Off the List 11

More music, less problems.

I love the title of this song, Lick the Palm of the Burning Handshake. Sounds spicy! I heard it at the end of Grey’s Anatomy like two weeks ago. The second half, starting at 2:24, is my favorite:

Two music legends + Two pianos + Lyrics that reference Moby Dick = Awesome

Just to preface this video, the whole thing is the girl “dancing” (shaking her butt). She does a really great job, but it is still kind of boring.

Improv FTW

I found Heather and Miles after looking at some Upright Citizens Brigade videos and clearly they are an amazing improv team.

Rule 1 of improv is to agree with your partner and build off of their premise. AKA “Yes, and…” BUT, all rules are made to be broken.

I like the perfume sample scene above because it shows that once people reach a certain level, they can work outside the rules.

Even though I love Portlandia and SNL and Key and Peele, they aren’t improv shows.  If something great happens during filming, they might keep or add it, but everything is scripted to start.  So, I guess I will just keep watching clips of random improv teams and Whose Line is it Anyway on youtube:

Hannibal Buress

Yes. Yes, that is his real name. No. No, he is not named after Hannibal Lecter.

Hannibal Buress is a former writer for SNL and 30Rock.  He has played a bum on 30Rock seven times (the picture above was taken during filming).  UPDATE: He was on last night’s (5/3) episode as Rus/Gus, the man in the tin-foil hat. Buress’ first comedy album, My Name is Hannibal, released in 2010, is available on itunes.

I recently listened to the WTF with Marc Maron with Hannibal. He talked about how when he first moved to NYC, his sister kicked him out, so he had to live in hostels, and when he couldn’t afford that, he slept on the F train.  Dang, that is a level of commitment I have never reached.

My favorite part starts at 5:00:

BJ Novak

BJ Novak is best known as Ryan (the temp) on The Office.  He is also a writer, director, and co-executive producer on/for the show. And he does stand-up.

For fans of Encyclopedia Brown, a new generation has arrived:

My favorite joke of his is in this video:

Battered women…sounds delicious, doesn’t make it right.

Key and Peele

Key and Peele is fantastic.  Both Portlandia and Key and Peele are more consistently funny than SNL is or MadTV was. It may be a “cooks in the kitchen thing,” where you get more quality sketches out of a comedy duo (Fry and Laurie, Armisen and Brownstein, Key and Peele) because of the closer rapport. Idk, just a guess.

Show description:

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are the stars of “Key & Peele,” an original new sketch-comedy show that examines life in a provocative and irreverent way, through a combination of filmed sketches and live stage segments. Whether it’s satirizing the President, spoofing Nazis, or ordering up some soul food, Key & Peele showcases their chemistry, camaraderie and unique point of view, born from their shared background and experiences growing up biracial in a not quite post-racial world.

Anyway, Key and Peele, both former MadTV cast members, are great.  You can watch full-length episodes on Hulu Plus, clips on Hulu, and clips on Comedy Central. And of course there’s the Comedy Central channel on youtube.

Here are some of my favorite sketches. IT WAS TOO HARD TO CHOSE SO I JUST KEPT ADDING MORE AND MORE:


The show airs Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30 c on Comedy Central and it has already been renewed for a second season that will air in the fall.

Off the List 10

I’ve been obsessively listening to the Hunger Games Soundtrack for the past two days and it’s time to take a break. Here’s some of the music I’ve been listening to recently:

I know that I’m late to the game on this one, and I don’t even like Kreayshawn’s original version, but I like this:


This song was featured in the tv show Revenge:


Fun, catchy, and calming:


Spring has sprung! Enjoy the weather!


Writing dialogue has got to be the hardest part of writing a script.  People are silly and strange and I think it is really hard to capture that in a realistic way. At its worst, dialogue can turn out like Juno, where people sound like the tweets of a pop culture nightmare.  At its best, dialogue turns out like duder.

duder. is a comedy web series.  It is funny and interesting and weird in all the right ways. Some deets:

– duder. is an award-winning web series about a bunch of duders who just, you know, duder around a bit.

– duder. is written and produced by Matt Kirsch, New York-based writer and web producer for the Onion. Matt plays Glen.

– duder. stars the handsome Alden Ford, who plays Ricky in the series and also edits a bunch of the series.

Here is a trailer for the series:

The season 1 episodes are kind of low quality because they are like 5 years old.  Don’t let that stop you!

The most recent episode for season 3 was posted 9 months ago, so I’m not sure what’s going to happen. But that’s ok because seasons 1 and 2 are so good that I’ll just rewatch them over again.

Historical Improv by PERIODS

If you like Drunk History, you might like the “anachronistic period pieces with costumes a show choir would die for” created by PERIODS:

PERIODS. is an improvised comedy film series. Created by Victor Quinaz, Anna Martemucci, and the entire PERIODS. crew. PERIODS. is a co-production with Robinson Films, Inc. , Nomadic Films, and Before The Door Pictures.

While the characters and struggles might be straight out of The Hills or Real Housewives, these videos have historical settings. Their commitment to historical accuracy is truly admirable.

The Hairpin introduced me to Periods Films and here are a few of their videos:

Hunger Games Sountrack

I just finished the last book yesterday.  I have that bittersweet feeling you get when you finish a good book, you feel satisfied with how things turned out, but sad because it is over.  Don’t let the popularity of The Hunger Games turn you off; don’t act too cool for school!  These are exciting, fast-paces stories with an abundance of cliffhangers.  Also, there are only three of them, so hurry up since the first movies comes out on Friday!

The soundtrack is bound to be phenomenal, with names like Glen Hansard and Neko Case attached.  It is available for pre-order on itunes now.

Buy your tickets for Friday!