Exposé: James Scott Farrin Commercials

19 03 2011

If you live in the research triangle than you’ve probably heard of our very own intense personal injury law office, James Scott Farrin. They are most famous for their commercials. If you know what I’m talking about, then this video might weird you out:

That’s right, same guy, but different law firm! Apparently the actor Robert Vaughn not only plays James Scott Farrin and the other bizarro versions of it, he was also the villain in the movie Superman III:

Take a look at his long and varied IMDB page. with everything from MatchGame to FDR.

 

– Mister Harrison Brookie





Cookie Monster Auditions for SNL

3 12 2010

Everybody’s favorite Sesame Street character tries to achieve every comedian’s dream. I’m pretty sure this is a real viral marketing strategy to get a monster to host. You can join the Facebook group now!As strange as this is, is it really more unusual than the successful Facebook campaign to get Betty White to host? Here’s his hilarious audition tape:

Let me be the first to say there’s always a space on the DSI stage for Mister Cookie.

– Mister Harrison Brookie





New (Smaller) Take on a Classic Gag

18 11 2010

Here’s the boring background from Wikipedia:

Pieing is the act of throwing a pie at a person. This can be a political action when the target is an authority figure, politician, or celebrity and can be used as a means of protesting against the target’s political beliefs, or against a perceived flaw — e.g. arrogance or hubris — in the target’s character.

Now here’s the comedy:

– Mister Harrison Brookie





Looking at Audio Visually

20 10 2010

Keeping with the the music theme, have you ever listened to a song and felt that it was just the same lyrics over and over? Sometimes it works (Let it be) and sometimes it doesn’t (Who Let The Dogs Out). Just this month Will Smith’s daughter, nine  year old Willow Smith, came out with her single, Whip Your Hair. Here’s what it sounds like and thanks to Wordle, here’s what it looks like:

– Mister Harrison Brookie





Economics of California Gurls

14 10 2010

As a high school economics teacher, I talk a lot about the topic. I try to keep it restricted to my personal blog, but in honor of our recent economist guest, I’ll post it here.

Katy Perry’s recent hit California Gurls was number one on the Billboards for 6 weeks. Sure it’s catchy (both musically and visually), but it’s also business savvy. If you were going to write a song about a state, why not pick the the largest economy in the country (and 9th largest in in the world). Similarly, Jay-Z’s recent New York hit Empire State of Mind is both popular and about a large economy. The same goes for North Carolina native James Taylor’s Carolina on My Mind (and he was able to get two states with one song).

So here’s the one thing I don’t get, why didn’t Wakko’s song ever hit number one?:

Note: It may also be possible that Katy and Jay-Z are just singing about their home states. But then how do you explain Lynyrd Skynyrd’s (from Florida) Sweet Home Alabama and Bruce Springsteen’s (from New Jersey) Nebraska (both states of course known for their wealth and bounty)?

Also, for those interested, here’s a song about every state.

– Mister Harrison Brookie





The Snooki Snooker

26 08 2010
I posted a while back on Snooki’s tweetversation with John McCain. But perhaps Mr. McCain should rethink who he follows:
Allegedly, the anxious folks at these various luxury houses are all aggressively gifting our gal Snookums with free bags. No surprise, right? But here’s the shocker: They are not sending her their own bags. They are sending her each other’s bags! Competitors’ bags!
Call it what you will — “preemptive product placement”? “unbranding”? — either way, it’s brilliant, and it makes total sense. As much as one might adore Miss Snickerdoodle, her ability to inspire dress-alikes among her fans is questionable. The bottom line? Nobody in fashion wants to co-brand with Snooki.
Hat tip to Tyler Cowen.




The Onion and Improv Sitting in a Tree

8 07 2010

I’ve suspected for a while that The Onion, a satirical newspaper, had some kind of relationship with improvisation. With articles like this and graphics like this the writers clearly know something about the subculture that is improv comedy. I’ve even recognized improvisers from their Onion News Network videos (not to be confused with DSI Witness News). Here’s Improv Everywhere’s Charlie Todd discussing  how all wrestling fans are actually paid professionals:

But my suspicion has been confirmed by yet another reference to improvisation in this recent video (at the 1 minute 20 second mark):

Who else could know that nerd male improvisers only talk to nerd girls improvisers? Speaking of, if you’re interested in becoming either one of those, Zach Ward’s 101/201 summer intensive has 2 spots left!

– Mister Harrison Brookie








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