Many people and websites have changed the way people now laugh at Internet comedy. But The Lonely Island — Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone — must be on everyone’s short list. The trio’s SNL sketches, starting with “Lazy Sunday,” not only transcended comedy, but it spawned the idea of non-amateur “viral videos” catching fire on YouTube.
Our friends at Paper Mag went deep on The Lonely Island as they get set to finish their third album, The Wack Album. Check it out here.
These dudes captured two AWESOME videos from “Amazing Spider-Man 2” filming in Rochester NY today. Check out a close-up of the crash here.
You thought it was embarrassing when you let Spotify tell all your Facebook friends that you’re rockin’ out to One Direction’s latest single? Introducing Netflix Social: Now you can let all your networked friends know that you sit home on Friday nights watching Murder, She Wrote re-runs. READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE.
• Vincent Schiavelli, who taught the Ridgemont High kids and yelled at Swayze’s ghost to get off his train, won a James Beard Foundation journalism award in 2001 for an L. A. Times article on Sicilian cooking.
• Stephen Tobolowski — “Needlenose Ned?” “Ned the Head?” — was supposed to play the role of plaid sidekick Al Borland on Home Improvement before scheduling conflicts forced him out.
In Quasi-Defense of The Onion Calling Quvenzhané Wallis the C Word: Nobody should have to explain the machinations of a bad joke. But clearly The Onion wasn’t picking on Quvenzhané Wallis. The absurdity is the joke… (read more by clicking the link.)
Ray Fulk, a 71-year-old eccentric who bathed in a creek and drove a 1960s Ford, died alone last summer. Since he never married, had no children or family and didn’t count many people as friends, he had to make an odd choice when it came time to set up his last will: to whom would the bulk of his estate go when his time had come.
Fulk made an interesting call: relatively unknown actors Kevin Brophy and Peter Barton, whom he considered “friends” despite never meeting.
Brophy and Barton will each split proceeds from the estate, which “will likely amount to the high six figures after Ray’s 160 acres of farm ground are sold,” the S-JR reported. “Depending on the price paid per acre, and $10,000 an acre might not be far off, it could hit a million dollars.”