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VIDEO: ALS #IceBucketChallenge can be... challenging

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There are some very well-meaning celebrities who are taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. And then there are those who appear to be indulging themselves in a Self-Serving Moment of Promo.

Take Les Moonves, for example. He's the president and CEO of CBS. His video happened to appear on his CBS show "Big Brother," which, not so coincidentally, his wife Julie Chen hosts. And where his wife also took the challenge after airing her husband's video. Her douser, by the way, was Will Arnett... of CBS's "The Millers":

What's that saying again? Oh yeah, "It's all in the family." I truly hope their efforts help, but, IMHO, they are also exploiting a good cause.

And something has been puzzling me about the ALS challenge's very premise. Wiki:

A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.

So those who comply aren't donating? Why are the drenched participants proud of that? Isn't the whole point to not only bring attention to ALS, but also to help fund raise? Color me confused. But I digress...

Allow me to introduce my buddy "Special K" to you. She and I both live in sunny California where a major drought is underway. Conservation is a huge issue here, which inspired Special K to come up with this:

She's already gotten negative feedback on Facebook (quel surprise) for injecting some humor into something that comedians and others have already playfully skewered. Lighten up, people. Nobody's anti-good cause here. When you think about it, provoking laughter is already incorporated into the very act of dumping ice water all over the heads of participants, so why not increase awareness with a little more (benign) humor?

giggle laughPerhaps her critics should have taken a moment to read this at the ALS Association site:

Please be thoughtful about water usage! If you’re in an area of the country or world affected by drought, repurpose the water for later use or help spread ALS awareness by becoming an ALS advocate, joining the Walk to Defeat ALS® in your community, getting involved in our fundraisers, or sharing information about this disease via social media. Or you can make a donation instead at www.alsa.org/donate.

Say it with me now: GottaLaff or you cry.

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RIP: And now, After Years Live from 30 Rock, Don Pardo Dies at 96

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One of THE voices of at least three generations, Don Pardo simply was the voice of Saturday Night live. May he rest in peace and SNL heaven.

A constant, continuity of professionalism and a keen understanding of the role SNL plays worldwide - but mainly it's the best we have got with politics, laughter, music and Don Pardo.

The New York Times reported on the loss this morning.

Mr. Pardo was with “S.N.L.” from the show’s first episode in October 1975, and performed the introductions for 38 seasons, missing only Season 7. For many viewers, the names of scores of stars — from Chevy Chase to Eddie Murphy to Tina Fey — were first heard in his sonorous baritone, which announced the cast each week at the end of the opening skit.

“Every year the new cast couldn’t wait to hear their name said by him,” said Lorne Michaels, the show’s creator, who hired Mr. Pardo in 1975.

But for an older generation, Mr. Pardo was familiar long before Mr. Michaels started “Saturday Night Live.” He was the announcer for an assortment of widely watched game shows, including two of the most popular television has ever seen, “The Price Is Right” and “Jeopardy!”

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Mr. Pardo’s decision to stay at NBC when “The Price Is Right” departed was fortuitous because that left him available to announce a new NBC show that made its debut in 1964, “Jeopardy!” A trivia show in which contestants tried to provide the questions after seeing the answers, it was hosted by Art Fleming, who made a point of thanking Mr. Pardo by name in each episode, helping to elevate him further out of the announcer anonymity of radio.

The original “Jeopardy!” ran until 1975, again a serendipitous endpoint because “Saturday Night Live” began the next year. The show’s creator, Mr. Michaels, was born the year that Mr. Pardo started at NBC. He has said he liked Mr. Pardo for the job as a sort of counterpoint to the wackiness of the show.

Image by NBC Universal, via Getty.

Image by NBC Universal, via Getty.

“It couldn’t have been a more different culture,” Mr. Michaels said. “But it was perfect for us.”

An earlier carnation, vintage Pardo at its best.

 

From NBC:

From Liberland news:

By 1975, NBC needed an announcer for a late-night sketch comedy show, “NBC’s Saturday Night,” later known as “Saturday Night Live.” Pardo was selected, and he served in that role for all but one of the show’s seasons, introducing generations of the show’s cast and guests – from Chevy Chase and John Belushi to Gilda Radner and Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey and Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig.

And each week: “It’s Saturday Night Live!”

Pardo retired from NBC in 2004 but continued with “SNL,” which first aired in 1975, only missing a few weeks because of health problems such as a broken hip last year.

We lost a truly great man, who dedicated his life to making us laugh … a life well lived, and condolences to Don's family, friends and SNL family. Thank you for the bright moments since 1975, Mr. Pardo.

So many to treasure.

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Overnight: Whole Foods Parking Lot: Revenge of the Black Prius

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From YouTube:

Music: del nel
-"Revenge of the Prius" single now available at the itunes store!-
Lyrics & Performance by Delia Brown
Produced by Nelson Marquez

Video:
Produced and Directed by Delia Brown
Photography by Dillon Moore
(shot on a Canon 7D and a Go Pro)
Edited by Ted Gianopulos

Appearances by:
Delia Brown, Nelson Marquez, Rick Brown, Danielle "if you've got five dollars" Vaughn, Huey Pritchard, Joel Virgel, Lisa Kellogg (www.hiphopdancer.com), Stefano Martinelli, Keith Bataille, Fernando Martinez, Frankie de Goya, Matilda the chihuahua
Shout-outs: Justine Bateman, Marianne Brown, Adam Johnston, Christine Nichols.
And especially, Thank You to Fog and Smog for the inspiration...

Lyrics

intro:
Feather hair extensions? Check.
Om tatoo? Check.
Boutique Microbrew? Check.
Lululemon leggings? Check.
Camouflage hoodie? Check.
Prius Limosine? (don't you want to ride) Check...

Verse 1:
When I rolled up, this guy in a Clippers Cap
Was flippin' flack. Who you yellin at? You can't handle the heat in the parking lot of Whole Foods? What are you, some old dudes? Yo fools! Just like the GZA is a master of the Pro Tools, I'm ballin while you're followin the old rules. Quit stallin, y'all are growin toad stools. You drink kombucha? Why you sippin O'Douls?
Please. Let me get my space. I'm not in the mood cuz I got the taste for an iced soy latte mate, in my body...
I don't know karate, but I gotta get some kale to saute, so, please move your misguided hybrid out the way. I get vociferous when shopping for cruciferous veggies...!! Lemme hear you hollah. Pop the top on your favorite Odwalla (you can get one if you've got five dollahs)!!

Chorus:
You can't handle the heat in the parking lot?
Did you run outta your prescription for medical pot?
Instead of sittin on the little shopping carts they got,
You could just park next to the Passat.
You can't handle the heat in the parking lot?
Listen man, there's a Vons right down the block.
Don't you know you got a choice where you can shop,
besides you said your kombucha is out of stock...

Verse 2:
That's right I got a date tonight, and I'm cookin. My date is tall and really good lookin. Ok, it's not a date, it's just my FBF (huh?) My fake boyfriend (what?) What, are you deaf?!
She's comin over and she's bringing her chihuahua, and if you don't move it I'm a slap you like Zsa Zsa slapped a cop, stop blockin or it's gonna get hotter...Don't make me spray you with my coconut water!!
Tom's on my feet, I'm hoping I'll meet
a hottie with allergies to dairy and wheat, so I'll
spend some time in the gluten-free aisle,
Flash him a Tom's of Maine smile,
Let him know, I do downward dog like a pro! "you want a goji berry?" - "No thanks, I gotta go..."
I don't mean to Bragg like liquid aminos, but I was just too sexy for his chinos.

[Chorus...]

Verse 3:
What? I shouldn't shop at Whole Foods cuz I'm broke? You think that I should eat an inorganic artichoke? Yo bloke, I'm no joke, I need my acai...Watch us do some tai chi...
I've got a lot of problems, not a problem with a lot,
Keep stressin me dude, and get a shot!!
Of wheat grass, or filet'd Chilean sea bass,
I keep it raw like my agave nectar sweet ass.
Oh, you're gangster cuz your tshirts made of hemp, ay?
I'm wearin a tampon made of tempeh!!
But now I gotta get to TJs. Sipping fifteen dollar pinot noir in my PJ? You think I give a f--k? I keep it real with the two-buck-chuck! what what.
(Charles Shaw up in the house.
Sauvingon blanc forevahhh)

[Chorus...fade out]
Category
Comedy
License
Standard YouTube License

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Overnight: Toddlers and Tiaras with Tom Hanks

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This is funny stuff.

From YouTube:

The fourth part of Jimmy's interview with Tom Hanks where he shares a clip of Toddlers & Tiaras.

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Ann Davis, 'Brady Bunch' Star, Dies at 88

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From the Wiki on Ann Davis, coincidentally Ann Bradford Davis:

Ann Bradford Davis (May 5, 1926 – June 1, 2014) was an American television actress.[1][2]

Davis achieved prominence for her role in the NBC situation comedy, The Bob Cummings Show (1955–1959) for which she twice won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, but she was best known for playing the part of Alice Nelson, the housekeeper in ABC's The Brady Bunch series (1969–1974).

I had not realized that the original Brady Bunch show ran only 5 years but, of course, it's been in reruns ever since - 40 years now.

Here's Time's James Poniewozik's reaction to Ann Davis's death:

Somehow Forming a Family: Why We Loved The Brady Bunch‘s Alice

From Chicagonow.com
Good bye to the lovely Ann B. Davis, a.k.a. Alice of the Brady Bunch

From YouTube: Far Out Alice

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Premature speculation: Jon Stewart skewers 2016 election coverage

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Last time I looked, the 2016 elections come AFTER the 2014 elections, which seems obvious to those of us who can count. And who own calendars. And who aren't news dee jays. And who don't have zillions of dollars available to influence elections, dollars that they slather all over their favorite candidates and causes. So who better to mock the premature 2016 election speculation glut than-- ta daa!-- Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

Presenting "Democalypse 2014: 2016 Foreplay Edition," the "prespeculation hypotheticals":

Jon Stewart:

Why speculate about the near future-- when you can speculate about the far future? Coming up: Your ten day forecast!-- For next February...

Clinton v. Bush! Thank god we fought a bloody war against England so that political power would no longer be consolidated in but one family, because in my mind, two just makes sense...

Does this mean [Hillary's] hungry for 2016? ... We don't know. Because we can't know. But still. What?...

I wonder if old Wyatt Oops [Rick Perry] is gonna get back in the saddle?... I know what he's doing!... He's going from the handsome bimbo to the bookworm!

He said that in reference to Perry's "glasses of ensmartenment."

And he didn't forget to skewer the Bushes. NosirreeGeorge.

H/t: The Week

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"Get the Government Out of my Phuquing Snatch!" #VeepGetsIt

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Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:

"Maybe I should just say 'Get the government out of my fucking snatch!!!' " [As exclamation point-worthy as it gets.]

Honestly, what sane modern woman fighting this War hasn't wanted to yell out that line? At the top of her lungs and hopefully amongst a crowd that included that rare commodity: listening penises!

It was no shock when HBO's Veep was announced to be worthy of a Season Four this week, it's managed to be a show both about nothing AND wittily expose actual Village Idiot D.C. politics. Julia Louis Dreyfus totally took it there on the new and improved abortion crazee. [An homage by Elaine Benes dance would indeed be appropriate here.]

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HBO has tendencies toward embed-a-phobia, but Jezebel came through on the Veep video clip. Enjoy.  …  Right?!!!

Season 3 opened with the gobsmackingly brilliant Breaking Newz that Hollywood Veep Selina Meyer would be under-valued and overlooked a LOT less now that her phantom nemesis had Decided Not To Run - again. [POTUS wears the Vera of 'Cheers', Maris of 'Frasier' and How-ard's Jewish Mother of 'Big Bang' comedy cloak of invisibility, but three seasons is enough of him.]

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Glass Ceiling Opening … Swarm, swarm! Leonard Cohen is doing "Hallelujah" in the background, and we won't even have to divisively debate former PUMA crimes and Hillary's flaws for reals yet. What is female liberal happiness???

Episode Two, The Choice, brought the Post-Lipton Brigade World back to clarity if you arrived standard with a uterus. How could the white, male and exiting POTUS Stick It to the female Veep? Announce he's devolved, and is now Pro-Life. Suddenly, No Choice For You!

Selina’s swift and spot-on response; “I do not mean to sound paranoid, but he is trying to kill me.”  The truly Ick frosting ... she gets to explain The Administration's Shift on this to the country on GMA. Out come the white boards and the let the staff meltdowns commence.

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'I realize that life is precious ... And so are the hard, gulp, won freedoms', she envisions stuttering to yet another panicked PACcer or prying pundit on The Dante's Circle Morning Show Circuit ... desperately trying to quote her precise position from her latest book. That she didn't precisely pen. 'I need more than this pastel-ly shit!!' was her actual position.

Pan ahead to the Reality Tour. POTUS became PROTUS, SCROTUS is screwing women on auto-pilot despite representation and the Veep's staff is held together by two strong women, Tony Hale and some high-end boob tape.


Selena has been catapulted back to our reality of gridlocked, lock-jawed apathy fighting the 2014 Teavangelical Koched Up Wackadoo. And all she is armed with is this un-enlightening passage from 'her' book: “Freedom means the freedom to choose how to use that freedom to protect the freedom of others.”

"I can't get POTUS to wave his transvaginal wand and make it all go away," gets declared with the perfect soupçon of Lady Parts Issues Angst mid-shitestorm.

Any Veep looking for the Oval Office drape-measuring permissions has to find the G-spot on abortion in this country or may as well just Step Off.

 

I bow to Laffy as about the most fluent speaker of Seinfeld of anyone I've ever encountered, so over-references were compulsory - please excuse or improve upon. ;) #AllRoadsLeadToSeinfeld

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