This year’s best parody?
F**k you. My pension savings have been cut in half thanks to you.
Yeah, I just got to say it. The Internet *is* a wonderful place sometimes. It can make you feel happy when everything else just sucks. The ultimate treasurebox of pleasure and delight is of course Youtube; and here are two hits from this year that I discovered much too late – but they are already timeless classics and I enjoy them incredibly: (both via Waxy.org)
My Hope by Sweetafton23
Ready on the floor by Little Boots (on Tenorion)
Well it has been more than a year since the sensational re-cut The Shining trailer hit the Internets, the winner of the 2005 New York AICE Trailer Park competition. It spawned a wave of mashups and re-cut trailers of various quality – most of them never getting close to the high quality of the “original” (although AICE had been doing this stuff for a few years, the general public had not really had noticed it).
I thought it would be interesting to check back with AICE to see what the 2006 Trailer Park competitions have given us. I searched the web which we call the Internet and came up with a few gems. Enjoy.
(Robots meets 8 Mile)
Winner of Los Angeles Trailer Park 2006, made by Jeff Jenkins
(Cocktail as Bollywood movie)
Winner of New York Trailer Park 2006, made by Scott Rankin
Enter This Dragon, Bitch!
(Enter The Dragon as a Blaxploitation move)
Runner-up at NY Trailer Park 2006, made by Ian Marks
I never cease to be amazade by Japanese television. Its range of shows range from the mundane to the interesting to the off the chart weird. On average, it is not so interesting unfortunately – and that has its reasons I guess, but I won’t dive into that discussion now.
I want to highlight what has quickly become one of my favorite shows of late (actually, after seeing only one episode), and that is Chimpan News Channel a news/talk show “for animals” on Fuji TV. As the speaker voice says in the introduction of the show, “there are more animals in Japan than children, so why not make a show for animals”
The host of the show is a chimpanzee named Gomes Chenbalin and his staff includes a very very aggressive (almost wild) monkey named Paul (he is on a leash but still manages to scare the living daylights of all human guests that appear. Basically, the show is sort of a talk show, with Japanese celebrities coming on the show and being interview by Gomes.
So you might think… How on earth would that make an entertaining show? Well, the chimpanzee is voiced over by famous Japanese comedian “Bibiru Oogi” and does an extremely good job of ad-libbing and keeping up with what the chimp does on the show. Sure, the show is scripted and the monkey is very well trained but it’s still a monkey and you can never be 100% sure of what its reaction is going to be to a particular sitatuon. The result is hilarious!
In the below clip, for some reason one of the guests has taken off his shirt (I don’t know why, since I haven’t seen the episode in question) and Gomes tells him to cover his face because his producer gets annoyed by the “naked guy”. So he makes him put on a horse-mask, and then you can see for yourselves what happens…
You gotta love those Japanese brand managers sometimes. They come up with the most internationally viable brand names possible! I mean, think of the success that Georgia’s new coffee DEEPPRESSO will have in the overseas market! “Need something to get you going in the morning? Drink Deeppresso!” “Feeling a bit tired, a bit down? Drink a cup of Deeppresso!”
Or how about this one, from Wonda Coffee? SHOT & SHOT 69! Well, is it only me or is that just not an appropriate name for a coffee? “Hey Honey! Gimme a 69, I can’t get out of bed without one!” or “Oh, every morning when I arrive at work, I share a 69 with my boss.” Ummmm…. YEAH.