I, like pretty much everyone else, am a huge fan of "Game of Thrones." My favorite show, "Parks and Rec," makes gratuitous references to it (especially Ben, who is crazy-obsessed with it) and it's all over the place. This week a "Game of Thrones" meets "FRIENDS" mash-up made its rounds on the internet. Check it out, along with a "Star Wars" tribute and "Parks and Rec" references to the show! (Game of Thrones spoilers ahead... obviously.)
While I liked "FRIENDS," the show wasn't exactly known for it's deep, riveting plot lines but rather, it's fun, light-hearted moments. "Game of Thrones" is the complete opposite. The show is all about the serious (it loves death and misfortune). So imagining "Game of Thrones" as an awesomely-'90s sitcom is fun.
Speaking of Jimmy Fallon, the former SNL star is great at making viral videos on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Remember Timberweek (five straight nights of Justin Timberlake goodness)? Or the evolution of mom dancing with FLOTUS Michelle Obama?
Jimmy Fallon knows his market, and it's possible that part of his ability to create an awesome video is what landed him Jay Leno's gig. Whatever the case, as long as he doesn't stop making silly videos, I'm happy. Here, he, Blake Shelton (country singer/judge on "The Voice"), and Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson from "Parks and Recreation"/mascot for masculinity everywhere) take a crack at singing The Lumineers song "Ho Hey."
Congratulations! You totally just watched a two-minute video of grown men clucking to the tune of a Lumineers song. And you probably loved it.
I wasn’t sure we could top Banana Joe’s cuteness last week, but ladies and gentlemen, it has been done, in the form of sea animal. Also, something cool happened on my favorite show and Google will probably take over the world in a year or two.
Sea otter, basketball star
I’m not going to tell you too much about this magnificent creature, but here's what you can know before going into the video: it's about a sea otter, his name is Eddie. He's really old, he lives at the Oregon Zoo, and he's better at basketball than I am. Now I will let you experience the joy of Eddie's athletic finesse on your own as you watch the video.
My name’s Crystal, and I’m a Tumblr addict. I love Tumblr because at any given time I can find amazing illustrations, comics, and news items not covered by the mainstream media juxtaposed between gratuitous pictures of food and an adorable video of puppies.
There are tons of Tumblrs out there now, some that I’ve already written about in a post a few weeks back. Here are a few of the blogs I follow and love.
Garfield Minus Garfield
I loved Garfield comics as a kid, although it didn’t do much to foster my love for actual cats (sorry, cat lovers). But I’d all but forgotten about Garfield as I grew up. Garfield Minus Garfield takes old Garfield comic strips and Photoshops the lasagna-obsessed cat — and his thoughts — out of it "in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle" (according to the creators). Jon was probably the least interesting character in the strip. Like, less interesting than the spiders Garfield would try to kill. But without the other characters, Jon is the star, and it brings up a question I’ve always wondered: is Jon crazy? Seriously, guys, is he, or can he actually talk to and understand his cat? And if he could talk to and understand his cat, is he crazy anyway? Some of the strips are pretty funny without Garfield, while others are a little sad, but either way, I find it pretty interesting.
I watch a lot of television. I mean, way too much. So I have a few opinions on the recent Emmy Award nominations that took place earlier this week. In particular, these three glaring omissions that the folks over at the Emmys made:
Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson
Offerman has created one of the great characters on TV but was looked over in the Best Supporting Actor on a Comedy Series category. Few characters have had the cultural impact Ron Swanson has had over the past couple years, continually delivering memorable quotes. No offense to Max Greenfield of "New Girl" for his nod, but you, sir, are no Ron Swanson.
Conan O'Brien has been a fixture on late night for nearly two decades and has always been one of the funniest people out there. When he returned to New York for a week earlier this year he delivered some of his best shows ever. In my opinion, Conan definitely outperformed both Jimmy Fallon and Bill Maher for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series. TEAM COCO!
Parks and Recreation
Ok, so maybe I'm really showing my bias towards this show based on my earlier Ron Swanson snub, but really this is the funniest show on television! Not only should it have been nominated, but it should win! "Veep"? Really? Really? If you don't watch "Parks and Recreation," make sure you do so soon. That is all.
Are there any Emmy nominations or snubs you were surprised by? Let us know in the comments below!