Monday, August 28, 2006

The End of the Star Era

According to this NY Times article, Sumner Redstone's decision to fire Tom Cruise was a smart decision because he was too expensive.

Amen. Though IP democracy says this indicates the end of the star power in Hollywood, I would add that the nature of celebrity has changed. Or, rather, it has come full circle.

In the vaudeville era, people were famous for amazing feats. Vaudeville was a respectable talent show that adults went to see. Nowadays, on YouTube and on television shows like "America's Got Talent," people are famous for their virtuosity, not their smile. Indeed, some of the YouTube stars' faces aren't visible on camera. Funtwo hardly looks up while he plays guitar. The #1 video on YouTube currently has a magician performing a card trick without showing his face.

With that in mind, I would like to perform an amazing comedy stunt without showing my face.

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Ho ho.
Ho ho who?
See, I made you laugh before the punchline.

2 comments:

Cibbuano said...

but maybe it'd help if was accompanied with a Youtube video of you dancing to 'Numa numa'?

Mo! said...

Numa Numa is sooo mainstream.

Now Gonads and Strife: that's indie