If you haven’t heard of For Shame! yet well you should. For Shame! is the show that celebrates all the ridiculousness and embarrassing moments from our youth, especially the ones involving music. Whether you decided to wear backwards over alls cause Mac Daddy and Daddy Mac said it was cool, Wrote Mrs. Lance Bass all over your folder, or believed MMMBop would be the song of your generation hey we have a place for you!
Every month 5 comedians get together and check their ego at the door by revealing slightly embarrassing and possibly shameful stories about their favorite music artists and music videos. We then show the video while all the comedians provide hilarious commentary for each video.
After every show we will be taking time to write a sort of recap, with photos and quotes. we will call these pages from The For Shame Diary! So whatcha waiting for get on the shame wave and get into For Shame!
***FOR SHAME! DIARY April 25th 2012***
April 25th was the 7th For Shame! and let’s just say we all learned a lot about our comedians. This month we had an awesome group of comedians willing to reveal their teen memories to us. We had DC Pierson, DJ Dougg Pound, TJ Miller, Mike Holmes, Grant Pardee and as always host Brooks Wheelan.
**Producer of For Shame! Jazz Ponce opened the show and of course couldn’t stop talking about her love for all thing Mickey Mouse Club and their group The Party. This time she showed a video for their song “That’s Why” video which much like the classic Hall & Oates “I can’t for that (no can do)” never answers the question. That’s Why, What? The Party why you gotta be so coy?. All we can assume is that dancing thru downtown LA in early 90s embarrassing garb including a floppy hat, numerous amounts of vests and a pimp cane was enough for that girl to come back to The Party. But seeriously it is a catchy song!
Jazz also revealed that she remembers all the choregraphy (which she said was “pre shuffling, shuffling”) and that no one has heard of Tiffini Hale the brunette girl since 1998. So if anyone out there knows of her whereabouts please contact For Shame or just ask her what the That’s Why song was really all about and get back to us.
**Next up was host and producer of For Shame! Brooks Wheelan. When it comes to loving the most ridiculous music videos and artists Brooks and Jazz would win Gold medals (it is no wonder they created this show). This week Brooks ditched Rod Stewart and Powerman 5000 to talk about his admiration for Jesse & the Rippers, the fictional band fronted by John Stamos in the much beloved TGIF classic Full House. He showed the video “Forever”
Brooks shared that because there was no actual CD for him to purchase and this was pre you tube he had to record the song off the TV and play it on a cassette player which led to much ridicule from his older brothers. But seriously there was no cooler Uncle then Jesse. The video though not so cool which features Stamos cuddling babies, too many candles, a pointless bongo player, a choir and the beach boys on back up is something we will never forget…Have Mercy! no seriously have Mercy on us Uncle Jesse and please just stick to drumming for the beach boys but more imporantly selling us greek yogurt.!
**We all remember Chumbawamba their single Tubthumping has all us as kids giggling while we sang along to the chorus “Pissing the night away.” For many of us that was all we ever heard of them, not for Grant Pardee not only did he choose Chumbawamba but he chose to show the video for their 2nd “hit” Amnesia”. (yeah we had no idea either).
Grant revealed that his admiration for Chumbawamba ran deep, we won’t say what he did for it let’s just say it took commitment. Though labeled as anarchist anti establishment, we can say Chumbawumba sure knew how to create a pretty infectious dance track,and still be funny. Their video that consisted of them performing at a concert where the audience slowly stops paying attention was actually kinda ingenious and meta no other band was more self aware and prepared for their descent into obscurity, So Kudos! Also how many members of Chumbawamba was there?Seems like way too many…
**Super funny comedian Mike Holmes kept the dance beats going by choosing to talk about Pump Up The Volume” by MARRS, truly a “Hit Clip of the Week” Mike remembered the time he decided to sing this song for his elementary school talent show, though sadly he did not make it pass the auditions, which was mostly do to Mike’s acapala version of Living on a Prayer from the previous year.. The song is actually still the jam and its video of lost and possibly found aerospace footage is actually kinda cool. So all we can say is “brothers and sisters, pump up the volume, pump up the volume! Dance, Dance!” Seriously those are all the lyrics to the song! So Pump up the Volume the song still stands the test of time but Pump Up the Volume the movie, well that’s another story…
**Not only did DC Pierson talk about The OffSprings’ “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)” he set the scene for the good ole day, you remember the good ole days don’t you? When MTV actually dedicated an hour to showing music videos we the audience requested a show that was totally live, yes The TRL days!
He shared all the things he hated about TRL : the boy band bull shit of course; The things he loved: when the rock bands like OffSpring or Korn would upset the boy bands on the countdown and off course Britney Spears wearing a school girl outfit (but seriously what teenage boy didn’t enjoy that?)
Some time has passed since Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) but the joke of suburban youth trying way to hard too be cool still rings true! DC also mentioned that after moving to LA he ran into the aforementioned Pretty Fly White Guy from the video in his acting class, luckily he wasn’t still dressed like that. That is Hollywood for you, you get to meet “stars” every day (our definition of stars is actually pretty broad by the way)
**TJ Miller closed out the show by revealing he doesn’t really get how people are “into music” and got into Soundgarden while in HS just to be cool. Whether TJ was being serious or not it lead to a funny story of TJ revealing that for a moment while watching Soundgarden’sBlack Hole Sun” he thinks he actuallyunlocked what all the fuss was about when it came to “liking music”.
Melting Barbie dolls, creepy smiling people„ weird old people, scary children, Chris Cornell’s soul patch man TJ may be on to something I but I think it may reveal more about the end of the world 2012 theory then liking music.. . Soundgarden was actually pretty great as was this song, we at For Shame! have been known to delve into the Superunkown album crank it up and dream of touching Chris Cornell’s soul patch (okay it is just Jazz who dreams that). Also behind the scenes tidbit Nick Kroll and Wayne Federman dropped by the show to check it out, possible future guests of the show? Maybe..
*DJ Dougg Pound music tastes are off the charts, which made it hard for him to choose a video for us. He went with Toad the Wet Sprocket which is actually a pretty good band because seriously All we want is to feel this way you know to feel this close to feel the same. You know the same way we did as kids liking music like crazy, emulating it, grooving to it some of it was good, some of it was bad, the videos were even worse.. That is what For Shame! is all about celebrating and standing up to the music choices of our youth and being able to laugh at them. Enough said!
Next For Shame! is is Wednesday May 23rd 1030pm @ the Improv Lab w/ Jen Kirkman, Tony Sam, Tom Clark, Jamie Flam ++ more TBA
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