Daily Archives: 2011/01/07

Parting Shot: Trophy Life

The world’s youngest photobomber.

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Gratuitous Search Term Bait of the Day: Etymology

There were no new relevant search terms today, but instead of just giving you another Tom Westman or Rashida Jones clip (which we’ll do plenty of, trust us) we’re going to do something a little different.  Some of you out there have been using the search term “jumped the snark,” (listen, guys, the site is just jumpedthesnark.com, no tricks.  You don’t need to work that hard to find us), so we’ll reciprocate with something based on that.  However, we’re not going to self-promote and just link to one of our old posts (or, god forbid, show you our face), but, alternatively, we’re going to offer a little TV history  lesson.  In case you didn’t know, the name “Jumped the Snark” is derived from the term “jumped the shark” which is colloquially used to describe a TV show that has moved its plot in an unrealistic, absurd or hackneyed direction, often with the introduction of a new character or some sort of stunt episode, signaling that the show’s best days are behind it.  “Jumped the shark,” in turn, is derived from a Season 5 episode of Happy Days in which Fonzie literally jumps a shark.  But let’s hear about the origins of the term from the writer of the episode in question, Jeff Breederman:

Fascinating stuff.

And, for good measure, here’s the Fonz:

Quiz on Monday.

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Carrey On, Jimmy

In a little over 24 hours from now Jim Carrey will return to SNL for the first time since 1996, and there’s absolutely no way its going to satisfy our expectations.  We’ve already made the fatal mistake of building it up in our heads, so there’s no way it’s not going to be a colossal disappointment.  Nevertheless, we’re excited!

And while Carrey was inside 30 Rock he stopped over at Late Night to chat with another Jim.  Behold, Carrey on Fallon:

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Part 2

Wow, lots of energy from Carrey.  Makes us wonder if he’s been riding the snake.  Sure would help with the weight loss.

See you soon, Jim!  Hope you’re ready to shatter our dreams!

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Get Your Ski Masks Ready! Season 3 of ‘Delocated’ is a Go! (Also, it’s Really Cold Outside)

When we formulated our Best TV Shows of 2010 list last week there was one glaring omission, that being Adult Swim’s Delocated.  The truth is that we felt, having worked on the show, that placing the series on that list might have been a conflict of interest (not that anyone who reads this blog would particularly care).  However, we were remiss not to note that had there been no conflict then Delocated would have certainly earned a spot on the list.  Our apologies for the poor judgment.

HOWEVER, with that we’re happy to bring you some good Delocated news.  Over on his Delocated blog, creator and star Jon Glaser has announced that Delocated has, in fact, been picked up for a third season (yay!).  So, sometime in 2011, except twelve new episodes, with even more grinders, more jingles, more doo-wop, more explosions and certainly a higher body countDelocated made a huge leap between its first and second seasons – when it expanded to a full 22 minutes and brought in Steve Cirbus as Yvgeny Mirminksy’s blood-thirsty, psychopathic, terrifying brother Sergei – so we’re triply excited to see how the show raises the bar in Season 3.

Let’s celebrate with some homemade seltz!

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Gratuitious Search Term Bait of the Day: Teenage Wasteland

We’re lucky enough to post one of our all-time favorite clips today, thanks to the popular search terms “miranda cosgrove and justin bieber.”  Those words have probably brought more teenage girls and middle age men to this site than any other.  They likely realized pretty quickly that this site really isn’t for them, but we were happy to have them nonetheless.

From the wayback machine, here’s a young Justin Bieber calling out at Kanye at the 2009 VMAs:

They look SO young!

(and now we just sit back and watch the page views roll in)

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