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Happy birthday to Bobby Lee, who turns 37 tomorrow! We wish him a lavish day spent basking nude in the warm Los Angeles sun, lounging atop a very soft bearskin blanket, eating grapes hand-fed to him by a bevy of beautiful Jungle Asians while “The White Album” plays gently in 5.1 surround sound on a spectacular set of Martin Logan speakers.
Or a really nice dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory.
We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.
‘Til September, lovelies.
Mark Lisanti is the funniest man on the Internet.
Now before you say, “But what about Gwyneth? He’s a fuckin’ gas!” let me just tell you that I’ve been making this declaration repeatedly since 2004, when I discovered Lisanti’s little H-wood insider blog Defamer (after carrying the site to Gawker-fueled ubiquity, he left his founding editor post in ’08). I blurted the words to him at a poorly-attended cocktail party at Sundance ’06, after an hour of awkwardly hanging out in wait for Robin Tunney’s arrival, when his buddy casually dropped his name and I lost my shit faster than a rookie chili-eating contestant. I say it snarkily at parties, when I realize he’s funnier in HTML than in person (ZING, sucka! I kid, I kid). I grumble it to the sky ever single time the guy outfunnies me on a Facebook wall (this happens more frequently than you would think). And I sighed it aloud yesterday, when I read about his new gig as Deputy Editor of Yahoo! Entertainment Blogs via Business Insider (who I must applaud for choosing a most distinguished photo of the lad to compliment his success).
Super funny people are typically the worst folks in the world to be friends with. For one, the odds of them being totally crazy/depressed/derelict/perverse is about 100%. And two, they spend most of their time with you either being spitefully unfunny (they are, after all, “off the clock”) or proving, at all times, how much more twisted, quick-draw and sharp they are than everybody else. But the thing is, Lisanti doesn’t have to be cementing sticky celebrity nicknames or befriending Tawny Kitaen to make you laugh. He just makes you laugh. I often wonder if he even has to try to be funny, because gentle–but memorable–humor seems to seep out of his pores like joy from a unicorn’s eyes. He is Continue reading DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: Lisanti Quarterly
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YouTube sensation Tim Chantarangsu, aka TimothyDeLaGhetto2, may have a small dick, but, man, is he hung with some nards.
“For Asian dudes, this idea of the small penis joke is like our Kryptonite…that’s supposed to be the worst thing you could say to an Asian dude, it’s almost like this Asian penis joke is like the n-word equivalent for Asian dudes, cuz it’s like oh my god I can’t believe he just said that, I’mma get this Asian dude, I’m gonna either say he’s got a small dick or he eats dog or he eats dog with a small dick. By taking the power away from that, I’m doing kinda like black people did where they embraced the n-word as a word of love.”
For more of Tim’s videos, check out:
Hails from: Pittsburgh, PA
Occupation: Funny Man
Why He’s a Babe: Because he tickles our funny bone, and there’s nothing more appealing in a man than the ability to make people laugh. And whether he’s riffing on boners, Bruce Lee having sex with his wife, or married couples doing it doggy-style, Steve tells a great sex joke. Plus he looks hot in pink undies holding a bucket of chicken, and how many people can say that?
We want to wish Steve, who is Koreish (not the ancient Bedouin tribe, but half-Korean, half-Irish), a Happy St. Patty’s! We hope he does shots of Hennessy chased with a few Irish Car Bombs ’til he pukes!
There seem to be 100 reasons to love Andrew W.K., the man behind 2001′s frenetic playtime album I Get Wet. If the brilliantly-structured cheeky sonatas of his debut effort don’t hook you, then there’s a chance his doe-eyes will, or, better, his longstanding reputation for being the nicest goddamn guy ever to wield a guitar or let fresh blood drip down his face.
W.K. is damn serious about not taking the world too seriously, apparent in his dancing grin and brazen musical jaunts–and if you happen to be in on the joke, the result is an endlessly satisfying, good fuckin’ time. But let’s be clear–his is not the sadistic, condescending jokery of an angry genius (à la Rivers Cuomo whining “Pork and Beans”), but a warm, cuddly, Hakuna Matata-pluck at hedonism: Not “fuck you” ha-ha, but “FUCK YEAH!” HA HA!
W.K. recently released a series of J-pop covers only found in Japan, meant as a thank-you gift to his equally warm and cuddly fans in the country. The recordings are executed with all the razzle-dazzle of show tunes, theme songs, and pop anthems, but be ready for a surprise. Something in his vocal delivery and synth orchestration makes the songs deliciously smart and might even invoke a little classic Bowie. (I know, I know. You’re like, “What?!”–but just trust me on this one).
The 14 songs, which includes piano ballad “Kiseki,” can be streamed at his website (listed on the album Premium Collection – The Japan Covers–you’ll have to skip the first 10 songs or so) and are worth the buffering. Enjoy!
We pray his character doesn’t get killed off by a smoke monster, or another hostile island dweller, or that diabolical Ben Linus, because Miles–along with Sawyer–kills us every time with his snarky, cynical, in-your-face ‘tude. It’s such a breath of fresh island air to finally see an Asian funny man on TV who doesn’t get laughs from being foreign, nerdy, and clueless!
Okay, confession time. In college, I was in an a cappella singing group. I’m breaking out in hives just telling you this. Why? Um, let’s see.
Zoom zoom ba-zoom, zoom zoom ba-zoom…oh, er, sorry…I guess old habits die hard.
(Thanks Jazzy Jas! You’re awesome!)
Of course we don’t need to tell you guys that “New Media” is the future, and that original web content is getting really good and featuring voices that wouldn’t necessarily make it in more traditional media.
Two new talents doing stuff for Flycell, a mobile and online entertainment company, are Korean-Americans Jim and James of “The Jim and James Show.” Check out this episode where they get a tae kwon do lesson from a Ragin’ Cajun martial arts master.
Click here to see “Oriental Medicine,” another Jim and James episode on YouTube.
Thanks to my friend Claire, I finally took a gander at the new HBO comedy Flight of the Conchords. Despite the hype, the comparisons to Tenacious D (whom I loathe and they are nothing like), and the almost-nauseating, indie-rawk preciousness of the show in look and feel, Flight of the Conchords RULES. It is hilarious, sweet, and absurdist–kind of like the original Office. Last night’s episode was called “Yoko,” and it’s about a girl who–what else?–almost breaks up the band:
Go to HBO.com to view the full episode.
WHY HE RULES: He loves his yellow belly, he was in our favorite movie Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, we adore his MadTV character Hideki (The Average Asian), he’s part of our favorite man-collective The Kims of Comedy, he does a mean impersonation of Kim Jung Il—and even if his dad doesn’t think he’s funny, we do.
Plus, Diana saw him do stand-up this weekend and was so hilarious that everyone other performer’s dick shriveled. Fun, right?