the future shock is coming
I’m going to Savannah for a long weekend and all I can think about is that episode of The Office called “The Murder”. Can’t wait for everybody down there to sound like Paula Deen.
And of course…
I’ve been walking around saying “I do declare” a lot in preparation, which another fine gentleman, Foghorn Leghorn used to say a lot also.
Was Foghorn Leghorn even from Savannah? I say, I say… I thought he was from Virginia. Nevertheless, Imma have some good food down there, y’all.
Last Thursday’s episode of The Office (Sex Ed) hilariously incorporated all of Michael Scott’s exes over the past 6 seasons into one convenient plot about herpes. However, one of my favorite moments from the episode was from the B story, which was when Andy took it upon himself to hold a sex education seminar for the rest of the employees in order to learn more about Erin and Gabe’s relationship. The Nard Dog bribed the staff with pizza, and as he arrived with it, he beautifully illustrated the concept of songspeak by altering the lyrics to Hot Blooded by Foreigner and singing:
Hot pizza, check it and see…
Got a whole buncha pepperoni!
Classic. These are my favorite moments of the show. The ones where the characters do dorky things that real people do all the time. Which is exactly what songspeak is.
Maybe Andy should replace Michael Scott when he leaves the show at the end of the season…
Oh no! According to E!, Steve Carell confirmed that he’s leaving NBC’s The Office for greener pastures. My guess is that Michael Scott will get transferred to Nashua so he can be near Holly, but I’m just pulling that out of my butt.
David Wallace on The Office is always pure comedy cold. Sure, his comedic stylings are more subtle than say, Michael Scott, but that’s why it makes this clip all the more special. Because David Wallace is now nuts.
In a post-Sabre takeover world (where presumably David Wallace got bought out and is now enjoying his retirement), his grand idea for his next business venture is a shop-vac like vacuum that sucks up toys in messy rooms called “Suck It”.
The theme song he plays with his son (who is AWESOME on the drums btw) pretty much says it all (excerpt):
Well it’s a mess.
What’choo gonna do?
You’re gonna take out your Suck It and suck it… suck it… suck it.
You’re gonna take out your Suck It and suck it… suck it… suck it.
Here at songspeak, we love The Office and everything Office-related. Today, The Office just released their latest webisodes on the NBC site. This group of webisodes is entitled Subtle Sexuality, and in it, Kelly and new receptionist Erin start a girl-group and shoot a music video for their new song, Male Prima Donna. The entire series is three webisodes, mainly telling the story of the making of the video (during which, it’s not surprisingly revealed that the song is about Ryan), but the last episode contains the actual music video. And without spoiling anything, it. Is. AMAZING. I think what really makes it is Andy’s (a.k.a. Nard Dog) stellar performance. See for yourself!
Last night marked the biggest television wedding since Monica and Chandler or Luke and Laura when Jim and Pam got married on The Office. The episode actually surpassed my expectations, and the entire cast got some really funny moments. The episode was chock-full of great moments; Dwight hooking up with Pam’s best friend, Andy tearing his scrotum, Michael hooking up with Pam’s mom, Kevin losing his shoes, Oscar getting offended by Pam’s sister thinking Kevin was his boyfriend, Jim’s slip-up during his toast, and Michael’s awkward attempt at a save. And then, of course, there was the wedding party dancing down the aisle to Forever by (Rihanna-beater) Chris Brown, based on a real-life wedding youtube sensation hit. Let’s suspend disbelief for a moment and not question why all of Jim and Pam’s co-workers would, for some reason, be allowed to walk/dance down the aisle in addition to the wedding party, because, well, the show IS called The Office and a moment like this without the cast of the show wouldn’t feel right. Here is it for those who missed it:
And, the original, as performed at Jill and Kevin Heinz’s wedding (and how awesome is it for them that not only did it become such a huge viral hit, but is now also referenced in one of the most iconic moments on one of the best shows on television?):
All in all, the episode wasn’t nearly as sappy as it could have been, and I thought they did a good job balancing the schmaltzy Jim & Pam stuff with the crazy hijinks that the show does so well.
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This week, Rainn Wilson, mostly known as Dwight Schrute on NBC’s The Office, helped launch a new website called Soul Pancake. Rainn, a member of the Ba’hai Faith, explains that he wants to “de-lame-ify” talking about God and religion.
Hi. I’m Rainn Wilson. I’m an actor. I helped create this here Web site, SoulPancake.
What is SoulPancake? Well, it’s more of a mission than a Web site…
We want to make discussions about Spirituality, Creativity, and Philosophy cool again. Were they ever cool? I have no idea. But it seems like a good idea. We want to engage the user to “Chew on Life’s Big Questions”™. (I was kidding about the ™ symbol; you can use that phrase however you want. Even to sell frozen taquitos.) Where do you go on the Interwebs if you want an irreverent, fun, and profound take on God and Art and the Soul and Faith and Beauty? Fox.com? Maybe. But maybe also here at SoulPancake.com.
Some of the questions include things like:
Also this week, Rainn Wilson also went on Oprah’s Soul Series radio show to discuss the website’s launch and briefly discuss the Baha’i Faith.
The Nard Dog is always good for a songspeak on The Office. Last Thursday was no exception.
Andy recently had his heart broken when he found out his fiance Angela had been sleeping with Dwight. He called off the wedding, and has been depressed ever since. So it makes sense that when Stanley brings a cute client into the office for a meeting that he became smitten and had a little crush.
One of his tricks to get to know her was to look in her car and see what kind of music she likes. He saw a Feist CD, so when he went back to the office, he tried to impress her with his own version of Feist’s hit 1234:
Ultimately, it didn’t work. But it works for Feist, whose song first gained recognition in an Apple iPod Nano commercial, then was featured on Sesame Street, and now has been featured on The Office. One more mainstream usage of the song, and we can count to 4 along with her.
I remember when the song came out when I was in high school, and how catchy it was then. It still gets airplay almost daily to this very day.
And now, the vocal stylings of Michael Scott, Holly, and Darryl:
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Do you ever have a song that gets stuck in your head and eats away at your brain for days on end? We’ve all been there. (I happen to currently be there with both of the literal lyrics videos posted earlier this week).
The Office brilliantly referenced (and utilized) this phenomenon in the season 3 episode The Initiation when Jim starts singing Lovefool by the Cardigans to drill it into Karen’s head. It apparently also works on Andy Bernard as well. Way to go, Big Tuna.
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