Funny or Die’s SNL Presidents Reunion Video

FunnyorDie.com has a new video out there featuring a Saturday Night Live presidents reunion of SNL stars and alumni and it’s well worth a watch. Funny or Die’s Presidential Reunion video is just the latest in a series of politically themed comedy videos from the website to go viral across the Net.

Funny or Die's Presidential Reunion (FunnyorDie.com)
Funny or Die's Presidential Reunion (FunnyorDie.com)

Normally we try to steer away from political parodies because, let’s face it, they are generally either terribly boring or painfully bad. In the case of FunnyorDie.com videos, however, we often make an exception – these people are damn funny! Although we still don’t think they’ve topped the Paris Hilton running for president video yet, the SNL presidents reunion video is highly entertaining.

Funny or Die’s Presidential Reunion video features a host of SNL stars from over the years portraying past and current presidents: Fred Armisen as Barack Obama, Maya Rudolph as Michelle Obama, Dana Carvey as George H. W. Bush, Will Ferrell as George W. Bush, Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton, Jim Carey as Ronald Reagan, Dan Aykroyd as Jimmy Carter and Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford.  FunnyorDie.com’s Jake Szymanski and the fabulous Ron Howard directed the video.

The video was sponsored by The Main Street Brigade, an organization devoted to creating a financial protection agency for consumers. But if you’re not in support of such an idea, it doesn’t really matter; the video is a treat to the funny bone anyway.

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Shaun White Olympics 2010 Gold Medal Run Video

Anyone who was watching the 2010 Winter Olympics last night knows exactly who the breakout star of the evening was. Lindsey Vonn may have shined in her women’s downhill gold medal run, but it was ‘flying tomato’ Shaun White who stole the show with his repeat gold medal win in the Men’s Snowboard Half Pipe.

Shaun White celebrates gold medal victory (NBC)
Shaun White celebrates gold medal victory (NBC)

Shaun White rocked it so hard in his first run that he could have done absolutely nothing during his second run and still won the gold. Instead, White pulled out his new signature double mctwist 1260 trick to thrill the crowd in a victory ride celebrating his win.

Even if you’ve already watched the run repeatedly, it’s well worth another view. Shaun White has once again proved he’s the cream of the crop in the snowboarding world and no younger whipper-snapper is going to steal his glory. We thank the fine folks over at ilovepwnage.com for getting a copy of the video up for the fans who may have missed the awesomeness (and those of us who can’t stop playing it over and over…)

Shaun White Olympics 2010 video featuring the double mctwist 1260:

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Lil Wayne Says Goodbye to Fans Before Heading to Jail

A surprisingly upbeat Lil Wayne took to the Internet this morning to bid a video farewell to his fans on Ustream. Lil Wayne is headed off to jail at Rikers after pleading guilty to ‘attempted gun possession’ charges stemming from an incident in New York last year.

Lil Wayne (Photo: Ryan Dombal - Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Lil Wayne (Photo: Ryan Dombal - Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Lil Wayne was busted last year in July after the NYPD pulled over his tour bus when they allegedly smelled marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Officers claimed Lil Wayne tossed a bag containing a gun into the bus as they approached. Wayne later pled guilty to a charge of “attempted” gun possession and was sentenced to a year in the slammer.

“I’m out this bitch,” Lil Wayne said in his Ustream goodbye video to his fans Tuesday. “To all my fans, my real fans I really, really truly love you. I love you with all of me for real.” Wayne also took the opportunity to promote his just released LP Rebirth, urging fans to download at least one song.

Giving a shout out to his hometown New Orleans Saints for their Super Bowl win, Wayne seemed rather chipper for a man about to spend a lot of time behind bars at a notoriously rough prison.

“Thank you from the bottom of me,” Wayne said in closing out his video. “Do not forget about me ’cause I will forever think about you. I cannot wait for you to see me again.”

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Doritos Super Bowl Commercials Top the 2010 Pack

Watch out big advertising firms, turns out the consumer-created Doritos Super Bowl commercials have topped the list of fan favorites of the big game advertising bonanza. In various surveys and online polls, Super Bowl watchers seem to have overwhelmingly picked out the low-budget Doritos commercials as some of the best ads to air during the game.

Doritos 'House Rules' Super Bowl Commercial (Youtube screenshot)
Doritos 'House Rules' Super Bowl Commercial (Youtube screenshot)

Two Doritos Super Bowl commercials consistently rank in the top five across the board when fans are asked which ads from the game they liked the best. The Doritos “House Rules” commercial is an often named top favorite, with the brand’s “Underdog” commercial placing high as well. Both commercials were created by consumers competing for a ‘Crash the Super Bowl’ contest by Frito-Lay.

“House Rules” creator Joelle De Jesus won $25,000 for his homemade commercial, while “Underdog” creator Joshua Svoboda won a whopping $600,000 for his ad, which placed second in the annual USA Today Ad Meter survey. The Snickers Betty White Super Bowl commercial took the top spot in that ranking.

 

Besides user-created videos like the Doritos commercials, internally created advertisements were also heavy hitters during this year’s Super Bowl. Google’s self-created ‘love story in Paris’ commercial generated huge buzz and was rated highly by fans and advertising reviewers.

So what does this mean for the big advertising and marketing firms out there hoping to land mega-bucks to produce commercials for big brands? Maybe they need to tighten their belts and get in touch with their inner consumers. Successful advertising is no longer about pushing a brand down people’s throats with flashy production values and celebrity voice-overs. The Super Bowl commercials that dug in and connected with viewers on a personal level were the ones that most won over fans.

We’re betting next year we’ll be seeing more user-generated Super Bowl commercial contests and more in-house ads produced by companies wanting to garner that personal touch with their consumers. When anyone with a smart idea and a camera can make a winning Super Bowl commercial, it’s more than obvious the massive advertising agencies out there are going to have to change things up big time to stay competitive.

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Top Super Bowl Commercials of 2010 – The Best & Worst

Despite the overblown controversy over the Tim Tebow anti-abortion ad, most of the Super Bowl 2010 commercials kept things light and tried to appeal to the viewer’s sense of humor to sell their shtick. As usual, some were far more successful than others.

Betty White in Snickers ad
Betty White in Snickers ad

Overall, we here at SnarkFood judged this year’s 2010 Super Bowl commercials as rather mediocre overall. None of the ads really slammed us with that ‘wow’ factor we’ve gotten from some previous Super Bowl advertisements. There were, however, a few that did tickle our funny bone or at least make us smile.

One of our top favorites of 2010 was the Betty White Snickers Super Bowl commercial – mostly because we just love Betty White no matter what the hell she’s doing.

 

Another one we were rather fond of was the so-called ‘Green Police’ super bowl commercial from Audi. Of course, we can’t help but love any commercial with a music background from Cheap Trick and lines like” “You picked the wrong day to mess with the ecosystem, plastic boy!”

We wanted to love the Dave Letterman, Jay Leno and Oprah Winfrey Super Bowl commercial ad for The Late Show just because it was pretty cool to have all three of them in the spot. But honestly we felt it fell a little bit flat and could have been so much more…

Budweiser purchased so much ad time during the Super Bowl that we were entirely sick of them by the time the Saints kicked the Colts ass into the ground. The only ad we really kind of liked was the Budweiser Lost commerical, which at least deserved props for its great production value and bravery in trying to take on a parody of such an epic hit show.

Weirdly enough, the Google Super Bowl commercial actually kind of made us feel a bit sappy, which I guess was a success. The search term story of a French romance was a creative way to promote the search engine, not that they really need the marketing.

All in all, we have to give our votes for the best Super Bowl commercials of 2010 to Snickers for the Betty White/Abe Vigoda football ad and Audi for their Green Police commercial.

As for the worst, we hands down pick the Tim Tebow ad for being so pointless it wasn’t even worth the media firestorm over it and GoDaddy.com for boring us yet again with a stupid slutty chick commercial nearly identical to every other commercial they’ve ever aired.

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Michael Jackson Children Moving Tribute to Father at 2010 Grammy Awards

Michael Jackson‘s children, Prince and Paris Jackson, accepted a lifetime achievement award on behalf of their late father at the 2010 Grammy Awards Sunday night. Wearing red sashes on their arms in honor of their father, Paris and Prince received the award to a standing ovation from the audience.

Paris and Prince Michael Jackson (Photo: CBS)
Paris and Prince Michael Jackson (Photo: CBS)

“We are proud to be here to accept this award on behalf of our father, Michael Jackson,” Prince said. “First of all, we’d like to thank God for watching over us for the past seven months. And our grandmother and grandfather for their love and support.”

“We would also like to thank the fans. Our father loved you so much because you were always there for him. Our father was always concerned about the planet and humanity. Through all his hard work and dedication, he’s helped with many charities and donated to all of them. Through all his songs his message was simple: love. We will continue to spread his message and help spread the word. Thank you. We love you, Daddy.”

Paris closed out the speech with a simple, but heart-rending message. “Daddy was supposed to be here, Daddy was gonna perform this year,” she said. “He couldn’t perform last year. Thank you, we love you, Daddy.”

Children, you do your daddy proud.

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Katy Perry Slams Kara DioGuardi at American Idol Audition

American Idol guest judge Katy Perry showed her snarky side during last night’s audition round in Los Angeles when she and judge Kara DioGuardi exchanged a few less than polite words. Perry did warn everyone before auditions kicked off that she’s “always been brutally honest,” but it was DioGuardi on the receiving end of her harshest jabs, not the hopeful contestants.

Kara DioGuardi and Katy Perry on 'American Idol' (Fox)
Kara DioGuardi and Katy Perry on 'American Idol' (Fox)

The catfight erupted after Kara DioGuardi gushed wildly over the audition of American Idol wannabe Chris Golightly, who spilled a sad story of his tough childhood to host Ryan Seacrest before he went before the judges. “Chris, you are one of my favorites today, if not my favorite,” DioGuardi said. “You’re the kind of kid who has just enough talent and just enough of a story and pain and stuff that you’ve gone through in your life to really connect with it, and I think you’re only going to get better.”

Barely managing not to roll her eyes, singer Katy Perry smacked back at DioGuardi’s comments, saying: “This is not a Lifetime movie, sweetheart… You have to have talent.” Ouch!

The tension between Katy Perry and Kara DioGuardi only got worse from there. At one point DioGuardi started singing Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” blockbuster hit. Perry responded by interrupting her, saying: “Please stop before I throw my Coke in your face!”

Poor DioGuardi was obviously nursing some hurt feelings over the back and forth with Perry. “We used to be friends,” she whined to the cameras. “We were, like, cool.”

Well, Perry may have been a bit harsh, but we kind of see her point of view. Lavishing praise on a hardly better-than-average singer because he has a sad story and then belting out Perry’s song to her face like she can do it better kind of deserves a bit of smack down in our humble opinion.

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