Chris Neary is a producer for On the Media.
OTM Staff Picks Volume 35
Monday, November 26, 2012 - 10:13 AM
In this weird muddle between Thanksgiving and New Year's, we give you a few of our favorite things.
Mr. Show with Bob and David was an HBO sketch comedy series that ran from 1995 to 1998, starring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. It's Breaking Bad's Saul Goodman meets Arrested Development's Tobias Fünke. A match made in sketch-comedy heaven. There are a lot of good clips on YouTube. "The Audition" is by far my favorite:
Remember how cool the future looked in 2001: A Space Odyssey? All clean lines, tons of white, no dirt. It’s a shame that the future rarely stacks up to fiction. Fortunately we can live vicariously in the nonexistent future by way of the PaleoFuture blog. Blogger Matt Novak writes about the ways we see ourselves in the distant future, which can sometimes be cool, funny, or even kinda sad. Right now he’s doing recaps of the first season of The Jetsons. Pretty entertaining.
Okay, we’re back into basketball and watching the splendiferous Walt Frazier on MSG. See my earlier Frazier tribute here.
Tonight (Monday) there will be the all-important sorting of priorities: The Knicks VS the Nets. Where do my truest loyalties lie? I DO NOT KNOW! I do know that I derive unconflicted pleasure from viewing and re-viewing this sports related sketch from Key and Peele.
My pick this week is Jason Statham. I’d explain it if I could, he’s got a kind of balletic, feline grace, I suppose, and he’s, oh what’s the point? Other “action” movies have been better, other men of few words more compelling but for some reason I would watch Stratham fight a door (which is often what his awful movie choices boil down to) quite happily and really that’s enough.
This is not an easy thing for me to say: I like this Disney Channel. I have an 11-year-old who watches one cookie-cutter Disney sitcom after another. This should upset me, except that it is a very good cookie cutter. There is a formula behind the jokes: a setup punchline followed by 3 rat-a-tat-tat follow-ups, but the jokes are good and extremely well delivered by the 14 year olds who seem to be extruded at some Disney TV factory. These kids are preternaturally gifted at the mugging that goes with the job, and with the line deliver itself. ANT Farm, Good Luck, Charlie, The Wizards of Waverly Place -- the whole lot of them are very well done. It's fluff, of course. There's no redeeming social value to be found -- except for the God's work of teaching irony to the masses. And some of it is very funny. Phineas & Ferb, a cartoon show, is often inspired.. And a new cartoon show in a similar vein, Gravity Falls, is hilarious.
My colleague Alex Goldman is obsessed with puns and funny sounding words or phrases generally. A classic Alex joke would be to refer to comedian Larry David as "Darry Lavid."
A few weeks back a few ESPN hosts/analysts tried to fit as many references to The Princess Bride as they could into their NFL highlights. It's great and weird. Would love to know the back story here.
This video for the song “Straight&Arrow” by Falty DL is a little uncomfortable to watch—the people in the video are shocked with electricity, making their arms, hands and fingers move with the music. It’s hard to watch it without twitching yourself: