This was quite a journey! I spent the better part of a day going back and forth with a guy that I was not entirely sure was for real at first, then I absolutely got fooled, and then I realized I got fooled. It was fun. The guy said some LEGITIMATELY funny stuff when he was “in character.” And it all ended in a way that I felt good about.
It’s pretty much all laid out in the screencaps, But let me elaborate here:
HEY YOUNG MEN! I know it seems like women complain a lot about how they are represented in media, including fiction, and how it seems like they want entertainment tailored specifically to them, and how they seem to want ALL of pop culture to be politically correct or feminist-ized or whatever it is you think they want, but really, what’s happening is that women are tired of seeing garbage women characters in most of our entertainment. And they’re wondering, Would it really be so much trouble to make more realized female characters? You could still have all your CGI and action and science fiction and drama and swords and stuff, but the female characters could be a little more fleshed out and interesting. And the entertainment would still be good and would, in fact, be better.
Guys, instead of thinking, “Hey, not everything has to be politicized,” try thinking, “I wonder what it would be like for me if the situation were reversed, and how I’d feel if in the vast majority of the entertainment I consumed, the male characters were few and far between and then mostly used as talking props & plot devices. I wonder if I’d get kinda tired of that and occasionally I’d say something, even a little joke, just to ease the annoyance a little.”
Fellows. Listen to the women in your lives. Ask them questions. It will change your perspective for the better. Years ago, I got into a brief argument with two female friends of mine about a movie— it does not even matter which movie— that they viewed as sexist and I did not. I couldn;t even fathom how they could see it that way. I tried to argue that it was not sexist. In recounting our discussion to another party, it was pointed out to me that they might have a different viewpoint based on their life experiences, and that it was not for me to tell them that their interpretation was incorrect. And that I was probably getting defensive about it because if the movie was sexist, it followed that my liking it would make me appear sexist. And that’s when I realized that none of this was about me, and maybe I should shut up and listen and try to understand. And also to be more aware of things like this and develop not just my sympathy, but my empathy.
I will only ever be able to empathize so much with women, because my experience as a white male in America is vastly different from that of anyone who is not that. But I can relate to:
- not being taken seriously
- not being listened to
- being dismissed
- being condescended to
- having something explained to me that I already understand
And I having had those experiences, I am now more inclined to TRY to understand where someone is coming from if they are telling me they are having a similar experience with our culture.
So guys: just try. You don’t even really have to dig that deep. Think about your own experiences as a person, then apply that to someone else. It gets easier the more you do it, and it makes your life better.
Anyway, I hear Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is pretty good!
Proof of Comedy Bang Bang’s impact
Yesterday, in conversation with some coworkers, I said the sentence “It’s been so long since I saw them”, but one of them corrected me by saying, "IYIIITTT’S BEEN".
I’ve referenced Comedy Bang Bang so much at my work that I’m now being corrected when I DON’T reference it.
I leave for 2 minutes to go get a stupid cheeseburger and this happens. God damn it.
WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT THIS PICTURE
ENTERTAINMENT YEAR IN REVIEW 2013
Favourite Thing Of The Year: “BECK REIMAGINES DAVID BOWIE’S SOUND AND VISION”
When I first saw this in February, I had a good feeling it would be my favourite thing of the year. Okay, it’s funded by Lincoln so it’s technically a car ad. Whatever, that makes me like Lincoln more. It’s an interactive, immersive 9 minute concert experience featuring 160 musicians playing most every instrument possible. Moves me to goddamn tears every time I watch it, which is at least once a month so I can get my stalled creative juices moving. Everything about this makes me happy and everything about this is gorgeous and beautiful and funky and hilarious and it pushes the bounds of creativity and it acts as a force of unification which is the whole point of art being a people connector and it’s the best thing of the year.
(Chris Milk is also my favourite artist discovery of the year, for this and the innovation he added to the underrated Youtube Music Awards)
Best Show: COMEDY BANG BANG
TV Show great, podcast even better, live show was disappointing because Sean Cullen is THE WORST but was great regardless
Funniest Person of Year: PAUL F. TOMPKINS
For everything he does on podcasts, internet videos, live shows, and for being the absolute best when I met him and I was a hero-worshipping buffoon.
Key clip: “TIDE” from the Never Not Funny podcast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o47XV2hA3A
Best Podcast Episode: “TIME BOBBY 2” from COMEDY BANG BANG. The preceding episode was my favourite thing of last year, and included the funniest moment that so far happened on Earth (https://soundcloud.com/rockandrollcoolbeans3100/jesus-christ-superstar-plot). The sequel takes that episode’s absurdity and nearly tops it.
Best Podcast Moment: Substituting the phrase “it’s been” for Stephen Page’s “IYITT’S BEEEN” opener from BNL’s “One Week”, as first crafted by Paul F. Tompkins as Andrew Lloyd Webber on episode 203 from COMEDY BANG BANG and regularly used in Time Bobby 2. I do this regularly and it’s won me new friends and is never not hilarious. I always try to credit the source.
Best Music Video: “SPRING BREAK ANTHEM” - THE LONELY ISLAND. I played this on a catamaran with a bunch of high school seniors and it confused the hell out of them. IT WAS THE BEST. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUw4Qh9uFK8
Best Movie: THE WORLD’S END. Hilarious the whole way through, fantastic character drama, deserves the emotional beats it aims to hit, beautifully ridiculous, and has an ending that fills my heart with joy. The best comedy since Scott Pilgrim! Edgar Wright you magnificent son of a bitch!!!
(Movies I haven’t seen yet: Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Captain Philips, American Hustle, Act of Killing, Spring Breakers)
Best Movie Moment: Any time Danny McBride swore in THIS IS THE END. Possibly the best swearer on Earth
Best Album: “YEEZUS” - KANYE WEST. Every rap song is about the rapper inflating his own ego. Kanye takes rapper ego to an absurd level and the result is absolutely thrilling, terrifying, and relevant.
Best Moment: Kanye screaming in terror during “I Am A God (Feat. God)” from YEEZUS. I don’t care to listen if some guy is talking about how all he does is win win win. However, if a guy says he is a god, barks for his damn croissants, and then starts to scream as if the shadow demons from Ghost are dragging him to hell, you’re goddamn right I’m going to listen.
Best Album after a disappointing first listening: “REFLEKTOR” - ARCADE FIRE. Meh, then repeat button.
Best Song: “BACK TO BUSINESS” - CAREERS IN SCIENCE. I get so goddamn excited every time I hear the opening riff.
Best Song called Get Lucky: BLURRED LINES
Best Person in Music: JANELLE MONAE - Freakin antithesis to all celebrity bull-ish that happened in 2013, The Electric Lady album was amazing, concert was the best I’ve been to so far.
Best Concert: JANELLE MONAE at the Kool Haus. Cheap as hell, great stage set-up, amazing energy, great vocals, could’ve been a memorable show if there were no encores. Then she did Let’s Go Crazy by Prince as an encore. Then she got everyone to get on their knees and she crept into the audience and hissed at us as if she’s some kind of jungle cat. I’m still on a high from it.
Best Stand Up: ANTHONY JESELNIK, JFL42. I sometimes say the foundation of all successful humour is exposed vulnerability and having a good heart that we as audience members can identify and respect. Then I saw Anthony Jeselnik live, saying the absolute most despicable things I’ve heard and it was the most I’ve laughed in some time. I still stand by my belief, because Jeselnik clearly had such a fun time saying the horrific things he’s saying, as if he’s a child repeating swear words he’s just heard for the first time. There’s a sense of innocence to his work, which makes for a complex, cathartic, and somehow joyous experience.
Best TV Show: BREAKING BAD. Because Breaking Bad.
Best Episode: OZYMANDIAS, BREAKING BAD. Because everything.
Best Skit: WHEELS ONTARIO from KROLL SHOW. Nailed us on everything while still being sincere and not mean-spirited. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWohhABEzJQ
Best TV Scene: Ron Swanson getting choked up speaking about Leslie Knope before giving her away at her wedding, “Ben and Leslie”, PARKS AND RECREATION.
Best TV Scene from an Animated Show: Tina learning to drive on BOB’S BURGERS. This show is legit the best. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZXzjKb8nTw
Best Weird Episode: The MAD MEN episode where they’re on drugs and Ken Cosgrove tap dances. The whole season was pretty damn great. Love how wild it made the conspiracy theorists. Bob Benson!
Best Famous Person: AMY POEHLER. She’s the funniest in everything she does, she does awesome rap battles on Comedy Bang Bang, Parks and Recreation is great even when it’s not, she answers tough questions from young people with sincerity on Ask Amy, and she’s the best celebrity role model for young people regardless of gender. And is also mad hot. Complete and total yay times a million.
Most Promising Entertainment News for 2014: Dan Harmon coming back to COMMUNITY. Because Community sucked in season 4 and Dan Harmon is our generation’s Ernest Hemingway. It’s going to be fantastic.
Other Great Entertainment People/Stuff of 2013 in no particular order: Tina Fey, Key & Peele, Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Pete Holmes, Scott Aukerman, James Adomian, Aziz Ansari (Parks & Buried Alive & James Franco roast & JFL42 live), Nick Offerman, Reggie Watts, Superego guys, Jon Daly, Andy Daly, Tim and Eric, Jason Mantzoukas, Paul Scheer, Burning Love, Childrens Hospital, Jon Hamm, Marc Maron, Chris Hardwick, Patton Oswalt’s Star Wars Filibuster on Parks and Recreation, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, This Is The End, James Franco, Danny McBride, Zach Galifianakis, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, South Park, 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, and some other stuff that I can’t remember right now.
And because why not, here’s my 2013 top five.
5. Breaking Bad
4. Amy Poehler
3. Paul F. Tompkins
2. Yeezus - Kanye West
1. Beck Reimagines David Bowie’s Sound and Vision
"Then Jesus bursts from his ropes and says ‘JESUS SMASH!’ and he goes on a rampage! Smashing this and that! The military is called in!"
"Yes! And they start firing at him, but the shells just bounce off of his skin!"
"He says ‘You make Jesus angry!’"
There are no costumes better than ones taken from improv sketches from podcasts.
Certainly you’ve heard the Jesus Christ Superstar synopsis from the brilliant “Time Bobby” episode (150) of Comedy Bang Bang featuring Paul F. Tompkins as Andrew Lloyd Webber by now, right?
At some point I think every person involved in a creative field asks themselves what drives them to create, and today I came to the realization that for me, on a deep, fundamental level, it’s because I want to connect with other people.
I sometimes feel discouraged, like I haven’t made anything that’s worth connecting with anybody at all, and everything I do is the metaphorical equivalent of shouting, endlessly, into a dark void. Meanwhile, my heart aches for friends I want to see more often but can’t, and trembles for friends whose expectations I want to live up to but am terrified I’ll disappoint. I feel torn and lost and lonely and worthless.
But everyone has days like these. Days where you want to throw your hands in the air and ask “Is it even worth it?” to nobody in particular. I think this tumblr reflects my personality pretty well and it would be dishonest of me to pretend I never have days when I feel sad and talentless and scared. You’ve had days like this too, right? It’ll all be ok.
Just came across this posting. Just so you know, I’m currently wearing a KNIFEGRAB shirt, that you designed, and it’s quickly become my very favourite shirt. So for what it’s worth, something you did made an impact on me.
"Freestyle Rap Battle about butter" - Amy Poehler, Alan Thicke (aka. Paul F. Tompkins), Neil Campbell, Scott Aukerman
from "Poehler Ice Caps", ep. #245 of Comedy Bang Bang
IT MAKES SO MUCH FUCKING SENSE NOW