Kanye, Interrupted

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George Bush went off about Kanye West recently in his memoir, “Decision Points” and then reiterated his disgust again to Matt Lauer during an interview for the Today Show. Apparently, The Decider is still staying the course on his comment about the most “disgusting” moment of his presidency — the moment when Kanye West called him a racist (forget about people being tortured to death in their underwear at Abu Ghraib, or all the deaths at the World Trade Center).

Kanye wanted to retract his statement so he took his turn on the show too. It got off to a rocky start when Lauer (creepily) made Kanye watch some footage of Bush’s pained reaction. It seemed to throw Kanye off and he chastised Lauer for baiting him with the footage saying, “I don’t need all the jazz.” Then he proceeded to light up some unseen crew who were presumably making some noise off stage, adding, “Can we be quiet for a second?” It was truly awkward, and yet amazing to see Kanye work. After he settled down, he gave an impassioned response declaring that he really had no right to call Bush a racist, that it was the heat of the moment, etc.

The fun didn’t end there though, when they decided to roll footage of the 2009 VMA Taylor Swift incident while the man was trying to talk again. Kanye, who was clearly on edge already, let Lauer have it. “Yo, how am I supposed to talk if you’re going to run the thing in the middle while I’m talking? he asked, totally interrupted. “I’m hearing it while I’m trying to talk,” he added.

He told his producer/crew to take the audio out of the overheads and asked Kanye to pick up where he left off, but it was too late for things to go smoothly. Kanye, incredulous and looking around off set again (for whatever fool was controlling the video?) ignores Lauer for a beat, then responds, “Please don’t let that happen again. It’s like ridiculous.”

Suddenly, Matt Lauer is a Charles Dickens creation, some kind of Ghost of Kanye’s Past, tormenting him with all these horrifying images and shrill sound bytes. I see a music video in the making. Kanye just gets better and better. Watch the highlights:

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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