Monthly Archives: April 2010

(Belated) ‘Survivor: All-Stars’ – Do Like Me? Check “Yes” or “No”

It’s been a busy few weeks in the outside world for Jumped The Snark, so there’s been nary a few minutes for updates, much do our dismay.  But before we return to Survivor: All-Stars tonight we wanted to chime in with an A-B-C phrase that works for both of the last episodes.  It’s a saying that covers JT’s schoolgirl note to Parvati, Parvati and Russel’s mean girl reaction to the note (see below), and Parvati’s tween brat explantation to Russel upon unveiling her hidden immunity idol (grinning and whispering “secrets”).

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With all this in mind, our overarching theme for the last two episodes is:

Always Be Children

Between the secrets, the cackling, the spiral notebook paper and the naiveté there sure has been some juvenile behavior out there.  But, to be fair, between Russell in the former episode and Parvati in the latter, there’s been some brilliant gameplay as well.  Tonight, we see if the captain of the football team and the head cheerleader turn their sights on each other or continue to rule the school together.

Or maybe it’s Sadie Hawkins Dance time (not sure how that applies).

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I Had To Buy These At Lowes Today

(scroll to 0:35)

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(and, if you’re curious, they didn’t have what I was looking for.  And light bulbs weren’t in the lighting section.  Cause that’d be too obvious).

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Separated At Birth: ‘American Idol’ Edition

Is Adam Lambert the brunette version of fantasy post-Zack Attack Zack Morris?

Also, Tim Urban, you’re totally stealing Chris Lowell’s act.

aka the Original Tim Urban

Tim Urban American Idol

Veronica can’t be happy about Tim Urban ripping off Piz.  If there’s one person you don’t want to piss off it’s Veronica Mars.

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The Shape of a Nostalgia Corner to Come

Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, aka Buffy and Hildegarde, reunite at the TV Land Awards, airing this upcoming Sunday April 25.

(thanks to #1 Yahoo! News fan Steve for the tip)

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More Jumped The Snark Nostalgia: Best ‘SNL’ of the 00s

With the Saturday Night Live retrospective In the 2000s: Time and Again airing last Thursday, we thought it would be a great time to revisit our list of the best SNL sketches of the 00s from earlier in the year.  If you saw the show, you might recognize some of our selections.

(Belated) Top 10 SNL of the Decade

And here’s a clip that didn’t make the broadcast, a behind the scenes look at the Sarah Palin rap.  I will never, ever, get tired of seeing Jason Sukeikis as Todd Palin.

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And, for kicks, here’s one of our favorite sketches of the new decade.  Been meaning to work this one in for a while, and this seems like a good excuse.

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For the record my dad loves Burn Notice.

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‘SNL’: Say Fey Kid

(Title allusion here)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you probably know that Tina Fey has a new movie out.  Between her appearances on Oprah, Live!, and Late Night (leaving behind a wake of Jamie Foxx-Oprah rumors and charades losses), she’s been pounding the pavement drumming up excitement for Date Night.  The last stop on the promotional tour was coming home to host SNL.  However, in a way, it has  seemed like her talk show visits have also been to build enthusiasm for her return to studio 8H.  The means were also the end.  And with tween phenomenon Justin Bieber rounding out the card as musical guest, this SNL, the first in a month,  was shaping up to be a special instance of a white-hot host meets a white-hot musical act.

Did the show live up to expectations?  I’d have to say no, especially after getting off to a slow start with a census-centered cold opening that probably wouldn’t have been funny three weeks ago when it was still relevant.  And there weren’t any real knock out, “holy water cooler” sketches later in the show.  But there was a sense of excitement with Fey and Bieber in the house, and what may have lacking in humor was made up for with a bit of electricity.

More: Who’s more evil, Sarah Palin or the Devil?

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Jimmy Fallon Friday Nostalgia Corner: TGIF Medley!

TGIF is pretty much my go-to subject for the Nostalgia Corner, but I’m not sure anything will ever top this TGIF theme song medley courtesy of tonight’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and a capella group Straight No ChaserLate Night, you honor TGIF, and by doing so you honor us.

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Wednesday Nostalgia Corner: Jumped The Snark

Hey, remember this classic blog post?  One year ago today!

The Judd Apatow Effect! Finally Complete!

Many years ago I started plotting the connections between Judd Apatow, his frequent collaborators, and emerging comic talents.  Well, I talked about that chart for a while, and never really did anything about it.  However, after getting laid off I decided it was time to do it.  And I’m happy to say it’s finally ready!  Check out the thumbnails below and read more about it on the Judd Apatow Effect page.   With several films featuring actors and directors from the Apatow family tree released in the last few weeks, ( I Love You, Man, Adventureland, and Observe and Report), the time seems right to look at the scope of his reach and his effect on modern comedy.

Please take a look and let me know if you have any thoughts, comments or suggestions.  Also, don’t hesitate to relate any errors or omissions.  It’s still a work in progress, and I plan to keep updating it.  I already have a list of actors and projects to be added to the Third Level, and it doesn’t look like the Apatow factory is going to slow anytime soon, so keep checking back.

See you later, Joben!

First Level of the Judd Apatow Effect First Level of the Judd Apatow Effect

Second Level of the Judd Apatow Effect

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One Year Anniversary!! We Did It!!

Some people said it couldn’t be done.  Others asked specifically that it not be done.  Most have no idea this even exists.  But, despite all the doubters and naysayers and initiated, we’ve defied expectations and reached our one year anniversary.  It was just a year ago today (or “was it only a year ago?”) that Jumped The Snark launched with the unveiling of the Judd Apatow Effect.  Full disclosure: we felt pretty confident that our thoroughly researched and elaborately detailed chart was going to rocket us into the blogosphere, but the truth is that it’s a year later and readership hasn’t grown since that first week and we’ve still yet to be linked to on Pop Candy.  But, despite Whitney’s constant rejection and a plateau in daily views, we’re committed delivering unneeded thoughts on SNL and unsolicited commentary on The Office and irrelevant Growing Pains videos and cheap shots at Guy Fieri and news on the Muppets that’s of no interest to anyone but me.  That’s a Jumped The Snark guarantee.

If you’ve joined us thus far, we do humbly thank you for spending a few minutes patronizing this little site.  If, for some odd reason, you googled “Jumped The Snark one year anniversary” and ended up on this blog for the first time, welcome.  We’re happy to have you, even if we question the logic of your search terms.

It’s been a great first year.  But we’re looking forward to bigger and better things in year two and beyond.  As long as there are videos of TGIF sitcoms on YouTube we’ll be around.  Now, let’s have some cake!

See you in the future!

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Amazon, Are You Telling Me This Because You Think I’m Interested? Because I’m Not.

Really?  Who?  What person in cyberspace is looking at the Wallflowers’ sophomore album?  I have a hard time believing this.

I wonder if it’s the same guy who’s looking at razors.  I wonder if it’s Jakob Dylan.

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