Start GOING DEEP WITH DAVID REES this very night.
14 years ago this summer I met David Rees for the first time at the COOLIDGE in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Prior to that I knew him only from his self-published clip art karate comic entitled MY NEW FIGHTING TECHNIQUE IS UNSTOPPABLE.
Jay Evans gave me that comic in the spring of 2000 when something very sad was happening in my life, and I laughed so so hard. It was a good gift.
So I invited him to this event I was doing at the Coolidge, and we have been friends ever since. But I do not praise David Rees because he is a friend, but because he a GENIUS.
Consider his body of work:
—The incredible clip art water cooler war comic GET YOUR WAR ON.
(I was also in CODEFELLAS, PS, because if David ever asks met to do something, I answer YES, and I never ever regret it.)
Dude has made me laugh harder and think harder about life and art than anyone, and tonight he will start helping you to think CLEARLY for once about HOW TO MAKE ICE, HOW TO DIG A HOLE, and HOW TO TIE KNOTS.
I really think you will enjoy this show.
And as always, despite your natural internet preferences for streamin’ and swipin’, I would consider it a favor if you could find a way to watch it TONIGHT on TELEVISION at 10PM on National Geographic’s channel, and perhaps let social media and @NatGeoChannel know that that’s what you’re doing.
Throughout the day I will be sharing more of my favorite DAVID REES short films.
I am also looking for a place with a television in Maine so that I can watch the show tonight as well.
CONTACT ME IF YOU CAN HELP.
Otherwise, that is all.
signed, John Hodgman.
PS: Please feel free to retweet and retumbl this letter so that we can remain friends. I REALLY WANT THIS SHOW TO SUCCEED, and I do not make any money off of it.
PPS: TONIGHT AT 10PM ON NATIONAL GEO’S CHANNEL TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT (July 14, 2014, “Bastille Day”) TONIGHT!
Here is David Rees explaining how he got on television.
Meanwhile, if you have a television somewhere in Maine where I can watch this show tonight, please let me know.
That is all
7 Mistakes You’re Making with Olive Oil
Shampooing your dog with it.
Pouring it on Lord Denethor and lighting him on fire.
Trying to use it as currency.
Carrying it in a gallon freezer bag and telling people it’s your nephew Walt.
Freezing it in the shape of olives.
Dressing like Popeye and trying to have sex with it.
Using it as a metaphor to describe Johnny Fontaine’s hair to Tom Hagen.
So apparently, this is a thing: Greenscreen-clad workers who secretly flip models’ hair during shampoo commercials. (via @makingofs on twitter)
if they would leave the mummy in the commercial I would be 200% more likely to purchase the product
Paul F. Tompkins // The Super Serious Show
*Photo by Mandee Johnson
Funnily enough, this is exactly the mood I’m in today.
Open Mike Eagle - ”Qualifiers (Live from the Laundromat)”
It takes a special kind of rapper (and person) to make music that revolves so heavily around intelligence and irony without completely alienating his listeners. Open Mike Eagle’s secret? Even when he’s throwing around obscure literature references or crafting two-minute-long figurative satirical narratives or wryly criticizing modern reliance on technology, Open Mike never loses track of himself. Most of his criticisms come tied with a high-profile asterisk: Open Mike Eagle is just as tied to his surroundings and haunted by his demons as each of us, and that grounds his music and casts it in a subtly but crucially different light. These aren’t the superior chastisements of a rapper who knows better than us; Open Mike is just as mired in 21st century faults as each of us are.
Equally capable of carrying his songs by way of rapping and by singing (and of making us laugh and cry), “blending genres” doesn’t give Open Mike Eagle enough credit for what he’s done with Dark Comedy. He’s got a unique knack for phrasing age-old rallying mantras in ways that are both funny and undeniable in their clarity (“Nah, I’m in the hood hearing sirens/And the beat tried to make me feel good but it’s lying” — “Sadface Penance Raps”): as a matter of fact, run down the album’s tracklist for a good sense of Dark Comedy’s unique brand of honesty and irony: “Thirsty Ego Raps” and “Golden Age Raps” slide into “Very Much Money (Ice King Dream)” and the Hannibal Burress-featuring “Doug Stamper (Advice Raps),” while “A History of Modern Dance” makes an appearance later on.Making fun of people without alienating them is a difficult task, and one that Eagle takes to with aplomb.
It says it all, really, that one of the album’s most memorable tracks is about Open Mike being invited to a dream gig on the moon — a show that he has to withdraw from because, well, it’s his wedding anniversary (“Jon Lovitz (Fantasy Booking Yarn)”). That type of wry “well, what can ya do” juxtaposition is what makes Open Mike’s music so powerful; reality is always there to be grappled with, and he’s got no patience for anyone unwilling to confront its ugliness or place their perceptions in question. He might put it best himself on “Qualifiers”: “Fuck you if you’re a white man that assumes I speak for black folk/Fuck you if you’re a white man who thinks I can’t speak for black folk.” Sharp and incisive, Dark Comedy is rap made for today’s society, and Open Mike Eagle is a rapper made for its denizens.
i promise i didnt write this.
These were the guests for the first four Varietopia with Paul F. Tompkinses.
This Saturday is Varietopia No. 5. Whom shall the guests be?
FIND OUT AT THE SHOW!
SPEAKEASY WITH PAUL F. TOMPKINS: JOHN HODGMAN
I love doing this series, but I love it extra much moreso when the guest is a friend of mine.
*SPOILER*: Mr. Hodgman has yet to make good on his promise of sending me some weird book that he was all jazzed about.
This is a how-to show of epic proportions that teaches you how to do the things you think you already know how to do. Each episode of this hilariously dry-witted how-to adventure series, David Rees, humorist and self-made aficionado of the everyday, tackles unassuming tasks such as tying your shoes
This is the TV show I keep talking about! It’s gonna be fun and I hope you’ll watch it when it premieres ONE WEEK FROM TONIGHT. Basically, it’s a how-to show that investigates all the simple, mundane things we do without thinking.
I wanted to make a TV show in the same spirit as my book HOW TO SHARPEN PENCILS, which — yeah it has some crazy stuff in it but — is fundamentally a sincere celebration of how interesting pencils and pencil sharpeners are. And a celebration of doing simple things well, and having fun too! Basically GOING DEEP WITH DAVID REES Is just a big-ass fun celebration (and re-contextualization) of basic skills like TYING YOUR SHOES or OPENING A DOOR or SHAKING HANDS (actual episodes).
I will write more about this show soon, I promise! I can’t wait for you to see it!