Steps of Faith’s Billy Brimblecom Jr. on raising funds through Thundergong & Give Steps

Steps of Faith's Billy Brimblecom Jr. on raising funds through Thundergong & Give Steps

Steps of Faith's Billy Brimblecom Jr. on raising funds through Thundergong & Give Steps

The statistics cited on the Steps of Faith Foundation's website are sobering: 500 people a day lose a limb in the United States, 185,000 persons a year e...


John Cleese on the enduring popularity of Python ahead of his Wednesday JCCC appearance

John Cleese on the enduring popularity of Python ahead of his Wednesday JCCC appearance

John Cleese on the enduring popularity of Python ahead of his Wednesday JCCC appearance

Onscreen, John Cleese frequently seems to be very upset about something. Whether attempting to return a parrot on Monty Python's Flying Circus, running...


A Prairie Home Companion’s Fred Newman shares his sound effects secrets

A Prairie Home Companion's Fred Newman shares his sound effects secrets

Voice actor Fred Newman has appeared in numerous films and television programs over the years, including voicing the titular Bigfoot in 1987's Harry and...


Q&A with Rifftrax’s Kevin Murphy at the Pitch

Comedian, writer, and performer Kevin Murphy has been involved in nearly every incarnation of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and its offshoots. He was with the initial show as a writer from its earliest days, on Minneapolis' KTMA TV station, then became the iconic voice of gumball-machine robot Tom Servo for the show's time on Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel. Murphy has also been part of the Film Crew, a direct-to-DVD riffing project featuring fellow MST3K'ers Bill Corbett and Mike Nelson, as well as working with Corbett and Nelson on the hugely popular Rifftrax series of downloadable movie mockery.
Read the full Q&A (as well as an interview with Michael J. Nelson by Dan Lybarger) at the Pitch. Published 10/27/16

Appearance on the Pilot Study podcast

We kick off our “Unaired” theme month with the previously lost pilot for Clerks, the sitcom (+ laugh track) adaptation of the Kevin Smith film. Jim Breuer makes a pre-SNL appearance, the writers can’t use Jay or Silent Bob and Keri Russell even makes an appearance as typical ’90s bimbo.
Listen to the entire episode at Modern Vinyl.

Dragnet’s “City of Crime” video at Cinepunx

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"There’s a very short list of things I miss about the movies of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. For the most part, it was a pretty transitory period for the sort of movies I like. Even given the fact that I was a kid at the time, the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia can only do so much to influence my opinions on the actual quality of things like Best of the Best or Judgment Night. Still, there was a wonderful trend at the time to include end credits songs which weren’t just a pop single they were trying to flog to the audience as it threw away its empty popcorn containers. I’m talking about the terrible end credits rap songs. There was everything from “Monster Squad Rap” from 1987’s Monster Squad to Partners In Kryme’s “Turtle Power!” in 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to even the likes of “Maniac Cop Rap” from 1990’s Maniac Cop 2. However, I feel like the pinnacle — or nadir, depending on how you look at it — of this trend came rather early, with “City of Crime,” from 1987’s Dragnet. The film — starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks — was a filmic reworking of the popular 1960s television show, which was itself a reworking of the popular 1950s radio program. It’s very tongue-in-cheek, yet managed to be a fairly faithful homage to the show, which had been running in reruns for years by the time the film came out."
Read the From the Stereo to Your Screen column on Dan Aykroyd & Tom Hanks and Dragnet at Cinepunx, published 6/13/16

Barry Crimmins Q&A in the Pitch

crimmins Despite being a regular on the stand-up circuit since the 1980s, comic Barry Crimmins didn’t get broad national attention until last year. After decades of work as a comedian’s comedian, he was the subject of a documentary, Call Me Lucky, which revealed an astonishing life story. Stand-up comedy is just one part of the Bobcat Goldthwait–directed film, but even the grainy VHS footage and brief interludes of his current work show Crimmins as a genuine force onstage. Now, at age 62, he’s shooting his first special, produced by Louis C.K. — and taped at the Lawrence Arts Center. Read the entire piece in the Pitch, published 6/1/16

Yo Gabba Gabba live at the Midland this weekend.

yo gabba gabba liveThe past couple of weeks, I've been driving to work, listening to the same CD -- namely, the fourth volume of the Yo Gabba Gabba "Music Is... Awesome!" series of compilations. For them's that don't have kids, Yo Gabba Gabba is a show on the Nick Jr. cable network, and was co-created by Christian Jacobs, who readers of this site might better know as MC Bat Commander of the Aquabats. Anyhow, the show has tons of musical guests, and everyone from the Aggrolites to Peter Bjorn and John has been on it, performing and singing short little ditties that appeal to adults, as well as a kids. Additionally, there's Biz Markie offering up beats, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh drawing pictures, and cartoons of Super Martian Robot Girl (created by Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dwyer). It's pretty amazing, and way better than most kid's television, to say nothing of adult programming. "Music Is... Awesome!" collects songs from the show, both the ones performed by the characters, as well as the music from the various bands which have performed on the show. It's catchy, short, simple, and damned if it's not wonderfully well-planned. There's something to be said for a series of songs which don't go over three minutes. Really, most songs on the fourth volume all run around two minutes, and they're just perfect little pop songs. They hit, grab your ears, and lodge into your brain for the rest of the day. There's really no better way to start off each and every morning than listening to the Biz rap about breakfast. It's pretty much scientifically impossible to be in a bad mood after that. I can't imagine what the live show is like. I've seen video, and it's mind-boggling joyous. To experience that many kids being that into something would blow my mind. We talked with Mike Park about that a few weeks ago, actually. The show hits the Midland in Kansas City this Saturday, February 23, with shows at 2:00 and 5:00pm. Tickets can be had from the Midland's website. Tickets run $23.50 to $46.00, with family 4-packs and VIP packages also available. You can try and win tickets from Macaroni Kid, and that contest ends at 8:00pm Central Standard Time tonight.

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Consider the fact that the one of the first ten questions is "Let's get this out of the way first. What's the address of your shitty blog?" Is reviewing this book on said shitty blog an act of indie cred, am I falling into a sterortype, or does this make me, Acomplia Side Effects ebay, in fact, quite hip by doing it despite the fact that I'm doing exactly what they mock.

Reviewing a book shouldn't create a level of angst and confusion. Acomplia Side Effects, I may be taking this a little more seriously than it deserves. Essentially, your level of hilarity and / or ennui is in proportion to how many sections apply to you. 50mg Acomplia Side Effects, The record-collecting section was non-stop "hahahaha ... oh." The band stuff rolled off me like water off a duck's back, but the college radio stuff almost had me in the fetal position.

Clever, entertaining shit. Buy it. Accept that you'll be made to feel slightly less-than, 20mg Acomplia Side Effects, and you'll be fine. The Indie Cred Test might be the most essential guide to your own flaws that any music geek could want. It's out today via Penguin.

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Rebels Wit Attitude dealt with humor in rock in terms of individual acts or performers (be it Chuck Berry or the Beastie Boys), whereas Brit Wits fits each act into the wider picture of British humor as a whole. Music is simply the thread that connects the likes of Ricky Gervais to the likes of George Formby in the music halls, Colchicine Myopathy japan.

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Would one think of nihilistic punk rockers the Sex Pistols as humorists. Not offhand, 100mg Colchicine Myopathy, but Ellis argues that the way the group approached both playing music and appearing in public as performances demonstrative of the "caustic wit that pervaded every bone in the band’s body."

It's this approach to the likes of the Smiths, Spice Girls, Colchicine Myopathy australia, Happy Mondays, and what might be the first scholarly dissection of drunk-punks the Macc Ladds that allows Ellis to argue that British humor is both a coping mechanism for life in Britain and a way of "unmasking the truths of the nation." It's quite an enjoyable way to trace the course of British history, offering up an alternative view of how things occurred politically, through the eyes of those opposed to whatever might've been going on at the time.

My feature on Ellis for The Pitch offers a little bit of insight into his writing process and how the book came about.

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