by Jac Kern
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Dumb Starbucks, we hardly knew you!
The “parody” coffee shop, which mimicked the
real Starbucks' name, logo, menu (Dumb Frappuccino, Dumb Espresso, served in
Dumb Tall, Dumb Grande or Dumb Venti), everything
— even font — opened in L.A. Friday only to be shut down by the Los Angeles
Health Department Monday. Forbes posted Dumb Starbucks’ “frequently asked
questions,” which explains that by adding the word “dumb,” it’s protected by
parody law. Therefore the “coffee shop” was actually recognized as an art
gallery and the coffee, art. Guests, who lined up out the door and around the
strip mall where Dumb Starbucks set up shop, were treated to friendly service
and free coffee and pastries (there were even CDs for sale at checkout,
including a “Dumb” Norah Jones album). The real Starbucks acknowledged the
parody shop, explaining the two had no connection and they were pursuing legal
Word about the stunt (which it obviously was, dummies) spread across the
Internet via various comedians’ Twitters, so some it was no surprise that a
comic was at the helm. Nathan Fielder, deadpan genius with the Comedy Central show in which he “helps”
struggling business by offering ridiculous ideas (among other meta satirical
“pranks”), revealed himself as the owner with this video:
Now I really can’t wait for
the next season of Nathan For You.
Some big changes are happening to NBC’s long-running late-night shows,
and you can read all about them in this week’s TV column.
After some sad goodbyes (Jay Leno’s
final episode of Tonight, Jimmy
Fallon’s last time hosting Late Night
and Seth Meyer’s final Weekend Update segment), there’s a lot to look forward
to. Fallon brings house band The Roots and announcer/sidekick Steve Higgins
with him — hopefully the same goes for all the celebrity drinking games and
generally bizarre bits and skits. Like this gem:
Fallon’s first week of guests includes Michelle Obama and Justin
Timberlake, so fingers crossed for another Evolution of Mom Dancing
and History of Rap.
As for Late Night, Seth Meyers
starts his run Monday, Feb. 17 and in a total surprise announcement, Meyer’s
old SNL buddy and modern comedic god
Fred Armisen will be the show’s band leader.
The Olympics have taken over NBC (miss you, Parks and Rec) and oh, what a hot mess they’ve been! Plumbing
problems and strange bathroom setups in the Sochi hotels,
the Olympic rings mega-fail
during the opening ceremony, the fact that it’s actually too warm for any of these damn outdoor winter sports — the list goes on. C’mon, Russia, you can’t even get winter right? At least
we’ll always have this:
I'm not ashamed to admit VH1's Couples Therapy is one of my favorite shows on right now. With The Real L Word disappearing without a trace, I am finally able to get my Whitney-Sada fix (the couple is featured on Therapy), plus Jon Gosselin is apparently dating another mega-bitch and "Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham is equally intriguing and frustrating and alienesque. But the true star of the show is Ghostface Killah's girl, Kelsey Nykole...'s hair. #flawless
Remember Celebrity Death Match?
The MTV claymation classic pitted musicians, actors and other famous people in
pop culture or the news against each other in an over-the-top gruesome fight to
the death. Showdowns included Marilyn Manson v. Charles Manson, Mariah Carey v.
Jim Carrey (featuring Drew Carey) and Lil’ Kim v. Little Richard. Well, a few
years after its 1998 debut, Fox presented a toned-down real-life version with Celebrity Boxing, which went down as one
of TV Guide’s worst shows of all time. Has-beens like Danny Bonaduce and Barry
Williams (of The Partridge Family and
The Brady Bunch, respectively) took
to the ring in what usually just a really sad battle. Only two episodes aired.
So how do you take a bad idea like Celebrity
Boxing to another level of shame? Add in the man at the center of one of
the most controversial murder trials in recent years!
George Zimmerman was set to box rapper DMX in a televised match, but
both DMX and boxing promoter Damon Feldman have backed out, presumably after
thinking about it for three seconds. The fight is still on for now and will be
broadcast from a secret location this March, Zimmerman just needs an opponent.
In completely unrelated news, Brooklyn
Nine-Nine co-stars Andy Samberg and Chelsea Peretti used to be childhood
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Real World is in its 28th season (!), which got me thinking about how the show has degenerated
over the past 20-plus years from a truly groundbreaking docu-series to just another
pseudo-reality shitshow with weird green-light PG-13 sex scenes. But remember Season Three
with Pedro? That season, filmed in San Francisco, dealt with AIDS in a mature
but relatable way when the disease was still misunderstood and extremely taboo. They all had real jobs. When some of the housemates when to mass, others engaged in different forms
of worship while the remaining roomies engaged in natural discussions on God and
religion. Sure, the early seasons lacked the naked three- (and four- and
five-)somes and catfights of The Real
Worlds to come, but I miss the real Real
World, where normal-looking people with average backgrounds came together
to work, play and explore a new city.Fast forward a couple decades to the current season, which takes place in
Portland, Ore. Funny, between Portlandia and
an as-mainstream-as-it-gets MTV show, this hipster capital of the world’s
coolness bubble is about to burst. But I digress. Portland is an awesome city
to transplant a group of 20-somethings for a couple months. It’s known for
being easy to traverse via bikes or public transport, the dining and nightlife
scene is bustling with offerings and you’d think there would be endless
festivals, arts, outdoorsy stuff and other events to keep you occupied for the
24 hours you’re being filmed each day. But no. These douchers have managed to visit
the same handful of neon-lit night clubs, sushi joints and SUBWAYS (pretty sure
it’s in their contracts to eat at least on six-inch sub per day) through the
past 10 episodes (…yet I still watch. I don’t know, I’m a masochist). Pictured: Rejected applicants from The Bachelorette, Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing Race, Bad Girls Club and Judge Judy.
I originally tuned in to scope the digs
(though the allure of the The Real World
space and home décor is starting to fade), see what kind of quirky job the
roommates would end up with (they all work at a normal pizza shop, except two
girls who were too inept to even bus tables; they serve frozen yogurt out of a
cart. I repeat, they’re in their 20s.), or find any other example of ripe
Portland weirdness. Last week, my watching finally paid off as Averey, Johnny
and Jordan attended a totally awesome overnight zombie survival course at
Portland’s Trackers Earth — and I think we finally got a glimpse at the real Portland. For the first time this season, the people in
the background didn’t look like extras from a Smirnoff Ice commercial!
Check out the full episode here.
Nathan Fielder, the comedian behind one of my
favorite shows to come this year,
is all about messing with people to get some laughs. Not so much Punk’d, but in more of a social
experiment sort of way, which was on display in his hilarious Comedy Central
show, Nathan For You. Perhaps he’s
warming up for Season Two, or maybe he just wants to ruin some lives — either way,
Nathan’s been taking to Twitter with some interesting was to prank people you
love, then show the world and laugh at them.
Back in April, he
encouraged people to freak out their folks with this text prank:
This week, he put
relationships to the tests with another “experiment”:
Here were some
The number of people who actually save pet names with Emoji icons in their contacts is disheartening.When in doubt, or if you don't have a significant other, always text mom.This prank actually happened for the best, in this couple's case. #bitchesbecrazy
Ya been caught!It’s been a hot
minute since we’ve gotten a song from comedy music trio The Lonely Island —
the guys behind “Dick in a Box,” “I Just Had Sex” and “Lazy Sunday.” They drop
their third album, The Wack Album,
Friday, with tracks including “3-Way,” featuring Justin Timberlake and Lady
Gaga, “YOLO” featuring Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar and this new song
featuring Dance Pop princess, Robyn. “Go Kindergarten” makes fun of all those
stupid instruction club hits…while also being quite twerkable in its own right.
(Lyrics NSFW, if “whipping yo dick out” isn’t cool where your work.)
I really like, “So
raise your glass, then break the glass/Then stomp your bare feet on the glass.”
freaking out about this picture
of a Taco Bell employee licking taco shells that were probably then served to
customers. Am I the only person that thinks this is possibly the least unsavory
“Taco Bell: Exposed” type of thing? Yeah, pre-licked taco shells are gross, but
isn’t that a risk we all take when we take that late-night Taco Bell tango? At
least he didn’t lick all the nacho cheese dust off the Doritos Locos taco
Speaking of health and wellness, it’s bathing suit season and we at CityBeat have taken on a new
workout regime. Prancercise, bitches.
this either watched or heard about Sunday’s shocking, bloody and devastating
episode of Game of Thrones. Without
dropping any spoilers here (no promises in the links!), io9 collected some of
the best tweets about the ep.
I think I speak for all of us when I say fuck you, George R. R. Martin. Fuck
you very much, you heartless bastard.
Gold Medal tweet
Finally, I’m late
in the game but just started catching up on Hannibal. It’s so good! How is
NBC getting away with such a smart graphic show? Tune into that shit.
(Thursdays at 10 p.m.)
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Nathan Fielder goes beyond poking fun at these “expert takeover” series to reveal these little cultural phenomena, like what it takes to become a viral sensation or what some people are willing to do in order to be on television.
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In an unaired episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show,
the queen of all media shocked comedians from across the country and
world as she awarded each of them with their own television series. “You
get a show, and you get a show — everybody gets a show!”