It's been a while since we had a "Mean Tweets" segment from Jimmy Kimmel Live, where celebrities read awful things that were said online about them, so let's go and rectify that...
What with the Manafort trial going to the jury, the Omarosa book and tapes hitting the public, Trump removing security clearance from a former CIA director -- and children still separated from their parents with no plans to reunite them, new trade tariffs causing growing economic problems for Americans, and...and...well, okay, you know -- more -- I thought it would be a good time to put things in perspective and look at a Randy Rainbow parody song that he wrote right have Trump got the GOP nomination. It's appropriately to the tune of the song from The Music Man, "Ya Got Trouble."
There are certain news stories that have cropping up weekly -- and nowadays growing a few times a week -- that I find especially galling. They tend not to get TV attention, only the most egregious, though online news site cover them, so you've no doubt seem some of them too. This well-done parody ad sums up my reaction well.
It's been a while since we've had one of John Oliver's "Top Stories," so let's fix that. Here's his piece from last night about Astroturfing. That's a process by which corporations hide behind some self-created non-profit organization to make it seem like there's a fake grass roots campaign on some issue that benefits the corporations.
With Rudolph Giuliani all over the news today with his inane and ludicrously convoluted explanations as to why Trump is too scared to be interviewed by the Special Counsel, I figured it was a good time to have a song parody by Randy Rainbow from a couple months ago, not long after Giuliani officially joined the Trump legal team. It begins with a fun interview, leading into the the wonderful and oh-so tender, "Rudy and the Beast."
Earlier this week, Facebook made news by tracking down and removing over 30 pages of fake propaganda from accounts on its pages, and a few days earlier removed pages from InfoWars while temporarily suspending the account of its founder Alex Jones due to material of its conspiracy theories that went too far even by their standards.
So, I thought this would be a good time to bring in the fine folks of Bad Lip Reading for them to do what they do so well, this time when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress.
Catching up on one more of the "Crosswalk the Musical" that James Corden puts together on his show, here they perform The Lion King between red lights outside of Television City in Hollywood. There's a bit more "behind-the-scenes" material than usual, thanks to their two guest stars, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, who are both a hoot for very different reasons.
This is the most recent work from Randy Rainbow. It actually got posted a week or so ago, but I didn't post it right away be my pal Greg Van Buskirk responded to one of my Facebook postings by linking to it -- so I figured it was already covered. But then I realized, no, that's stupid. Much as I try to follow every Greg Van Buskirk Facebook comment (okay, at least the one's to me...) I'm sure most people here didn't see that.
Given that Randy Rainbow is parodying "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General" by Gilbert & Sullivan, he set out a lyric challenge for himself. And meets it. But also, as is his style, he makes an almost-equally wonderful production out of it, as well.
As a periodic running bit on his late night show, James Corden will offer to take over people's jobs in order for them to get a breather. On one show, for instance, he did numerous jobs at a posh London hotel. The other day, they took it in a different direction. He offered to fill in for one of the Backstreet Boys
This is a bit of a different effort from the fine folks at Bad Lip Reading. You may recall -- especially if you're a basketball fan -- that back in February when the NBA held its All Star game, Fergie sang the National Anthem. And...and, well, it was so...different that even she apologized after the fact.
It may not come as a complete shock to learn the Bad Lip Reading decided to make their attempt at what in the world she was singing.
Since today is the All Star Game for Major League Baseball, I thought it would be as good a time as any to jump and show what they came up with.
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, is a regular columnist for the Writers Guild of America and was for the Huffington Post. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.
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