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Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

March 23, 2010


I want this to be an actual movie, IMMEDIATELY.  This short, put together by the celebri-sponsored team over at Funny or Die, consists of some of the best comics currently working.  A slightly embellished telling of the Weird One’s life which paints the picture of an alcoholic Al overcoming adversity and his own demons with the help of his parents, his lover, Madonna, and, of course, Dr. Demento.  Weird Al deserves an awesome send up on a monthly basis for his contributions to all that is funny funny ha-ha, so seeing Patton Oswalt, Paul Scheer, Olivia Wilde, Gary Cole, Aaron Paul, and Eric Appel produce this and slap it on Funny or Die made my day.  h, and, of course, Al gets in on the fun, himself.  Click below for fun times!



Paranormal Saw

October 26, 2009


I LOVE Shwayblog, and I love all you little Shwayites out there who have at least accidentally clicked on this blog site at some point or another in your internet-cruising lives.  To those of you that actually check in on this thing more often than once, I owe you a super-big, non-creepy hug later.  The fact of the matter, though, is that I have been sluggish-at-best lately at posting any content whatsoever.  What with school and applications and pretending that I still have any creative ability left, my time has been squandered on “grown-up stuff.”  So in an effort to attempt to produce more entries, I’m going to strive to write a post a day.  This is the positive.  The negative is that these posts are going to be considerably shorter than my rants (which might be a good thing) and will most likely take on a “Video of the Day” type format, which I have conveniently stolen from /Film.  Speaking of plagiarising off of /Film, today’s post revolves around Funnyordie’s newest video, Paranormal Saw.  For those who didn’t hear, Paranormal Activity, the $15,000 upstart indie darling beat out Saw VI at the Box office.  Needless to say, this development made me incredibly happy.  Down with torture porn!  Anyway, to celebrate these two titans of terror’s box office brawl, Funnyordie created this mash-up that hilariously puts that silly little doll in its place.  Oh, Jon Lithgow.

Paranormal Saw from FOD Team – Video.

Iliza Shlesinger OWNS

July 7, 2009


I was really on a “no-bitching” streak there for awhile.  Oh, well, all good things must come to a bloody, screeching end. 

If you’re anything like me, then you can be sent into a violent bloody rage in an instant simply by hearing the words ‘Laguna Beach’ or ‘The Hills.’  I have more virulent contempt/rage/hatred/jealousy stored up towards those shows than we would need to power the western world if it ran on hate juice.  Just seeing or hearing about anyone actually on the show or in the production team that make that mindless dribble possible makes me want to cut myself out of frustration.  The fact that these mindless walking billboards are given jobs or money of any kind is an absolute insult to the rest of the human race.  So, when I see Audrina Partridge’s ad campaign she’s recently been doing for Carl’s Jr., I get flustered, to say the least.  If by flustered you mean a neon haze of scene kid kicking and flailing.  It’s enough to make me boycott eating at Carl’s Jr….if I ever actually had eaten at Carl’s Jr.  But one of my favorite Comediennes, Iliza Shlesinger, has taken all my bitching and moaning and actually created some pretty clever comedy out of it.  The season six winner of Last Comic Standing (and the comedic ambassador to Cutesville (I hear it’s beautiful this time of year)) has served up a mock-u-tisement of Partridge’s Carl’s Jr. promotion and she seems to have beaten Audrina on two fronts.  Her video successfully lampoons Partridge as the lifeless ape that she is and her stupid fast food financier AS WELL AS shows Shlesinger as having the better body.  And as sexist and trite as that sounds, I don’t care.  Audrina’s sole purpose and reason for being employed by anyone at all is that the American public has (foolishly) placed the mantle of “attractive” on her and advertisers have seen the marketability she draws from her supposed good looks.  Shlesinger (a comedienne who actually relys on her talent to pay the bills instead of genetics and a diet plan) not only makes Partridge look like the tool that she is, she also manages to show her up in her own arena.  While you can understandably call me shallow, trite, misogynistic, whatever, the fact of the matter is that there’s nothing better than beating someone at their game while subsequently beating them at yours.  Follow the link before to watch the clip on Funnyordie.  GO TEAM SHLESINGER!!!

Audrina Patridge Carl’s Jr Commercial (Pre Digital Touch-up)

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Will Ferrell Owns Media

June 4, 2009


Will Ferrell has been everywhere lately promoting his new Land of the Lost remake with Danny McBride.  From the first episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien to an arctic episode of Man Vs. Wild, it’s been hard to avoid seeing Ferrell’s curly-haired mug. What few people have noticed, though, is that Ferrell has continued to absolutely clean up with Adam McKay over at  It had been awhile since I had visited his intraweb shenanigans, but over the last few weeks I was introduced to three absolute classics of absurdity.  First, Bat Fight:

BAT FIGHT with Will Ferrell

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I love watching a well executed sketch go straight to hell at the end.  Next, was a beautiful ensemble piece with some of the biggest stand-up comics on the circuit right now.

It’s The Ass ‘n Balls Show!

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Finally, I saw this little doozy, which takes only a small dip in sanity before running amuck in the next-door neighbor’s absurdity pool. Green Team is what happens when you give Adam McKay, Will Farrell, and John C. Reilly a website and all the time in the world. Oh, btw, NSFW.

Green Team

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Another Reason to Hate Corporate Hollywood

April 7, 2009


Yahoo News just broke a story along the lines that a veteran entertainment reviewer of 10 years has been fired for reviewing a bootleg version of Wolverine: Origins.  According to Yahoo, Fox promised that the source of the film would be prosecuted and has already contacted the FBI and MPAA regarding the leaked film.

My take on the matter is that it is simply ridiculous.  The day when movie studios and record companies alike both look to the future and agree to engage with the internet and it’s potential for profit, instead of condemning it, will be a fine day indeed.  It absolutely blows me away that with all the revenue and manpower that the studios and record companies have behind them that they have not already found a legitimate way to profit off of the filesharing phenomenon the internet has introduced to us.  This major form of everyday life for many people isn’t going away.  In fact, it’s only getting stronger.  So, to fight against it is losing valuable time and energy that you could be using to research how to best profit from it. 

Not all of this letter is rant, however.  Some studios have taken HUGE strides in the right direction as far as experimenting with the online marketplace and trying to work the kinks out of web-based programming., for example, is a Sony-administered website offering content and gameplay to the online community.  Many programs are beta-tested on Crackle before Sony gives them the eye for the bigger picture.  Not to mention that the website is ad-revenue supported.  Hulu is NBC’s portal in which it does a wonderful job of including much of its televised canon on the interwebs.  And other websites, such as, are not run by studios, buy by independent directors who produce exclusive content for the internet community.  In this case it’s Adam McKay and Will Ferrell.

I’m no socialist.  I understand that entertainers need profits to further entertain us.  But there is simply no arguing the fact that the internet isn’t a blockade that studios should be looking to break through, but a channel to better serve and recieve from the community.  There is absolutely no logic in fighting something like this movie review when you know that in the near future, the internet will provide people with early screeners and sneak peeks the day after post.