Hooray for Captain Spaulding

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Sesame Street used to have a sequence where they'd give examples of counting to a given number. The sequence would end with baker singing, for example, "NINE COCONUT CREAM PIES" and then fall down. Someone on YouTube has edited together all the baker sequences and it's so great that it deserves to be my first YouTube embed.WARNING: These segments are no longer on Sesame Street so it may be dangerous for the very young. They might start carrying baked goods and falling down steps.
The interesting thing to me about this is learning that Jim Henson was the voice of the baker.

Here is a full sequence for the number 9 which also contains a rare Sesame Street appearance by Rolf the Dog.

Allegedly there's a missing counting sequence with the baker singing "ONE WEDDING CAKE" which was pulled because the education folk figured that the kiddies don't need help counting to one. Some folk claim to have seen it. A few years ago, I would have dismissed a claim like that but then they found the Newlywed Game legend turned out to be true.

Speaking of great Sesame Street segments, here's one of that painter who'd paint on inappropriate surfaces. These segments are also no longer part of Sesame Street. Perhaps the kids today can't handle the hilarity our generation could.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

The voice-over guy for a PSA does an alternate recording with high-larious consequences. YouTube link here. Warning: lots o' profanity.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Even CEO can't figure out how Radio Shack stays in business. "If Sony and JVC start including gold-tipped cable cords with their products, we're screwed."

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Via Evanier, Mad magazine ripoff Gag is issuing a new issue #1. You can tell they've been having money problems since this Spring 2007 issue contains parodies of the summer 2006 blockbusters.*

Their FAQ cops to being a MAD knockoff and uses the "MAD isn't as good as it used to be" argument that a Cracked editor used in an article many years ago when Cracked poached Don Martin.

Speaking of Don Martin, the Wikipedia entry for Fester Bestertester. Nothing for Karbunkle (the Laurel to Fester Bestertester's Hardy).

*UPDATE: My mistake. We have one Summer 2006 blockbusters, two Summer 2005 blockbusters, and a XMas 2005 blockbuster.

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Laughcast podcast features as "Laughcast #2" an excerpt from a Jack Benny episode where Jack has a nightmare after losing $4.75 at the track. Part of the nightmare has Ronald Coleman (or Ronald Coleman as impersonated by Dennis Day) talking about betting only on English horses. We know the horse is English because after it whinnies, it says "HAW HAW".

Why is that interesting? Whenever Mel Blanc lectured or did a talk show appearance, he'd cite the Jack Benny Show asking him to do an English horse as an assignment that nearly threw him for a loop. So here it is.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

"Israeli melons have AIDS". The best part of the article is the deadpan sub-headline "Officials deny rumors".

I had no idea Israel was trading with Saudi Arabia.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

According to Pravda, Don Imus was fired because he was going to blow the lid on 9/11. This just proves what a lousy conspiracy 9/11 was. I mean, the JFK conspiracy killed Dorthy Kilgallen.

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Friday, April 06, 2007

Ted Knight's record album Hi Guys. The first verse of the titular song was about how you can't tell guys from gals with the crazy haircuts of today ("today" being 1975).

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

The weird part about Meet the Robinsons is that even though the future it depicts has flying cars, there are still comedians doing the "Hey, it's the future; where are my flying cars?" bits.

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On the back cover of a book about Michael Moore (of which I stupidly did not write the title on scrap paper), it notes that Michael Moore actually had two interviews with Roger Smith of Roger and Me fame. A new documentary about Moore has the footage.

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Via Poynter.org, an article notes that the overused Fitzgerald "no second acts" quote was not referring to comebacks as it is usually used.
[I]n the theater the second act usually serves as a bridge or transition. The first act establishes the situation and the third act denouement solves or resolves it. It is safe to assume that Fitzgerald was conversant with the theater of his day because one of his works was a play, although not a very good one, called The Vegetable.

Could it be that he meant that American lives during the Jazz Age were so frantic and frenetic that they went straight from crisis to resolution because there was not enough time for any transition?

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From my brother, a New York Times article about the Florida "condo circuit" where former borscht belt comedians entertain Jewish retirees. The sad part is that, due to changing demographics of the retirement community, some of those comics may start losing gigs there.

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