Thursday, December 29, 2011

Reignite Your Holiday Humor by Reliving “Christmas Vacation”

Ah the yuletide season beacons once more. With its arrival does come the often procellous nature of the holidays, where we are rushing and racing, and trying to get everything that we need to get accomplished just in a nick of time to ensure that there is a nicely decorated tree, presents for one and all, and that our budgets have not been precariously exhausted through the roof. We run around in a profoundly raucous manner during this time of the year, so that we are able to enjoy a few days off from our otherwise tumultuous work schedules; all so that we can enjoy the holidays, of course and spend some time with our families.

The colloquialism of the traditional holiday rush actually officially commences on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when the New Year clock starts ticking down inside of our minds, and when you can almost hear Santa laughing off in the distance with his sleigh bells jingling. This jolly and giving time of year represents a serendipitous escape from the numerous calamites that often surround everyday life. So what better way to ring in this holiday season than by recanting a Christmas classic silver screen flick that was fomented by none other than the giddy, joke-cracking and off-colored folks at National Lampoon?

We could be talking about only one movie here folks: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

If Chevy Chase ever had a prime of his career, it was easily during part of his run in this series of hit parody films by National Lampoon. Get ready to travel back in time with us a bit here folks, all the way to the release date of this film, 1989 – 22 years ago – when Clark Wilhelm Griswold decides to forgo the family’s traditionally tragedy-prone holiday vacations, and instead opens up his home to his relatives for some holiday togetherness. Unbeknownst to Clark, however, is that his ill-mannered redneck cousin, Eddie Johnson (Randy Quaid), will prove to be the spoiler of his signature 20,000 Christmas lights and well planned holiday get-together. With Johnson on-hand to ruin everything, a holiday bonus check that never did arrive, and a turkey that bursts into flames upon being overcooked, disaster is around every corner for the Griswold family. And laughs are also around every one of those corners for viewers to enjoy.
Here are a couple of our favorite quotes from this holiday classic, so you can rehash the humor in your own minds.

Clark Griswold: “Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?”
Eddie: “Naw, I'm doing just fine, Clark.”
Clark Griswold: “Our holidays were always such a mess.”
Clark Sr.: “Oh, yeah.”
Clark Griswold: “How'd you get through it?”
Clark Sr.: “I had a lot of help from Jack Daniels.”
Ellen: “Clark, Audrey's frozen from the waist down.”
Clark Griswold: “That's all part of the experience, honey.”
Ruby Sue: “Uncle Clark, are you sure you ain't Santa Claus?”
Clark Griswold: “I'm sure... I can't even afford to be an elf.”
Clark Griswold: “Hey, Kids, I heard on the news that an airline pilot spotted Santa's sleigh on its way in from New York City.”
Eddie: “You serious, Clark?”

Monday, December 26, 2011

Making Sense of “Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home!” from Cartman’s Mindset

Eric CartmanImage via WikipediaWho is Eric Cartman? Well we all know that he is a chubby (or as he calls it, “supple”) eight-year-old boy from South Park, Colorado who’s mainstay is remaining in the upper echelon of “coolness” amongst a boisterous crowd of kids who secretly abhor him. He’s an outspoken racist, bigot, cheater, liar, and what-have-you, and he’s jealous, greedy, selfless and, well, pretty freaking funny to laugh at, too. Easily, if there were three characters who have etched themselves into the South Park Hall of Fame, top considerations would have to go to: Eric Cartman, Randy Marsh and Butters; of which some of the most notable, notorious and memorable of all episodes have centered upon.

Still, Eric tops the cake.

Appetence for Evil;
When he is not trying to kill off the entire Jewish population, annihilate the Gingers, give Kyle AIDS, free a convicted baby killer, frame the teachers (and Kyle) or make hamburgers that are flavored by his butt cheeks, Cartman is embattled with a personality disorder that’s obfuscated with his stuffed animals. After all, he is the guy that sees the Devil and even Adolph Hitler when he closes his eyes.

But Cartman needs to be inherently evil. He is the Stewie of South Park. Rather, South Park arrived prior to Family Guy, so that association is more likely the latter; Stewie is the Griffin’s Cartman. It’s these evil deeds that Cartman strives to commit, and usually bitterly fails at – with exception of course to Scott Tennerman (Episode: “Scott Tennerman Must Die” – the most notorious episode of all time), that have paved the most famous of all South Park lines.

When Eric does fail, or becomes overly frustrated at a situation that he lacks complete totalitarian control over (or “authoritan”), there is an infamous and trademark line that we have all grown to love: “Screw You Guys … I’m Going Home!”

Top Ten Eric Cartman Moments;
Now for your total enjoyment – and our mutual biding love for the sinister jerk that Eric Cartman truly is – here are the top ten Eric Cartman moments. They are presented in just vocal format. But if you take a gander at this Youtube video (below), you should take note that it’s received over 1 million hits to-date. That’s a lot of other people who are laughing their derrières off about Cartman’s funniest escapades on one of the most popular animated TV series of all time. If you are as much of an avid South Park neophyte as we are, you need only hear the audio to connect it to a signature episode of South Park.

Tell the World: “Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home!” with our Eric Cartman South Park T-Shirts. Show everyone that you love your favorite TV show, and its most infamous line. Or just add it to your growing South Park collection (we know that you have one).

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Are You as Much of a Brobdingnagian Hipster as Ricky Bobby? Can You “Shake ‘n’ Bake?

Cover of "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of...What happens when three of the most satirically endowed actors join ranks to create one bombshell of a gut buster with an original twist -- Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen? You get: “Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby.” Will Ferrell has seen numerous, and semi-similar, acting roles due to his unique deliver and his zeal for making crowds of packed movie theaters laugh so hard that they nearly choke on their popcorn. When you merge this with Reilly and Cohen, in this blogger’s humble opinion, you nearly get the best of three worlds.

The keynote here is to always remember to “Shake ‘n’ Bake” people! When Ricky Bobby, a come-from-nowhere NASCAR driver who climbs to the number one spot, and nearly overnight, works together with his buddy, Cal Naughton, Jr, who helps Ricky win races by creating their infamous “Shake ‘n’ Bake” move, which allows Bobby to use drag drifts to pass up a lead car, they quickly ascend to the sport’s upper echelon of superstardom.

That is, of course, until Jr gets tired of always being in second place. Simultaneously, along comes a snide and smug French Formula One Driver (Cohen), who threatens to take all of their hard work away from them by defeating Bobby. You have to see the movie to learn more, as we don’t aim to ruin it for any of you that have not had the pleasure of learning about the “Legend of Ricky Bobby.”

In case you are wondering how this trademark racing move from the movie plays out, here’s a popular Youtube video we found that has a great clip from it (Below).


It’s time to rehash some favorite lines from the movie with our top five quotes – which should serve to stir up a chuckle or two in you, and brighten your afternoon.

1. Ricky: "I've sent in my application to the Real World. So I'm hoping to hear back from that. I'm putting A LOT of my eggs into that basket, the MTV basket. I'm also thinking about getting a gun, and dealing crack. Being a crack dealer. Not like a mean crack dealer, but like, like a nice one. Kinda friendly like, 'Hey, what's up guys? Want some crack?' I'm just waiting on those two things to flesh themselves out."

2. Ricky praying at dinner: "Dear Lord baby Jesus, I want to thank you for this wonderful meal, my two beautiful sons, Walker and Texas Ranger, and my red-hot smokin' wife, Carley."

3. Cal Naughton Jr.: "I like to picture Jesus in a tuxedo t-shirt because it says I want to be formal, but I'm here to party."

4. Cal Naughton Jr.: "I like to picture Jesus as a figure skater. He wears like a white outfit, and He does interpretive ice dances of my life's journey."

5. Cal Naughton Jr.: "I like to think of Jesus like with giant eagle's wings, and singing lead vocals for Lynyrd Skynyrd with like an angel band and I'm in the front row and I'm hammered drunk!"

Get Your Shake ‘n’ Bake on for the world to see with our Talladega Nights T-Shirts that lets everyone know that you are not going to settle for second place, ever! Until next time, and of course purposely trying to sound redundant here: Shake ‘n’ Bake people!