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March 19, 2014 5:23 AM   Subscribe

Pete Holmes, who was previously highlighted here for his "Ex-Men" sketches, has decided that the one-on-one-interview-with-pop-culture-characters format really works for him, and so we now have "Street Fighter Red Tape" with Ryu, Vega and Chun-Li.

Incidentally, that is Mark-Paul Gosselaar from "Saved By The Bell" as Ryu. Also, the guy who played Vega is Thomas Middleditch, who memorably played Gambit in the previous "Ex-Men" sketches. He also happened to be the poor bastard who owned a goldfish in "Wolf of Wall Street" and will be starring in Mike Judge's new sitcom "Silicon Valley"
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI (13 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I heart Pete holmes
posted by kenaldo at 5:36 AM on March 19, 2014 [2 favorites]

ME TOO *laughs like a maniac*
posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:57 AM on March 19, 2014

And the lady playing Chun-Li is Lilan Bowden. I've no idea who she is or what else there is to add... but you named the other two and she gave the best performance imho... so yay... Go Lilian.

Are all the American networks using YouTube as part of their marketing strategy now? I don't live in America but somehow seem to constantly run into these clips, and it's a new thing. I've seen more of the Tonight Show since Jimmy Fallon took over (how do I even know that happened?!?!) than during the entire Leno run(s).

When I say "constantly run into these clips" ... I guess that happens because they're all such superb quality that they go insta-viral. Not because they have a hype machine behind them. Not that at all.
posted by samworm at 6:02 AM on March 19, 2014 [3 favorites]

Yeah, I felt weird omitting Lila Bowden, but I couldn't think of how to highlight her. For what it's worth, it appears she has done a number of Asylum films, and those folks need all the good acting talent they can get.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 6:12 AM on March 19, 2014

The absolutely have a hype machine behind them, but an easy way to ignore that is the ones that come at you from two or three different directions are probably pretty damned good.

This hype machine makes better stuff than 4chan, then reddit, then 9GAG. The world's changing, laugh where you can.
posted by DigDoug at 6:21 AM on March 19, 2014 [1 favorite]

It's "TATSUMAKI SENPUU KYAKU" pronounced "Edin-burra."
posted by griphus at 6:42 AM on March 19, 2014 [4 favorites]

His bit about video game characters at the doctor from his podcast is hilarious.

"These numbers are a bit high. Tell me about your diet."
"Well, you know, I eat a lot of turkey legs, soda, chips, hotdogs... mostly what I find kicking over trash barrels on the street."
posted by infinitewindow at 6:47 AM on March 19, 2014

I don't know who this Thomas Middleditch is, but he is hilarious. Thanks for this.
posted by butterstick at 7:34 AM on March 19, 2014

So, this link lives in the "rejuvenile" conversation going on over on that other thread, right?
posted by clvrmnky at 8:36 AM on March 19, 2014

Hey butterstick -- Middleditch is one of my favorite UCB improvisers, he's worth checking out live if you ever get the chance. He's going to be on that HBO show Sillicon Valley, too.
posted by WStraub at 11:36 AM on March 19, 2014

Yeah, rumors from sxsw are that Silicon Valley is gonna be Middleditch's big breakout.
posted by dogwalker at 12:56 PM on March 19, 2014

Pete Holmes is such a lovable goofball.
(If you haven't already, check out his great You Made It Weird podcast)
posted by blueberry at 10:05 PM on March 19, 2014

Kumail Nanjiani as Dhalsim!
posted by infinitewindow at 8:21 PM on March 28, 2014

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