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Jim Carrey versus The Gun Lobby

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Jim Carrey certainly knows the media’s g-spot. His new Funny or Die video “Cold Dead Hands” can only be properly construed as a blistering yet brilliant attack on the gun lobby. If one doubts that simplefact– why would Carrey alienate a percentage of his audience? — one need only to venture into the Twittersphere. There, in under 140 characters apiece, Carrey quickly clarified his opinion on the gun lobby at the social network on the same day that the video dropped. “G’morning! Hope you’re enjoying Cold Dead Hand.FYI, my bodyguard doesn’t have a hundred rounds in his clip.I wish u all a bullet free day! ;^},” @JimCarrey tweeted, drawing immediate ire from the right-Twittersphere.

It is a risky move, clearly — one that could alienate him from a pro-gun audience, the NRA members around the country who potentially might go see the next Jim Carrey comedy. It is a particularly risky move considering that: a) Jim Carrey isn’t at a particularly high point in his comedic career at the moment, and b) Carrey is looking forward to a sequel to “Dumb and Dumber,” which could use some repeat business from most of the film’s original fans.

Already in the Twittersphere, Carrey is taking a bit of a beating (no surprise). Most of the political sites – including CNN’s Political Ticker – picked up the story. Comedian @greggutfeld, host of Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld on Fox — over 194,000 Twitter followers — immediately took to the Twittersphere, blasting Carrey. “Comparing @jimcarrey to Charlton Heston is like comparing a wart to the Sistine Chapel,” Gutfield tweeted, adding a YouTube video of Charlton Heston defending civil rights in the 60s. He added, “Would @jimcarrey ever do a video mocking gangs for all the gun-related homicides? No. his cowardly desire for acceptance prevents it.” Gutfield then spent the rest of Monday afternoon attacking Carrey. FoxNews contributor — do you see athe recurring theme? — and Townhall.com founder @KatiePavlich also voiced her displeasure on the microblogging site. @KatiePavlich tweeted, “You know what I love about Twitter? Elitist snobs like @jimcarrey get to be held accountable by the people they don’t think matter #2A.”

It didn’t stop there; it never does. Michelle Malkin — over 496,000 followers — who has an opinion on everything, chimed in. “#NewJimCarreyMovie: ‘Bruce Al-Gun-Grabby’ and other suggested hypocrite Jim Carrey films,” @michellemalkin tweeted. In this viral era, there are already video lambasting Carrey’s “hypocricy” from the right side of the American political spectrum. Human Events, an old school right site, also attacked Carrey.

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“Cold Dead Hands” is a brilliant send-up of 70s Western tough guy macho. The take on Sam Elliott at about 4:20 in is genius, with a smidgeon of gun control messaging. Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, John Lennon and Sam Elliott all appear in cameo in the video. But it is the macho, pro-guns, God-and-country type that takes the brunt of Carrey’s comedic venom (the video was written and directed by Charles Ingram and Nick Corirossi).

What is “Cold Dead Hands”? It is, in a sense, one of Carrey’s most ambitious, risky moves, one that could alienate him from the pro-gun constituency, but a move, in turn, that could take himtowards the edginess that his career has perhaps needed since its highlight in the 1990s. The video also smacks of the sort of comedic stunts that Andy Kaufman used to do, mocking his audience – confrontational. Carrey was – and is — a big fan of the highly experimental comedian Kauffman, who himself was a big fan of “professional wresting” as an entertainment form. Kauffman was intrigued by translating the wrestling formula of getting people to pay money to see the wrestlers they hate get beaten upinto the realm of comedy.

Is this a new Jim Carrey, propelled by the thus-far lackluster performance of “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”? Am I being too cynical? That is the $64,000 question. But if it is, and we are witnessing a newer, edgier and more confrontational Jim Carrey, one that is not afraid to show a little bloodlust in his comedy, then I, for one, am all in. Go, Jim, go.

What did you think of “Cold Dead Hand”? Tell us in the comments section 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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