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Game On! Wayne’s World Turns 25

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Saturday Night Live has been the origin of so many hilarious characters. Dozens of movies have been made based on one 5 minute sketch from SNL. Possibly the most successful and well-known SNL sketch-made-movie is Wayne’s World. Starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, Wayne’s World celebrated its 25th anniversary on February 14th. It is very hard to believe that this film is as old as a person who can legally rent a car. To honor the birthday of this hysterical film, many theatres around the nation have re-released it.

As funny as SNL sketches are, it is common for movie renditions of a sketch to flop. This is typically because the joke tires out quickly. It is difficult to keep a joke that is hilarious for 5 minutes, go on and on for 90 more minutes. That being said, some sketch movies have been hugely successful like The Blues Brothers which topped the national box office at over $57 million. Wayne’s World set the SNL movie bar with $121 million at the box office. No other SNL movie has ever come close to topping that.

So what makes this movie so popular? Well, that scene with the car sing-a-long to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is definitely one of the most iconic moments in film. Seeing all those metal heads laughing and head banging in their junky little car to such a monumental song was something that many people can relate to. It was truly a moment from the 90’s that everyone remembers.

Besides that scene, there was so much more that made Wayne’s World break the SNL movie mold. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey were able to take a funny little sketch and create a whole world. The used their characters and the setting to make social commentaries and satirize the entertainment culture.

Finally — and most importantly — this movie is STILL FUNNY. The jokes still work! Yes, it is definitely a ’90s flick, but it doesn’t feel dated. This is mostly because the movie was created by extremely talented writers who did not depend too much on ’90s trends or politics. Instead, it re-invented the movie soundtrack and coined new slang such as “Party On” or “Schwing!”

Wayne’s World was original, and it will forever be one of those movies that comes on TV that makes you stop changing the channel and say “I LOVE this movie!”

Happy Anniversary, Wayne’s World. May the party continue to go on and on.

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In A Good Place

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The Hindu faith includes as one of its tenets reincarnation until the soul ultimately joins Brahman, Judiasm is vague AF about the afterlife but assumes there is one of some sort or another, and Christians have heavenly streets paved with gold to look forward to, or a fiery lake of burning sulfur for all eternity. Mike Schur, better known in some circles as Moses Shrute, has created an alternative from endlessly cycling through lives or sitting before a throne in a white robe, and it’s known simply as “The Good Place.”

In his new series for NBC, Schur has dreamt up a pastel — think: Italian Riviera not New Mexico — neighborhood, replete with cobblestone streets, fro-yo shops and the unbelievable boon of a hangover-free afterlife. Other benefits of living in Schur’s paradise include being matched with your soulmate for all eternity, living in your ultimate dream home, and having access to Janet, an omniscient, wish granting robot-like person.

Sounds nice, right? It’s also suuuuuuper elite, reserved for only the ultimate do-gooders. Turns out every single action humans engage in has a point value. Saving a child from drowning nets 464.60 points but telling a woman to smile decreases your karmic life score by 53.83 points, as well it should. When your time is up your final score determines whether you make it to the Good Place or the Bad Place. The curve is high though, Honest Abe made it, duh, but Florence Nightingale didn’t.

Unfortunately for whatever unnamed powers that be there was a bit of a glitch in the Good Place’s system when two women with the same name died at the same time and switched places in the afterlife. Kristen Bell is pitch perfect as a recently deceased (male enhancement drug billboard truck accident) Eleanor Shellstrop who has mistakenly landed in the quirky and wonderful neighborhood meant for the human rights lawyer of the same name who died trying to save Bell from the erectile disfunction truck. Bell’s Eleanor is a self proclaimed sort of sucky former telemarketer with a penchant for vulgarity which is forking hilarious, because in the neighborhood in which she is living cursing is impossible, though flying is not.

Bell’s straight man is William Jackson Harper as Chidi, a legit good person, an ethics professor whilst alive, who upon learning Eleanor isn’t actually supposed to be in the good place tries to help her learn to be a good person through a series of ethical philosophy lectures and OTJ training. Chidi’s exasperation and shock at Eleanor’s antics, both before and beyond the grave, are beyond charming as is his willingness to forgo his immediate happiness to ensure her eternal safety.

The neighborhood Eleanor and Chidi live in was created by a bow tie clad, celestial being named Micheal. Ted Danson brilliantly plays this bumblingly benevolent master architect who has chosen, despite grave concerns from upper management, to live with the humans in his neighborhood to act as a sort of guide to their hereafter. When he realizes, through a series of Dali-esque disasters, that his utopian creation is fundamentally flawed he tasks Eleanor to help him root out the source of the disruptions.

The Good Place is clever, whimsical, beautiful and brilliantly funny and more importantly unlike anything else on network television. With a penchant for cliffhangers Schur has viewers waiting impatiently for the show to pick back up again in January and without the parameters of the mortal world literally anything is possible when it does.

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The Genius of Jerrod Carmichael

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Comedian Jerrod Carmichael’s TV show has made headlines all over the nation. In one way, The Carmichael Show is a typical sitcom filmed in front of a live studio audience, depicting a wacky, middle class family.

In another way, the show challenges the audience to look at the “sitcom” in a different light. The Carmichael Show uses Jerrod’s brilliant stand-up style and weaves his somehow dark yet hilarious jokes
throughout the storyline.

David Allen Grier and Loretta Devine play Jerrod’s parents and they truly anchor the family dynamic of the show. Greer and Devine are seasoned comedy actors who add a funny and quick-paced element to the program. Both stars were even nominated for Image awards for outstanding actors in a comedy series.

Topics in the show range from gun control to Black Lives Matter to racism. Nothing seems to be off the table. Although the humor and topics can be very serious and dark, it is still a very smart and hilarious show. The jokes can be so biting, that even the audience will groan and laugh all at once.

The Carmichael Show is a truly refreshing take on the situational comedy. The show’s 3rd season will air on NBC in 2017.

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