Werner Herzog Hears Paul F. Tompkins' Werner Herzog
January 25, 2020 7:01 PM   Subscribe

 
Thank you for that.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 7:06 PM on January 25 [1 favorite]


PFT is the greatest ever.
posted by Don.Kinsayder at 7:15 PM on January 25 [4 favorites]


I love this. I have referenced this bit more than once.
posted by Countess Elena at 7:18 PM on January 25


haha nice. Might be time to revisit The Dead Authors Podcast.
posted by Glinn at 7:22 PM on January 25 [1 favorite]


“That’s good stuff” is not a phrase I associate with Herzog.
posted by Going To Maine at 7:24 PM on January 25 [15 favorites]


Time for another Paul F. Tompkins binge!
posted by Horkus at 7:34 PM on January 25


Here's the full PFT impersonation, excerpted from the podcast.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:35 PM on January 25 [11 favorites]


Rock and Roll! Blue jeans! Commercials for rye bread!
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! at 7:38 PM on January 25


I love that Werner Herzog has a sense of humor about “Werner Herzog.”
posted by Mister Moofoo at 8:19 PM on January 25 [18 favorites]


"The accent could be better, but it's a very funny text."

I think what 'ol Werner really meant by that was: "A credible effort, but this does not pass muster as the voice of a man who has listened intimately to the last few moments of a man who in turn was being consumed by a bear."
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 8:25 PM on January 25 [43 favorites]


PFT is great. But WH is the greatest.
posted by wotsac at 8:26 PM on January 25 [5 favorites]


MetaFilter: Granted only the amount of sentience required to mock humanity
posted by kleinsteradikaleminderheit at 12:12 AM on January 26 [31 favorites]


Man, I'm gonna miss Studio 360 so so much.
posted by markbrendanawitzmissesus at 1:40 AM on January 26 [1 favorite]


I'd never heard the PFT impersonation before. Its pretty good, but he needs to slow down if he wants to catch the real Herzog's ponderous tone.
posted by Paul Slade at 2:27 AM on January 26 [4 favorites]


I agree with Herzog, excellent text. In fact, I had to look that Trader Joe's up on the map, and the parking lot is weird. I love it when comedy is related to real experiences.
posted by mumimor at 3:12 AM on January 26 [3 favorites]


Tompkins’ imitation is hilarious but not not entirely flawless - it’s flavored with a slight overtone of Woody Allen’s desperate plosive cadence.

Anyway, Tompkins also appeared quite a few times “in character” on the Doug Loves Movies podcast over the years, invariably dominating the proceedings. Definitely worth a listen.
posted by xigxag at 4:39 AM on January 26


"Tompkin's ... Tompkin's .... Tompkin's" (sic).
Oh, Youtube, you give with one hand and take with the other. Quel domage!
posted by Chitownfats at 4:55 AM on January 26 [2 favorites]


Tompkins’ imitation is hilarious but not not entirely flawless - it’s flavored with a slight overtone of Woody Allen’s desperate plosive cadence.

Agreed. Herzog speaks in a minor key.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:29 AM on January 26 [2 favorites]


I love how everyone here thinks this is some sort of ...comedy. I used to shop at that TJ's regularly and I assure you that this description is 100% accurate and without a trace of hyperbole. (The recurring dream I have of being pursued by wolves inevitably ends up with me attempting to flee by car but being trapped forever in that nightmare of a parking lot.)
posted by sexyrobot at 6:40 AM on January 26 [12 favorites]


It's also the same Trader Joe's that had that shooting a year ago.
posted by cazoo at 7:17 AM on January 26


That was my Trader Joe's for years, and the secret was you had to go into the parking lot by the wrong side, over where the video rental shop used to be. If you tried to enter/exit or park by the Trader Joe's entrance, you were risking constant death and/or destruction of your car.

I agree that the Yelp review feels pretty much on-the-nose.

Very funny stuff.
posted by MythMaker at 8:05 AM on January 26 [1 favorite]


> I agree with Herzog, excellent text.

+1, and also: "Finally, a space opens up, but the price is having to enter the store"?
That's a contender for best segue ever. And fully in character.
posted by kleinsteradikaleminderheit at 9:54 AM on January 26 [4 favorites]


Can't link to the timestamp, but 18m45s in to this Comedy Bang Bang (the show) he explains a new movie he's working on.

As I much as I like PFTs impression, I always think its funny when people use impersonators for him as a gag, or to give the air of a documentary voice-over, considering that he seems perfectly willing to just do it himself. Given that he did a whole season of metalocalypse, as well as rick+morty, the simpsons, the boondocks, etc. I mean, it's not like he doesn't have a sense of humor.
posted by lkc at 10:09 AM on January 26 [5 favorites]


I had to look that Trader Joe's up on the map, and the parking lot is weird.

That is very much understanding the horror of this particular Trader Joe’s. I live less than two miles away and I sometimes drive far out of my way to the one in Glendale just avoid dealing with it.

(Also, there was a great gay bar next to the Hyperion TJ’s when I first moved here, and I have some quite wonderful memories of the things that used to go on in this parking lot after hours. That always cheers me up a bit.)
posted by mykescipark at 11:11 AM on January 26 [2 favorites]


(And damn it that was supposed to say “underestimating”)
posted by mykescipark at 11:18 AM on January 26


I love these types of videos. My favourite one lately is James Adomian as Bernie Sanders interviewing Bernie Sanders. Real Bernie's sense of humour about his own perceived grumpiness is so sweet.
posted by Space Coyote at 12:13 PM on January 26 [7 favorites]


Werner Herzog's Home Movies

The great German existentialist filmmaker, Werner Herzog, creates a home movie for his niece's birthday.

A classic in the genre.
posted by cron at 2:29 PM on January 26 [8 favorites]


Werner Herzog's Home Movies

The great German existentialist filmmaker, Werner Herzog, creates a home movie for his niece's birthday.

A classic in the genre


Oh shit this was my sketch company. Thanks for watching!
posted by Uncle at 2:50 PM on January 26 [11 favorites]


Oh shit this was my sketch company. Thanks for watching!

Awesome! That is one of the best things on the internet.
posted by cron at 3:16 PM on January 26 [5 favorites]


That was my Trader Joe's for a long time, but I lived close enough to walk.

Incidentally, that's a block and a half from the apartment complex where they found the body in Lynch's Mulholland Drive. Which was originally housing for Walt Disney's animators.

Werner Herzog is the bad guy in the first Tom Cruise Jack Reacher movie, and he's so. fucking. creepy.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 6:27 PM on January 26 [1 favorite]


To balance out the notion of creepy Herzog, his recent documentary joint where he interviews Mikhail Gorbachev is really quite special and highly recommended. Vital to understanding the Russian point of view of the collapse of the USSR, and touching to see the two men connect.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:45 AM on January 27 [3 favorites]


“That’s good stuff. I like this person, this Paul F. Tompkins. I will kill him last."
posted by Naberius at 7:22 AM on January 27


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