2 Funny: Everybody’s Talking ‘Bout Sully

New year. New month. New stuff.

The first 2 Funny of 2016 is a number performed by Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars concert to give support for autism, hosted by Jon Stewart. Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert decide to perform an impromtu musical number in praise of retired airline captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.

For those who don’t know, Chesley Sullenberger is a retired airline captain and aviation safety consultant. He was hailed as a national hero in the United States when he successfully executed an emergency water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River off Manhattan, New York City, after the aircraft was disabled by striking a flock of Canada geese during its initial climb out of LaGuardia Airport on January 15, 2009. All of the 155 passengers and crew aboard the aircraft survived.

The More You Know

This is another one of the bits that I’ll be forever envious of the 2 Steves for coming up with. Here’s the live on-stage performance:

 

….And here’s the recorded in studio version.

I couldn’t decide which version of these to showcase, so I did them both.

P.S.: Just a quick reminder that our previous address “thetwinfactor.com” is going to expire in 13 days. After January 14th, that address won’t direct you to the site anymore, so go ahead and bookmark this site with the current address (twinsanity.co), if you haven’t done it already.

Nerdvana: The Golden Eel by Ween

Today’s Nerdvana is one of my favorite songs from the band Ween, “The Golden Eel”. In particular, it’s a performance of the song which the band did on the relatively obscure Comedy Central series, Viva Variety. I chose this specific version because this was my first exposure to the song (it’s what inspired me to later buy their album The Mollusk) and also because I particularly liked the orchestration here; it gave the song an Arabesque quality which I continue to associate with the song to this day. I always think of Arabian Knights style adventure and intrigue when I hear “The Golden Eel”. Enjoy.

2 Funny: HA! TV Comedy Network Bumpers

Hey, do you guys remember HA!? Of course you don’t. HA! was one of the first ever all TV comedy networks launched by Viacom on April 1, 1990 which later merged with rival network The Comedy Channel from HBO (launched in November 15, 1989) to become a little channel you might have heard of called Comedy Central.

While The Comedy Channel’s shows usually involved the various hosts introducing clips culled from the acts of stand-up comedians as well as classic comedies of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Young Frankenstein and Kentucky Fried Movie, presented in a style similar to music videos, HA!’s schedule featured sitcom and sketch comedy reruns (many of which had been previously licensed for sister network Nick at Nite) as well as complete 90-minute reruns of Saturday Night Live from the 6th through 16th seasons. HA! boasted having the entire MTM library as well as some really funny and unique bumps provided by Fred Siebert.

I like Comedy Central and all, but I kind of wish that HA! had stuck around, or at least they could’ve kept using the name. The wraparounds were cool, plus I really like the name HA!. Check ’em out.

http://vimeo.com/24144064