shoebox_dw: (i need a hug)
OK, so today has been totally Made of Fail for reasons that make me feel crumby just considering typing them, and after that last post I figure a little demonstration of my ongoing connexion with reality wouldn't hurt anyway...in other words, it's past time to bring on more glee. With extra spoonfuls of chocolate syrup and maybe some marshmallow fluff on top.

1) This one's with [livejournal.com profile] rj_anderson in mind :) Apologies for the sound, which I believe is a little off towards the end, but the imagery is amazingly gorgeous anyway:


2) That the gag is telegraphed a mile away doesn't mean it's not totally awesome.


3) "Ernie...what are you doing with those glasses of water?": Probably the all-time E&B masterpiece.


4) Yep, it's another of Kermit's newsflashes gone hilariously wrong. The video quality isn't the greatest, but the dialogue is so worth it.

shoebox_dw: (bob & ray)
So, ah, yeah, in the course of rummaging around for the clips in yesterday's post...well, look at it this way: the more Bob & Ray clips, the less Bob & Ray observational verbiage, thus an exponential increase in glee all round, eh?

Besides which, this clip happens to be a source of Very Special Glee for yours truly, on account of I had no idea it even existed until it was released this month. Turns out that back in 1968 freelance producer David Jacobsen, thoroughly charmed by B&R's unique way of making funny, spent an afternoon documenting it for posterity. (And no wonder; if the clip below is any indication, in person they came across as less an act than an oddball shared introversion. Rather like those twins that develop their own private language - the urge to crack the code must've been nearly irresistible.)

The result was dubbed - at their suggestion - Bob & Ray: An Award Winning Film. Unfortunately, never mind awards, it didn't even find a distributor. So Jacobsen stuffed the footage in a closet...and has now pulled it out just in time for me to have backed up my allowance for, like, years on this iPod thing. Major loss of glee there.

Meanwhile, though, there's this promo excerpt, which may be the only comedy footage in existence to be interesting more for what's not there than what is:



shoebox_dw: (pbs happiness fairy)
So there's been some discussion re: the Take Back the Glee movement here on LJ.

I am highly in favour of this whole idea, and not just because the icon attached to that post? Totally my phrase. Just saying. But no, I've actually been a firm believer in glee ever since I first encountered the concept in about grade five or so. If for no other reason than that it's just such a fun word to bat around. To the point where saying it aloud several times running actually induces the state it describes. No, really, give it a try.

*pause*

Not bad, eh? I also recommend wandering around going 'quack' for awhile. Or 'squeak'. Squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak...

[ahem] Right, yes, glee production. While I have no severe traumas to bounce back from - yet, anyway - participation in the movement does seem like a good way to get out from under the dark(ish) cloud of my last post. Clearly, the blogging gods demand sacrifice. Besides which, it fits in neatly with my new YouTube-posting habit.

(Yeah, I know, I know. Next week: I report in breathlessly on how I've learned to make my own mood icons!)

Anyhow, for now I present two clips that bring me much personal glee, in the hopes that they may spread some further:

1) Bob & Ray, 'Champion Low Jumper' - C'mon, you know I had to. It may help (sorry, guys) that this isn't a video per se; it's a recording from their Broadway show, of one of their most famous routines. The screwball logic is just...so...logical.



2) Sesame Street, 'La La La Song' - One of the simplest and sweetest of the original Bert & Ernie clips...incidentally, 'linoleum' is a really fun word to say, too.



shoebox_dw: (kitty fabulous)
Jack Black, eat your heart out. A full thirty years before there was a School of Rock, Sesame Street enrolled us all in the School of Funk. In honour of Motown's 50th anniversary, here's Stevie Wonder, rocking the beloved ol'block with Superstition. Yes, really.

(And for those of you wondering - according to the comments, the guitarist in the blue cap, who looks like a young Ray 'Who ya gonna call' Parker Jr., is a young Ray Parker Jr.)

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shoebox_dw: (garfield rabid moth)
It occurred to me quite suddenly today that my Sesame Street tribute post has maybe one itty-bitty flaw: that a decent chunk of my readership probably doesn't know what the heck I'm talking about, beyond hazy guesses as to a sudden case of Tourettes'.

Mind you, clarifying may not help my cause much either...but it's bound to be a whole lot funnier. So here's the long-untold story of the day the Muppet Martians (Jim Henson and Jerry Hunt) made First Contact:

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