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Henry Winkler inducted into the Order of the British Empire, but he isn’t even the strangest member

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Early this morning, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the once and future Fonz, Henry Winkler, has been made an honorary member of the Order of the British Empire. At first, we assumed the award was for the massive support he lent to both the leather jacket and pomade industries, but instead, he was honored for his educational work on dyslexia in the United Kingdom, which while nowhere near as awesome, is still extremely important.

All of this got us thinking though: If the Fonz got an OBE, what other surprising talents have been awarded the medal? So, after checking out a picture of the disconcertingly small Winkler with this award, thump the jukebox and check out these curious members of the “prestigious” Order of the British Empire.


Pierce Brosnan – In 2004, the actor received an honorary OBE for his “outstanding contribution to the British film industry,” which presumably covers all the time he fake-saved the country in “James Bond” movies.

The Bee Gees – We love the soundtrack to “Saturday Night Fever” as much as anyone, but does “Staying Alive” really justify being elevated to Commanders of the Order of the British Empire?

Rudy Giuliani – Just like the rest of the world, the Queen was apparently swept up in Rudy-fever in the wake of 9/11, honoring “America’s Mayor” as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Barry Humphries – From one Queen to another, Barry Humphries, best known for dressing in drag as Dame Edna Everage, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

The wrong Steve McQueen – Frankly, we don’t care how good “Shame” is, or even how long you get to look at Michael Fassbender’s dong in it. If it’s not the guy who raced motorcycles and was pals with Bruce Lee, then you’re honoring the wrong Steve McQueen.

Kylie Minogue – Yes, Kylie Minogue sang “Locomotion,” but she was the third person to chart with that particular song, and it didn’t even reach No. 1 when she sang it. May she live forever in the shadow of Grand Funk Railroad.

Olivia Newton-John – Olivia Newton-John getting the OBE makes a little bit of sense when you consider the amazing service she performed for millions of teenage boys by appearing in the music video for “Physical.” But her honor came in 1979, two years before the track was even released.

Gordon Ramsay – Apparently, what “services to the hospitality industry” really means is “going apoplectic about side dishes and shouting at people.”

Rod Stewart – The pop star was named a Commander of the British Empire in 2007, which indicates that no one in the Royal Family has been paying attention to what Stewart hath wrought since leaving The Faces.

Do you know of any other questionable appointees to the Order of the British Empire? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.

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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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