Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: How to Destroy a Ryan Gosling

Greg Davies‘ latest stand-up show, You Magnificent Beast, is now available on Netflix. So far, it has managed to break Doc, Cosette and myself. So we recommend it to you. Because he is a sick man, however, here is a vid from The Graham Norton Show in which Davies also breaks Ryan Gosling.

You might not want to watch this during lunch, especially if you’re enjoying a curry.

Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: God Forbid a Clementine

James Acaster

Good morning. Welcome to Monday and another week where at any moment the Matrix we’re living inside of could blue screen and kill us all. Worrying about that, though, is pointless. Like stressing over the inevitable heat death of the universe. Or the inevitable return of bell bottoms.

Instead, let us take a few minutes to enjoy the madness of English comedian James Acaster. He is a very sick man, and we respect that.

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Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: Please Be Grapes

Michelle Wolf

It’s no secret: I don’t watch a lot of television, compared to most people. I have to be very selective about what I watch as well due to time constraints. So I don’t watch The Daily Show regularly. Not that I don’t enjoy it, it’s just that, true to its name, it’s daily. Which means I get behind really damn quick. I stick my head in from time to time to check out what’s going on, or if the guest is awesome. (Sidenote: Trevor Noah is awesome. Check out his stand-up if you haven’t.) That’s how I wound up watching a recent episode with Michael K. Williams and saw Michelle Wolf. I had seen her before on Live at the Apollo back in November and at the time had no idea she was a Daily Show correspondent. Here is that set I witnessed, in all of its glory. Enjoy this to kick off what is sure to be a surreal week, friends.

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Your Mental Sorbet: Hugo De Groot

Hugo De Groot:  Ze Nemen Me Eindelijk Mee

When we find something worthy, we like to offer it to you as a starter for your week of inevitable weirdness. This time I have found something special.

Many of you are aware of the Doctor Demento staple, “They’re Coming to Take Me Away Ha Ha!” by Napoleon XIV. It’s a release that have given this, one of the greatest excerpts of a review I’ve ever seen. From Billboard:

Against a clomp-clomp tambourine beat, Napoleon spoke-chanted his manic-depressive tale of failed romance, the vocals suddenly speeding up into an unsettlingly cheerful giddiness as sirens revved up in the background. Not a single note of music was played or sung throughout the track, which zoomed up to number three in the summer of 1966, as the necessary counterpoint to Barry Sadler’s insipid, similarly off-the-wall smash that year, “The Ballad of the Green Berets.”

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Your Mental Sorbet: Is This Thing Still On?

Clyde and Clem's Whiskey Business

Howdy folks. Did you miss us? More on where we’ve been shortly. In the meantime, as a matter of testing the works, I give you something for your Monday. The band is Clyde and Clem’s Whiskey Business and they perform bluegrass that is both twisted and wrong. All you need to know is that the song in question is “The Ballad of Ed Gein.” And that I wish I had found a good quality audio live version of this but couldn’t locate one. And finally… that we’ve been back for all of five minutes and we’re already very, very sorry.

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Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: Welcome to Biology, People

Reggie Watts: Teach: Science

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, but…well, this just cries out for it. Reggie Watts is a very disturbed man. But I cannot stop watching his mayhem. First up, the premiere episode of Teach, in which, to some of you, he sounds like he’s spouting gibberish. However, if you, like me, attended schools in Alabama…well, let’s just say with this video I learned a lot. He also says it with such conviction that even Rox herself would no doubt be impressed.

Afterwards, we have a snippet of the Sky Atlantic show Set List, in which comedians have topics thrown at them and have to improv a bit on the spot. Watts’ performance is…nothing short of epic. Enjoy.

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