney’s right to choose whether a woman has a right to choose abortion or not.

You might be able to guess where that one heads. Funny… but mostly upsetting.

Anyway. I didn’t watch the convention, as I said. I did read some of the speeches, and some of the fact checks on those speeches… But I’m not really in the mood to rant and rail politics. I’ve done too much of that as of late. And I ate a lot and want to go hibernate for a while. Hopefully, “The Daily Show” will tide you over. I’m going back to watch more “Once Upon a Time.” …I really like that show.

Which reminds me! TV starts back up this month! Excited!

Okay, now hibernation.

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Sing, Sang, Sung – “You And Me (But Mostly Me)” From “The Book Of Mormon”

Today is a random update day. I feel like an old man. The two nights I had last week staying up past midnight have drained me in a way that won’t likely be fixed until I stop having to come into work at 8 a.m. Ugh.

So, the random things… My cat, Tybalt, apparently has FIV, or cat AIDS. It’s apparently not nearly as bad as human AIDS, but he’s definitely an indoors kitty now. And he’ll have to stay apart from the other two cats in the apartment, meaning I have to set up his food and litter box in my own room. Which could end poorly. He apparently didn’t like the “covered” aspect of the covered litter box I bought and decided going outside of it was okay… Thank goodness the cover is removable.

And, let’s see… well, today I cooked something I’m calling stewghetti. Basically, it’s beef stew with potatoes and celery, plus spaghetti. I boiled the spaghetti in beef broth and water, threw in some tomato sauce and sausage… it’s actually pretty good. Not light by any means, but good. Maybe I’ll write out one of my psuedo-recipes.

I had a legitimate post I wanted to do today, about the problems I have with “movements…” but I’ll do that at another time. Maybe tomorrow.

Anyway, the reason I’m putting up this song is because it’s been stuck in my head all day. I kind of want to do it at Guerrilla Theatre with a friend of mine (and a possible twist ending). For those musical theatre nerds, this is the best male duet in “Wicked.” I mean, “The Book of Mormon.”

I’m betting one person that reads this post will get that.

Anyway, it’s quite a humorous little ditty. Give it a listen whilst I attempt to go to bed ASAP.

“You and Me (But Mostly Me)” – “The Book of Mormon”

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I’ve always had the hope that on the day I go to heaven
Heavenly Father will shake my hand and say, “You’ve done an awesome job, Kevin!”
Now it’s our time to go out

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My best friend…

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And set the world’s people free
And we can do it together, you and me – but mostly me!

You and me – but mostly me – are gonna change the world forever
‘Cause I can do most anything!

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And I can stand next to you and watch!

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Every hero needs a sidekick; every captain needs a mate!

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Aye, aye!

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Every dinner needs a side dish –

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On a slightly smaller plate

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And now we’re seeing eye to eye, it’s so great we can agree
That Heavenly Father has chosen you and me –

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Just mostly me!
Something incredible…I’ll do something incredible
I want to be the Mormon who changed all of mankind

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My best friend…

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It’s something I’ve foreseen: now that I’m nineteen
I’ll do something incredible that blows God’s freaking mind!

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And as long as we stick together

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– and I stay out of your way!

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Out of my way!

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We will change the world –

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– forever!

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And make tomorrow a latter day!

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Mostly me!

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So quit singing about it

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– and do it!
How ready and psyched are we?!
And life is about to change for you
And life is about to change for me
And life is about to change for you and me…

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But me mostly!
And there’s no limit to
What we can do
Me and you
But mostly me!

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Big Screen Ballyhoo – “The Campaign”

Last night, I had a good time out with a friend. We ended up going to see the new Will Ferrell comedy film, “The Campaign.” This is the part where I tell you about it.

The movie stars Ferrell as four-time North Carolina Representative Cam Brady, running unopposed for his fifth term. Still, he is forced to campaign because, hey. That’s the way politics works. When a rather lewd and crude phone call goes to a random family in the biggest city of his district instead of his mistress, Brady is forced by his campaign manager Mitch (Jason Sudeikis) to attempt to make an apology as numbers slip. He is, of course, wholly inept.

Enter the Moch brothers, a not-so-subtle nod to the GOP financial strong arms, the Koch brothers. Being quite direct with what everyone is pretty certain the Koch brothers do in real life, Glenn Moch (John Lithgow) and Wade Moch (Dan Aykroyd) declare Brady dead in the water and decide to throw their money and political strength behind a new candidate, the son of a former political heavyweight Raymond Huggins (Brian Cox). This happens after their opening scene where they’re seen basically blackmailing a Congressman into voting for a bill that will let them put “Made in America” on items that were actually made in Amer-kai (I believe), a province in China. I mention it because it’s important.

Anyway, they throw their money behind Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). Marty always wanted to be in politics, to help his beloved town, but his dad never let him. And now he has his chance, though the Moch brothers send in a ruthless campaign manager, Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott), to completely change Marty’s image and lifestyle.

Then we get the back-and-forth politics is best known for: Dirty campaigning, mudslinging, digging up ridiculously old papers and the like and pinning the opponent to them, et cetera. With guest appearances from several political talking heads like Wolf Blitzer, Ed Schultz and the “Morning Joe” show commenting on their ratings in the polls, the effects of campaign ads and individual actions that are exploded into outrageous talking points.

The movie is a brief, satirical look at the political landscape of today, showing the more bitter, crazed, unfortunate and sometimes plain-old evil sides of how it all works. In my opinion, the movie was perhaps a tad short and lacking in just a little bit of poignancy. I feel like it could have been a slightly better, more intelligently crafted satire that covered more ground that this movie did, but it still works. It hits some big talking points, like where campaigns get money, who counts the votes and who owns whom in politics, as well as the purity of having a stance and a goal and driving toward that.

Beyond that, the movie does have some pretty daggum hilarious moments. It also has awkward and strange moments, like pretty much any Will Ferrell movie tends to have. The movie is definitely rated R for a reason, as the audience gets treated (unfortunately) to two Ferrell sex scenes, on top of a lot of sexual and profane humor. “The Campaign” has some great comic moments, brought on by great comic actors, including a brief showing by John Goodman (which I’m so glad about, since it seemed he was struggling to find work for a while). Even actors you don’t see in comedy, like Cox, have great moments. It’s certainly not the funniest movie in the world, nor is it the best, but I think if you go in without expectations beyond seeing a movie to munch popcorn to, you’ll enjoy yourself.

Or you’ll just get depressed at the state of our nation and politics. Whichever.

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