There is an Australian musical comedy group called The Axis of Awesome. I do not know how these guys escaped my notice before, but I am now smitten. Below is the truly frightening argument that all hit pop songs are made up of the same Four Chords. Actually, it’s not an argument: they are and the guys show you by playing them together.
And then there’s a wonderful video they just recently did for Funny or Die about How to Write a Love Song:
Next, a fun, deftly animated music video about Club Villain:
And lastly, this video shows the wonderful connectivity of the new Internet world. There’s this character actor, Jesse Heiman. I see him almost every week playing Buy More employee Fernando on the t.v. series Chuck. He’s done a lot of bit parts — NCIS, Maybe It’s Me, Hollywood Wasteland, American Pie 2 — and extra work. He’s best known for his role as the fraternity pledge Budnick in the Will Farrell film Old School and the indie movie The Jerk Theory. He’s the kind of actor you see a great deal, find the face vaguely familiar but probably don’t remember unless they get a breakout role. Salt of the unappreciated earth in Hollywood.
And then there’s this guy in Sweden, Wilhelm Hempel. In Sweden. Who happened to notice Heiman when he kept appearing in things and did some research. And he created a video called The World’s Greatest Extra which shows clips of some of Heiman’s numerous extra and bit part appearances. And this video has gotten nearly 2 million hits and made the Web media rounds. It may have helped Heiman’s career. Is this of earth-shattering importance in our lives? No, but somehow that an American character actor could have gotten a shout-out from a guy in Sweden that then ricochets about the globe makes me feel a lot better than the news coming out of Japan. If we’re going to be all electrical while the fuel supply still holds, we might as well get serendipitous. So here’s the video and an article with more info about Heiman. Whom I will wave to now when he shows up on Chuck.