Friday, January 14, 2011

Who Is Hannibal Burress?

He's funny, that's what. Courtesy of Aziz Ansari's Aziz Is Bored, check out this video of Hannibal Burress performing on David Letterman:

As Aziz notes, the video quality sucks, but the comedy is worth it. Check out his album My Name is Hannibal. According to Wikipedia, Hannibal was born in 1983 in a funny way, leading to a life of comedy... or something like that:
Hannibal Buress (born 1983) is an American stand-up comedian and television writer currently living in New York City.

Buress was featured in "The Awkward Comedy Show" special on Comedy Central, alongside comics Baron Vaughn, Eric AndrĂ©, Marina Franklin, and Victor Varnado, and on the FX sitcom Louie. In July 2010, Buress made Variety magazine's "Ten Comics to Watch in 2010" list. 
His first stand-up comedy album "My Name is Hannibal" was released on July 27, 2010.
Buress was a writer on Saturday Night Live from 2009-2010. In September 2010, he began writing for the fifth season of the NBC comedy series 30 Rock. 
His stand-up comedy has been featured on Comedy Central programs such as Live at Gotham and John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show. He has also performed on several late night talkshows such as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Lopez Tonight, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with David Letterman.

Hopefully he pulls a Mindy Kaling or a Conan and makes the jump from writer to feature actor on '30 Rock.' Like, they could have him come on as a competitor for Tracy Morgan's spot or something. Ah, Tracy Morgan... the king of random almost-dumb but can actually be pretty smart comedy. Anyway, I ramble. Just check out the Hannibal clip above... and yea, everyone hates obnoxious cellphone users, don't they?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Top 5 Inspirational Commencement Speeches

In no particular order, here are some commencement speeches that not only served as a capstone to a collegiate career but provided lasting words to guide the graduate's future endeavors, both professional and personal.

Oprah Winfrey, Stanford University, 2008

Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005

Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008

Larry Page, Michigan University, 2009

William H. Gates, Harvard University, 2007

To summarize the key points from all these speeches.... well, it's the collected wisdom of some of the most successful people of our times. I may not be up for the task, but here goes!

Haha, okay, so one of those may have come from Will Ferrell's speech, but you get the point. The visionaries of the world most likely do not have any better vision than the rest of us. What they do have is the audacity to go after their dreams and the tenacity to see that vision through. To boldly go where other men have gone before but failed, perhaps. Regardless, it's a wide wide world out there and you have to make your way in it. As Joseph Campbell said, if you want to know what to follow, follow your bliss... 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ed Helms Stars In The Midwest's Hangover AKA Cedar Rapids

Ed Helms is the man. Whether you know him from The Daily Show, The Office, or of course The Hangover, he just brings it every time. He hasn't quite reached Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell or Steve Carrell status, but he's getting there fast. Just check out this trailer for Cedar Rapids:

This just has classic Midwest comedy written all over it, something like a funnier version of Fargo or Up In The Air. And, of course, John C. Reilly. The dude just rocks it in every film he's in, and doesn't get enough credit. Whether it's comedy or serious drama stuff, the guy just is awesome. He really needs to get an Oscar sooner rather than later. Him and Christian Bale - what gives, old Academy peeps? Are they just not kissing up enough? You HAVE to give them props for just... the body of work those two have put together. Life is sort of unfair at times; the Oscars seem to always be. Whatever, this movie is gonna rock regardless - you can have your silly awards; I'll take a funny movie over that any day.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

SNL's "I Just Had Sex" Is Funny - But Is It Derivative?

On SNL's last episode of 2010, they of course had a new song/digital short by Andy Samberg & Co  aka The Lonely Island guys entitled "I Just Had Sex"

According to Wikipedia:
The Lonely Island is an American comedy troupe composed of Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg, best known for its musical parodies. The group is from Berkeley, CA, and is currently based in New York City. The group began creating live comedy skits in junior high school and continued to do so, expanding its repertoire to comedic shorts, music parody (both songs and videos), and one full-length television pilot, before coming to the attention of Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live (SNL). Once on the show, they wrote "Lazy Sunday," a better-produced music parody video much like the group's previous work. It became an instant internet success, and led to the creation of similar digital shorts that also aired on Saturday Night Live. The Emmy-winning "Dick in a Box", "Jizz in My Pants", "Like a Boss" and the Grammy-nominated "I'm on a Boat" have subsequently had huge success both on the show and on the internet and prompted the recording and release of an album, Incredibad, in which the group moves in a more musical direction.

In August 2007, the group premiered its first feature film, Hot Rod.

So, yea, the guys are the real deal, having made some of the most popular sketches in SNL history. Here,
obviously Akon is featured, but did you catch John McEnroe, Jessica Alba, and Blake Lively? Props, guys, props.

However, one lil thing bugged me. You all know Katy Perry, right? That's I Kissed A Girl... and then I met Russell Brand... and then I got married yet continue to tease every red-blooded male from 19 to 90 with my provocative poses/outfits but I ain't gonna go out like Britney Katy Perry. Yes, that Katy Perry. Anyway, she ( Katy Perry that is, not Britney) also recently released "Firework," a music video all about having sex... err, self-empowerment:

Notice any similarities? Is "I Just Had Sex" derivative of Perry's song, or at least music video? You decide!