20 April 2006

An "Army of Davids" Moment (or is that an 'Army of Larry David' moment?)

From the post just previous to this one, on my suggestions for 'new rules' (if it works for Bill Maher, why not borrow it?) regarding press briefings for the White House Press Corp, Icepick (I have trouble understanding why he doesn't post more often on his own blog, but to each their own) took my initial idea and ran with it into comedy gold territory.

Icepick said...

Point Number 5 makes me think how much fun it would be if Dennis Miller or (in a Dem administration) Quentin Tarrantino would be in the role. Especially Q in conjuction with rule #2. Or best of all, Samuel L. Jackson playing the part of White House Press Secretary, as written by Quentin Tarrantino. That's a press conference I'd PAY to see....

David Gregory: Mr. Jackson, the President has repeatedly stated that while diplomacy is the best option with Iran he would not....

SLJ: Shut the fuck up, Dave. What fucking day is it?

DG: What?

SLJ: "What"?! I've never heard of a day called "What". Where are you from?

DG: What?!?

SLJ: Do they speak English in "What"?

DG: What!!??

SLJ [pulls out a 9mm pistol and shoots DG in the shoulder, DG screams in pain]: Go on motherfucker, say "what" one more time. I dare ya, I fuckin' DOUBLE dare ya!
[DG quakes in terror, but finally stops saying "What?"]

SLJ: Now that I have your attention, answer my question: What ... fucking ... day ... is it?

DG: Thur-Thur-Thursday. [Winces and says "Shit" quietly.]

SLJ: And what's the rule on Thursday, Brainiac?

DG: All questions ... all questions must be submitted in the form ... of a 5-7-5 haiku, or else....

SLJ: Or else what?

DG: Or else you'll get a couple of hard-hitting Young Republicans ... with a pair of plyers and a blow torch and an audio-book copy of Rick Santorum's latest book, and get all Abu Ghraib on my ass.

SLJ: Correctamundo! But I'll tell you what I'm going to do, Dave. I'm going to give you one chance to redeem yourself. Would you like that Dave?

DG: Y-yes....

SLJ: Now, listen carefully Dave. What's my favorite passage from the Bible?

DG: What!?
[SLJ unloads rest of clip into DG's carcass, drops the empty clip on the podium, and puts in a fresh clip.]

SLJ: Okay, next question.

11:50 AM

Pooh said...

I laughed very hard Pick, and now feel that I need a shower. But the upside is, it makes the Nerf Football seem reasonable by comparison. Let's make that happen.

2:07 PM

bill said...

Damn. That's better than anything SNL has had for at least a decade.

My favorite Samuel L. Jackson role might be from that incredibly silly (and fun) Geena Davis spy movie. And I think she's still playing the president on television.

4:09 PM

My point in the title of this point and in copying Icepick's dialogue (other than it's really funny) and the two responses to that dialogue is that this is an example of distributed comedy writing. In otherwords it's an Army of Larry Davids moment (Instapundit posted a link to a site that uses the term in a completely unrelated way in this post)

What if one of the writers for SNL started a blog, posted thoughts on possible sketches on Monday of each week, let the blogosphere have at it?

I'd bet by Thursday you'd have some pretty powerful sketches. Plus you have the added benefit of getting early feedback on what works and what doesn't before you actually go through the trouble of actually airing the piece.

Just a thought.


Pooh, correctly points out that any mention of Samuel Leroy Jackson should also include a mention of Snakes on a Plane. I apologize for the oversite, and in recompense I'll link to this USA Today interview with The Man himself (h/t Snakes on a Blog). Also from Snakes on a Blog is a contest for best SoaP related Live Journal Icon.

And here is a Babe of SoaP photo for your perusal, the stunning and talented Agam Darshi.

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