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I'm prepping for an interview with the British comedy writer and director Armando Iannucci, and have been thinking a lot about his new film, "In the Loop," which opens in the States in about two weeks and is fantastically hilarious.
It's an ensemble film, but its central character is a political flak named Malcolm Tucker, played by Peter Capaldi. Tucker's streams of profanity are so astonishing that they're almost magical. As much as I love Ricky and Julian's swearing on Trailer Park Boys, Malcolm Tucker takes the cake.
Above, a classic example from The Thick of It, the TV show that begat the film: "Tucker's Law." Very, very NSFW.
Listener Scott Iseri sent me a very nice email asking me to take a look at his web series, "Scotty Got An Office Job." He made up for the first video I saw, which featured ironic white guy rapping, with the second I saw, above, in which he answers viewer mail while at a staff meeting in his real job. Pretty funny. Also, he alluded to Pee-Wee's Big Adventure right up top, which is a key to getting on TSOYA (listen later this week for my interview with the band Au Revoir Simone).
Anyway, if you send me your web series, I gotta be honest, I probably won't watch it. But if you send it to firstname.lastname@example.org instead of my personal address... and you're nice about it... I might. And maybe it'll be good. Like this one.
As Laughing Squid notes, "Yes this is real, and no his co-workers are not in on it."
Jordan's always said that if he can't be in Cirque du Soleil, he'll beat them at their own game. here (warning: autoplays), he pitches Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips and Heather Graham on the idea.