Friday, September 30, 2011

Matt Stone and Trey Parker on Jimmy Kimmel

Matt and Trey stopped by Jimmel Kimmel Live last night to promote season 15B of South Park, premiering October 5th at 10pm on Comedy Central.  Check out the video below, it's another good one.  Parts 2 and 3 will autoplay after the first.

Also, this is post #300 for me!  Congrats to myself!



From SPS

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A bit of a dilemma

The Phillies cap off the long regular season tonight against the Braves.  If they win, they will set a new franchise record with 102 wins.  However, this will also allow the Cardinals to make the playoffs with a win, therefore becoming the Phillies opponent in the NLDS.  If the Cardinals don't win though (and the Phils do) then the Cards and Braves will play a one game playoff in order to decide the NL Wildcard.  (The playoff would also occur if both teams win tonight.) This would be presumably be good for the Phillies, unless the Braves win the playoff since it wouldn't affect them.  Personally, I'd rather not have the Phillies play the Cardinals in the first round, as they've been red hot lately (and beat the Phillies 3 of 4 recently).  If the Braves become the wildcard team, the Phillies would play the lowest remaining seed in the NLDS, which would be the Diamondbacks.  In my opinion, they don't pose much of a threat to the Phillies.  Yet despite this, I'd really love the Phillies to set that franchise record, just not at the cost of playing the Cardinals in the first round, unless they burn a starter during the one game playoff.

So best case scenario?  The Phillies win, the Cardinals lose, the Braves and Cardinals play a one game playoff to decide the NL Wildcard, the Braves win, and the Phillies play the Diamondbacks in the NLDS.  We'll see what happens.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Chris Christie did something good?

Yes, for once, believe it or not.  Our beloved governor hasn't done too much to woo over citizens of lovely New Jersey, but maybe this will help.  Christie recently vetoed a $420,000 tax credit for the first season of Jersey Shore (codenamed the "Snooki Subsidy").  It won't affect the show too much, but at least New Jersian's taxes aren't supporting that crap.  To quote the governor:


"...as chief executive I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens."


I can't agree more.

Neighborhoods

Blink 182's long awaited new album, Neighborhoods, drops today.  Be sure to pick up your copy, but in the meantime you can stream it here.  Enjoy.


Review coming soon.

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Milestone

100 WINS!!!!!

Matt and Trey on 60 Minutes


from SPS

Creator of delicious Doritos dies in Dallas

+1 for alliteration.

Anyway, the creator of Doritos, Arch West*, passed away today.  He died at the age of 97, in Dallas' Presbyterian Hospital.  It is a sad day for the snack world indeed, but in perhaps what will be the most awesome burial service ever his family plans to spread Doritos chips over his casket. 


*Great name

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A couple of things

The Phillies finally decided to hit today, snapping their 8 game losing streak in the process.  They beat the NY Mets 9-4 to notch their 99th win with 3 games against the Braves left....

The Eagles blew yet another 4th quarter lead, and again lost Michael Vick in the process.  He broke his non-throwing hand, so we'll see how that pans out.

Just another Sunday for Philly sports I guess.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Matt and Trey to appear on 60 Minutes

Matt Stone and Trey Parker will appear on the 60 Minutes premiere this Sunday, September 25th on CBS.  They'll be talking about the process of making South Park, as well as their hit The Book of Mormon.  Here's a preview clip:


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

South Park Season 15B Press Release

From SPS:

NEW YORK, September 21, 2011 The last time we visited South Park we left with a lot of unanswered questions. Tune in to see what happened when the first of seven all-new episodes of "South Park" airs on Wednesday, October 5 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.

To celebrate the 15th season of "South Park," Comedy Central and South Park Digital Studios are honoring the fans that have turned the award-winning series into a cultural phenomenon with a year-long celebration, marking 2011 as "The Year of the Fan."

Premiering on Sunday, October 9 at 10:00 p.m. is Arthur Bradford's documentary, "Six Days to Air: The Making of 'South Park.'" It follows the series creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, as they craft a single episode of their iconic hit show.

In addition, Parker and Stone surprised a New York University Storytelling class as professors in an mtvU's "Stand-In" series. The event will air on mtvU and mtvU.com on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. EST/ 9:00 p.m PST.

Recently voted "The Greatest Animated TV Series" in a poll conducted by Entertainment Weekly, Comedy Central's "South Park" launched on August 13, 1997 and premiered its 15th season on April 27. The series airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. and repeats later that night at midnight (all times ET/PT).

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Charlie Sheen Roast was OK

Sure, every Comedy Central Roast is made up of 70% nobodies/non-comedians, but I feel like last night's roast of Charlie Sheen was probably around 90%.  The "big names" like Steve-O, Mike Tyson, Jon Lovitz, and William Shatner were all lackluster.  Tyson's writers provided some good laughs, but ultimately he couldn't shut up and interrupted too much.  Props to the dais for largely ignoring him, or using his Tourette's against him.  Steve-O was probably the worst roaster of the night, and his best joke was running into Iron Mike's fist.  However, he was infinitely better than The Situation on last year's  Donald Trump Roast, who still holds the distinction as worst roaster in the history of ever, period.  Shatner wasn't bad, but wasn't great either.  Lovitz was more creepy than anything.  Patrice O'Neal was a disappointment, and Kate Walsh was a surprise.
Of course, there were still some hilarious jokes from the roasters, and roastmaster Seth McFarlane.  McFarlane was a great host, and delivered some of the best jokes of the night as well as being the punchline on several other jokes.  Jeff Ross, dressed as Gaddafi, has my vote as best roaster of the night, an honor I usually delegated to the late Greg Giraldo (an exception being Norm MacDonald in the Bob Saget Roast).  A lot of people are praising Amy Shumer, but overall I thought she was good not great.  Ditto for Anthony Jeselnik.  Sheen himself was pretty good, but I feel like he could have said more.
Overall, I felt like the dais was a little shorthanded, but looking back it had the same number of roasters as previous roasts.  It definitely lacked stars closer to Charlie; Lovitz, Shatner, and Tyson were probably the only ones that actually knew him, though none struck me as being good friends wit him.  There was no Larry King and Marlee Matlin (Trump), no Pam Anderson and Hulk Hogan (Hasselhoff), and no Carl Reiner and Tom Arnold (Joan Rivers).  I feel like the runtime was shorter, and the lack of taped sketches/segments by comedians was surprising and severely lacking.  Yet despite everything I just said, the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen was the most watched of all 11 roasts.  Go figure.

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" officially revoked

The military's policy on gay and lesbian soldiers, commonly referred to as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has been officially revoked.  I personally think it's about time this happened, since there was no reason to discriminate in the first place.  This is a great step towards equal rights in the LGBT community, and hopefully more positive strides can be made.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Frances Bay dead at 92

Frances Bay passed away at age 92 today, due to pneumonia.  You probably don't recognize the name, but you'd certainly recognize the actress.  She was known for playing Adam Sandler's grandmother in Happy Gilmore and the old lady that Jerry stole the marble rye from in Seinfeld.  More at the Hunffington Post, with video.

"Shut up you old bag!"

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Congrats to the Phillies!



NL EAST CHAMPS!! 5 YEARS RUNNING!!

Is Jon Stewart a Dick?

In the newest issue of Esquire, writer Tom Junod blatantly calls The Daily Show's Jon Stewart a "pompous asshole."  This may be a bit shocking for most people, as Stewart is revered by pretty much everyone in comedy as well as his fans.  He's rarely made fun of or bashed, but should he be?  Uproxx has a review of the Equire article, as well as links to the full story. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

The 2011 Phillies are in the top 1% of all time MLB teams

Yep, this year's Philadelphia Phillies team, barring an impossible losing streak to end the season, will be in the top 1% of all MLB teams of all time.  That's from 1993 til now, and includes over 2,200 teams; the Phillies will be the 24th "Super Team".  They are heavily favored to not only return to the World Series for the 3rd time in 4 years, but to outright win it.  In doing so, they would surely be considered for the title of top team of all time.  I cannot wait until October!

From Sports Illustrated

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Blink 182 - After Midnight

Blink 182 has released another new song from Neighborhoods, but this time you have to play a little game in order to download the track (legally of course, I'm sure you could easily find the song elsewhere).  Simply get the billboard to stop at 182, and you'll be offered a free download of "After Midnight".  Can you beat my score of 8 attempts?

Click here to play.

New album drops September 27th.  You can wait til then, or preorder bundles -with a free surprise gift- here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Who you gonna call?

Wait for the end, or if you're too impatient click here.

Playoffs!!!

The Philadelphia Phillies clinced a playoff berth today, following Roy Halladay's complete game shutout.  It set a franchise record for fewest games to reach the playoffs; the magic number to clinch the NL East is now only 4.  So expect the Fightin' Phils to clinch somewhere around Saturday, shortly followed by their 100th win (5 left!).  Then we can really get excited for the playoffs.... and another one of these:


Game recap, with video, here.

11 Random Observations at Casa Bonita

  1. Casa Bonita is actually in a strip mall in a seemingly-questionable area.


    Casa Bonita (with "Casa" Midwesternly pronounced by locals like it rhymes with "NASA") has an epic exterior which, in photographs, makes you think it'd be a free-standing behemoth. It is not. It is in a strip mall. And not a sexy strip mall. As my friend Bruce astutely pointed out, when you see a still-not-replaced Hollywood Video, it's never a good sign...


    Also, I don't really know Denver's good and bad neighborhoods... but I got a strong vibe that Casa Bonita wasn't exactly in the poshest part of town. Although it was just down the street from a *doll hospital*, and I don't think there's a supply/demand for those in the bad parts of any town.
  2. They most definitely embrace the "South Park" episode.


    I can only imagine what the "South Park" has done for Casa Bonita -- but it has to be one hell of a bump. Like what "America's Funniest Home Videos" did for the camcorder. Or what "Saved by the Bell" did for robot butlers.

    And Casa Bonita knows it. I snapped a picture of that banner on the wall for two reasons. One: To prove they pay homage to Eric Cartman, their biggest fan. And two: Because it's quite possibly the only piece of decor they've added or updated since 1989.
Continue reading the list at 11 Points.com

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Book of Mormon Movie?

Yep, Matt Stone and Trey Parker recently confirmed they will be adapting their hugely successful Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, into a Hollywood film.  Trey would most likely direct, with long-time collaborator Scott Rudin producing.  This is great news, considering Matt and Trey haven't made a movie in years, and many people haven't had a chance to catch the musical since it sells out quickly.  It will probably be a few years from now, but I'll still be looking forward to it.

From Uproxx

Interview with Charlie Day

Uproxx recently had an interview with Charlie Day of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  They discussed Green Man, Fat Mac, milk steak, and more.  Check out the full interview above.

Monday, September 12, 2011

God, No!

Haven't quite finished it yet, but definitely worth a purchase. Penn Jillette writes like he talks; loud, crude, and crazy.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Henry's Kitchen: Sushi

The fifth installment in the hysterical Henry's Kitchen series:



Having made sushi before (it was good!) I can safely say this is NOT how to make sushi.  At all.

Remembering 9/11

I can't believe it's been 10 years since 9/11/01 already.  So much has happened in the last decade: getting a driver's license, graduation from high school, girlfriends, turing 21, graduation from college, a home addition, and more.  There's no doubt that the events from a decade ago were horrible and horrific, but they will never be forgotten.  All 2,977 victims will live on through memories, memorials, and our hearts.  Osama Bin Laden was recently killed by US forces, but that is no consolation and does not change the past. Certain aspects of our lives will forever be changed. Everyone will remember where they were on that fateful day 10 years ago.

I was in 8th grade at the time, and the year had just started about a week prior.  I took Latin class at the adjacent high school in the morning, and when that was over we were bussed to the middle school in time for second period.  I first heard of a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center as I was walking in the hallway from homeroom to social studies class.
By the time I got into the classroom, the TV was on and everyone was watching.  There was one of the World Trade Center towers with smoke pouring from it.  I hadn't known too much about the WTC, but I knew it was a major business center for not only NYC but the world.  It was serious, even without fully understanding.
Word spread that a plane, hijacked by terrorists, had crashed into the tower.  Little was known at the time and before we could collect our thoughts, a second plane had crashed into the second WTC tower.  The room went silent as everyone was glued to the TV.  What had just happened? It didn't seem real.  How could America succumb to a terrorist attack (it would become the worst on our soil)?  Our nation was stronger than that, right?
But this was out of our hands, and orchestrated by an organization who wanted to harm us.  They succeeded that day, but ultimately we as a nation succeeded as we overcame the odds to come out on top.  Eventually we learned of the Pentagon attack and then the crashed plane in Shanksville.  Speculation filled the air.
Throughout the day everyone was talking about the attacks, and the TVs were always on, sometimes on mute.  No work was done that day (except for in our A-level algebra class, that teacher was a bitch) and plenty of phone calls had been made.  I don't think anyone had any immediate family members involved in the attacks, but nearly everyone knew at least one person who was injured, died, or had some relation to the attacks, NY, DC, or PA.  As the day progressed, more facts unfolded about the events, but spirits remained low.  It was a difficult time for not only my school and family, but every other school and family in the area, and every other school and family in the nation.  The heinous acts of 9/11 will never be forgiven, and the nearly 3,000 victims will never be forgotten.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Charlie Day on last night's Conan

Happy Madison

If you're anything like me, you weren't going to see Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star at any point in time, and you really weren't going to see it after those annoying commercials.  (Side note; is Bucky Larson the same character Nick Swardson played in Benchwarmers? He looks identical.) Turns out this shitty (I can say this without seeing it, and you all know it's not going to be good) movie is a "Happy Madison" production.  What is Happy Madison you say?  Well, aside from a combination of Adam Sandler's two funniest films, it's also his production company.  They've produced such gems as Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Animal, The Master of Disguise, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, The House Bunny, You Don't Mess With The Zohan, Zookeeper, and now Bucky Larson.  Most of those are Rob Schneider movies, but I digress.  A number of Happy Madison's productions star a group of guys you will instantly recognize, but probably couldn't name them even with multiple choices (aside from Sandler, Schneider, Kevin James, etc).  So who makes up this mystery crew? The guys at FilmDrunk help us uncover the truth.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Larry David's Unwritten Rules of Society

Vulture put together a video of Larry David's "Unwritten Rules of Society" from Curb Your Enthusiasm and it's damn funny.  Enjoy.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Matt Stone and Trey Parker "crash" NYU

The average person would probably look at Matt Stone and Trey Parker as funny guys who don't take their jobs seriously and just slack off, but they'd be dead wrong.  Their job, while high paying, is quite stressful and not easy.  They actually work hard and have a process for making South Park, and more specifically writing the episodes.  Part of the process is outlined below.


Check out the full episode October 3rd on MTV.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

43

The Phillies are now 43 games over .500, setting a new franchise record. 100 wins on the season is now inevitable, as is a 5th consecutive NL East championship.

Primus to stream new album on South Park Facebook page

Some of you may be reading that headline and saying "WTF?", but it does indeed make sense.  Every version of the South Park theme has been done by either Primus or frontman Les Claypool, and Primus had even contributed to Chef Aid.  South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are also very good friends with Les.  So for Primus to stream their entire new album on the South Park Facebook page makes perfect sense.  Click the link above to listen.  The album, Green Naugahyde, drops September 13th.


From SPS

Edit: Upon listening, I must say that the album was quite good, funky,weird, and, well, it was Primus. Recommended!

Just read this headline quickly...

...and maybe with a dirty mind:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Cliff Lee wins second NL Pitcher of the Month Award

Cliff Lee went 5-0 this June, posting a 0.21 ERA and rightfully winning the NL Pitcher of the Month Award for that month.  His July was OK, subpar for Lee's standards.  Yet his dominance emerged again in August, as Cliff posted another 5-0 record with an ERA of 0.45.  He received another NL Pitcher of the Month Award today, and is also the only pitcher in MLB history with 2 months of 5 wins and a sub 0.50 ERA.  Unbelievable.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Changes to Star Wars Blu-Ray release

No surprise here; we all know George Lucas can't keep his hands of the Star Wars saga.  He's made numerous changes to the films throughout the years, in several re-releases.  Most of these were minor tweaks, but there have been several major changes made to the dismay of the fans.  The newest Blu-Ray release is no exception.  Here's a list of the main changes, and a link to some videos.

  • Puppet Yoda from Episode I has been replaced with CGI Yoda
  • Kenobi's Krayt Dragon yell has been replace with new audio
  • CGI rocks were added in front of R2-D2 while he is hiding from the Jawas
  • A CGI Dug was added to a scene in Jabba's Palace
  • Jabba's door is modified to appear much grander in scale
  • The Ewoks blink
  • Darth Vader yells "No! Noooooo!" when throwing Emperor Palpatine
  • Not a change, but Greedo still shoots first (by a nanosecond, to the point where Han couldn't react "after" Greedo)

Happy Birthday to me!

Well, today, September 4th, is my birthday!  Here's a list of other people who share birthdays with me, from youngest to oldest:

  • Beyonce
  • Shar Jackson
  • Mike Piazza
  • Anthony Weiner
  • John Vanbiesbrouck
  • Damon Wayans
  • Martin Chambers
  • Tom Watson
  • Dick York
  • Henry Ford
  • Stanford Moore
  • Louis Napoleon
Full list here!

Friday, September 2, 2011

I love Cheesy Poofs, You love Cheesy Poofs

South Park: I Love Cheesy Poofs .com
If we didn't eat Cheesy Poofs, we'd be lame.

Well, we don't have to be lame any longer, as actual Cheesy Poofs will be available at Wal-Mart for a limited time! Click the pic to the right for the official website.




And I don't know about you, but I'd love to eat Chef's Salty Chocolate Balls next.

Isn't it ironic?

In light of all the (inevitable) changes George Lucas has made to the new Blu-Ray release of Star Wars, I feel this picture is fitting:
Memo to Alanis Morissette: THIS is ironic.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 7 Overview



New season premieres September 15th at 10pm on FX.

How to make Ecto Cooler

If you grew up in the 90s like me, you definitely should remember (along with Clarissa Explains It All) a certain discontinued flavor of Hi-C: Ecto Cooler.  It was green, orangy-tasting, and had Slimer from Ghostbusters on the label.  Sadly, it is no longer available, but a group from Chicago has somehow replicated the flavor and provide a how-to on making your very own Ecto Cooler.  I haven't tried it yet, but will update once I do.  Awesome.


If you don't want to watch the video (or it's too geeky for you) here's the recipe:

What you'll need
  1. 1 gallon pitcher
  2. 3/4 cup orange juice, no pulp
  3. 3/4 cup tangerine juice, no pulp
  4. ~1 tbsp pink lemonade mix (1/3 scoop)
  5. 1 pack Kool-Aid (or similar) orange mix
  6. 1 pack Kool-Aid (or similar) tangerine mix
  7. 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  8. green food dye (might need blue as well, for the right green tint)
  9. water
What you'll do
  1. Combine ingredients 2-7 in pitcher
  2. Mix until solids are dissolved
  3. Add water to fill pitcher
  4. Add food coloring until that familar green color is obtained
  5. Refridgerate for an hour, or add ice to drink
  6. Enjoy, and pretend you're a kid again!

from BuzzFeed