So I recently watched the Netflix documentary Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond and I thought it was amazing. It takes you behind the scenes with Jim Carrey during the filming of the 1999 film Man on the Moon, in which he portrays comedian Andy Kaufman. During filming Jim didn’t just read his lines, he literally became Andy. To put on the best show possible, he never left character and was always Andy. He talked and acted like him and even made everyone on set refer to him as Andy.
During the documentary, current day Jim Carrey takes you through his mind set during the film and helps you try to understand what he was going through. The way he describes it Andy, who died of cancer in 1984, basically took over his body and portrayed himself in the movie. He says Jim was never actually there during the filming of the movie. He completely embodied the character and let Andy take over, as he expelled Jim Carreys thoughts from his mind.
Throughout the documentary 2017 Jim takes you on journey questioning every spiritual, mental and physical aspect of our lives and really makes you think about what the meaning of everything is and makes you envision things from different perspectives.
If you haven’t seen Man on the Moon I highly recommend watching it before the documentary. The original movie is amazing as it is but then the documentary will take you deeper into understanding the true meaning and will show you a whole other story that was going on during the process. Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman are truly two brilliant characters and will be iconic forever. They changed the comedy game in there own way and should get all the recognition possible as I believe they are two of the greatest to ever do it. I have been a fan of Jim Carrey ever since I first saw Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and Dumb and Dumber over ten years ago and it’s crazy to see how much he has progressed and created such a spectacular career.
As scary as it may seem, good cartoons are what shape the ideas of our future generations. Nothing can get the attention of a child better than some jokes, snacks and a good old cartoon adventure. Nowadays most cartoons aren’t even made for children and are dirtier then most R-rated movies. I think I watch more cartoons now then I did when I was younger.
The show Rick and Morty follows the smartest man in the universe and his doofy grandson as they travel intergalactically and interdimensionally on mind bending adventures. They encounter all types of aliens and different dimensional beings, nothing is impossible in the world of Rick and Morty.
Aside from the fact that Rick and Morty is hilariously comedic and very visually stimulating, its plot lines are brilliant. The stories themselves are intense and suspenseful. They take you deep into your mind and make you think about things you thought you could never comprehend. They play with time, alternate dimensions, aliens and the universe to an extent never seen before in movies or television. Watching a twenty minute episode of Rick and Morty feels like watching Interstellar three times in the same time span.
Comedy wise it’s awesome. The jokes are relatable and also very complex sometimes. The only show that might have Rick and Morty beat on jokes is South Park, maybe, depending on your taste. Visually the show looks beautiful and has amazing animation. Very colorful and enjoyable. It’s extremely well-written and the stories go deeper then any other show I have seen. The creators have also done a couple scene’s completely improvised and it came out hilarious.
Only three seasons in and I think this show is better then any other cartoon out there and it has so much more potential. Rick and Morty isn’t just for anyone, it’s for everyone. I truly believe anyone in the universe could watch an episode and have a great time. It has already built a huge fan base and in the future it will surely be considered the best of its kind.
In Manhattan there are so many shows to attend. For me, I’m a huge fan of comedy so I had the opportunity to attend one of my favorite late-night shows, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. For those who may not know what it is about, The Daily Show is a 30 minute satire “fake news” show that airs on Comedy Central. The show consists of what is happening in the world and gives its own spin to it by bringing comedy into the news. While at the studio, you basically get to see how everything is done in the perspective of a live studio audience.
I previously used to help out another show on Comedy Central called “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” (which is also similar to The Daily Show) with audience recruiting within campus, so I attended way too many episodes. But as someone who loves comedy and this type of genre, it just never gets old. There isn’t much to say about it other than it’s a great time if you have never been to a show.. I can almost guarantee that you’ll want to attend another!
If anyone is interested in attending a taping, check out this link for the days they need a studio audience. The studio is located at 733 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.
The show airs every weeknight at 11 PM on Comedy Central.
My continuous Netflix obsession happens to be this comedy sitcom about a city council woman, Mel Burke, and her former commodities trader turned nanny, Joe Longo. I started watching the show in high school when I binge-watched almost every mainstream show on Netflix. After moving to college, I lost privileges to my mother’s Netflix account and I sure as hell wasn’t getting my own. So until recently (2 years later), I stole my sister’s username and password (shhh) and started to binge again. (slightly less since, you know, college)
Unfortunately, after 4 amazing seasons it discontinued August of this year. You can find it on Netflix, and probably other places I don’t have an account to, and see for yourself! If you are into new-age comedies, this is a worth-while watch!
Amanda Bynes 4.8.2013
Today, my friends and I were at planet fitness on 27th and 7th and as we were working out on machines saw a raggedy haired, clearly under the influence Amanda Bynes. First off, PLANET FITNESS? Does the girl really have a membership at the $10 a month gym? Kudos to her if she does but my guess is that she didn’t come to work out. She was sitting on a machine, with huge sunglasses, UGGs, phone in hand (constantly on Twitter) and wasn’t even working out. When she took her sunglasses off, her eyes were bloodshot/red and she had huge bags under her eyes, with a glazed over look as if she was in another world. She also was mumbling to herself.
At first my friend and I were being super giggly about it, seeing celebrities out of their element is always a treat. But after observing her for some time, it was obvious that this girl was lost, and had nobody to protect her.
Child stars have always been known for going south once they reach their late teens and twenties. We have seen this with Macaulay Caulkin, Lindsay Lohan, Drew Barrymore, and plenty of others. It is sad to hear about and it and especially sad to see it first hand. Although it is slightly humorous to read Amanda Bynes’ tweets knowing how troubled she is, is extremely upsetting. Amanda was my childhood idol. She was incredibly talented and funny. I only hope good things for her and that she will get better soon!
Photo of Grace Helbig from the YouTube channel DailyGrace
My last blog was a bit too serious so this week I wanted to write about something that would at least be a bit more cheerful. Grace Helbig is a comedian who has a channel on YouTube under the username DailyGrace. Her videos are addicting which is why one of her most sold t-shirts says “it’s a trap!” and I can very well testify to that. Here is a video of her doing a One Direction inspired manicure. Have a look and see how hilarious she is.
DailyGrace vlogs five days a week and every day she has a set format/theme. Although her videos follow a particular pattern every week, her videos are so entertaining that you can’t seem to get enough of them. The reason why her viewers love her so much is because she is genuine and her videos have just the right amount of inappropriate comedy. I guess its refreshing for viewers to see a woman who isn’t trying so hard to be the way everyone would expect her to be. The fact that she is very relatable, intelligent and funny makes her stand out from the crowd of many YouTubers.
Lastly, I would like to end this blog with one of her most popular segments in which she interacts with her viewers and replies back to their comments while hazing them. Enjoy 🙂
When I was in high school I really loved movies and rock music. Shortly after high school I moved on to some new frontiers in film and music: television and hip-hop. Over the past few years my love for movies has really dwindled. I still try to watch them but most times I find them recycled, predicable, and forgettable. Most of the films I like are artistic, obscure, and extravagant which is something that’s hard to come by in a world of remakes and reboots. Every once in awhile though I get very happy when I stumble upon a great movie that I know I’ll love for a long time to come. The most recent film that I have hope for is Ted. It stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis in what appears to at first be a typical romantic comedy. Soon though Wahlberg’s childhood teddy bear, Ted, reveals himself and the true nature of the movie. The trailer is certainly intriguing but doesn’t reveal much about the plot of the movie. Either way I know I’ll be waiting for it’s release.