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‘Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs Favorites 2 Legit 2 Quit’ Finale – Apt Pupil

Survivor Caramoan Final 4When Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites 2 Legit 2 Quit began just three months ago we bemoaned the ubiquity of loud, boisterous, attention-grabbing personalities like Shamar, Brandon Hantz and Former Federal Agent(?) Fillip. It felt like a season plotted by casting – and by casting just a few controversial, polarizing figures, stunt casting essentially – than a season anchored by appealing, charismatic, engaging characters who we would want to root for, and a season that might rely on shock value and stock reality show antics than good stories, solid gameplay and jaw-dropping twists. Well, we are happy to say that we were wrong. While the pre-merge game was dominated by those big names and big bodies, and while some of our favorite players were eliminated earlier than we would have preferred, after the merge Survivor: Caramoan has delivered great Tribal Council after great Tribal Council, offering some landmark series moments. It was like viewing a Sandra Bullock film back to back to back. Blind Side after Blind Side after Blind Side. And it’s left us with five somewhat unlikely players, none of whom are physically dominant or socially controlling or remarkably devious. Just five players who’ve managed to get to the end, through considerable disadvantages and obstacles, each carving a somewhat different path. It wasn’t what we foresaw for Caramoan, but we’re not complaining.

Cochran, for sure, is the front-runner, having played a smart, strategic, clean game. But Dawn has been right there with Cochran, and she’s made stronger personal bonds, which could play in her favor. Don’t discount Sherri though, who took an entry-level position with Stealth ‘R’ Us when the fans’ alliance fell apart, came in everyday on time, punched her card, worked hard, and is one of the few employees still with the company. Then there’s Eddie, who’s been on the outs from day one, has been to nearly every Tribal Council and was always at risk of going home, and who has made no enemies. Finally, you have Erik, who’s ruffled very few feathers, managed to flip and flop without seeming untrustworthy, and has an excellent chance to sweep the remaining challenges. Really, out of these five, you could make a case that all of them can win the million and it’s going to be interesting…

Oh, wait, Erik’s down…

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Happy Jew Year!

Well, Rosh Hashana is upon us again. Has it really been a whole year already (we’re really asking; even we get a little confused with the Hebrew Calendar)?

The nice thing about the Domino’s is that they don’t Jew you on the pepperoni.

– Michael Ian Black,  Mike and Tom Eat Snacks, Episode  32

Let’s celebrate the New Year with breaking down Jewish stereotypes. Yes, we like challah bread and matzoh ball soup and potato kugel and bagels. And, yes, we run Hollywood. And, yes, we make dynamite plastic surgeons. And, yes, we like to get to the movie theater extra-early to make sure that we get a good seat. We are all these things. HOWEVER, not all of us are cheap, parsimonious bastards who will Jew you out of every possible penny. In fact, sometimes – as Jon Benjamin and David Cross illustrate – we’ll even Jew you up.

So dip the apples in the honey! (we will not, because we are allergic to apple, and thus will never have a sweet new year. It will be one unbroken string of bitter misery)

 

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On the Second Day of Hanukkah Jumped the Snark Gave to You…

…Michael Ian Black, or, as his birth certificate says, Michael Ian Schwartz.  Did you know he was Jewish?  Well, he is, all the way, and you can and should learn more about him on the latest, long-awaited, WTF Podcast.

Did you also know that he provided one of the lead voices on the extremely short-lived Frisky Dingo spin-off The Xtacles?   Well, he did, and you can hear him here:

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Happy Bon Jovi Friday!!!

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Comedy Central & Michael Ian Black Team Up to Celebrate Us All Week!

Well, it came has huge surprise to us, but Comedy Central has devoted a whole week to little ol’ us, and, even better, “Snark Week” is being hosted by our all-time favorite Michael Ian Black.

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Honestly, we had no idea that they had this in the works, but we could not be more flattered, especially with Black (Magic to his friends) as the master of ceremonies.  Truly, an enormous, humbling honor.

Let’s say we all return the favor and tune in for Black’s Comedy Central special “Very Famous” this Saturday at 11pm (10pm Central).   It’s the least we can do.

 

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Gratuitious Search Term Bait of the Day: Toothbrush Has Come Back to You

A couple of months ago we had the search term “toothbrush the state video.”  Unfortunately, we were unable to come up with that sketch for you, and hung our heads in shame.  But guys asked for it again, and while we can’t provide the whole sketch for legal reasons (Viacom is particularly protective of their content), we can offer an excerpt from it.  Today redemption is spelled “J-u-m-p-e-d-t-h-e-s-n-a-r-k.”

And while we’re speaking of Michael Ian Black (well, by “speaking” we mean “uploading a video that stars”), we implore you to check out “Michael & Tom Eat Snacks,” the amazing new podcast in which Black and his Ed co-star Tom Cavanaugh eat, and discuss, snacks (well, one snack per episode).  Just another podcast we’ve recently fallen in love with (sounds like Mondays might have to be our podcast day).

YOU’RE WELCOME.

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Gratuitous Search Term Bait of the Day: Pants, Eh?

We really don’t know why people have been searching for “50% off first pair of bonobos jan 2011,” but evidently they have been, and we’re a little embarrassed that it’s brought them to this blog.  But instead of dignifying bonobos any further, we’re going to offer up a Friday bonanza, three pants related sketches starring Michael Ian Black, who seems to have some sort of predisposition for slacks and sweats humor.

To start, “Pants,” perhaps the first great sketch from The State:

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And two more pants-centric sketches from Michael and Michael Have Issues:

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This reminds us, we really should get a pair of sweatpants with pockets.  So useful.

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On the Seventh Night of Hanukkah Jumped the Snark Gave to You…

…Seven Stella clips!

(Sorry we missed night #6.  It was six pairs of socks, so, you know, no biggie)

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Only one more night!

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