Simpsons Intro made by Banksy

It gets good at 0:37. Banksy is clearly of the Michael Moore school of giving his enemies enough rope to hang themselves with.


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New Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff

Whatever psychedelic comic book genius makes Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff, he posted a new one:


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Krusty the Klown and Steven Sondheim

Send in the Clowns!

First, listen to the great Krusty the Klown sing it:

Then watch THE master teach it:


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Gilda Radner and Madeline Kahn on SNL


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Andy from The Office is in Sweeney Todd

On the latest episode of The Office, Andy lands a part in Sweeney Todd:


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“Not Getting Married Today.”

Performed by masters:

Then taught to students by THE master:


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Steven Sondheim teaches Sweeney Todd

I am so glad this video exists:


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My Immortal reading

The long-beloved dramatic reading of My Immortal, the best Harry Potter / Vampire fanfic is available online:


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I write a song (1/1)

Started:
10/09/2010 4:48 PM.

“Fight’n and Kiss’n”

SILAS, to JENNA

My folk’re fearless and forgiving.
They’ll speak and then’ll they listen.
I mean what’s really the point of living,
If the fights ain’t go no kissin’?

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10/09/2010 5:19 PM

My folk’s guns feed their families
They can’t afford no hams or pullets.
And they point’m at each other
When they ain’t loaded with bullets.

Current time is:
10/09/2010 5:28 PM

Oh, we ain’t gonna hurt nobody!
If we’re shooting, then we’re missing!
Oh, we all adore each other!

FIRST MAN
For my uncle’s his brother

SECOND MAN
And my aunt’s his mother

THIRD MAN, to DARLING
And your sister’s his lover.

DARLING
What!

CAROLINE
It’s not true!

(She runs off!)

TRIO of THREE MEN
AND ANYWAY WE GOTTA ALL STILL LIVE TOGETHER

DARLING
SO….
WHAT’S THE POINT OF FIGHTING WITHOUT KISSING!

Current time is:
10/09/2010 5:32 PM


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I review the Venture Brothers. (3/?)

I review the Venture Brothers:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

“Are You There God, It’s Me, Dean”, episode nine of the Venture Brothers, is the episode that grew the show its beard. Here it is:

Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, the show’s creators, like to name “Tag Sale, You’re It!” as the beard-grower. What’s more accurate is that ‎”Tag Sale” is the episode wherein the creators realized they had a beard. If you’re confused by all the beard nonsense, read this from tvtropes by clicking on either photograph of Jonathan Franzen:


Now, take a good look at those pictures up there. Because they are related. Sad ex-child-adventurer Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture is allied with priggish Pre-beard Riker, while Billy Quizboy squires with strong and in-charge Bearded Riker.

This is the episode that brings in the endearing tertiary characters like Billy Quizboy and Number 21. This episode shows us Quizboy and Pete White, who the authors claim as their avatars, in argument with the premise of the show. Will it remain tethered by the narrow premise of being the sad afterlife of a child adventurer, or will the show break free into the comics nether and come into its own.

In short, will it grow the beard? Will it become an adult show?

It does. Happy Birthday to the Venture Brothers.

Publick and Hammer are trope-aware. They know about Ryker’s beard and they, I suspect, are more expert in many areas of pop culture than I am. But I wonder if they truly planted all the references to hair and beards in this episode, or if they were just as surprised and delighted as me by their creation.

Number 21.

Let’s talk about Number 21. This is his first major appearance, and he is my favorite Venture Brothers character. Early, he argues with his cohort 19 about whether Smurfs re-produce by egg or whether the mother carries to term. This slightly cliched argument is the first of many they will have on the show about pop culture.

But what does 21 end up shouting at the end of this episode?

“Papa Smurf has a beard! He has a beard!”

Now the creator sings out against his hamstrings. He yearns to throw off the trappings of his premise. He hopes against hope that his work does not become the Smurfs, a formulaic show where the same damn thing happens every episode.

He doesn’t want his show to be a children’s show. He wants it to be a show for adults.

He wants it to grow a beard.

Have some cake. It’s a birthday party for the Venture Brothers. Mazel Tov. You are Venture Men.

You grew the beard.

I review the Venture Brothers:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

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