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March 5, 2006 10:46 AM   Subscribe

"Damn, Natalie, you a crazy chick!" (video) Natalie Portman, rapper and riot grrl? Maybe Lazy Sunday (video;mefi post) wasn't a freak occurence after all. Personally, I had expected the Lonely Planet guys to end up a one-hit wonder, but in my book they've (at least) moved up a notch to talented one-trick pony. Another very well-done digital short that should be seen by a lot more people than SNL's dismal ratings will allow.
posted by Sinner (99 comments total)

 
yeah this is brilliant. except for the lonely planet dude's viking cameo, totally pointless.
posted by mr.marx at 10:52 AM on March 5, 2006


best.of.the.web :)
posted by triv at 10:53 AM on March 5, 2006


"This video has been removed due to terms of use violation."

There goes that.
posted by o0o0o at 10:55 AM on March 5, 2006


Uh, oops. I watched it a couple times this morning, twice while posting this. So it was there all night and through the morning, until my post screwed it all up! Hopefully another link will surface.
posted by Sinner at 11:00 AM on March 5, 2006


Ditto on the stupid Viking. Without him it wouldn't have gone on long enough to start losing its funny.
posted by Soulfather at 11:01 AM on March 5, 2006


The Portman rap linked is still up, the Lazy Sunday rap is not.
posted by 23skidoo at 11:05 AM on March 5, 2006


uh...I don't think you mean Lonely Planet. Although they do get around.
posted by mr.curmudgeon at 11:07 AM on March 5, 2006


I'm with marx and soulfather... it was a solid "9" until Samberg showed up, that dropped it to a "6".

But still funny.

"Whatchu want Natalie?"
"To drink and fight".
"Whatchu need Natalie?"
"To f*ck all night."

Funny.
posted by Ynoxas at 11:10 AM on March 5, 2006


Funny.
posted by arcticwoman at 11:16 AM on March 5, 2006


Rap needs more vikingsl.
posted by dobie at 11:21 AM on March 5, 2006


Those lonely island guys are genius. If you look at their site (linked above) you'll see that they are very good at making music videos. I like Just 2 Guyz myself.
posted by puke & cry at 11:26 AM on March 5, 2006 [1 favorite]


that's fucking amazing.
I don't know who came up with that, but it is now tied for my favorite celebrity appearance on SNL. the other favorites?

paul mccartney being polite while chris farley goes all fanboy on him.
alec baldwin doing "the man of a thousand voices" and trying to impersonate paul mccartney by doing a screechy old british lady voice.
posted by shmegegge at 11:27 AM on March 5, 2006


Rap needs more vikingsl.

Actually there's already one too many.
posted by If I Had An Anus at 11:30 AM on March 5, 2006


I thank Lonely Island for turning me on to We Are Scientists, as well as funny stuff like this.

Check out the extras page for the two WAS videos directed by one of the LI guys.
posted by Mikey-San at 11:33 AM on March 5, 2006


Ditto on the viking, but I have to say Chris Parnell didn't add much either. They should have let Natalie Portman do the whole thing herself as a hilarious, out of context rap video.
posted by Gary at 11:33 AM on March 5, 2006


great stuff. thanks. good to know YouTube learned it's lesson from propagating the last good thing to be on SNL.
posted by Busithoth at 11:33 AM on March 5, 2006


If the source of humor is going to always be: "White people are really funny when they try black gangsta' rap" -- well comedy is in a sad state nowadays then.
posted by skepticallypleased at 11:33 AM on March 5, 2006


Pink doing gangsta rap: not funny. Portman doing gangsta rap: funny. There's a lot more of a disconnect there than just race.
posted by rosemere at 11:36 AM on March 5, 2006


Pink is not trying to be funny -- big difference.
posted by skepticallypleased at 11:37 AM on March 5, 2006


Ok -- and, you're right -- it's not about race -- it's about "straightlaced people are really funny when they try gangsta' rap".
posted by skepticallypleased at 11:40 AM on March 5, 2006


I think it's more "very polite and not-foulmouthed actress who typically plays sweet characters is really funny when she does vulgar gangsta rap", actually, not necessarily the white aspect. No one laughs at Eminem (in this way), after all. Additionally, "Lazy Sunday" was "dorks rapping about dorky stuff".

Big difference.
posted by Mikey-San at 11:42 AM on March 5, 2006


Also worth noting: The lonely island guys were once attacked by Kiefer Sutherland.
posted by puke & cry at 11:42 AM on March 5, 2006 [1 favorite]


Heh. I just gained a little respect for Portman.
posted by EarBucket at 11:44 AM on March 5, 2006


I still find the Saturday TV funhouse guys to be funnier.
posted by skepticallypleased at 11:45 AM on March 5, 2006


Mikey -- I think that's why Lazy Sunday really worked and yes it's not about race either.
posted by skepticallypleased at 11:47 AM on March 5, 2006


I think I just fell in love with Natalie Portman.
posted by Doorstop at 11:48 AM on March 5, 2006


This was awesome.
posted by chunking express at 11:48 AM on March 5, 2006


It was funny the first time, with the Lazy Sunday video, but how many times are they going to go back to the same 'comedy well'?
posted by crank at 11:48 AM on March 5, 2006


Andy Samberg (Viking) and the other new white dude on SNL, made a pilot for MTV and Fox. It had all of their rapping and other bits. And the Lonely Island bits, too. It's called "Awesome Town". Google it up, or email me, I've got it handy.
posted by zpousman at 11:51 AM on March 5, 2006


zpousman: Awesome Town is on the Lonely Island site.
posted by Mikey-San at 11:58 AM on March 5, 2006


when i was at harvard, i smoked weed every day / i cheated every test, i snorted all the yay

woof.
posted by phaedon at 12:01 PM on March 5, 2006


Man, she's just so darned pretty.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 12:03 PM on March 5, 2006


I can see "Needs more vikings..." to soon be a new one-liner..
posted by SirOmega at 12:04 PM on March 5, 2006


I'm totally crushing out!
posted by I Foody at 12:10 PM on March 5, 2006



Finally some acting out of the girl.

Two thumbs up!
posted by fluffycreature at 12:12 PM on March 5, 2006


This is pretty much what The Lonely Island guys (including Samberg) were doing when they were hired at SNL. It took Lazy Sunday to get them playing to their strengths.
posted by dhartung at 12:25 PM on March 5, 2006


Lazy Sunday. (via the Wikipedia entry - which is exhaustive, and shows how skewed Wikipedia is towards internet 'knowledge')

Oh, and that rap video made me fall in love with Natalie all over again. I thought the viking bit was brilliant parody of the caricturist rappers like Lil John.
posted by tweak at 12:33 PM on March 5, 2006


You know, the Lonely Island dudes deserve lots of credit, yeah, but mad props to Portman, for having the balls to do it at all and the skills to pull it off. Yeah, I know, it's SNL and they like to put guests in situations that are, at best, incongruent with their normal persona, but she did a great effing job with this.
posted by wolftrouble at 12:33 PM on March 5, 2006


Man, I must have slept through this. I wonder if I Tivoed it.
posted by ColdChef at 12:38 PM on March 5, 2006


I liked the Adam Sanberg viking

Naaaatalie... my d*ck is scared of you!
posted by aburd at 12:48 PM on March 5, 2006


lyrics?
posted by sadie01221975 at 12:48 PM on March 5, 2006


Portman Misogyny. I honestly had no idea the Lonely Island dudes were on SNL. The last time I watched SNL was in the 90s (and I'm only 23).
posted by thanatogenous at 12:49 PM on March 5, 2006


she pulls that off really well too. The Lonely Island dudes seem to be good at making rap parodies. unfortunately there are only so many incarnations of that joke that can still be funny.
posted by thanatogenous at 12:52 PM on March 5, 2006


That video was da bomb, which somebody had obviously set us up.

Now I just want to see Ms. Portman covered in grits and petrified and my life will be complete.
posted by wah at 12:53 PM on March 5, 2006


That riffing off Eaze-E had me choking with laughter.
posted by Navek Rednam at 12:54 PM on March 5, 2006


In less than a year, every blog and MeFi-type site will just be indexes to the latest wacky videos on Google and YouTube.
posted by First Post at 12:57 PM on March 5, 2006


First Post, you say that like its a bad thing.
posted by thanatogenous at 12:58 PM on March 5, 2006


Awesometown

The video needed more cowbell.

That Ms. Portman, though, is one adorable gangbanger.
posted by mkultra at 1:02 PM on March 5, 2006


Plus, with the embedded nature of Ut00b and GooVid, what really is going to happen is that all of the blogs will come alive, and become smaller versions of "Clip Show Extraordinaire".
posted by wah at 1:08 PM on March 5, 2006


utube and gvideo would be better if bob saget introduced every clip.
posted by puke & cry at 1:18 PM on March 5, 2006 [1 favorite]


{girl talk} Her hair looks so good in that video. When she wasn't in a skit on the show, she was wearing a headband and it looked ridiculous. {/girl talk}
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:18 PM on March 5, 2006 [1 favorite]


On further review: that was friggin' awesome.
posted by ColdChef at 1:22 PM on March 5, 2006


She'll always be the little girl in The Professional to me, so it doesn't seem so out-of-character.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 1:25 PM on March 5, 2006


lyrics?

Yes, there were.

</policesquad>
posted by George_Spiggott at 1:25 PM on March 5, 2006


It's funny, but I've gotta agree, they already did the white people doing gangsta rap thing. This is what SNL always does: come up with one good idea and then run it into the ground.
posted by fungible at 1:33 PM on March 5, 2006


*sigh*

hawt
posted by craven_morhead at 1:35 PM on March 5, 2006


Oh, and anyone who thinks of Portman as little Miss Innocence, see "Closer" then watch this video again.
posted by fungible at 1:38 PM on March 5, 2006


i thought it was much funnier than "lazy sunday." i didn't quite get the fuss over the first.

this made me like natalie portman so much more than i did before, knowing that she has the chops to pull that off.
posted by anjamu at 1:40 PM on March 5, 2006


Is this 'best of the web', or 'average of the TV'? Really.
posted by Kololo at 1:55 PM on March 5, 2006


I'm still trying to find the gangsta rap that Pink does dead seriously, seeing that everything else I've heard from her is pop music of some sort.
posted by rosemere at 1:58 PM on March 5, 2006


"Riot grrl? Now there's a term I haven't heard in a long time... a long time... [tugs at his beard]"
posted by keswick at 2:12 PM on March 5, 2006


Hm. Hmmmmm.

Nope, still don't like her.
posted by Wataki at 2:16 PM on March 5, 2006


I transcribed it really quickly. Just email me with any changes.
posted by Derek at 2:23 PM on March 5, 2006


When she's singing "watch you laugh and cry while I laugh you die," there's a quick shot of a painting on a door of a dark figure in a hat. What is that? Is that supposed to be V?
posted by homunculus at 2:38 PM on March 5, 2006


I guess I'm the only one that didn't find this funny in the least.
posted by gyc at 2:43 PM on March 5, 2006


Looked like V to me, homunculus.

I thought it was pretty funny.
posted by graventy at 2:47 PM on March 5, 2006


Looks like V to me. Check for yourself.
posted by Derek at 3:04 PM on March 5, 2006


Anyone else love the "melted ice cream" sketch as much as I did? I love how Fred Armisen always seems so completely focused on whatever character he's playing. He doesn't get enough credit.
posted by davebush at 3:09 PM on March 5, 2006


I think Fred Armisen is an exceptional comic talent. I just keep waiting for him to really justify that belief.
posted by Astro Zombie at 3:36 PM on March 5, 2006


Am I the only one who didn't think this was THAT funny, as in, post-it-on-MeFi funny? I adored the Lazy Sunday sketch but this couldn't hold a candle to it.
posted by apple scruff at 3:53 PM on March 5, 2006


I think they both suck, but I'm a curmudgeon. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go listen to my old Jack Benny shows.
posted by keswick at 4:31 PM on March 5, 2006


Portman has always had like 10 times more talent, chops, etc., than the rest of the hollywood barbie dolls put together.
This? Meh, it's alright, not that funny, though.
posted by signal at 4:32 PM on March 5, 2006


Portman has always had like 10 times less talent, chops, etc., and is 10 times less hot.
posted by drgonzo at 4:36 PM on March 5, 2006


This is good, but not as much of a WTF as seeing Jada Pinkett-Smith's hardcore metal band Wicked Wisdom.
posted by lunalaguna at 4:48 PM on March 5, 2006


Portman is aite, lookswise.
posted by delmoi at 4:53 PM on March 5, 2006


Citizens demand mp3s.
[this is good]
posted by boo_radley at 4:59 PM on March 5, 2006


crap

irredeemable except the beginning of the second verse ("all the kids looking up to me can suck my dick") was ok. It would have been slightly better if she'd had the courage of her convictions and told the viking to "get the fuck out my video".

And you sure thats V not just some guy in a hat? dont look much like V to me
posted by criticalbill at 5:06 PM on March 5, 2006


She's super hot and very talented, and this was funny. Thanks for posting it.
posted by justgary at 5:20 PM on March 5, 2006


I too thought it was terrible. Their second video and they are already biting themselves. this time however, the music/raping wasn't nearly as good. Seeing this on posted BoingBoing early this morning just screamed viral marketing to me.

Maybe i'm just being cynical.
posted by grex at 5:20 PM on March 5, 2006


This is my favorite Lonely Island short, at least for the time being.

I don't get all the hating on these guys--I think they're fucking brilliant and hilarious, but I also think that you have to be of a certain age--young--or mindset to get the humor.
posted by nonmerci at 6:28 PM on March 5, 2006


utube and gvideo would be better if bob saget introduced every clip.
posted by puke & cry at 3:18 PM CST on March 5 [!]


Please don't give them ideas. Even in jest.
posted by Ynoxas at 6:35 PM on March 5, 2006


And for anyone who was confused by the references to "V".

Don't be embarrassed.
posted by Ynoxas at 6:38 PM on March 5, 2006


I saw Natalie Portman and Elmo dressed up as elephants about a week or so ago on Sesame Street. She acted better as an elephant with Elmo than she acted in any of those last three movies Lucas made. But really--she was fully into the elephant character, taking it as seriously and humorously as the part deserved.

I have deep respect for anyone who appears on that show (well, I did see Laura Bush on Sesame Street once and by the way she read her book aloud, I think she might have been one of those children that got left behind).
posted by josephtate at 5:09 AM on March 6, 2006


Better than Lazy Sunday, but then, so is scabies.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 5:22 AM on March 6, 2006


I dunno, I liked it a lot. I thought she pulled it off really well. And, I was happy as hell to see the viking. Vikings rule!
posted by OmieWise at 6:03 AM on March 6, 2006


I guess I don't listen to enough rap/hip-hop music, because both SNL video shorts mentioned in this post sucked the big one.

However, Portman's opening act (refuting SW geeks) rofld my waffle. :)
posted by catkins at 11:19 AM on March 6, 2006


Well...it was up and running earlier today. Now it's just a big "Removed due to copyright infringement" message.

Fucking NBC. Don't they get it? Letting people post stuff like this can only help them convince people that SNL can actually be funny sometimes.
posted by Thorzdad at 11:24 AM on March 6, 2006


There are new copies being added to youtube all the time, just search for "portman".

Fucking high-larious, yep indeedy.
posted by spincycle at 11:58 AM on March 6, 2006


> Hm. Hmmmmm.
>
> Nope, still don't like her.

Perhaps you're not a mammal? I have heard that some reptiles and most amphibians don't react well to her.

Heh.
posted by spincycle at 12:00 PM on March 6, 2006


As the original poster, I can't help but find it amusing how people who don't like something really feel the need to shit on it to ensure that we all know that anything that doesn't meet their personal preferences is actually objectively bad. If you don't like it, well... can't please everyone, I suppose. Then again, I'm sure I've done the same thing myself. Anyway, sour grapes aside, mea culpa for the "Lonely Planet" snafu. The Lonely Island, Island, Island, Island. Anyway, for those who'd like to judge for themselves and don't feel like searching youtube, there's a 50mb HD cap here. Who knows how long it'll last, but it's there now.
posted by Sinner at 12:25 PM on March 6, 2006


Smaller 4MB one here.
posted by homunculus at 1:09 PM on March 6, 2006


Sinner writes "I can't help but find it amusing how people who don't like something really feel the need to shit on it to ensure that we all know that anything that doesn't meet their personal preferences is actually objectively bad."

I suppose they all forgot the rule that you're not allowed to express any opinions contrary to the OP's. Idiots!

Metafilter: if you don't agree with me, you're agreeing with the terrorists.
posted by apple scruff at 2:33 PM on March 6, 2006


I'm still giggling about her responding to a group of fanboys saying "We love you," with "I want to fuck you too!"
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:33 PM on March 6, 2006


It's easy to be become an internet sensation when you use subliminal pictures of Ralph Wiggum. While I (Ralph Wiggum) laugh you die (V from V for Vendetta)
posted by Gary at 10:31 PM on March 6, 2006


My leprechaun tells me to blow up parliament.
posted by homunculus at 11:30 PM on March 6, 2006


(That's a joke, NSA guys.)
posted by homunculus at 11:43 PM on March 6, 2006


V FOR VENDETTA: Before you see the movie, read the book
posted by homunculus at 7:43 PM on March 7, 2006


This video has been removed due to copyright infringement.
posted by Ynoxas at 7:38 PM on March 9, 2006


Just search for Natalie Portman. They remove it, and it gets posted again. It's not hard.
posted by chunking express at 8:14 PM on March 9, 2006


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