Posts Tagged ‘Silly’

HAPPY SUNDAY, LA – Go outside and take a walk! :)

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The painfully adorable/ talented Kate Micucci will be returning to her show at the Steve Allen Theater in March. You can also catch her performing around town as Oates of Garfunkel and Oates, as ukulele girl on Scrubs reruns, or in many other cute videos on You Tube.

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LOCAL TV – I’ll Have What Fred Rated Was Having

If you aren’t an old school Southern Californian, the next sentence will mean nothing to you, but here goes. Fred Rated and I once celebrated our shared birthday together. I was working my night job at the time and he just happened to show up so we birthday bonded with each other for a few magical moments. Basically, he partied with his friends while I pretended not to be geeking out. If current tv commercials were half as creative as those old drug trip Federated spots, I wouldn’t fast forward through everything on my DVR.

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He now stays behind the scenes as the voice of the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, but decades ago our local airwaves were under attack by actor/radio dj Shadoe Stevens (Terry Ingstad) and his frenetic alter ego, a hyperactive electronics pitchman in a Miami Vice suit. From Stevens’ web site:

“In the 1980′s, Shadoe Stevens was retained to devise an advertising strategy and branding campaign for a 14 store electronics chain known as the Federated Group. He created and played a character named Fred Rated in a series of commercials that were a mix of Saturday Night Live and Monty Python. Over a period of six years, he and a small team of artists created over 1,200 different commercials.”

Now let’s read that again… IN SIX YEARS, SIX PEOPLE CREATED 1,200 FRED RATED COMMERCIALS. Chew on that for a second. (more…)

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FLASHBACK – De-Best of Ed Debevic’s

“If you’re really a good customer… you’d order more.”

debevicsBehold the magic of the internet… one click of the mouse and Ed Debevic’s Restaurant (which sat on the heart of La Cienega Restaurant Row from the mid-1980s up until the revolving doors were put out of motion in 2003) still exists. The clip after the jump features sights and sounds that will make you smile with recognition if Ed’s was ever a part of your life… from the little details in decor down to the steady merriment of lip-synced dance numbers, it’s the same ol’ Ed’s.

Ed Debevic’s was a fun place to bring visiting guests of all ages and group sizes (my dad *loved* it), gather for a birthday, or just hang out when you were feeling down. For a long time, it was the location of choice to commiserate when my friends and I broke up with boyfriends… we found it difficult to wallow in self pity after experiencing a few hours of girl talk, abject silliness (with dashes of pure stupidity) and comfort food (a huge bowl of mac and cheese works wonders). We each had our favorite waitstaff, and they knew us. Ed’s felt like (a very dysfunctional but fun) home somehow.

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Note: I think my favorite performance in the video is the Vicki Carr tribute at 32:35

The folks at Ed’s *always* had something wacky going on. My friend Adri and I ate there on Election Day in 1988 and were surprised to see a makeshift boxing ring set up in the middle of the room. About a half hour later, two guys wearing Bush/Dukakis masks and boxing gear suddenly ran into the room and proceeded to beat each other up while diners were encouraged to cheer. Good times. Speaking for myself, I thought the food was pretty good, too… I loved the chili cheese fries, burgers and pie. I found their coffee strangely salty though, I must admit, which always confused me… how does one even make salty coffee?

A Japanese restaurant called Gonpachi now stands where the streamliner once was. Salty coffee aside, I miss the craziness of Ed’s, though… trends change, but I’m sorry it’s gone. There are more than enough Japanese restaurants in Los Angeles. We need more choreographed dance numbers.

P.S. – If you would like a memento of Ed’s, you can still buy one of their famous pickle pens online.

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COVET THIS – Junk For Joy

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HERE’S THE CONCEPT OF “COVET THIS”:

1. We walk into a store spontaneously.
2. We pick out a handful of random things that catch our eye/s.
3. We take covert photos.
4. We post the images with silly captions for you to see.
5. YOU are overwhelmed by an urge to rush to said establishment and possess said items (silly as they may be at times), thereby helping very small businesses to stay afloat during our troubled economy. :)

The Chosen Store: Purveyors of “fun and funky clothing, collectibles and other goodies,” Junk For Joy
The Location: 3314 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank (818) 569-4903
Our Previous Customer Experience: I first wandered into Junk For Joy back in the 80s during a lunch break when I was working at a record company nearby. Although I hadn’t been back in over a decade, I was surprised to find that it hasn’t changed at all. Literally! I think it even has some of the same inventory. It was like visiting the 80s again, only this time I wasn’t wearing blue eyeshadow and moon boots.


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SINGALONG – Napkin! The Musical!

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In 2008, sixteen members of Improv Everywhere harnessed the power of wireless microphones, a PA system, cameras hidden behind two-way mirrors and impromptu song and dance to thoroughly confused shoppers at the Baldwin Hills Mall food court.

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VIDEO – A Little Face Time with Marty & Elayne

There are few things we can truly count on in life,
but we can always count on Marty & Elayne to be… 

Marty & Elayne.

‘Cuz they’ve got us… under their dermis.

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SILLY – Do the Doo, Dude!!!

doodahsurfWhat: The Doo Dah Surf Parade, hosted by the totally rad Charles Phoenix
Where:
Sunset Beach, Pacific Palisades
When:
Saturday July 25, 2009, EARRRRLY in the a.m. SCHEDULE HERE
Price:
FREEEEE!
Details:
“Meet at the bluff for a group paddle out to say goodbye to the aggro attitude and to bring back the stoke that keeps us surfing!” Let’s put it this way: the Doo Dah Surf Parade is to the U.S. Open of Surfing as The Doo Dah Parade is to the Rose Parade. The main guideline is this: if you don’t have a sense of humor, don’t do the Doo.
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“Back in the Spring of 2002, after a day of frustration at local breaks known for aggro-vibes and hostility, four local Surfers decided the best way to get surfing back to it’s pure and fun origins was to go the extreme of laughing at ourselves. Three short months later in June of 2002, over 30 Surfers showed up in costumes rangings from nuns, to business men, to bumblebees. Ever since Doo Dah Surf 2002, each ensuing year has seen attendance double as well as increased recognition from media to documentaries. All proving that the surf community is ready for a day of fun and celebration.”

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GOOD CAUSE – 826LA’s Paddle Boat Regatta

***Echo Park Paddleboat Regatta deadline is MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!***

826LA Echo Park Regatta What: 826LA’s Echo Park Lake Paddle Boat Regatta
When:
Sunday, July 26, 2009, 4pm
Where: Echo Park Lake. Duh.
Who: You! Sponsor a team! Donate prizes! Just show up to gawk and cheer or JOIN IN AND RACE – bring friends or join a pre-existing team.
Why: Because it’s great Sunday fun to mow down swamp turtles with a paddle boat! Oh, and it’s also cool to raise money for the kids of 826LA. *PLUS* there are PRIZES and goodie bags involved! Wheeeee!

Details: “On Sunday, July 26, 90 paddle-boaters (45 teams) will meet for the second annual 826LA Echo Park Lake Paddle Boat Regatta. These fearless navigators will brave the elements, the geese, and each other as they race through (the possibly monster-infested) Echo Park Lake to earn the title of World’s Best Paddle Boat Racers and to raise funds for 826LA. Teams pre-register online, then solicit donations from friends, family, significant others, passers-by on the street, and large corporations—all to secure a better starting position.” Registration and fundraising for the Regatta closes midnight on July 24th.

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NSFW – George Putnam: Intrepid LA Newsman, Hater of Smut Peddlers

YouTube Preview ImageI was gonna take a day off but then an emergency came up:  late Los Angeles news icon and Hal Fishman rival George Putnam got me all worked up about “the wild flagrant abuses of the god-given gift of sex.” It’s enough to make a decent home-spun girl-next-door like me just pig biting mad!

In today’s featured flashback video (Perversions For Profit, 1965) George Putnam excitedly exposed himself as a soldier against the sex-mad degeneration of America. This highly informative and visually titillating little “scare” film was funded by financier Charles Keating – yes, that Charles Keating – and sure, George sounded strangely turned on throughout this whole film, but could you blame him? He passionately wanted to save America from depravity… but his hot descriptions of perversion, sexy “censored” images and details of massive profit sure made it all sound even more exciting and attractive! Va va vooom! A few decades later, his adopted homeland became the porn capital of the world. Sigh. Poor George. Score one for the Devil.

Interested in resurrecting George’s battle against the plague of filth in 2009? His handy moral guidelines are listed after the jump (along with part two of the video). They seem to be a lot of work though. An easier way to keep your halo intact would probably be just to poke out your eyeballs since according to George, very few blind people join nudist colonies. No eyeballs = no perversions! Problem solved!

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GLORY DAYS – Sheriffs Love LA!

YouTube Preview Image Once upon a time, in a land not far away at all, existed a magical paradise a land filled with the sexiest weather in the world, beautiful and witty people, strange languages and edgy, rockin’ kids that never had to grow up… a place so inherently charming that even the prostitutes and lawyers were *totally* adorable.

Yep, once upon a time, being an Angeleno was such a source of pride that even our civil servants were all-smiles… as documented in this (sadly poor quality) recruitment video for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Believe it or not, I actually remember seeing this promo aired on regular tv and I was in awe of it even then. So for a moment, let’s embrace our carefree glory days… back when criminals were just harmless middle-aged crazy-haired punks and successful CPR on a child only took one breath. And be sure to keep your eye open for the quick Michael Landon cameo. Also featured: long-time County Sheriff Sherman Block, a man who almost kept the job posthumously, even managing to cast an absentee ballot for himself as he died. Now *that’s* dedication.

As for those of you who think this video was a bad representation of the Sheriffs Department? Well, they’ve had worse.

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CRAZY – Historic E-mails for Sale!

Michael Jackson ebayAre you actively mourning Michael Jackson still? Did you want to go to MJ’s memorial service Downtown… but not enough to actually be one of the 1.6 MILLION people who registered to get one of the 8,750 tickets to the Staples Center? Or perhaps – like me – you just hate HUUUGE crowds of actively crazy people and had plans for Tuesday anyhow so if you’d been chosen you probably wouldn’t have even wanted/been able to go?

Well thanks to a few thoughtful souls, you can still own part of the Michael Jackson magic without worrying about your Tuesday plans. Now up for sale on ebay: copies of the MICHAEL JACKSON MEMORIAL NOTIFICATION E-MAIL that was sent to the losers who DIDN’T GET IN. These historic pieces of digital rejection are reasonably priced at “Less than ten dollars” WITH FREE SHIPPING, and there are still more than ten copies available – so act fast! (Screen capture after the jump.)

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HATING LA – via Futurama

As we’ve established, Los Angeles – like all cities – does have good and bad points. That said, it’s simply in every resident and visitor’s best interest to learn how to handle themselves properly. In my grandmother’s generation, it was common Angeleno knowledge that the very best way to divert the ravenous, wandering packs of gun-toting pre-teens that wander like gypsies through our city (see clip above) was just to tell them to sit down while you go and make them a sandwich and then head for cover as they impatiently waited to be served. But times have changed and so have ten year olds.

According to our sources, in 2009 a better technique is to carry a book – any book – with you in case the gang is female. When the rabid little girl gang approaches, hide the cover of the book from them and pretend to be reading. Suddenly scream out “OMIGOD! I CAN’T BELIEVE I GOT THIS UNRELEASED TWILIGHT BOOK BEFORE EVERYBODY ELSE!” and in your excitement, throw the book skyward INTO THE OTHER DIRECTION. Run. Do not look back. You do not want to see what armed little girls will do to each other to get that book.

If the gang is all boys, the sandwich thing still works like gold. For a mixed group, sandwiches and books, in that order. Be safe out there, Los Angeles.

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COVET THIS – Wacko / Soap Plant

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HERE’S THE CONCEPT OF “COVET THIS”:

1. We walk into a store spontaneously.
2. We pick out a handful of random things that catch our eye/s.
3. We take covert photos.
4. We post the images with silly captions for you to see.
5. YOU are possessed by an overwhelming urge to rush to said establishment and purchase said items (or shop for others), thereby helping small businesses to stay afloat during our troubled economy. :)

The Chosen Store: The beloved novelty emporium, Wacko/Soap Plant
The Location: 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood/Los Feliz (323) 663-0122
Our Previous Customer Experience: My college friends and I used to excitedly drive all the way from San Diego to experience the glory of their Melrose store way back when. It’s a long-time sentimental fun favorite of mine for silly gift shopping. Wacko is an iconic shop of Los Angeles and I’m thrilled it’s survived when so many other stores haven’t. :)

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IMAGERY – Oil Spill Victim, 1971

“Oil spill victim Jody Harris, 19, of Van Nuys is pretty lady in distress as heavy oily substance is removed from her feet by lifeguard Jim Causey of Laguna Beach at Doheny State Beach.”

Hard breaking disaster photos are always difficult to view. Ecology aside, it’s disturbing that the original caption of this vintage image downplayed the senseless tragedy seen here by patronizingly referring to the victim as “pretty lady.” Tsk tsk. This poor girl is clearly in pain and fighting for her life… and I, for one, thank God the heroic lifeguard with the pornstar ‘stache was there to save the day and clean off her adorable little feet.

The UCLA Digital Collections portal contains tens of thousands of great images. Go check out the site and you’ll be entertained for hours.

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EVENTS – GO, possums! GO

ednaTrue story: Dame Edna once gave me a black eye. With a gladiola. No joke, I had a shiner for a week. But I’ll get to that story in a minute. First things first.

Not *all* great things in LA are hidden… but they all need your support!
What: Dame Edna Everage’s FIRST LAST TOUR
Where: Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown
When: Until June 21
TIP: Subject to availability, $20 Hot Tix may be purchased on the day of performance at the box office (cash only). Exact seat locations are not given over the phone. Tickets limited to two per household. To learn more about Hot Tix, call Audience Services at (213) 628-2772.

YouTube Preview ImageIf you have had the pleasure of attending any of her previous shows, you have probably already bought tickets for this. If you have never seen Dame Edna live, LISTEN TO ME… get off your rear and make an effort to see her right now because not only may this be your last chance, but your world will instantly become far more fabulous once you do. Trust me on this. I would not steer you wrong. While a Dame Edna show may seem like silly camp, it’s much more. It’s non-stop laughter and who doesn’t need that?!? In truth, Barry Humphries may easily be the quickest witted performer alive. Nobody else holds a candle. Edna is an absolute treasure to watch, so go… and laugh your gladiolus off!

Curious about how she gave me a shiner? Well, that and more Dame Edna info after the jump.
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IMAGERY – Origins of Smog

Celebrated books have been penned to discuss how Los Angeles’ problem with air quality first developed. Commonly, the blame has been put on the local munitions factories of World War II (one of which my grandma worked in, btw), but a photo of the *real* perpetrator has been discovered.

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