A fun collaboration by students at the University of Quebec at Montreal!
[ Via: Ricky Van Veen on Tumblr ]
Friend of Epic Fu and general good guy Dave Seger is one of the creators of Ikea Heights, a melodrama (read: understatement) set in an Ikea store in Burbank, California. And I mean they literally film the show in an Ikea store without the store's knowledge, and with customers milling about.
They produced the show for Channel 101, the grandaddy of all funny video sites created by Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab that keeps on chugging along and discovering new talent. This is episode 1 of Ikea Heights. Check out the others on Vimeo (Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4) or at the Channel 101 show site.
We are big fans of the twisted mind that is encased within Eric Wareheim's rainbow sprinkle-dipped skull.
Yeah... that didn't come out right.
We love Eric's work (We interviewed him and Tim Heidecker previously on EPIC FU) and this particular music video, She's Got Me Dancing by Tommy Sparks showcases the amount of craziness and creativity three minutes can contain. It makes you fall in love with the song even more.
A parody of the Where the Wild Things Are trailer.
Clyde (Douglas Sarine) and Clark (Nick Armstrong) bring us a video which details the assessment President Obama would probably get if he took America to the shop. :)
We met Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab in 2007 when we invited them to give the closing keynote at Pixelodeon. They delivered a memorable talk about the process of creating Channel 101, a website founded in 2003 that invites comedy filmmakers to create pilots for original short web shows which are then screened for an audience who votes on which shows get a return engagement.
Dan and Rob took the idea for Channel 101 to television with Acceptable.tv on VH1, and they have also been creating other awesome tv shows, like The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central, which they co-created with Sarah Silverman. They also wrote the screenplay for Monster House, which won the 2007 Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
This video is all over the web after premiering on SNL Saturday night. The three guys from The Lonely Island, who are honing their skills on SNL for something much greater down the road, knocked it out of the park with this one.
It's the Rick Roll to end all Rick Rolls. This morning as the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends float rolled on by, Rick Astley himself came out and Rick Rolled the entire nation with his revived web hit Never Gonna Give You Up. I think this pretty much caps what you can do with a Rick Roll.
I'm not sure if we've ever had a president inspire a video game where he isn't the object of ridicule, but this might be the first. Super Obama World is a lot of fun! Watch out for the pigs and the bailout barons! MIX member Edward pointed it out on the forums.
[ Via: Via: Edward on MIX ]
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are the two comedic misfits who make up the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! team, a popular show which airs on Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network. The show, which premiered in February 2007, evolved from their previous hit show, Tom Goes to the Mayor, which got its start as a web cartoon on timanderic.com.
Have a listen to Australian musician, actor, and comedian Tim Minchin's song Not Perfect. It's the first time I've ever heard of Mr. Michin, but now I'm completely hooked. If you like what you hear here, visit his site -- he has a bunch of free songs you can download onto your MP3 player. Great stuff.
[ Via: via: information nation ]
Our friend Brian Lerner co-created and writes a new web series that has been showing some damn funny promos the past few weeks, and today the first episode launched! We always get excited any time people associated with the show do their thing. Let's not forget that Brian was part of the team for the first few months when we rolled out Jet Set Show back in June, 2006, and recently did a correspondent interview with the band Drive A. So we go waaaaay back!
I found this via Amber MacArthur's blog while perusing my feeds. Not sure how I missed this one by a fellow named Ben Walker from the U.K., but now I can't stop singing the chorus of this song! For all the good humor on the Internet, I'm still waiting for a huge backlash against the insiderishness of videos like these. For now, though, enjoy this gem!
[ Via: via: AmberMac ]
That SNL sketch (linked here, unable to embed) has taken on a life of its own that really amazes me. It must be 5 or 6 years old already, and people still quote it all the time. Ha!
We've been laughing at the ninja cat comes closer while not moving video all weekend. Yes, it's another one of those internet cat videos, but trust me, this one will start your day off right.
There's already a new version called sneaky cat coming closer while not moving HORROR!
It's Rambo 3 Live! A no-holds barred public live commentary of my experience watching Rambo 3 in bite-sized Twitter nuggets. Attending is easy, just watch my Twitter stream during the event. Participation is optional.
While watching Rambo 2 (First Blood: Part II) the other night I thought to myself - wow, there is so much great Twitter material here. Unfortunately I was too involved with the gripping plot to turn away and grab my laptop.
So on Tuesday night, August 26th I'm going to live Twitter my experience watching Rambo 3 for what I believe is the first time. This is a landmark Twitter experiment and I may lose many followers - a risk I'm willing to take.
If following the action isn't enough, you can simultaneously Twitter your own Rambo 3 experience at exactly 9:00PM PST. I'm pretty sure it's in stock at every Blockbuster worldwide.
Today on the show Zadi talked about how a Google employee named Michael asked for his future wife's hand in marriage: by holding a giant sign during a drive-by of the Google Street View van. The real story is that the Street View team told all the employees that the van was coming by that day, so Michael was able to get his proposal in.
Here's my favorite joke contributed so far, posted by MIX member Pete:
Two engineering students were walking across campus when one said, "Where did you get such a great bike?"
The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want.""
The second engineer nodded approvingly, "Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn't have fit."
Oh. My. God. All I have to say is that Doug Bresler is awesome. If you haven't seen Doug's work on Doogtoons, you should. And his latest work just proves that there is more creative genius in store for all of us.
The "new" music video is called Indiana Jones and is performed by L.B. Rayne. It's apparently a lost classic from 1984. It hits all the right 80s notes, and our friend Paul Dateh is in it as well. Read more about it on the Doogtoons blog. So glad that it was "found." ;-)
This stereotype is usually found in teen movies during a pivotal school dance scene where the main character puts it all on the line. You'll find another great example in Michael J. Fox's coming-of-age opus Teen Wolf.
The underlying message here is just be yourself! Who cares if they call you a spaz. Just because you aren't the best dancer in the world, it doesn't mean you can't get out there and have fun with the cool kids. Who knows, you may be pleasantly surprised by other people's reactions.
(cross-posted to OMGRICK)
I don't know about you guys, but I attended many-a-birthday party at Showbiz Pizza Place in my pre-teen years. Remember the animatronic robot band The Rock-afire Explosion that used to rock the house with somewhat dated pop songs and revivals of the Happy Birthday song every few minutes?
Apparently there's a small community of people who are buying up the old machines on eBay and reprogramming the band with new songs. Aaron Fechter and his partner Chris have a YouTube channel with a bunch of examples. They also take requests via bids. The whole thing is mildly unsettling, strangely hypnotic, and somewhat creepy in an after-school special kinda way.
(via Kent Nichols)
Pretty much every picture has the potential to be nom'd. It's actually skewing my view of the world. Get your fill of nomness over at omnomnomnom.com. If you create a Zadi nom'd image like the one I made above, send us a link and we'll post it here or feature it on a future episode.
It is often said that if you love your machine, your machine will love you back. Not quite sure who said that, or if it was actually ever said - but it sounds like something that should be written in stone. I mean, how many times has your OS just decided to crash as that deadline inches its way to your neck? It's almost as if it knows.
[ Via: Digg ]
Papercraft DIY time! Tubbypaws, a blog of happy art, created a template to build your own paper ceiling cat. Print, cut, fold, glue, and tape it to your ceiling- presto, an instant feeling of eerieness. There's even a Lucifer Cat edition. If you make one, be sure to post a picture with your new friend on MIX. (sent in by Justine, thanks!)
If nothing else, we will always know that Bill O'Reilly knows how to get a party started. I can see the hands flying up in the nightclub air right now... And just in case you missed the original, here you go.
[ Via: [via technabob] ]
We were watching this yesterday at Epic-Fu HQ and almost forgot to post it.
Here, the boys of South Park end up at the Department of Internet Money attempting to collect the riches they've made from their successful web video: What, What in the Butt. In the end, they learn a valuable lesson.
Looks like Blizzard is trying to take advantage of all the Guitar Hero/Rock Band success with the upcoming "Bard" character class. On paper it sounds great, but will my Xbox 360 guitar be compatible or will I have to buy another plastic guitar peripheral???
From the WoW website:
Armed with a trusty axe, killer riffs, and a ton of attitude, the guitar-wielding bard is the second hero class to be introduced in the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King expansion for World of Warcraft. The bard excels both as a solo performer and as part of a solid group lineup, able to front in a number of roles as varied as his musical repertoire.
Now here is something I can get behind! How many times have you forgotten a birthday and just wished your Gmail account had a feature like this? With Gmail's Custom Time you can send that email back in time and it'll appear in your recipient's inbox in the correct chronological order. You can even mark it as "read" so now you have them thinking they're going crazy! Brilliant. No more awkward phone calls insisting that your email must have gotten lost -- now you can prove it. Yes, it's not right. But sometimes that's the cost of a saved black eye. Plus, think about how many first-come/first-served beta invites you can get! :)
BTW, does anyone remember how AOL had a sorta-similar feature back in the day? You could send an email and check if it had been read, and if it hadn't you could cancel it. It wasn't time travel, but it was actually a pretty cool feature.
Check out the new creation from the peeps at Aviary. It's called Dodo and it's a "new [web] tool which will allow you to age and de-age people, places and things from any browser with Flash 9 enabled." It actually looks pretty damn cool. You can sign up on their site to beta test the sucker.
I guess the pixel calibration ratio is in direct proportion to [insert clever yet something something here... I can't think straight right now...oh God help me, it's 4am and I'm still up...]
Sure there's the Macbook Air, but just look at all the stuff you can get for almost half the price. I mean really -- I'm thinking The Bureau crew is onto something here.
'Perfect Strangers' from mike ambs on Vimeo.
Our friends are brilliant -- and totally gay for each other! :) If only we were all so gay for one another, the world would be a wonderful place... especially with the Perfect Strangers theme song playing as our eternal soundtrack.
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There is nothing more to say than: "just watch." And... "this puppy freakin' rocks."
I wouldn't normally post television content, but this is just too damn funny to pass up. Ellen demonstrates the Hawaii chair, which apparently is supposed to work your abs as you go on about your work day. Thing is -- can you actually get any work done sitting on something like this??
A dog with fresh beats? What more can you ask for?
This made me laugh pretty hard. Play around and record your own mix.
The guys over at Barely Political do it again. Oh John, you prankster. I don't blame Hillary for looking grossed out. :)
Props go out to Michael Stevens for mixing this one up.
Jedi Ginsu Knife Commercial
If you're not that handy in the kitchen, perhaps the Jedi Ginsu knife can help. Just keep in mind, the fact that you own a Jedi Ginsu knife, does not now, or will ever make you a Jedi.
Remember to watch your fingers.
Remember that inspirational "Yes We Can" music video we posted a few days ago? Well, now John McCain has his own.
OMG. This is brilliant. How did we miss it!?! :)
Barackula the musical will be making its online debut this month. It's Michael Jackson's Thriller meets Jesus Christ Superstar meets... vampires. What more can one ask for?
The fictional story tells of a young Obama fighting off the forces of darkness at Harvard Law. Obama (played by Justin Sherman) must convince the secret vampire society that opposing political philosophies can co-exist or else he gets swallowed by the dark side.
Doesn't matter who I'm voting for, I'm sold just on the dancing vampires.
Rick twittered this a while back, and it's the funniest LOLcat animation ever. :)
Everyone loves a good practical joke right? We are pranksters in hiding here at EPIC-FU HQ, and revel in a good laugh. So it was great to see that humor knows no boundaries... especially when it involves a phone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a politician running for office. :)
So what did Hillary do before she ran for office? She was in a band of course. Seriously folks, you haven't heard her riff on a geetarrr? I'm sure there's some lost footage out there waiting to be found.
We've been laughing at this all day and we figured we'd post it here for those of you who may not have seen it yet. It has to be one of Sarah Silverman's funniest bits. Enjoy. :)