Politics-Free Laughs for Summer: The Musical Finale
I’ve been devoting June to nonpolitical laughs from people who take their comedy very seriously, but as I end my June series I want to do it with a song my heart.
Here are some music videos that are in themselves comedic works of art:
Mumford and Son: “Hopeless Wanderer”
It’s hard to not to love a band who not only has a great sound, but knows how to laugh at themselves and their genre. In this video, Marcus Mumford and band are replaced by comic actors Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis, who carry with them all the heavy burdens of the modern bluegrass band from multi-instrumentalism, to maintaining the balance of being manly and sensitive.
OK Go: “White Knuckles” and “The Muppet Show Theme”
I have subjected so many people to this catchy rock band's “absolutely-positively” nifty videos, I feel I should get a commission. If you aren’t familiar with their work, OK Go pushes the envelope of choreography, physics, optical illusion, technology and old-fashioned engineering with a mischievous gleam in their eyes from their perfectly timed treadmill dance on “Here It Goes Again” to their Zero G ride on "Upside Down & Inside Out," and to their video-long Rube Goldberg machine on "This Too Shall Pass." One of their latest, "The One Moment," shows how different things appear in extreme slow motion.
Go down the rabbit hole in their video playlist for awhile and you’ll see why they are the perfect band to cover the “Muppet Show Theme.” However, you’ll really want to watch “White Knuckles” first, where their work literally goes to the dogs, to get the full joke.
My apologies in advance for your future addiction to their work.
Matt and Kim: “Let’s Go”
Remember a few years back when everyone was listening to that fun, bouncy mega hit from Matt and Kim? Once you see their video for it featuring the most horrid of “awkward family photos," you can’t unsee it. It’s so wrong, but yet so spot on. Plus, it just's plain funny.
Talent, smiles and laughs are something people of all political persuasions can — and should — share, and I’m hoping to find even more fun items to bring back a similar series in the winter.
In the meantime, be awesome to each other, laugh every day, and love the life you have.
To illustrate this attitude, I leave you with one of my favorite videos ever, the eternally cool Christopher Walken dancing to Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice“: