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Friday, 15 September 2017

The Most Adorable Feud Ever: Sir Fatrick Poowart vs Thomas Middlebitch

Sir Patrick Stewart is by most accounts an hilarious and delightful person to be around. He was recently involved in quite the spate with his Shakespearean-actor colleague, Thomas Middleditch. I’m not entirely certain what set off the row, but Thomas was the first to fire a (rather unintelligible) shot:

P-Stew thinks he's all that? Well NOT ANYMORE. Line in the sand, DRAWN. @sirpatstew

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It took Sir Patrick about a week to respond (perhaps because he didn’t even notice to begin with), but then it was off to the races:

The insults became more and more sophisticated:

Shots. Fired. SIR. @sirpatstew

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The two soon discovered the joys of Photoshop, and went to town creating scenarios for their heated feud. On Stewart’s part, he painted Thomas as “Middlebitch,” his personal servant:

Car Washer Middlebitch

Car Washer Middlebitch

Personal Chef Middlebitch

Personal Chef Middlebitch

Smells-of-Farts Middlebitch

Smells-of-Farts Middlebitch

Hedge-Trimming Middlebitch

Hedge-Trimming Middlebitch

Wood-Chopping Middlebitch

Wood-Chopping Middlebitch

Middleditch, for his part, painted Sir Patrick as “Sir Fatrick Poowart,” a doddering oldie-olson on the brink of inevitable death:

Not-Long-Now Stewart

Not-Long-Now Stewart

Sir Fatrick

Sir Fatrick

There was also this miscellaneous insult:

Poowart

Poowart

Things seem to have cooled down as of this week, though, which is a minor shame. It’s always a joy when two people with such obvious affection for each other decide to publicly delight each other and us by extension.

Even Lower, Middlebitch.

Even Lower, Middlebitch.

Categories: Celebrities.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Help Open Mike Eagle Out and Buy a Damned Ticket, Wouldya?

The man is a professional, after all.

The man is a professional, after all.

Hey, listen: Open Mike Eagle could use your help. See, he’s trying to put on a independent tour to promote his upcoming album, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (which comes on on Friday—pre-order it RIGHT FRIKKIN’ NOW). It’s… not going so well. Just watch this premiere episode of his new reality show, “Dead Ass:”

But it’s easy to help him out! He’s coming to Seattle in early October, so all y’all gotta do is buy a damned ticket (and as an added “bonus” you’ll see me at the show, ’cause I’m going too).

Details:
Open Mike Eagle with Billy Woods (Faced Book event)
Thursday, October 5 at 8 PM
@ Barboza
925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 (map)
21+, $12

Help his Dead Ass out.

Help Mike go from this…

…to THIS.

…to THIS.

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Videos.

Friday, 8 September 2017

“Of the Month” September 2017

Show of the Month

The Tick

I’m surprised at just how well the Tick always seems to work. There have been 4 iterations of the character and premise and they’ve all been great (though later comics that weren’t written by Ben Edlund didn’t quite grab the mustard as mightily as they might’ve). This latest version on Amazon Prime has much of the same absurdity and humor as the other versions (see: Very Large Man), and Peter Serafinowicz’s performance in the blue suit is full of the blind, enthusiastic gusto that you expect from the Tick. But this is the first version where there is actually deep, psychological development of some of the more “regular” characters, especially Arthur. For the first time these characters aren’t just send-ups of superhero tropes (though they are still that), but they’re actually fully-developed characters that have real lives. I’m also very surprised that Edlund decided to go for a much more mature-rated program: there is lots and lots of realistic blood and quite a but of foul language. But somehow the contrast between the Tick himself and this more-realistic world makes the character even more himself. Also: I <3 Dangerboat.

Link of the Month

I Went Gaming

A pair of people, the Lundy brothers, who make video games. They’re in the midst of a “game a month” spree throughout 2017 (though they’re a month behind). Are the games any “good?” It’s… hard to say, but the appeal lies in their absurd and funny themes and aesthetics. All the art is hand-drawn by Laramie Lundy (the Olive Fool of Fools Play Improv) in his signature disturbing style (he’s one of the artists behind The Abyss art book that came out last year). There’s a menu-based street fighter game, a punk Guinea pig racing game, a door-to-door knife salesman game, a game about joining a cult, and the like. They’re completely unpolished and rough, but there’s something irresistible (for a few minutes at least) about the worlds that they create.

Podcast of the Month

The Official Steven Universe Podcast

This podcast, all about the best TV show on the air right now, is actually recorded at the Cartoon Network offices and hosted by an intern there. As such, it has unprecedented access to all the people involved in the show; they mostly work literally just outside the room where this is recorded. It’s full of amazing insight and anecdotes and behind-the-scenes work about making the amazing Steven Universe.

Categories: Of the Month.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Newscaster Cam Pebbleman Trying to Leak Mike Eagle’s New Album!

The explosive new single from super-famous celebrity gangsta rapper, actor, and philanthropist Open Mark Engels.

The explosive new single from super-famous celebrity gangsta rapper, actor, and philanthropist Open Mark Engels.

Newscaster Cam Pebbleman of DCTV’s DCPN Tonight news show has uncovered an exclusive preview from the ultra-top-secret upcoming Open Mike Eagle album, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream! Take a look (and more importantly, a listen) here:

Wasn’t that just scintillating? I think that Cam Pebbleman is the most professional and ethical journalist in the business today.

Also, I’m very excited for Trauma’s upcoming match on DC Championship Wrestling this Tuesday at 6:00 PM!

“Only two things you can do about that: nothing and deal with it, damn it!”

I hope the bunnies in that rabbit sanctuary will be safe from the eagle sanctuary next door.

Categories: Music, Videos.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Go See Fools Play in Olympia This Saturday… For Me!

'Cause I ain't gonna be able to be there!

‘Cause I ain’t gonna be able to be there!

It seems like Fools Play was just in Olympia a couple of weeks ago (because it WAS), but it’s back this Saturday the 12th! So you’ll need to go see it… for me, because I won’t be there.

*GASP!*

It’s true; I will be camping this weekend (in all the hazy glory right now) and will be unable to attend. But that just means that now’s your chance to finally see this show without my ugly mug messin’ up the view fer ya!

Details:
Fools Play in Olympia
Saturday, August 12th 8:30PM
@ The Puget Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia 98501 (map)
All-Ages, Only $5!

I will see you there! NOPE!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Conspire to See the Gentlemen of Leisure Tomorrow (Thursday) Night!

GOL.LIFE

The Harper Conspiracy headlines the show.

I know Thursday is a school night ‘n’ all, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to see a fantastic live performance by the Gentelmen of Leisure!

Details:
The Harper Conspiracy, Gentlemen of Leisure, Whitney Mongé (Faced Book Event)
Thursday, August 10th, 9:00 PM
@ The Sunset Tavern
5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 98107 (map)
21+, $8.00

And guess what: despite the fact that it is a school night, Carrie & I plan on being in the audience! Wut-wut?

C’est vrai! But the only reason we can pull that off is because we have Friday off from work. Otherwise we might just be too old to go gallivanting around town listening to those crazy kids and their jungle music. Where are my ear plugs and my walker?

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Newscaster Cam Pebbleman’s Broadcast is Derailed by Mike Eagle’s Search for “95 Radios”

Cam Pebbleman has the best mustache in broadcasting.

Cam Pebbleman has the best mustache in broadcasting.

Professional newscaster Cam Pebbleman’s recent report on an Internet Outage in Los Angeles got derailed by an inattentive field reporter and a cameraman who irresponsibly handed his camera to a young boy. Watch it here:

“95 Radios (feat Has-Lo)” is the a beautiful new track from Open Mike Eagle‘s not-yet-released new concept(!!) album, “Brick Body Kids Still Daydream,” out September 15th. You can (and definitely should) pre-order the album on Bandcamp.

Now go back and listen to the song again. It’s one of Mike’s most lovely songs, dripping in wistful, sunset-tinged nostalgia. Anchored by a Has-Lo verse in the first half and Mike’s own complexly-rhymed verse in the second half, this is an amazing preview of things to come.

I can’t wait.

Categories: Music, Videos.