Weirdly, no room for this guy…
One thing we’re in love with over at Interestment HQ is stand up comedy. In fact, we can be pretty specific about who we like and who we don’t. Carr, above, is none too popular unfortunately, mainly for failing what we call the sitting-opposite-you-at-work test. A day or so of his relentless sarcasm would be fine, but day after day after day of his bulbous eyes scrutinising your every action? He’d be dead within a week. It’s a sorry truth, Jimmy. Ideal desk mates would be the late George Carlin, a young Steve Martin, and possibly Jerry Seinfeld. All comics from the olden days. But which of today’s crop would we go for? Here’s the four that made the list…
1. Tom Stade
We don’t know a great deal about this Tom Stade guy, aside from that whenever we’ve seen him perform, it’s been massive laughs from the gut every single damn time. He’s a Canadian gentleman who now lives over here, and apparently he once braved the violent world of Afghanistan just to give the troops something to laugh at. That makes him a giving comedian. We like that.
2. Zach Galifianakis
We’re not ashamed to board big trendy bandwagons, which is why we’re totally comfortable declaring that this man is our second favourite working comedian. By far the best thing in The Hangover, he also stars in our number one sketch show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and he’s one heck of a stand up to boot. Plus he has a beard, and beards are good. They make you look manly yet wolf-like.
3. Stewart Lee
The only Englishman on the list, and not surprisingly, which is unfortunate. His recent TV show was enormously disappointing, mainly due to some pretty appalling sketches, straddled by the fact that stand up doesn’t always translate on television. It just didn’t work. Even so, when he gets it right, he’s probably one of the best around, so he walked into our top four. Absolutely walked it. We also quite like his friend Herring. Just not as much.
4. David Cross
Fans of the brilliant Arrested Development – officially our second favourite US sitcom – will know this guy as Tobias. He’s fantastic in the show, and possibly even better as a live stand up. And even though he can be a little right-on liberal at times, we totally forgive him… mainly because we can be a bit right on liberal an’ all from time to time! Result! A fine comic indeed, he just keeps Demetri Martin off the list.
Teach your children well
Jackie Stallone lookalike Sylvester Stallone turns 62 today. And what a 62 years. He starred in porno films, made grunting an art form, and he directed probably the finest sequel of all time – Staying Alive. He’s quite a guy. Hence we decided to get him a gift, so we all took our tops off, smeared grease into our chests, and violently discussed what he might like, before it boiled down to a toss up between a cuddly toy mouse, or a funny clip of an acting class. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Sly Stallone!
A vodka moment, part two
One of our heroes, Larry David, turns 62 today, and what a 62 years. Around 40 of them were pretty much wasted doing nothing, and then eventually he came up with Seinfeld, which eventually led him to Curb Your Enthusiasm. He will no doubt be spending the evening having an enormously over-elaborate conversation with a waiter about whether or not he secretly tried a corner of a 62-year-old man’s birthday cake when no one was looking. He’s just that kind of guy. Hence, we thought we’d get him a gift, so we wandered down a busy shopping street looking angry and confused, before it boiled down to a toss up between a framed five pound note or a similar clip to the one we gave to Mike Tyson the other day. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Larry David!
A Vodka Moment, Tim and Eric Awesome Show
Mike Tyson turns 43 today, so will most probably be enjoying some beers with a small group of buddies. He’s probably hired an area of a pub, popped his card behind the bar, and laid on a few sandwiches for snacks. Perhaps a bowl of crisps or two. We wouldn’t know. Mike didn’t invite us. Still, we’re not bitter at all, so we sat in a sobbing circle holding one another, discussing what to get him in between hyperventilating and shouting “why?” up to an empty heaven, and it boiled down to a toss up between a funny sketch about vodka, or some driving gloves. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Mike!
We LOVE this man
We are, shamefully, the kind of people who stand gormlessly at the side of the road when bandwagons zoom past. It’s not that we don’t want to jump on them, it’s just that we’re way too busy trundling along on another bandwagon from a few years ago. To put things in perspective, we still dream about throwing Acid Jazz parties in back street warehouses. We’re roughly twenty years off. But we’re trying to rectify this, hence the enlistment of lovely Interestment friends, relatives, and lovers who know all about cool things like fashion, music, sport, cookery, films, sexiness and comedy.
Today, however, we’re pretty hip and on it, as we mount a very current bandwagon, to tip a gigantic cap to the comedy of Zach Galifianakis from The Hangover – which, by the way, you should see. He’s our number one funny man at the moment, and if you want to know why, just tell the boss that you won’t be available to work for the next half an hour, watch the below clips, and laugh your goddamn balls off. Or your tits if you’re a girl.
Zach Galifianakis, stand up, part one…
Zach Galifianakis, stand up, part two…
New characters, Zach Galifianakis
For those of you scratching your heads, whispering frantically to your colleagues to explain who Frances McDormand might be, allow us to drive a beam of light through the mist – she was in Fargo, she’s married to Joel Coen of Coen Brothers fame, and she’s turning a very sensual 52 today. We decided to get her a gift, so we all sat on a rooftop playing saxophones, occasionally pausing to discuss prezzies, and it boiled down to a toss up between a basket of almond croissants, or a funny clip featuring the beardy guy from The Hangover. In the end we got her both. Happy Birthday Frances!