Thursday, March 22, 2007

YouTube favorites

It's been awhile since I've done one of these, so here are some more YouTube favorites. As always, asterisks* mean NSFW/not suitable for prudes or small children.

I'm not sure whether this one is self-explanatory or simply inexplicable, so I guess I'll just let you watch.

William Shatner may well have been the greatest Unintentional Comedy Genius of all time. This version of "Rocket Man" might be his greatest work. (And yes, this performance is meant to be dead-serious. Oh, and the sound is kind of messed up, so you might want to turn it down a little before you play it.)

Americans isn't stoopid.

Masahiro Mori developed the theory of the "uncanny valley," which asserts that as robots become more humanlike, people relate to them more, until the robots reach the point of being too lifelike (but not lifelike enough), which repels people. I think this is a good example, because I find it creepy as hell.

Our Dead Comedian of the Month is Richard Jeni.*

The 80s were a strange time, so what could be stranger than an 80s novelty song? (I'm not sure that the weirdest thing in this very weird video isn't the guitar player's beard, BTW.)

Imagine yourself with no TV experience filling in for a sportscaster. Then imagine that the teleprompter is running so fast that it's impossible to read, and the pages of your backup paper copy are completely out of order. The results would probably look something like this.

Speaking of Shatner, I've seen this episode of Star Trek many times, but somehow the dialog here seems a little different than I remember it.

In the interest of equal time, here's Obi-Wan explaining a few things to Luke.

This is your spider. This is your spider on drugs.*

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