Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Jerry Falwell Dead

I think I know what gave him that cardiac arrest. He finally got to the part where Jesus says "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven." Or maybe it was the part where Jesus said "If you would be perfect, sell all your belongings and give the money to the poor."

I guess I'll remember Jerry Falwell most for affirming our free speech rights by losing his famous lawsuit against Hustler magazine over this parody ad.

Larry Flynt has a more nuanced opinion of Falwell.

Update: Don't miss Betty Bowers' eulogy

Other than that, I can't recommend much about him. Next time you hear someone say "the good die young", recall that he died at 77.

In memory of Jerry Falwell, I'll instead refer you to this charming Public Service Announcement.

WARNING - contains naked cartoon characters!

This is supposedly a french creation, but notice that all the signs in the backgrounds are in english and the cars have american plates. Actually it was animated in New Zealand, under director Wilfred Brimo.

And how about this commercial...

I doubt it's a genuine Hyundai ad. There's no such thing as a 45 second commercial.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Victor Borge reincarnated.

Victor Borge was sort of the Leslie Nielson of classical pianism. He played well, but incorporating it into a comedy act was what made him big. "Big" to the musical cognescenti anyway... if you don't know the pieces he's playing you won't get the jokes. He would exploit known issues with the music rather than merely insert odd noises or play intentionally wrong notes.

But he's gone now, so it was neat to find this bit on Youtube that is so like something that Victor Borge would have done it's hard to believe he didn't think of it first:

There is a bit of a scuff-up on Youtube as to whether they stole this idea from someone else. But after seeing a clip of the other guy, I'd say this treatment of the idea is funnier.

Here's the real Victor Borge doing something not part of his act:

And he was 80!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Animal Court

I wonder, was the court room artist suggesting Paris Hilton had the beauty of a swan or the unawareness of an ostrich when he made her neck that long? Perhaps her neck really does do that. An adaptation to see over piles of money and empty bottles.

And apparently her mother's umbrage is so great that she is emitting red heat waves.