Saturday, May 26, 2007

Who doth inhabit the primary position...

On YouTube, two Elizabethan-styled actors perform a funny Shakespearian version of "Who's On First", perhaps assuming that the Bard of Avon at one time hosted three shows a day at Minsky's for some extra ducats...

Here's some more details from the original post on YouTube:

An Elizabethan twist on Abbot and Costello's famous vaudeville routine. Performed by STNJ actors David Foubert and Jay Leibowitz on New Year's Eve of 2006 in Morristown, NJ. Written by Jay Leibowitz and Jason King Jones.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Foiled by another President Fred

I wonder who will be the first person to blog about possible presidential candidate Fred Thompson who mentions this episode of The Goon Show.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Screaming girl rushes the stage!

In this old TV footage of Quebecois singer Tony Roman, there's a surprise shortly after the 2 minute mark. As he is ending his cover of Sha La La, one of his fevered girl fans jumps him!

I suspect she was a plant. Yet, look at how he was able to keep on singing after he was attacked!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Chad Allan was better. Not cuter, but better :)

It's funny that there don't seem to be any Johnny Kidd and the Pirates videos on YouTube, but there is a cover of Shakin' All Chinese pop singer Josephine Siao Fong Fong!

If only there were video of Chad Allan & The Expressions/Guess Who? performing the song. Perhaps if we asked Randy Bachman nicely...

Monday, May 21, 2007

Today, on "Public Domain Theatre..."

A two part educational film from the early 1950s, Drug Addiction, by the fine folks at Encyclopedia Britannica.

Part one

and Part two

Sunday, May 20, 2007

The no-name Sean Connery

My mother will be pleased to to learn that the MST3K version of Operation Double 007 is on YouTube! It stars Neil Connery (Sean's brother) and a features a lot of Italian actors, actresses, extras, etc. Great fun!

Part 1:

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Part 10 (the last part):

Saturday, May 19, 2007

More powerful than a locomotive. Twice as powerful if it's a ViaRail train.

I'm working my way through the Adventures of Superman on DVD.

I'm enjoying the shows. Last night I watched a season 2 episode in which George Reeves also portrayed a crook who was impersonating Superman. He seemed to have a lot of fun doing that part.

One thing that I have to ask though...why did no one notice that Clark Kent and Superman were never in the same place at the same time? I wonder if there was ever some attempt, in the comic books at least, to "explain" that.

I need a Rifftrax soundtrack for my life, let alone a DVD. :)

One of Colby's friends has discovered Rifftrax, the new project by MST3K alumni.

Friday, May 18, 2007

After the break, we'll be making Pot Noodles

Watch as Craig Ferguson makes hamburgers topped with mashed potatoes on the Rachel Ray show...

Thursday, May 17, 2007

No, my boss is the "second meanest man in the world"

Patches Pals will be glad to know that part of the highlight tape for J.P. Patches, famed Seattle TV kids show host is on YouTube! Watch for Bob Newman, who played the dozens of other parts on the show!

Get my mother to tell you about the day that she called Seattle long distance to have my birthday read out on the show. (Boy, the ICU2TV had amazing reception!)

No, wiseacres! That was when I was a little boy! :)

What's French for "Splish Splash"?

...and then there was Cesar & ses Romains, the Quebec band of the 1960s who performed in Roman togas!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

J'aime pas le Rock!

No wonder French comedian Jean Yanne is so unhappy in this video. He's trying to have a quiet drink and everyone in his bar is doing the Twist!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

"It's the voodoo, I tells you..."

Some kind soul has posted all of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of The Horror of Party Beach in 11 parts. Woo Hoo!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

Part 11 (The last part)

"We just took your libido and starched and pressed it."

One of my fave MST3k shorts: Body Care and Grooming!

MST 3K 2.0

Some of the guys behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 are involved in a new venture: The Film Crew!

Friday, May 11, 2007

How to interview

It would seem that interviews are *much* better when you can make up the questions after you have the answers! If only I had know this during my Report days! :)

Weird Al Yankovic shows us how!

When he "interviews" Madonna...

Michael Stipe...

Paul McCartney...

Eminem... (Weird Al must have had fun with this one as Eminem messed up his plans to do a video spoof of one his songs)

Mick Jagger...

Paula Abdul...

Tom Petty...

Mariah Carey...

Billy Joel...

Ozzy Osbourne...

and George Harrison...

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Rick's mother gives them a 78, because their songs have a good beat and are easy to dance to

My mother has seen The Zimmers on TV and thinks this band of swinging senior citizens is kind of fun...

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Spotnicks are go!

This is actually an adaptation of a Russian folk song about the Cossacks. I recall that there are different versions of similar instrumentals called "Meadowlands". A Vancouver rock band, whose name escapes me at the moment, released a 45 RPM version of Meadowlands in the 1960s.

I would say, however, that The Spotnicks' version is the best.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Do The Pony!

Now that you have learned how to do the's Pony Time!

My mom says that she used to do all these dances when she was a teenager...

Galloping Gertie

Government bureaucrats are always on the job. Always.

After doing some research for work at the library, I was flipping through some old bound volumes of Time. I found some extra information on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse in a Nov. 18, 1940 Time story.

Not wanting to be haunted by the ghost of Henry Luce, I shall quote lightly from the story. The morning of the collapse, the undulations of the bridge were "no worse than usual"...but no worse than usual meant that the bridge was swaying seriously and that drivers and pedestrians got seasick as they went across the bridge "The bridge was throbbing as if it were alive". However, the problem was serious enough that scientists at the nearby University of Washington were doing wind tunnel studies in a futile effort to fix the bridge.

On the morning of the collapse, a U of W prof set up a camera that would wind up taking some of the famous movie footage that you may have seen. Also...

Soon after him came 25 year-old college student Winfield Brown who paid his 10 cent pedestrian fee and walked across for the thrill.

Today, the bridge would be shut down, but back then they collected tolls as usual! Amazing. It's a good thing that the toll collector went off the job later that day: "Sure the bridge is out, but if you hit the gap at about 90 MPH, you may be able to jump it. 25 cents please."

I'm not a fan of safety Nazis, but I draw the line at collecting tolls for a bridge that is about to collapse. I'm fussy that way, I guess.