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Danza Moment of the Week: Sanitized by the Bell

In keeping with our Saved by the Bell theme to the week, we’re going back to the classroom with Teach: Tony Danza for this week’s Danza Moment.  It seems like ages ago that we joined Danza for his journey as an English teacher at Philadelphia’s Northeast High.  But we shouldn’t forget those days, and we should never forget that Danza was obsessed with hand sanitizer.

We’re sure that made a great impression on his students. Hygiene is the coolest!

Do you think Marilu Henner remembers every time Danza washed his hands on the set of Taxi?

 

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Danza Moment of the Week: Muppet Love

It’s Thursday night and we haven’t mentioned the Muppets once this week, so it’s time to kill two birds with one stone.  Well, more accurately, one large bird and one big ham, and instead of a stone it’s a tennis ball.  And we’re not killing them so much as gently mocking them.

Tony Danza is just like us!  He learned to count from Sesame Street (JK, Tony! JK!)

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Second(!) Danza Moment of the Week: Danza for Hire

Normally we like to limit our Danza Moment of the Week posts to one per week (which is why we don’t call it the “Danza Moment of the Bi-Week”), but we thought it was prudent we got this one right out there (and maybe take next week off.  Jk!).

Well, apparently the logical next step after teaching Of Mice and Men to fifteen year-olds is to appear in a web video that discusses both horse and orangutan fucking, because that’s exactly where Tony Danza has gone after leaving Northeast High School.  Apparently the stress of teaching was too much, perhaps turning Tony from the earnest, affable idealist we knew and loved into a more cynical, jaded celeb, preferring to pal around with Michael Cera and Martin Starr than headline another school fundraiser.  Which isn’t to say that we’re complaining, or criticizing Danza, but between this new Funny or Die video and yesterday’s clips from Scott and Zander’s Crazy Night, it seems like he’s trying to reinvent himself as a viral video foil, poking fun at his image the way that James Van Der Beek and Rob Lowe have done in the last two weeks.

So here you are, Internet, your newest web comedy sensation, Tony Danza:

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Sidenote:  It’s great to see Michael Cera and Martin Starr, stars of two of the greatest TV shows in the history of television, working together.  Did we just catch a glimpse into Superbad 2: College Party???

Sidenote 2: Do you think Danza’s recent return to the zeitgeist is wholly or just partially attributable to Jumped the Snark?  Something to think about.

via Splitsider

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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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And Speaking of Brooklyn and Snow, It’s the Danza Moment(s) of the Week!

Keeping with today’s Brooklyn theme (not to be confused with today’s ripping people off theme, or today’s “and speaking of” theme, or yesterday’s robot theme), check out the first few minutes of the Who’s the Boss? pilot, as Tony and Samantha pack up his windowless child molester van old, beat-up blue van and depart the Universal Studios backlot Brooklyn.  As a bonus, we’ve included the original opening credits, which feature additional footage of the iconic van’s journey to the Bower home in Connecticut (no footage of the cast?  How bold!  Perhaps, an homage to the Taxi opening?)

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In addition, keeping with today’s snow theme, here’s a short clip of Danza from Taxi that can serve as your go-to video the next time a blizzard rolls through:

And speaking of ripping people off, was this Taxi clip perhaps the inspiration for the Bosom Buddies cabin episode?  Makes you think.

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Danza Moment of the Week: Boxer-Actor or Actor-Boxer? Toe-to-Face with Anthony Michael Hall

Our old pal Eliot Glazer recently alerted us to the virtual treasure trove of classic Saturday Night Live episodes that can now be found on Netflix Instant Watch.  In fact, they’ve made available nearly every episode of the show from its tumultuous 35 year history (although, it should be noted that episodes only feature “selected” sketches, and the musical performances have been excised for obvious licensing reasons).  Upon learning of this bounty, what was of most interest to us were two seasons in particular.  The first was the 10th Season, which boasted Billy Crystal, Martin Short, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer (and an opening credit sequence that inexplicably contained giant flying hot dogs); basically a group of ringers brought into the save the show after the departure of budding superstar Eddie Murphy (and, to a lesser extent, the exit of soon-to-be-punchline Joe Piscopo).  The second season we were most curious about was the subsequent year, in which Lorne Michaels returned to the show after a five year absence and replaced the seasoned veterans with a group comprised mostly of young novices, including Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey, Jr. and Joan Cusack.  The show suffered dismal ratings and a critical beating, but since it staved off cancellation and experienced a renaissance the following season with the arrival of Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Jan Hooks and Kevin Nealon, the 11th Season has become something of a footnote in SNL history.  However, after years of darkness, we can finally shed a light on this forgotten season.

And what did we find upon closer inspection?  You bet, an episode from April of 1986 hosted Mr. Tony Danza, who was just beginning to earn the greatest praise of his career for his early work in Who’s the Boss?*  Clearly though, Danza was not meant for sketch comedy, as his Russian accent in one sketch is just barely perceptible for much of the scene, and absent for the rest of it.  Much like in his roles on Taxi and Who’s the Boss?, Tony just can’t help being Tony, and his genuine upbeat, gregarious, often laughable, personality shines through no matter what character he attempts to portray.  Which is why inserting Dazna in this boxing sketch was a smart move.  Just like the producers of Taxi recognized, it’s best not to let “Tony” stray too far from Tony.  And then on top of Danza doing what he does best, and what comes naturally, you have Anthony Michael Hall probably turning in his finest work since The Breakfast Club (until 1988’s Johnny Be Good,** of course).

Hard to believe that scrawny little guy turned out like this.

*We’re making this up and assume it to not be true.

**See above.

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Danza Moment of the Week: He’ll Tumble for Ya

In future Danza Moments of the Week we’ll be sure to get into the real Danza deep cuts, but we’re still a little drowsy from all the turkey so this week we’re going to deliver a classic Danza moment.  Really, it’s almost too good to not post every week.

It’s a mystery to us how he walked away from the wreckage unharmed (however, it was not surprising that his hair remained firmly in place.  Oh, how we miss that coif).

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