Making music is fun. Although, I admit I’m far from a “musician”, I’ve always enjoyed making “Pranksta Raps”. This is a funny number we made called That Guy (At The Party) and it’s about…that guy at that party. We all have seen him (or her) doing outlandish things to bring themselves attention at the party. The song features John Eldon, Matt Elliott, and Joe, production/original beat by Nick Bognar; it’s from the perspective of those douchebags who don’t see a problem with their behavior. I just ordered a new microphone so I’m going to start making some more little jingles like this to share. Enjoy.
Welcome to the first edition of “Dear Cort”. Friends, followers, hooligans, and acquaintances sent me questions and I will answer their problems and concerns here on this public forum. Now, I mean, I’m not trying to change the world or anything with my advice…but I’m also not saying it won’t happen.
I also, would like to give a shout-out to salt bagels. A solid runner-up, love them–but if you don’t have a beverage handy you’re in trouble. Too salty, and thus makes me salty.
This summer, I spent some time backpacking Europe (make your cliche jokes) and was quite excited to visit the land of Harry Potter–London. I mean, I was VERY excited. I think that’s what made going there so heart-breaking. There’s no wizards. No Hogwarts. No Diagon Alley. All the things I wanted to see in London, weren’t there at all. It took me going there for it to finally sink in that it’s fake. Accepting the truth hurt. Of course, the whole time I knew it wasn’t real, but getting there and seeing with your own two eyes that none of it is real is, indeed, “depressing shit”.
And, meanwhile we’re all over here ripping Nike a new one for “child labor laws”, but fatso has a bunch of elves slaving away, YEAR-ROUND so the big guy can enjoy his one night of fame? Pshh. North Pole is made out to be a friendly factory, but it’s a plantation, I tell ya.
But, uh, yeah, he knows. He’s watching. He’s…always watching *puts on sunglasses, exits screen, fades to black*
There’s a Veteran connection to every person and around the nation today we are showing our gratitude for everything our Veterans have done for us.
Americans are commemorating Veterans Day with parades, monument dedications, and other special events. Even businesses across the country are offering discounts and deals to show their support.
Starbucks is brewing free cups of G.I. Joe (thank you, here all week) for Vets along with active duty personnel and their spouses. Veterans can, also, enjoy all-you-can-eat stacks of buttermilk pancakes for free at participating Denny’s.
More can always be done to help Veterans–whether it’s a donation, or simply lending an ear. Today, find your own way to honor the Vets. You could give your grandpa a call, just don’t get confused and thank your Veterinarian, not today.
Watch this piece air on Ch. 9& 10 in Northern Michigan tonight at 5!
They say watching too much TV will rot your brain. Perhaps my brain has already rotted and turned to mush, but I have to disagree with this quote. Yes, there is a lot of garbage on TV today that certainly does society no good (from Honey Boo Boo to Jersey Shore) but there is a program that’s been on TV a long time serving as a compactor for all the trash on TV–South Park.
I know what you’re thinking, South Park is trash. It’s toilet humor. Offensive to Jews, Blacks, Christians, Asians, Whites, Hispanics, Mormons, Scientologists, Gays, Straights, Aliens, Goths, Obese, Homeless…I could keep this sarcastic, italicized list going but I think you get the point and/or have heard it before, and hopefully find it as laughable as I do. Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone poke fun at EVERYBODY, and do a stellar job at it. They accurately point out the flaws that exist inside all of us. They attack Conservatives and Liberals alike. They are, in fact, equal opportunity offenders. So, stop taking it so personally, softie.
It’s not my mission to talk about the criticisms of SP, though, I just had to say hi to the haters. My thesis is that Matt and Trey are geniuses. I don’t throw that word out there often, but that’s what they are. They are in a small fraternity of modern comedy “geniuses” (in my personal opinion, no true list exists) along with: Larry David, Louis CK, Jerry Seinfeld, Ricky Gervais (many will disagree with this but look at his track record and what he’s done) and I’m going to conclude my list there. To me, that list is today’s comedy geniuses. I would even take it a step further, by saying they are the best writers in TV today (yes, I know Trey writes and all that but I will be using “they” because as they point out in 6 Days to Air, they are a team and one cannot thrive successfully without the other). They tackle taboo subjects that no other show dare go near, and truly make you think and reflect–whether it’s Honey Boo Boo, Amendment Rights, Presidential Elections, Concussions in Football, etc they hit the nail on the head with what is wrong with our society and pop culture. Which leads me to say most of the shows critics, probably just don’t get the joke.
Vigilantism is illegal. You cannot, legally, go out and protect the streets from bad guys and take matters into your own hands. I saw with my own two eyes the masses take to Twitter to publicly proclaim what they would do to George Zimmerman if they saw him. As much as we all wanted justice to be served, we could do nothing. The Judicial System failed and we just have to live with it, right? Wrong. It is not illegal to put Zimmerman to death on the electric chair on your TV show. That is exactly what Matt and Trey did. In a way, justice was served last Wednesday when South Park put Zimmerman in his place.
Another recent episode that I found to be very inspirational and accurate was their take on the “Bully” movie, in their Season 16 Episode, “Butterballs“. I don’t want to give away many spoilers, I’d rather you watch it for yourself. It contains some of the best writing, both comically and in thought, that I’ve seen in a long, long time. This quick clip shows the genius writing and point of view they have: http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/412207/night-grandma. Smart, funny, and really connects with the audience. In that same episode, Trey and Matt convey how they feel if a director/filmmaker truly feels that their product is a “must see” like “Bully” was, that it should be available for free–not something to make a profit out of. No coincidence, this is how they feel about their own work. All episodes can be viewed for free online at SouthParkStudios.com.
The next time you hear somebody talking about how South Park is nothing more than toilet humor, do what Cartman would do and “kick ’em square in the nuts”.
With Love and Laughter,
(Editor’s Note: this is a satire piece and is not intended to be taken seriously. Just have to throw that out there)
I have always considered myself to be a “people person”. There’s something beautiful about camaraderie and interacting that brings out one’s best. However, having now gone through high school and graduated from college, I would now edit that label and consider myself to be a “people person (who hates people)”. It’s so hard to be a people person when people suck so damn bad. I can completely understand why dog–not man–is man’s best friend. We are an annoying species. An arrogant species. An ignorant species. If you are a “people person”, you, my friend, are a “liar”. At a glance, you would think being a people person would be the easiest thing in the world–but, oh, how false that is. If you can endure a 15 minute conversation pretending to care about how your friends son is doing in his tee-ball league, you deserve a purple heart, in my opinion. To be social, you have to lie. You have to go with the social norms society has set in place for us to interact. When your phone rings, you have to answer it. You have to talk with that person for long enough to hear what they have to say, or until it’s been enough time where you can utilize a planned excuse to get out of there without coming off as rude. When you see somebody you know in public, you’re expected to be overjoyed to see them and catch-up, as if you were hoping to run into them while out and about running your errands. This interaction has been dubbed the “stop and chat”, and my dislike for it has led to a dark, sad epiphany…every day I am becoming more and more like Larry David.
When I first started watching Larry, in Curb Your Enthusiasm, I found it funny how much of an ass he was. As I watched the show more and gained a better understanding of who he is, I began to idolize him. He’s not an ass, he’s got it right. The things he says are the things that we all think–but don’t have the guts to actually say. We stick to our lines and what we’re supposed to say so we don’t upset the other person, while he just comes right out with it. Who would whole-heartedly want to give one of their kidneys to a friend, when somebody else could do it? Who doesn’t want to call out the sample-abuser while you’re waiting in line? Who can honestly say they have never used the handicap stall in the bathroom? I truly believe, our world would be a better place if we all lived by The Rules of Larry.
Around the same time, I began to identify and relate to another TV anti-hero–Karl Pilkington. It genuinely upsets me that majority of my friends and acquaintances have no idea who Karl is. Dubbed by good friend and co-worker, Ricky Gervais as “the funniest man alive” whom he goes on to describe as a “round headed buffoon”, Karl is quietly becoming a household name, to those who value good TV and laughs. You may have seen him on The Ricky Gervais Show or An Idiot Abroad, speaking his mind and releasing the absurd thoughts stored in his globe-shaped head. An Idiot Abroad follows Karl as he explores the world, sent by Gervais and partner Stephen Merchant. Karl is the perfect person to send abroad because he’s no Anthony Bourdain. He is miserable everywhere he goes. He does not like leaving his comfort zone, knowing this Ricky and Stephen send him to places like India and the desert, where he is sure to hate it. He doesn’t hide his displeasure, either–which I love. When his hosts offer him food, he has no shame denying it and refusing to sample it–he’ll be just get by on the Crisps he brought along with him. I gained a new respect for the humor of Ricky Gervais for the way he handles and exploits Karl, it truly is hilarious. Ricky and Stephen know exactly how to press Karl’s buttons, which ultimately brings out the best of Karl. Most of the conversations between the three mates is making fun of Karl for his absurd opinions, and as absurd as they may be…they actually make a lot of sense to me. I can, in fact, see a lot of myself in Karl. He has such grand insights into traveling. In one interview, with Ricky and Stephen, he discusses how traveling is often best when you just close your eyes and imagine you’re doing it, because that way you get all the good, and none of the boring, draining, things you don’t think about when daydreaming about your trip. While talking about one trip into the mountainous jungle to watch gorillas (something beautiful, that most of us would love to do) Karl gives a unique perspective, “I came face-to-face with a gorilla which was quite good, but it was a 10-hour trek in bad weather, up hills, covered in mud, with mosquitoes everywhere and when we got there the gorilla’s just sat there doing nowt”. Another interesting quote Karl says to describe his feelings for travel: “Neil Armstrong, that spaceman, he went to the moon but he ain’t been back. It can’t have been that good”. Brilliant. Karl brings that same insight to more than just traveling. He, like Larry and I, has a lot of problems with the social aspect of life. He describes it “People who live in a glass house have to answer the door”. Sums Karl up in one sentence. It seems so dumb to say, but it is genius!
So, there’s that. At 22 I have become a combination of Larry David and Karl Pilkington. Can’t wait to see what’s next…
With Love and Laughter,
I suppose I should start things off by introducing myself (hi, Cort Freeman) and thanking you for being bored enough that you decided to check out my site. I welcome you to my private journal made public, a direct flight to my mind, video curation, and more. It’s pretty much a storage bin for narcissism. My last site/blog, Tainted Hero Comedy, was a lot of fun; however, I felt it was, like most blogs, too focused on criticism and negative feelings. This go-round is going to be concentrated, instead, on expression. I don’t want to call this a “blog” because of the negative stigma attached to blogs and bloggers (the blog-o-sphere is polluted with critics). Instead of complaining and critiquing, I want to entertain, inform, and express. Hence, I’ll be calling this a journal (I would say diary, but a journal is the same thing as a diary–only injected with testosterone).
Twitter can be great for expressing humor and opinions, but it really constricts your thought process limiting yourself to 140 characters. Always writing in short-term, I’m starting to realize, does indeed change the way you think. Here, I can dive into subjects and get all of my thoughts out into the air. I can be talk serious matters and be funny at the same time. It’s a great medium to better understand the world and more importantly, myself. So, thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more posts/videos/laughs in my
blog diary journal.