Saturday, April 25, 2009

He did all that for one lousy joke...

Posting the trailer for Paper Heart (comedienne Charlene Yi explores if there is such a thing is love, she's the girlfriend of Michael Cera, who does his whole awkward-cute routine that has already started to wear thin) can actually be justified here. It's a stretch.

How do you justify putting this on a sports blog? Well, comedy is a collaborative enterprise, just like sports. It only works if everyone buys in. That clip also spins off into how grateful one should be for everyone Judd Apatow family of performers. And there is a YouTube clip that's surfaced of Seth Rogen, circa 1996 (he would have been 13 or 14 years) doing stand-up comedy in Vancouver. He jokes about playing rugby, so that justifies a bit more.

Also, do you remember that Vanity Fair spread last month on the New Kings of Comedy. There was the one picture of Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel and Jonah Hill (AKA the obnoxious one in Superbad).

Lord, I apologize, but the immediate point of reference was a 1997 Sports Illustrated feature on baseball's new breed of slugging shortstops. In hindsight, it revealed that Alex Rodriguez was always shallow and mindless:
" 'C'mon with me to New York, DJ,' Rodriguez says. He has been trying all evening to persuade Jeter to fly with him the next morning to an awards show, having failed at dinner with his A material: " 'Cindy's going to be there. Cindy Crawford!' "
(That wouldn't have been so apparent if you were about the same age and only a couple years' removed from having a Cindy Crawford poster on your bedroom wall.)

That article mostly focused on A-Rod, Derek Jeter, Nomar Garciaparra and, wait for it, the Blue Jays' Alex Gonzalez.

Jonah Hill is Alex Gonzalez. Please consider the stretch made.

1 comment:

Mike Radoslav said...

You can't deny that Michael Cera does the whole awkward thing better than anyone out there right now, but yeah, it'd be good if he expanded his acting repertoire a little.

All that being said though I'll still go and check this one out I'm sure!