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Christopher Walken Was Wonderfully Weird Last Night on The Daily Show

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SKUNK FIGHT

I actually watched this live and Christopher Walken is far and away the most wonderfully weird person on the planet. He came on to talk Jersey Boys and instead spent 99% of the interview talking about his ideal climate and all the animals he sees at his house in Connecticut. If there’s one thing I want to do before I die, it’s watch a skunk fight with Christopher Walken. I have to imagine that’s as good as it gets.

– Ryan

P.S. Slightly upset Jon Stewart didn’t bring up the greatest YouTube video of all time. If you need me I’ll be dancing.

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After What Feels Like Forever, The ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ Trailer is Finally Here

Lloyd Christmas (still my favorite movie character name ever) and Harry Dunn stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to finally drop the long anticipated trailer for “Dumb and Dumber To”. There’s really no use writing about the actual scenes in the trailer, because you have to watch it for yourself. Let’s just say I’ve never had more faith in a sequel than I have in this movie. It’s also remarkable how neither of them looked like they’ve aged a single minute in that trailer. The haircuts look the same, and let’s just say Lloyd took his shaving ketchup joke up a few notches in the opening scene in the trailer. Long live the goofballs.

– Ryan

P.S. This trailer gets our seal of approval.

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Oh Happy Day – Dumb and Dumber To Trailer Will Be Released This Tuesday on The Tonight Show

Well this is the best news since sliced bread, and I LOVE sliced bread. Dumb and Dumber is one of the funniest movies of all time and is easily the most re-watchable comedy ever. I’ve seen it at least 100 times and find a new favorite scene/line each time. It’s also very cool that they’re releasing it on The Tonight Show. Instead of just a random release before some comedy movie this summer, The Tonight Show release gives it a big movie feel. Plus, anytime you can get Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in a room together, magic is about to happen. I can’t wait for Tuesday, and I can’t wait for November 14th. Throw another shrimp on the Barbie!

– Ryan

Throwback Jimmy Fallon Video – ‘Whip My Hair’ Featuring Bruce Springsteen

Jimmy Fallon has so many good videos from his time on Late Night and the Tonight Show that I thought it’d be appropriate to start sharing some of the older ones. I’ve watched about one thousand musical sketches featuring Jimmy Fallon impersonating a legendary singer and he still blows my mind every time. Also, The Boss.

– Ryan

Rob Gronkowski’s Off Season Rehab Seems to Be Going Well

I love Gronkowski. He’s the only tolerable member of the Patriots that non Patriot’s fans can root for. But if I were a Pats fan, I’d be a little upset with him. Athletes can do whatever they want in the off season. Is it ideal that they train and stay in shape and try to get smarter and stronger? Sure. But if a professional athlete wants to blow off some steam and go to Vegas for a few weeks and get drunk and party with porn stars who are we to tell him no? As long as they’re ready to perform when the season starts, I’m OK with it. The only problem with Gronkowski is that he’s the largest human ever who is apparently made entirely of glass. He had back surgery in college, and has dealt with serious ankle, forearm and now knee issues. Maybe dominating comedy shows and bench pressing comedians is the magical formula. My bet is on Belichick letting him go after the 2014 season.

– Ryan

Tonight Marks the End of ‘Louie’s’ Fantastic Six Episode Arc, ‘Elevator’

Louis C.K. made it a point to change the way we view comedy on television when he struck his deal with FX. He was on TV once before, in the form of Lucky Louie on HBO, except this time he was the man in charge. Louis C.K. writes, edits, directs, stars and chooses the music for his show Louie, grabbing the reigns from word “go” and never looking back. Tonight’s episodes will be his ninth and tenth of the currently still ongoing 4th season, and the first one serves as the finale of the six episode arc titled Elevator. Elevator has brought us new characters, such as Evanka and Louie’s current love interest, Amia. It’s brought us some new recurring characters, like Dr. Bigelow and Bobby, as well as the familiar  cast of  characters, comedians and family members alike, to guide Louie on his confusing journey. C.K. weaves multiple story lines into this season within a season: his daughter Jane’s troubles at school (who is becoming more and more like Louie; see her speech about drawing Christopher Columbus smiling), his never ending struggle with his ex-wife Janet, his new found affection for Amia, Pamela’s surprise reappearance, and a million little other things we never see buried under the surface. The heart of Elevator lies within the relationship between Amia and Louie. It’s interesting that C.K. chose this relationship to be almost entirely nonverbal: Amia does not speak English; I can’t help but think that helps Louie, who’s words have gotten him in trouble countless times in seasons past. Amia is returning back to Hungary soon, and after last week’s final scene, it looks like Louie will be anything but lucky, as Amia seems destined to fall in the long line of beau’s Louie never could court. After tonight’s Elevator, the final 5 episodes of season four weave together a three part episode titled Pamela with a two part episode titled In the Woods. With Amia leaving and Pamela clearly coming back into the picture, Louie is clearly coming towards a huge crossroads, which in the past has almost always resulted in some kind of disappointment for his character. Louie himself summed it up in perfectly in Elevator part 4, when he discussed Amia returning back to Hungary with his ex wife Janet:

“You know, Janet, people — sometimes you’re supposed to be sad. It’s okay. It’s the flip side, and it’s actually good,”

At this point, I should know better than to root for Louie, especially when the outcome is predictability bleak, but here I am, giving my favorite lovable loser one more shot. No matter the outcome, I know he won’t disappoint.

– Ryan

Monster Blog Wednesday: Best Jimmy Fallon Skits

It’s no longer a contest: Jimmy Fallon owns the sketch portion of late night TV. I still prefer Conan in the monologue, but whether it was Late Night with Jimmy Fallon or The Tonight Show, Fallon consistently delivers funny and creative skits. Here are a few of our favorites.

The Evolution of Dad Dancing – Late Night

Kind of an under the radar skit back from Fallon’s Late Night days. I think I like this skit so much because this is 100% how I dance at the bar. I get a couple of drinks in me and I’m out on the dance floor makings things happen. I gotta say Jimmy Fallon absolutely nails all of these moves. I usually start off with the simple “clap when you want to” which immediately turns into the “clap and shake” which lasts the rest of the night. I know what you’re thinking and the answer is no, it is not very impressive, but it’s all I got.

– Ryan

Real People Fake Arms – Late Night

Real people, fake arms, is gold for two reasons: Jimmy Fallon and Steve Carell. I don’t think it is physically possible for Jimmy Fallon to keep a straight face during a skit, and you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way. Carell, always professional, and Fallon always laughing. I bet by now you are probably screaming at the computer screen, “what about JUSTIN?!” Come on people, do I really need to point out how awesome JT can be in a comedy sketch? Does a dog need to be taught how to bury a bone? Does a bird need to be reminded how to fly? Does Bill Paxton need to prove he discovered the Titanic? No, the answer is no.

-Matt

Louie Returned Last Night, And He’s Still As Strangely Wonderful As I Remember

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After almost a 20 month hiatus, Louis C.K. is back on my TV screen. That’s a good thing. ‘Louie’, the comedy, drama, whatever it is you want to call it, returned for season four last night. Like most popular shows, ‘Louie’ is dissected by just about every major website that reviews television shows and pop culture. Grantland. HitFix. Time. Variety. Entertainment Weekly. Name a website and they’ll probably have a ‘Louie’ review up the afternoon before and after the episode airs. There’s a reason for this: ‘Louie’ is breaking ground for a comedy series the same way ‘The Sopranos’ broke ground for a drama back in 1999. There is no other show like ‘Louie’ anywhere on TV. A large reason for that is because there is no other character on TV like Louie, and no other creative mind like C.K. helming a show. C.K. writes, directs, edits, acts and does the music for his show. There may not be an “I” in team, but there is certainly one in ‘Louie’. If your one of those people judging C.K. solely on his stand up act, and you’ve never seen his show, your safe in assuming he is first and foremost a comedian, and you wouldn’t be wrong. He makes people laugh, both on stage and now on the small screen. His stand up act is a big part of his series, as most episodes open with him on stage, laying bare his demented soul so a room full of people so can earn a chuckle. But the show is so much more. It’s awkward, weird, hysterical, gut wrenching, almost all at the same time. C.K. is a master at zeroing in on a societal issue, no matter how small, and showing how stupid it is. During ‘Back’, the first of back to back episodes to begin Season 4 last night, there is a scene with Louie and fellow comedian Todd Barry in a coffee shop. The two of them are drinking coffee, and Louie is explaining how he’s not particulary excited about picking up his kids from school. The back and forth between the two comedians would have been a funny enough scene, but C.K. doesn’t stop there. While the two comedians are conversing, everyone else in the coffee shop is transfixed on their phones. No interpersonal communication, no communication at all. During the conversation, a kid is so preoccupied with his phone that he keeps bumping into Louie in his seat while he’s trying to walk past him. No eye contact, no conversation: it’s as if everything outside of that phone exists in an entirely different universe. This scene in particular is funny, because like most parts of ‘Louie’, they are based on reality. It’s not out of the ordinary to go anywhere nowadays where 99% of the people you see are on their phones. When watching that scene, I couldn’t help but go back to the season 2 episode “Country Drive”. During a drive out to the country to visit a relative, Louie’s daughter complains that she’s bored. Louie’s response, like most aspects of the show, is perfect:

I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.”

I can’t help but think that quote is a summation of the character of Louie and C.K. himself: a guy just making his way through the world, happy to be here but miserable at the humanity he see’s around him, so he relies on his imagination and comedy to keep him going. ‘Louie’ will only be here for six more weeks, as FX has decided to air two episodes every week for a total of episodes. Relish it while it’s here, because we may never see something like it again.

– Ryan

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