Just over two years after this song was first released on his A Special Episode Of EP, a very slick and hilarious music video has been released for Open Mike Eagle’s “Dark Comedy Late Show.” It features cameos from comedians Kurt Braunohler and Baron Vaughn (the latter of which will be providing the voice of Crow T. Robot in the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 series coming soon to Netflix). The video is about the inaugural episode of the fictional Dark Comedy Late Show with Mike Eagle that goes horribly awry because Mike just will not stop rapping. Take a look:
Baron Vaughn gets some very funny moments as the camera cuts to his face displaying a gamut of emotions from horrified to embarrassed.
Yeah, we’ve all been there, Baron.
There is also a nice cameo by Mike Eagle’s compatriot Busdriver as a member of the Late Show band (which of course also gets interrupted by Mike’s incessant rapping). He plays some sort of little keyboard/sampler thing!
Get on the bus!
I’m not sure who the two women in the band are, but the woman playing guitar does look familiar. The video’s IMDB page doesn’t have a credit for a singer/guitarist, though weirdly it does have one for a Kimberlee Redman as keybordist (and a guy named Victor Holmes as a musician???). Anybody help me out with them?
Anyhoo, this super-professional video was released on the JASH YouTube channel. JASH is (in their own words)
Founded and featuring original content by partners Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim and Eric, and Reggie Watts, JASH is the first fully realized network to offer all its comedic partners complete creative autonomy. At Jash we always strive to offer a variety of content with a unique voice: boundaries will be pushed, and disorientation is sure to ensue.
So, yeah, there’s some comedic luminaries putting out this video.
From left to right: Rumble, Arcee, Unicron, Soundwave, Hot Rod, Spike, abd a Quintesson.
Even though this band has apparently been around for three years, I only just heard about them this last weekend. The Cybertronic Spree is a group that dresses up in astonishingly-accurate Transformers costumes and plays the songs from the Transformers: The Movie Soundtrack. Take a look:
Their self-stated premise is:
HOTROD, ARCEE, RUMBLE, UNICRON, SPIKE, SOUNDWAVE, BUMBLEBEE, AND A QUINTESSON HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TOGETHER BY THE POWER OF ROCK. TOGETHER, THEY ARE THE CYBERTRONIC SPREE.
Not only are the costumes astonishingly accurate, but they’re built in such a way that the band members are still able to effectively play all their instruments! It’s a pretty remarkable achievement. Except for the guy dressed up as Spike, that’s an easy costume.
They also pepper their act with non-Transformers songs, and they have a couple of excellent choices, like this super-obscure theme song to the 80s Droids cartoon, which was about the adventures of C-3PO and R2-D2 before Episode IV.
Oddly enough, I can’t find any record of them playing Weird Al’s “Dare to be Stupid” song, which was on the Trasnformers: The Movie Soundtrack. I’m not sure why, maybe there’s a different rights issue involved?
In this delightful new video (which is really just a commercial for a new book), the lovely Kristen Schaal and the lovely Jason Ritter reprise (in a way) their roles as the voice actors of Mabel and Dipper from Gravity Falls. It’s quite the hoot, and goes way above and beyond what is necessary for a commercial for a new Gravity Falls book:
I really do miss the chemistry and energy of those two. And I love the varying looks of panic on Jason Ritter’s face as he tries mostly unsuccessfully to separate himself and Dipper. And I miss Gravity Falls just in general.
The first release by Gentlemen of Leisure (or GoL.Life as they often call themselves—and which is coincidentally their website address) is a delightfully eclectic fare. There’s electronic hip-hop, there’s a latin-tinged soulful ballad, there’s a surf-rock zombie song. And then there’s today’s song, which is a decidedly different affair altogether. Vocals and cello by my very good friend Jen Hasson (the “gorgeous redhead cellist” I mentioned in my post about the album release), and the guitar work is by another very good friend, “Neighbor” Gary Lappier (of Terrapin Productions and NMVGPTS). It’s just lovely. Take a listen:
In case you wanna see GoL.Life in action, a small snippet of their SXSW set was recorded (by Electric NoNo, no less) and instagrammed here:
A friend of mine posted this video on her Faced Book page yesterday. I watched it last night while sitting on the couch with my family and I was laughing so hard that tears were leaking out my eyes. My daughter asked “What’s so funny, Papa?” Here, watch:
Seriously, why does this make me laugh so much? In fairness, not all the bits in the video got me. The dice, the onion, the upside-down top, the puzzle, those fell flat. But the cake, the ruler, the circle, the stencil, those got me. Got me good. There’s something I think about incompetence. Those sequences are all setup for success; everyone knows how to slice a cake, and the rulers and stencils and the like are all there to make sure you can do these things right. And then the brazen incompetence with which the expectations are violated is just wonderful to me.