Recently, I’ve found another podcast to entertain on my long drives from Hampton Roads to Wake Forest. This one, appropriately titled “You Made It Weird” is full of the raunchy humor that comedians love but most church-folk find out of bounds. The host of this delightful schmorgesborg of laughter, Pete Holmes is most readily identified with his role as the voice of the E*Trade baby:
He’s also a hilarious stand up comic:
All that being said, what intrigues me about Pete (I’ve listened to enough of his podcast that I feel like we might as well be besties), is his take on God. It is no secret that most professional comedians are rude, crude, atheistic, faith-haters. I mean, to be a comedian you have to be a jaded and cynical observer who probably had a messed up childhood. Pete, on the other hand, was raised in an evangelical Christian context that seems so familiar to me. While he can hardly be classified as a follower of Christ, the remnant of his upbringing is readily apparent (e.g., Bible quotations, etc.). He understands awkward worship services and overzealous Christian camp counselors. In addition, you can tell that he wants to believe (even if he doesn’t quite get there).
As a result, at the end of every podcast he asks his guest the appropriately weird and awkward God question. Often the answer is surprisingly interesting. For example, when listening to Pete interview Jim Gaffigan (one of the funniest comedians today) I was pleasantly surprised to hear the interchange. Granted, they talk and think like comedians (so be warned) and their ideas are not always theologically accurate. However, hearing this kind of conversation from important people in our culture is significant. Listen to this clip from the end of the Jim Gaffigan episode:
In college, I became a huge fan of Conan O’Brien. I loved his quirky, irreverent, off-the wall humor. The bits on his show were equally genius and ludicrous. After NBC ridiculously fired him to bring back the famously unfunny Leno, I was stoked to see him get his own show on TBS. I figured the “old” Conan (from the late night days) would be back. I have to admit, while there have been flashes of former brilliance, his new show is too “by the book.” He feels like another boring late night host. There are occasional moments of silliness that makes me laugh but, for the most part, I enjoy the pre-filmed, off-set bits the most. For example, this recent segment made me laugh:
I have a painful confession to make, I have forsaken my first (late-night) love. At some point I was wooed by the boyish good looks and happy-go-lucky charm of Jimmy Fallon. At this point, my DVR always keeps the two most recent episodes recorded. Sir James has proven himself the best interviewer in television. He (shocker) actually seems to like his guests and want to talk with them! He also has his guests play ridiculous games (e.g., beer pong, corn hole, shoe golf, etc.) and lets them be part of the bits. His writers? Top notch (e.g., Jersey Floor, Real Housewives of Late Night, etc.). I make it a point to always watch his Late Night Hashtags and Thank You Notes segments.
To top it off, he has THE BEST BAND in late night and his own love of music comes through in his bits. My favorite musical bit? Slow Jamming the news (followed closely by the BP Oil Spill protest song). Classic!
All this to say, Coco will still hold a special spot in my life but Jimmy has stolen my heart.
Whitney and I are big fans of shows like The Office and Parks and Rec. I was happy to see that Kyle Hilton has made paper dolls for a number of popular shows (including Parks and Rec).
My favorite is clearly the Ron Swanson doll, complete with turkey leg, desk shotgun, gunshot bandage, and “Woman of the Year” award.
Here are a few enjoyable Ron Swanson moments for all to enjoy.
Just to settle any arguments regarding the epic awesomeness of Aaron Rodgers I had to post this picture. Not only is he a Superbowl MVP Quarterback, he is a master of the photobomb (he is “sneaking” in between 73 and 36).
If you think that this might be some sort of one-time-occasion, check out this collage of him repeatedly bombing the pre-game team captains picture. He ‘bombed almost 30 pictures! Nice!
As the teenagers and adults at my church know, I enjoy a good photobomb as well:
For your viewing pleasure! Have you ever wondered what animals are thinking? Here are a few clips from the BBC show “Walk on the Wild Side”:
Hilarious. Plain and simple.
This is probably the first time I’ve been impressed by a cat… ever. The only other times that cats are enjoyable is when they act like dogs. Enough said.
In a discussion about JaQuan’s hairstyle I noticed a slight generational gap. Those of my general age-group thought that his hair Afro/Mohawk hairstyle was a “fro-hawk” but the teenagers seemed to think it was a “mo-fro.” What do you think?
I’ve mentioned before how much I love Relevant Magazine. To be honest, the Relevant Magazine podcast is the real reason I ever subscribed to the magazine itself. The free podcast, which is recorded most weeks, is a conglomeration of random news stories (Ice T’s Bullfrog, Punching Whale Sharks, etc.), entertainment recommendations, live music performances, interviews, and more. What it lacks in consistency it makes up for in cost.
The Relevant Magazine podcast is like a hilarious and random conversation between a group of Christian friends. My only complaint? Every time Jesse or Cameron try to introduce a bit of sporting news, the anti-ESPN audience revolts. Apparently being a tree-hugging, vinyl collecting hipster precludes a deep love of professional athletic competition.
So where do I turn for an equal dose of humor, indie music, and sports? Enter the Sklar Brothers. Jason and Randy Sklar are identical twin comedians who I first heard on the Jim Rome Show. The topic of their comedy is often related to sports (though they incorporate random pop culture references from the last 3 decades). It’s amazing to listen ostensibly to the same voice have a rambling comedic conversation with itself. Every week they have a comedic caricature of a famous sports personality (such as Vin Scully) as well as guest comedians.
You heard all this right. My two favorite podcasts both concern pop culture, music, and humor. One, however, is produced by young evangelical Christians and amateur radio hosts. The other is hosted by professional Comedians who push the boundaries of traditional comedy. The best part about both: hilarious and free.
This shot is a once and a lifetime moment caught on camera. But the best part of the shot is not even related to the golf but the most amazing real-life spectator in the background—toward the right of the gallery!