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Danza Moment of the Week: Tony Danza Never Blocks a Cock

Well, this really isn’t the type of language you like to hear from 10th grade English teachers, but apparently Tony Danza works a little blue outside the classroom.  Here is making a cameo in Scott & Zander’s Crazy Night, an upcoming feature film (as far as we can tell):

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Looks like Danza is trying to shed his golden gloves boy, wholesome nice guy image, playing against type and pulling a Neil Patrick Harris in Harold and Kumar (NPH!).  Although, we doubt Danza will proclaim his hunger for furburgers.  Then again, here is riding along with the boys, just like NPH:

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Just do us a favor, Tony:  no talking about humping Alyson Milano.  Or Katherine Helmond.  Or, god forbid, Danny Pintauro.

Thanks to The Geoff Man for the tip.

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Gratuitous Search Term Bait of the Day: Muppet Monster(s)

A relatively broad term today, simply: “muppets.”  It’s actually quite interesting, and encouraging, that someone ostensibly found our blog via the term “muppets.”  That must mean (we guess) that due to our vast library of Muppet-related posts we’re becoming one of the top results for that search.  Which is something to be proud of (right?  Please say yes).

Since the search term was so wide open we’re going to give you two clips today, that way everyone goes home happy.  First, we have this mash-up of the Muppets performing Kanye West’s “Monster,” which is all the rage today:

[sidebar:  Is the Muppet remix becoming something of a tired art?  How many times can we see some kind of Muppet mash-up until it feels derivative, devaluing both the Muppets and whatever work they are paired with?  Only time will tell.]

And, secondly, we’re happy to counter that “Monster” with the original Muppet Monsters, Little Muppet Monsters, the extremely short-lived series that was briefly paired with Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies in 1985.  Shelved after airing just three episodes, it remains when of the great Muppet oddities:

Well take the latter any day of the week.

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It’s Official: ‘Sesame Street’ Rules the Internet

Move Over Betty White, ScarJo, Anne Hathaway, and any other Hollywood starlet, young or old, who had her sights set on hosting SNL.  Get in line behind the chocolate chip chomper, the macadamia mastictor, the snickerdoodle scavenger himself, Cookie Monster.

Is there anyone on the Internet these days doing better work than Sesame Street (and that includes my mom’s emails)?  After firing off one viral sensation after another, from the Katy Perry-Elmo music video (yes, we thought it was good, clean fun) to a terrific True Blood spoof to a brilliant take on the Old Spice commercials, this one could be their magnum opus.  Who would have imagined that the most reliable source for viral video genius in 2010 would be Sesame Street?

SNL, Lorne, you have about a month left in the year to make this happen.

And, realistically, wouldn’t it be amazing if this actually worked?  But beyond just the novelty, and joy of seeing Cookie Monster take the stage at Studio 8H, it would be especially poignant for the Muppets, original SNL contributors, to return to the show after 35 years.  In many ways it would be a return to the scene of the crime, as their brief run during the first season of SNL was one of Jim Henson’s few failures, with the abstract Muppet segments proving unpopular with audiences.  So now, three and a half decades later, and twenty years after Henson’s death, Cookie Monster can make it right. He can bring it full circle.  Like a perfect cookie (see what we did there?).

It’ll never happen, but at perhaps Cookie Monster can at least make a cameo.  That’d be worlds better than relying on Seth Rogen to play him.

via THE ENTIRETY OF THE INTERNET

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Muppet Monday: ‘Sesame Street’ is Now Like ‘MadTV’, But Good

Sesame Street has long been in the pop culture parody business; in fact that’s basically it’s whole model, come up with concepts that will educate children but also entertain adults. But lately, they’re becoming kings of the genre, with Mad Men, 30 Rock and, most recently, True Blood parodies.  And now they’ve moved even further from the mainstream with their version of Old Spice’s “Smell Like a Man” campaign:

Between Grover and Justine Bateman we’re feeling really uncool.

Next up, no doubt, is the Sad Elmo campaign.  Or maybe Cigar Kermit.

via PopWatch

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This Could Only Be Better If It Somehow Involved Pizza AKA LOST & Kermit!

Many years ago two of my greatest, if not my two greatest, passions united in a music video. I speak of course of Weezer and the Muppets, joining forces for the “Keep Fishin’” music video. Unfortunately, by that time Weezer was already on their way to retroactively ruining the fanatical affection I harbored for them during my high school years. The union was still unimaginably cool, but would have required a little bit more freak out control if it was made just a couple of years earlier (or perhaps that’s the benefit of time talking, as well as the carnage inflicted by Make Believe and The Red Album*).

However, I have no such bitterness about this new, brain-exploding team-up, the latest in the Lost Slapdown” series.  Yes, as odd as it may sound, God (and Disney corporate synergy) have brought together Lost and Kermit the Frog.

But although this is a monumental, colossal cross-over, I will not be getting a tattoo commemorating this meeting of Kermit, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, despite what some have suggested.

Make sure to check out the other Lost-Muppet joint ventures, including Pepe auditioning for the role of the Smoke Monster, Rizzo infiltrating the writers’ room and the Swedish Chef, an apparent avid Lost fan, running the ABC cafeteria.

*For a truly thought-provoking and thoughtful look at the devolution of Weezer, specifically Rivers Cuomo’s fall from ironic yet genuine songwriter to hackneyed hyper-self-aware song-crafter, we urge you to take a look at Chuck Klosterman‘s** essay on the subject in his anthology Eating the Dinosaur.  And just go ahead and read everything else in the compendium, because it’s all genius.

**And if Chuck Klosterman*** does anything with the Muppets I’ll flip out just as much, if not more.  Even if it’s an essay comparing Elmo to Helen Thomas.

***Just realized that “Klosterman” contains the word “lost.”  Whoa.

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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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Something That Maybe Should Have Been an April Fools’ Prank: ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’

I would go see 120 minutes of this.

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Muppet Thursday: Surprisingly Not a Muppet April Fools’

Muppet Studios uploaded another one of their delightful videos today, although it curiously doesn’t appear to tie into April Fools’ Day.  One would think that if they were going to debut a video on April 1st it would be some sort of Muppet prank.  But then again, maybe by not delivering an April Fools’ joke they’ve executed a reverse prank.  Maybe the absence of the prank is the prank.  Outsmarted us again, Muppets!

ANYWAY, this new video finds a furry, faux-bunny ear’d Muppet Monster hunting wabbit while crooning (murdering) the Ben E. King classic “Stand by Me.”

Not my favorite of the Muppet viral video series but damn do these uploads look good.  It’s like the monster is stalking his prey right inside this coffee shop.  AH!  Stay away from my jasmine green tea!

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Because For ‘LOST’ Fans a Simple Title Card Isn’t Enough

Ever since Seinfeld, opening title sequences have been getting shorter and shorter, culminating in the extreme minimalism of the LOST opening, which is no more than a word and a musical note, and is just about pitch perfect.  But although they get a blue ribbon for their short, straight to the point title card, one whose brevity allows for maximum time to present questions they most likely won’t answer, fans seem to desire something more traditional, over the years creating mash-up credit sequences inspired by Growing Pains, The A-Team, Full House and Friends.  But they all pale in comparison to this Saul Bass-style opening:

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Pretty flawless.

New challenge: LOST in the key of My Two Dads.  Any takers?  Winner gets a case of Dharma fish biscuits.

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48 Is a Top-Notch Number

Because apparently some people find this blog to be full of worth and wouldn’t discover these videos otherwise, here’s the third episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallons latest opus Late:

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Creepy good.

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