Hello, Alan here. Ellen will be along later. We have many rich and varied offerings this week. I was reading back over some Digests from this time last year and I was very worried about climate change and sure that the world was going to end in 2-5 years. How foolish I was! We have six months tops. Anyway, I want to show you some YouTube videos and stuff.
1. Hunkbed – All 4 Of Us Are In Love With You
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Hunkbed are Giles Brody, Justin Brody, Colin Chadwick, and Hamza Mahmoud. They have a song they’d like to sing to you. I saw them perform this live at the Vodafone Comedy Festival last year and have been trying and failing to enthuse about it adequately ever since. Finally, I can just point you towards this video directed by Diarmuid O’Brien and Giles Brody.
2. HeadStuff Lectures #6
The sixth set of HeadStuff lectures already! It feels like only yesterday that Ellen, Louise Bruton, and I all arrived at the first one wearing the same denim shirt. A bond was formed that night, the Denim Club bond, you wouldn’t understand, it’s a Denim Club thing. Anyway, the HeadStuff Lectures have come a long way since then. For one thing, they have a sponsor now, DiFontaine’s Pizza, so that’s cool. And now instead of ragamuffins like me and Ellen talking about memes and Saved By The Bell they have grownups like Colm O’Gorman and Hugh Linehan talking about grown up things. It’s on Wednesday Dec 7th at 19:00 in The Workman’s as per usual. Here’s the ticket info and such here.
Yes, I did just describe myself, a married 32-year old man with a mortgage and pension, as a ragamuffin. Don’t shatter my self-image plz.
3. The Earliest Show – Depression with Thomas Middleditch
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Obligatory Earliest Show link. I’m gonna keep posting them until Ben Schwartz is Batman. This one has a truly amazing yet understated bit of physical comedy from Middleditch and Schwartz and Lauren Lapkus’ Sam continues to get sicker and sicker of Josh’s shit and it’s a joy to watch.
4. Chap’s Eye
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Yes, they’re called Chap’s Eye. I know. But this is good.
5. Someone Left An Amazing Book In Hannah Blumereich’s Building’s Laundry Room
shit you guys, look at this amazing book someone left in my building's laundry room?? pic.twitter.com/MXnlbw4eyY
— Hannah Blumenreich (@hannahblmnrch) November 29, 2016
We need to start featuring more Twitter threads in TD. Here’s a GREAT one to start us off by Hannah Blumenreich
Hello there! It’s Ellen, just like Alan said it would be.
6. New Gilmore Girls ft. Mallory Ortberg
Let’s talk new GG folks! SPOILER ALERT: The Gilmore Girls are still not good people. Rory is a really bad freelancer and I can’t believe she went to a meeting with Condé Nast and had no ideas. What would David Carr have said to her? For shame, Rory. The performance highlights of the Netflix revival comes down to two people. Emily, whose transformation through grief is both so funny:(whaling museum tour guide!) and well-acted by Kelly Bishop. My second favourite is Paris Gellar, mostly because of her cool new clothes and the fact she brought an empty briefcase to her high school reunion to appear important.
Continuing on in this vein,Mallory Ortberg is to me, what Rory Gallagher is to your uncles. Namely, a genius. She’s written a piece for the New Yorker called ‘The Lottery In Stars Hollow’ and it is spectacular. I’m not going to tell you exactly what happens but it goes from 0-100 real quick in terms of bleakness. The dystopian vision she creates is both very funny and slightly panic-inducing. I was right to be afraid of Taylor Doose.
Ok cool, that’ll do you for now. Run along. Get outta here