Daily Archives: February 3, 2008

He looks like a cross between …

One game I like to play is to figure out which famous people another famous person looks like. So I will make this a recurring blog feature: “He looks like a cross between…” (Hmm … probably deserves a pithier name.)

First up: Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords. (I’ve only just started watching, but it’s great so far. Like The [BBC] Office and Curb, but without the misanthropy and self-loathing!) He looks like a cross between Benicio Del Toro and Peter Gallagher, with a dash of They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh.

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Obama, Meet We Are the World

I’m somewhat of a Barack Obama fan, so I suppose it’s nice that Will.i.am and other celebrities have decided his candidacy is important enough to warrant a pro-Obama (proBama?) “We Are the World”-style music video.

But with the “lyrics” consisting of sung-chanted portions of an actual Obama speech, and with the participants not once winking (see: Scarlett “Yeah, I Made a Tom Waits Covers Album” Johansson singing at a sibilant-dulling mic screen), the video basically is a cross between “Voices That Care” and the brilliant Ali G sketch where he beatboxes to a nuclear protester’s embarrassingly dreadful protest song.

Observe:

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Still, none of them holds a candle to the best celebrity song of all time: Rockers to Help Explain Whitewater.

Allo

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