Daily Archives: 2011/01/11

Speaking of Robots, Did Stephen Colbert Rip Us Off?

We were hoping to make today an all robot-themed day (because 1.11.11 is like binary code, and that’s like robots, right?), but we weren’t sure where to take it.  Then we got a tip from Jumped the Snark BFF Steve Ponzo informing us that Stephen Colbert has been tweeting about the Fox Sports Robot, a hardworking machine who has long been the object of our affection.  Is Colbert cribbing from our notes?

Behold, a tweet from our personal account posted over Thanksgiving:

And a tweet from Colbert published earlier today:

Now we take offense to this for a number of reasons.  First, Stephen, buddy, let us have this one.  We don’t go around trying to get our portrait into the Smithsonian.  Secondly, “safest job in showbiz?”  We think not.  Not only did the Robot have to work on Thanksgiving, he also had to punch the clock during the great Blizzard of 2010.  We hardly call that “safe.”  And, finally, we object to Colbert’s tweet purely out of jealousy.  His comment is retweeted by 100+ people, earning the rank of “Top Tweet,” and our observation fails to garner a single mention; where’s the justice in that?  We think our tweet is just as good, if not better.  Don’t you agree?

Well, Stephen, I think the only way to settle this is to have us on the Report.  We’ll be waiting for your call.  Let’s bring on this guy too:

(and feel free to follow Seth on Twitter!)

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Just Because: Robot Repair

Somehow, despite committing our life’s work to documenting and analyzing SNL, we had never seen this phenomenal sketch before.  But better late than never.

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If you were wondering what kind of sketch we absolutely love, you now have your answer.

(also, do you think today’s date, 1.11.11, will overwhelm robots’ circuits?)

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‘The Jenny McCarthy Show’ was the Singlest Most Important Sketch Comedy Program of the 1990s

Well, no.  Not even close.  But over on the terrific comedy blog Splitsider we take a closer look at the overlooked legacy of the ill-fated, short-lived MTV show.

And, while you’re here, check out this brilliant instructional video parody from the show, written by Delocated‘s Jon Glaser and featuring Mr. Show‘s Jay Johnston and John Ennis, one of the few comedic high points for The Jenny McCarthy Show.

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Muppet Monday: The Man Behind the Fur

Quick one today!  Check out a featurette about Being Elmo, an upcoming documentary about Kevin Clash, better known as the puppeteer behind the little red Muppet monster (also known as the voice of Splinter in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films).  As much as we resent Elmo for obscuring the other Muppets on Sesame Street (and, to some extent, watering down the show’s material), we most certainly respect Clash’s body of work.

And we also respect the filmmakers for resisting the urge to title their documentary Tickle Me: The Kevin Clash Story.

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Gratuitous Search Term Bait of the Day: Mr. Sunshine

Kudos to you out there who searched for “jimmy fallon ny magazine” because you came to the right place.  Because it’s only here at Jumped the Snark that  you’ll find the subscriber-only cover offering this uplifting image:

Isn’t that just what you need to get through the dog days of winter?

And it’s not like us to give you just one Jimmy Fallon-related item.  No, of course not.  Not when Fallon is still riding the hot streak he began in the fall of 2009.  It was another big show on Late Night last Friday, as friends Will Arnett and Horatio Sanz lent their talents to the truly delightful “Pro Bowl Shuffle,” just in time for NFL wild card weekend (notice how they didn’t predict any Jets players participating in the Pro Bowl.  Betting that they’ll be too busy with the Super Bowl, perhaps?).

And then Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow, the proprietors of the Lower East Side’s The Meatball Shop, stopped by to cook up a few dishes and mix up a cocktail we’ll soon try ourselves (the “port-toddy”).  While they should leave the “ball” humor to the masters, it was nice to put a face on the balls we’ve been eating these past six months (see?  We can’t pull it off either), and we’re especially excited about the upcoming Williamsburg off-shoot of the shop (we’re coming for all your pork meatball smashes with classic tomato and mozzarella).  Spring can’t come soon enough!

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See?  Things aren’t so bad after all.  Not when we have Jimmy Fallon and Late Night to keep our spirits high and the Meatball Shop to keep our bellies full.



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