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March 16, 2007 6:37 AM   Subscribe

Introducing... the iRack! (video, youtube)
posted by empath (46 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
(cough)
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:46 AM on March 16, 2007


Apple Unveils New Product-Unveiling Product.
posted by ericb at 6:46 AM on March 16, 2007


Old and forced, but still the line "I hear what you are saying. But NO!" slays.
posted by DU at 6:50 AM on March 16, 2007


Well, it was definitely funnier than Stuart.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 6:53 AM on March 16, 2007


I was just kind of shocked that Fox let this one slip past.
posted by empath at 6:55 AM on March 16, 2007


I thought this was going to be about a bra.
posted by danb at 6:57 AM on March 16, 2007


That sketch was as much a mess as the subject it parodies.
posted by GavinR at 7:02 AM on March 16, 2007


You've got to give the joke a chance to be funny. It's like you've already decided the joke will fail before it is even given six months. I already see some signs that joke is starting to be funny. The joke is doing lots of funny things. The joke has made progress. You're hoping the joke wont' be funny aren't you? Why do you hate the joke? You've betrayed this joke. You don't even deserve this joke.
posted by srboisvert at 7:04 AM on March 16, 2007 [7 favorites]


Some people just can't support the comics. Comedy-haters, all.
posted by empath at 7:14 AM on March 16, 2007


I thought this was going to be about a bra.

No, because then it might be funny. And if it were funny, it wouldn't be on MadTV.
posted by Ynoxas at 7:17 AM on March 16, 2007 [2 favorites]


I was thinking boobs as well. Would've been funnier.
posted by Lotto at 7:19 AM on March 16, 2007


Intelligence told me that the joke would be there. We told the whole world that there was a massive joke there. But now we know there was no joke there. The intelligence was faulty.


..i like it anyway.
posted by spicynuts at 7:25 AM on March 16, 2007


Parodying two things at once is difficult to pull off, and I didn't have much hope for this sketch going in, but they actually managed to make it funny, IMO.
posted by delmoi at 7:32 AM on March 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


this is funnier, i swear
posted by phaedon at 7:36 AM on March 16, 2007


Yes. I, too, was hoping for breasts.
posted by aparrish at 7:37 AM on March 16, 2007


strange to see this with a fox logo in the corner ... it almost makes me wonder if this isn't the walter cronkite moment of this war
posted by pyramid termite at 7:48 AM on March 16, 2007


My belief is that with this joke we will, in fact, be greeted as entertainers.
posted by chemoboy at 7:55 AM on March 16, 2007


Anyone ever heard of the Capitol Steps?

This bit climbs right over the Capitol Steps to reach the highest heights of not funny.

This bit Stuck a MadTV flag in Gallagher's ear and claimed Not Funny Mountain for Rupert Murdoch and FOX.
posted by SinisterPurpose at 8:22 AM on March 16, 2007 [2 favorites]


phaedon: Thanks for that. Loved the "I'm so glad I didn't kill myself yesterday" line.

I don't think MadTV gets enough credit sometimes. I don't go out of my way to watch it, but it's usually not as bad as SNL can be with the smarmy, self-referential stuff (you can tell a skit's going to suck on SNL if Lorne Michaels is in it).

I guess I'm in the minority here, but I also think Michael McDonald is vastly underrated.
posted by MegoSteve at 8:24 AM on March 16, 2007


I thought it was great - chuckles all 'round.
posted by Chuckles at 8:40 AM on March 16, 2007


I guess I'm in the minority here...

Maybe what you need is a nice white lady to help you see the light...
posted by yeloson at 8:43 AM on March 16, 2007


Anyone ever heard of the Capitol Steps?

I have this theory that someone involved in the Capitol Steps has scathing blackmail material on high ups on both the left and the right, and in turn for not releasing the info, talk media is required to promote them as much as possible.

In turn the promotion leads to some success for them, though mainly out of name recognition.
posted by drezdn at 8:53 AM on March 16, 2007


Time for those posting that it wasn't funny to take a test - who/what DO you find funny - or are you just snarky today and would hate anything.
posted by Muddler at 8:56 AM on March 16, 2007


That skit was totally unrealistic. Apple shareholders would never criticize Steve Jobs.
posted by bstreep at 8:57 AM on March 16, 2007 [3 favorites]


For some reason, I failed to catch the iRack reference going in. So, I ended up liking it quite a bit. I suppose the delivery could have been better, but I've never seen Steve Jobs do his thing, so maybe he comes across that way.

Thanks for the entertainment, empath.
posted by Goofyy at 9:09 AM on March 16, 2007


Yawn. There's a few minutes of my life I can't have back. Just like the time I waited months and all Steve gave us was those crappy Quicksilver Powermacs.
posted by imperium at 9:19 AM on March 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


Time for those posting that it wasn't funny to take a test - who/what DO you find funny - or are you just snarky today and would hate anything.
posted by Muddler at 10:56 AM CST on March 16


Alright Sir. I will pick up your gauntlet and slap you square in the snotlocker with it. I've put up stuff in threads that I thought was funny from YouTube before.

Here's Three Videos from channels to which I subscribe that I think are hilarious right now.

Morning Meest

Conscience

Riboflavin
posted by SinisterPurpose at 9:19 AM on March 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


Muddler: it's not really about the thrill of the snark, it's just that the skit was a funny concept, poorly excecuted.

* It wasn't subtle at all. I think most of the audience understood that iRack = Iraq the second we read it, there was no need to keep saying "I-RACK" with such heavy emphasis like we were stupid.

* The physical comedy wasn't lining up with the audience's reaction. It's funny that the iRack was a shoe rack, but really, the model they used was perfectly stable, if just a little wobbly. If they used a thinner, scarier, wobblier rack as the "iRack," and provided a way for it to ACTUALLY catch on fire, the joke would have been a lot more consistent.

* Throwing money at the iRack? It makes sense as a DIRECT adaptation of what's happening in Iraq, but the metaphor doesn't cross over to the shoerack gag.

Let the joke act itself out within the situation, instead of using ham-fisted obviousness.
posted by Milkman Dan at 9:21 AM on March 16, 2007


I was thinking boobs as well.

I usually am, too, but in this instance my first thought was balls. Try not to read any significance into that.

For me, the tragedy of this piece was the failure to refer to the vacuum cleaner as the iSuck.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 9:35 AM on March 16, 2007


It wasn't subtle at all. I think most of the audience understood that iRack = Iraq the second we read it, there was no need to keep saying "I-RACK" with such heavy emphasis like we were stupid.

It seems like this is the standard criticism of funny things. People said the exact same thing about the hilarious Bob Dylan video. And I don't understand it. At all.

If a joke is funny, it will be funny the second and funnier the third time. If it's not funny, it's not worth saying once.

Part of what makes someone like David Letterman successful, for example, is that he carries on running gags for so long that the audience starts to feel a sense of gag-ownership.

And it's not a new thing, or something just espoused by those hacks on the internet, or on MadTV, or wherever. Look at Moliere. That guy would build a whole play out of one not-very-novel joke.
posted by roll truck roll at 9:49 AM on March 16, 2007


SinisterPurpose, wow man, sorry to say that you confirmed my suspicion. Damn. Those were bad. And I'm not talking Micheal Jackson Bad in a 1987 context, I'm talking Michael Jackson Bad in a 2007 context.
posted by Muddler at 10:40 AM on March 16, 2007


I'm pretty sure SinisterPurpose was joking.
posted by roll truck roll at 11:02 AM on March 16, 2007


Morning Meest cracked me up. Thanks for that.
posted by pointilist at 11:10 AM on March 16, 2007


If a joke is funny, it will be funny the second and funnier the third time. If it's not funny, it's not worth saying once.

This, in a nutshell, is what I find unappealing about much humor from the States. I'm not saying that British humor isn't just as guilty of this - Little Britain and The Fast Show would make me look like a total moron if I tried to claim that, but American humor seems to have a much higher incidence of taking a perfectly serviceable joke, and running it right into the fucking ground than Brit or Canadian comedy.

I recognize that a running gag with variations can be great, you can start playing with the audience's expectations of a joke, and build on it, and so on, but running the joke down until it dies a death is not the way to do this, which is pretty much what they did here.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 11:28 AM on March 16, 2007


American humor seems to have a much higher incidence of taking a perfectly serviceable joke, and running it right into the fucking ground than Brit or Canadian comedy.

is 'e 'avin' a laugh? 'e's 'avin' a laugh!

MadTV represents "american humor" in the same way Bush represents American presidents.
posted by drjimmy11 at 11:56 AM on March 16, 2007


That was the best thing I've seen on MadTv in years. I had one of those "I thought they were dead" moments.

Too long on the lead in, it's obvious that that they don't have much more of a budget then a civic theater group, and it needed to be rewritten to have more supporting jokes, but, like mentioned above, the "I hear what you're saying, but NO!" was fucking hilarious and dead on.
posted by klangklangston at 12:14 PM on March 16, 2007


On the off chance that this is BDSM gear, I think I'll wait until later to click that link...
posted by pax digita at 1:03 PM on March 16, 2007


Sheesh people.

You go to YouTube with the joke you have, not the joke you want.
posted by Kickstart70 at 1:14 PM on March 16, 2007


I usually am, too, but in this instance my first thought was balls. Try not to read any significance into that.

Like this recent eye-tracking study that found that men look at crotches.
posted by kirkaracha at 1:33 PM on March 16, 2007


Is there some cosmic rule that a laugh track means something is going to be unfunny? Cause that is how it seems to work.
posted by BrotherCaine at 1:38 PM on March 16, 2007


iLiked it.

Yeah I'm going.
posted by Cyclopsis Raptor at 3:13 PM on March 16, 2007 [2 favorites]


Here's Three Videos from channels to which I subscribe that I think are hilarious right now.

I could only get through about 30 seconds of the first one. At that point, I didn't even care if she got naked at the end. That was some painfully unfunny shit. You are dead to me.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:04 PM on March 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


that was dumb.
posted by nj_subgenius at 6:59 PM on March 16, 2007


That girl in the "Morning Meest" video has a much brighter future as a webcam girl than a comedienne.

How do you go 3 minutes and not even do something funny accidentally?
posted by Ynoxas at 10:25 PM on March 16, 2007


Alright, let me take a second and clear up my intentions for everyone.

SinisterPurpose, wow man, sorry to say that you confirmed my suspicion. Damn. Those were bad. And I'm not talking Micheal Jackson Bad in a 1987 context, I'm talking Michael Jackson Bad in a 2007 context.
posted by Muddler at 12:40 PM on March 16


Don't be dude. You apparently have a weakness for word play. It's cute. No Really.

I'm pretty sure SinisterPurpose was joking.
posted by roll truck roll at 1:02 PM on March 16


I was, but, maybe not in the way you think. The stuff I posted are things that just make me laugh for no good reason. If I'm going to watch something which might be stupid funny instead of laugh out loud tears welling up piss myself funny, I'd rather not write the jokes in my head 10 seconds before they happen. And that's pretty much where IRack left me. If somebody put a gun shaped novelty cigarette lighter to my head and demanded that I write ten "IRack" jokes in under a minute. Those are exactly what I would have come up with.

I'd like to indulge a theory that the jokes were weak because of the network it's on, but that's pointless.

I could only get through about 30 seconds of the first one. At that point, I didn't even care if she got naked at the end. That was some painfully unfunny shit. You are dead to me.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 6:04 PM on March 16


Because you never had an aunt that sounded just like that and used to make you breakfast. I never thought Thoreau was that funny. To each his own.

I was just overwhelmingly amused that a link to a maybe not so well executed MadTV sketch was turning into a forum on comedic theory. Laugh or don't. Literally no one involved in making anything in comedy cares. Literally.
posted by SinisterPurpose at 10:46 PM on March 16, 2007


They did it horribly, but it's a great anecdote to relate to other people. You can strip the terrible comedic timing and the unrelated useless dialogue!
posted by tehloki at 1:01 AM on March 17, 2007


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