STEPH-EN! STEPH-EN! STEPH-EN!
Take a deep breath of fresh air. Poke your head out of the bomb shelter you've been hibernating in. It's safe to come out now. America's long national nightmare is finally over. Stephen Colbert has returned. (Yes, I know I'm not breaking news here, but I was gone last week and I'm not not going to include this.) In the past few weeks, Colbert has taken to the Internet to begin building the hype for his new gig as the host of CBS's The Late Show, which premieres September 8. He's returned to Twitter, announced his bandleader, came up with a theme song for the show, and even started a rather scattershot podcast. (Because who doesn't want to hear Colbert and his old writing pals spend substantial time kibitzing about their time working on Comedy Central's Strangers with Candy? Oh, not most people? Just extreme comedy nerds like me? That's fair.) Still, the highlight so far has been "The Colbeard" video, his comedic ode to the "I'm not on TV, so who cares" beard he grew after ending The Colbert Report. As he succinctly puts it at the start of the clip, "Good news, I still exist."
THIS JOB ISN'T EASY
Sometimes interviewers get lazy. It's especially easy to fall into the cliche trap when talking with musicians. To illustrate this fact, Funny or Die's Mike Scollins asked a bunch of musicians at New York City's Governor's Ball—from St. Vincent to Noel Gallagher to Weird Al Yankovic—what question they were sick of being asked and then answered said question for them. Watch him amusingly descend into madness because of the questions' vapidity.
LONG LIVE "THE AMERICAN DREAM"
Legendary professional wrestler Dusty Rhodes died last Thursday at the age of 69. He was an everyman with a larger than life presence that matched his unique in-ring figure. While a lot can be said about the man as an entertainer and what he meant to his industry, anything I say can be trumped by the stirring eulogy Brandon Stroud provided over at With Spandex (scroll way down to the line "He was my dad’s favorite wrestler"). World Wrestling Entertainment's own tribute video is pretty great as well. Even if you think pro wrestling is the stupidest thing (a valid opinion), it's hard not to get swept away (and have a chuckle) while watching the charisma and general knack for public speaking Rhodes delivered in his most famous promo, "Hard Times."
READ + CRY
Sorry to get somber for back-to-back MMPMU entries, but the must-read post from last week came via Stephanie Wittels Wachs over at Medium. "The New Normal" is a deeply personal exploration of the author's grief in the wake of losing her 30-year-old brother—comedian and Parks and Recreation writer Harris Wittles—to a drug overdose earlier this year. It's not an easy read to get through, but it's a beautiful as it is brutal.
HUM THE THRONE
Last night Game of Thrones wrapped up it's fifth season of royals, violence, and dragons. (SPOILER ALERT: I only watched the first season of GoT and have no idea what happened on last night's season finale. People died, probably. I'm sorry for your collective loss.) For those who still can't get the show out of their heads, there's always the opening credit's fanfare...