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January 30, 2011 8:53 AM   Subscribe

Hey! It's the Zooey Deschanel Show.

Zooey on Music, Womanhood, and Christmas.

Actually starring Noël Kristi Wells
posted by Potomac Avenue (60 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Not bugeyed enough.
posted by Gator at 8:57 AM on January 30, 2011


Look out! She's got a phone!

Look out! She's got a phone!

Look out! She's got a baby... and a phone!
posted by ralenys at 9:04 AM on January 30, 2011


Is she planning to have "I'm Chloe Sevigny!" on as a guest star?
posted by Joe Beese at 9:04 AM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Lookalike's gonna hate.
posted by cavalier at 9:09 AM on January 30, 2011


As much as I enjoyed this, it somehow makes me appreciate James Franco all the more because when there's a web series making fun of James Franco, it's really James Franco.
posted by Naberius at 9:13 AM on January 30, 2011 [33 favorites]


She does a lot of characters
posted by delmoi at 9:16 AM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Needs Billy Ray Cyrus on guitar.
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:38 AM on January 30, 2011


Noël, I served with Zooey Deschanel, I knew Zooey Deschanel, Zooey Deschanel was a friend of mine.

You're no Zooey Deschanel.
posted by Aquaman at 9:44 AM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


If she pronounces it ZOE-EE then why in the name of all that's sane, balanced and non-wanky does she spell it ZOO-EE. Gah! Feck! Lord, how I hate that stuff.

And don't any of you Yanks dare mention Cholmondleighs and Featherstonehaughs. That's different. It is.
posted by Decani at 10:05 AM on January 30, 2011


If she pronounces it ZOE-EE then why in the name of all that's sane, balanced and non-wanky does she spell it ZOO-EE.

Probably spent her grade school days wondering the same thing.
posted by Beardman at 10:20 AM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'll let this one slide but if the next one is Lizzy Caplan you and me are gonna have words buster.
posted by nathancaswell at 10:23 AM on January 30, 2011


I thought she pronounced it Zoo-ee
posted by Riptor at 10:26 AM on January 30, 2011


I thought it was pronounced "hipster," but apparently, it's "hipster," so I was way wrong.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 10:42 AM on January 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm pretty sure she's named after Zooey Glass Franny and Zooey, except that her parents were confused and thought it was pronounced Zoe. Also, Zooey Glass is a dude.

Despite the semi-literate pretensions of her parents, I am a big Zooey Deschanel fan and thought this was a little unfair - Zooey is not that ditzy and actually can sing just fine.
posted by naoko at 10:45 AM on January 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


A good hint that you are not that great at impressions is that you are doing an impression of someone who repeatedly introduces themselves.
posted by I Foody at 10:45 AM on January 30, 2011 [7 favorites]


Zooey Glass FROM Franny and Zooey. Good lord, the number of problem comments I've posted in just the last 24 hours prove the utility of an edit feature.
posted by naoko at 10:47 AM on January 30, 2011


Also she can act, or at the very least she can be directed to behave naturally on camera... All The Real Girls.
posted by nathancaswell at 10:50 AM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I approve of anything that makes fun of Zooey Deschanel; I think she has a range of about 2.5 emotions and I have not forgiven her for being part of the Hitchhiker's Guide movie.
posted by Menthol at 10:52 AM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Does the real Deschanel have a lisp? This is an honest question.
posted by kenko at 10:53 AM on January 30, 2011


Who knows? Lisps are just always funny in my opinion.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:54 AM on January 30, 2011


Thee what I mean? Hahaha
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:55 AM on January 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


What happened is, her hyperliterate parents concoted a hybrid of Ζωή and Ζώο to suggest a sort of vibrant, animal vitality.
posted by Wolfdog at 10:55 AM on January 30, 2011 [6 favorites]


You're no Zooey Deschanel.

That was uncalled-for, senator.
posted by Afroblanco at 11:00 AM on January 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Well, frankly, I thought she was so far apart in the objectives she choose for her youtube video that I did not think the comparison was well-taken.
posted by Aquaman at 11:11 AM on January 30, 2011


I'm not going to critique it, I'm just going to say "no."
posted by rhizome at 11:29 AM on January 30, 2011


I'm not going to critique it either, I'm just going to say "yes."

And give you a reason like; because I like satire.
posted by P.o.B. at 11:46 AM on January 30, 2011


I keep hearing Christopher Walken in her impression.
posted by stavrogin at 11:47 AM on January 30, 2011


What makes it even funnier is if you click a random link with the real Zooey from the sidebar on YT.
posted by P.o.B. at 11:47 AM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


(I should say, it was quite a nice idea in theory, but in practice, it resulted in "Zooey".)
posted by Wolfdog at 11:50 AM on January 30, 2011


I approve of anything that makes fun of Zooey Deschanel; I think she has a range of about 2.5 emotions and I have not forgiven her for being part of the Hitchhiker's Guide movie.

I had forgotten she was in that - I think my forgiveness circuits were more blown by Martin Freeman making Arthur shouty all the time. I mean, whinging - definitely. A bit cross - occasionally, sure, but shouty? It's like they took my childhood and made crêpes out it. Without bacon.
posted by Sparx at 12:08 PM on January 30, 2011


As much as I enjoyed this, it somehow makes me appreciate James Franco all the more because when there's a web series making fun of James Franco, it's really James Franco.

Great series by James Franco, Naberius. I laughed until I, um, well, cried, I guess. The response by his mother to the cat story is well worth the price of admission and then some.
posted by Mental Wimp at 12:08 PM on January 30, 2011 [6 favorites]


I would just like to say that James Franco is my favorite famous person who is not a sexy lady. And that I find Faux Zooey Deschanel delightful while simultaneously quite liking Actual Zooey Deschanel. Vast, contain multitudes, etc., etc.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 12:18 PM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Want to find out if the straight guy you've run into on the street is cultured or not? Ask him if he prefers Zooey Deschanel or Katy Perry. Between the two, everything except sophistication is held constant. It's the ultimate test.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 12:20 PM on January 30, 2011


Want to find out if the straight guy you've run into on the street is cultured or not? Ask him if he prefers Zooey Deschanel or Katy Perry. Between the two, everything except sophistication is held constant. It's the ultimate test.

Wait, which one is the sophisticated one? Or is that part of the test?
posted by Mental Wimp at 12:26 PM on January 30, 2011


What makes it even funnier is if you click a random link with the real Zooey from the sidebar on YT.

I sometimes wish they would ask actresses about something other than clothes.

Ask him if he prefers Zooey Deschanel or Katy Perry

What kind of men are asking this, they actually thought about this?
posted by Ad hominem at 12:29 PM on January 30, 2011


It's definitely ZO-eee, her publicist corrected me once. Snippily, I might add.
posted by hermitosis at 12:33 PM on January 30, 2011


As much as I enjoyed this, it somehow makes me appreciate James Franco all the more because when there's a web series making fun of James Franco, it's really James Franco .

I love how, in the intro clip to that, it demonstrates Tobey Maguire's patented ability to look like a staring goldfish.
posted by JHarris at 12:35 PM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ask him if he prefers Zooey Deschanel or Katy Perry.


But first, can he even tell the difference? (I am very ashamed to say that I missed one. I hate Katy Perry)
posted by naoko at 12:37 PM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I went from watching this to live coverage of Egypt. My brain exploded.
posted by stratastar at 12:45 PM on January 30, 2011


I had no idea how much I needed this. Thank you internet!
posted by nola at 1:28 PM on January 30, 2011


And don't any of you Yanks dare mention Cholmondleighs and Featherstonehaughs. That's different. It is.

Better not mention Cockburn either then (you pronounce it 'ko-burn', BTW).

On a related note, one of my Dad's favourite youthful stories is the day when his mother had a new child in her class who claimed to be called "Gooey" - when asked how to spell that he said "G, U, Y."

and I have not forgiven her for being part of the Hitchhiker's Guide movie

Zooey was one of the few things I liked/preferred in the movie over the books/radio/TV series. Particularly the TV series - I could never mentally fit Dent and Trillian into their back story on that one, I don't believe things would ever have been 'going well' between them at a party.
posted by robertc at 1:32 PM on January 30, 2011


Want to find out if the straight guy you've run into on the street is cultured or not? Ask him if he prefers Zooey Deschanel or Katy Perry. Between the two, everything except sophistication is held constant. It's the ultimate test.

To be fair, this depends on your definition of "cultured".
posted by thinkpiece at 1:55 PM on January 30, 2011


Toby Maguire would make an excellent Gussie Finknottle.
posted by Wolfdog at 1:55 PM on January 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


I just asked my husband whether he prefers Zooey Deschanel to Katy Perry and he said "For what?"

"What do you mean?" I answered.

"What am I supposed to prefer them for? Neither of them can sing worth a lick. I guess Zooey Deschanel is a better actress than Katy Perry, but I wouldn't cast either of them in--"

"No, I think it's supposed to be about who you prefer as a sex object."

He stared at me blankly. "I don't know. I don't know them, and I don't think either of them are that attractive. Katy Perry has bigger boobs, but I'd never be able to forget that she had sex with Russell Brand. Can I have Drew Barrymore instead?"

My husband: kulturny or nekulturny?
posted by Sidhedevil at 2:04 PM on January 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


I like the idea of Zooey Deschanel being friends with Aquaman.
posted by MegoSteve at 2:15 PM on January 30, 2011


Sidhedevil: "My husband: kulturny or nekulturny?"

By pointing out the inherent absurdity of the game, your husband has proven himself the paragon of manliness.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 2:20 PM on January 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Neither of them can sing worth a lick.

Unless that was someone else's voice when Deschanel was singing in Elf, this is not true, because that was Ella-worthy.

I suppose it's possible, given that the same kind of vocal is missing in the She & Him stuff, but my sense has been that's a stylistic choice not a lack of vocal talent.
posted by weston at 2:21 PM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


weston, my husband has not seen Elf--his exposure to Deschanel's singing is entirely through the She & Him stuff.

l33tpolicywonk, my husband's comments were honest and nerdlich efforts to understand WTF I was talking about, not dry satire. He is more as played by Jeff Goldblum than as played by George Clooney in that regard. I won't say "alas" because I adore him despite his complete lack of suave.
posted by Sidhedevil at 2:30 PM on January 30, 2011


Sidhedevil: "l33tpolicywonk, my husband's comments were honest and nerdlich efforts to understand WTF I was talking about, not dry satire. He is more as played by Jeff Goldblum than as played by George Clooney in that regard."

I was being completely sincere. All the moreso given his apparent Goldblumian resolve.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 3:35 PM on January 30, 2011


Anyone else think she's missed her true calling as a Joanna Newsom impersonator? Seriously!
posted by sarahsynonymous at 6:39 PM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Meh. Well, this led me to find Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Zooey as Sid and Nancy, which is amusing, as Zooey plays Sid and JGL plays Nancy.
posted by jabberjaw at 8:47 PM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


ZOOOOOOOOOOOOEEEY
posted by Eideteker at 10:17 PM on January 30, 2011


That Zooey/Katy test is actually pretty easy, if you realize that Katy Perry has much rounder eyes and Zooey Deschanel more almond-shaped. Zooey's face is also more angular.
posted by nonmerci at 10:35 PM on January 30, 2011


I'm still waiting for someone to explain what you would learn by asking the Zooey vs. Katy question. Maybe it's because I don't know enough about either, but what would picking one over the other signify?
posted by stoneweaver at 10:42 PM on January 30, 2011


Maybe it's because I don't know enough about either, but what would picking one over the other signify?

Which one you'd rather have sex with, presumably.
posted by Justinian at 11:25 PM on January 30, 2011


Bruce McCulloch needs to add this to the next KitH reunion show.
posted by pxe2000 at 7:11 AM on January 31, 2011


That Zooey/Katy test is actually pretty easy, if you realize that Katy Perry has much rounder eyes and Zooey Deschanel more almond-shaped. Zooey's face is also more angular.

You are doing it wrong. Katy Perry has the knockers.
posted by rhizome at 1:52 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yea russel brand would require a lysol dip. Im gissing a perpetual taste of skunk.
posted by stormpooper at 2:50 PM on January 31, 2011


Aww, I like Zooey. Unlike most celebrities', her blog is actually coherent and decently spelled.
posted by oinopaponton at 4:43 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's recently come to my atten-shun....that I love Zooey.
posted by Thomas Tallis is my Homeboy at 8:56 AM on February 4, 2011


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