Friday, May 18, 2007

A Human Giant takeover

What does the cast of the hilarious MTV sketch comedy Human Giant have in common with Courtney Love and The Foo Fighters? Well, according to their blog they've all seen Nirvana bassist Kris Noveselic naked, but now they've also been given the honor of having total control over MTV for 24 hours, under the guise of it being a telethon to keep the show on the air. Starting (already) today at Noon (EST,) the comedic forces that brought you "The Illusionators" and "Shutterbugs" have taken over MTV for 24 hours, and they'll have access to (nearly) everything ever aired on MTV, under the guise of it being a telethon to keep the show on the air. According to Human Giant Paul Scheer:
We have full access to the MTV vaults, we can play pretty much anything we want, with the exception of anything Nirvana related (Damn you, Courtney Love). So that means old Remote Control, Singled Out, Beavis and Butthead, Sifl and Ollie and tons more. Plus we’ll be airing a Human Giant Marathon. Every episode from our entire 1st season...
Sifl and Ollie? Beavis and Butthead? Count me in! (Lucky for me, I'm at home sick with a sinus infection - hooray for searing sinus pain! - and truthfully, I have nothing better to do.) If that weren't enough though, there's going to be a ton of great guests. Expected comedian appearances include Arrested Development's Will Arnett, Mr Show and Bob's Bob Odenkirk, Eugene Mirman, Stella's Michael Showalter, SNL's Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, and a whole lot more. Bands that are scheduled to appear include The National, Ted Leo (already performed - live video here,) Tapes n' Tapes, The Walkmen, Tegan and Sara, Mastadon and more (Live video of all the performances.)

They have a strong relationship with indie rock (cast member/comedian Aziz Ansari often serves as an opening act for indie bands.) The theme song to the show is performed by (the now defunct) Death From Above 1979 ("Romantic Rights",) they use Pavement's "Perfume-V" to seque sketches and both Ghostface Killah, Ted Leo, Devendra Banhart ("he ripped off my beard!") and Tapes n' Tapes have made appearances on the show. If that doesn't say enough, check out Ansari's playlist he made for MTV's Overdrive, and you get a better idea of what's in store.

Playlist: Songs on Human Giant (sampling)
Playlist: Aziz Ansari's MTV Overdrive playlist

More: Word is unless the Human Giant MTV site gets a million hits, they won't be renewed for a second season. There are some shortcuts, though... fans that show up in Times Square to deliver a pizza will also be delivering 80 hits, and, for the truly ambitious, carving Paul Scheer's gap-toothed face into Mt. Rushmore will make up the entire million. For Rob Huebel's face, though, you only get 750k.

UPDATE: They made their goal, and there was plenty of funny moments, the zaniest of which might have been the hostage situation between John Krasinski (The Office,) and Will Arnett and Michael Cera of Arrested Development (and The Daily Show's Rob Riggle.)

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drake leLane said...

Human Giant

1. "Romantic Rights" - Death From Above 1979 - Human Giant Theme song
2. "Perfume-V" - Pavement - used for sketch bumpers
3. "Shakey Dog" - Ghostface Killah - Ep 1 "Ghostface Killah tickets (Wheelchair Access)"
4. "Insistor" - Tapes 'n Tapes - Ep 5 "Clell Tickle: Indie Marketing Guru"

drake leLane said...

Aziz Ansari's MTV Overdrive playlist

1. Over And Over - Hot Chip
2. Fool's Gold - The Stone Roses
3. Come As You Are - Nirvana
4. Come to Daddy - Aphex Twin
5. House Of Jealous Lovers - The Rapture
6. Modern World - Wolf Parade
7. Monkey Gone To Heaven - Pixies
8. Nausea - Beck
9. Only Shallow - My Bloody Valentine
10. Pin - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
11. Range Life - Pavement
12. Shine A Light - Wolf Parade
13. Sing Me Spanish Techno - New Pornographers
14. A Forest - The Cure
15. This Charming Man - The Smiths
16. Velouria - Pixies

~~~hechter said...

"Romantic Rights" is such a cool riff.

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Well, what should I say? For a long time, comedians have been creating sketches (it doesn't matter if they are bad...), short pieces of comedy between 1 and 10 minutes long, like this one that you are mentioning. Many people want to create sketches just like their idols and with the right impact but they just can't do it because is the hardest part.