Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Costaki Economopoulos is a comedian, true, but he's also a football fan. Those two factors alone make him the perfect candidate to give us a comedic look back at the NFL each week with his new feature that's also been picked up by The Huffington Post and Bleacher Report. With his Greek heritage, it's not surprising that he's been described as a “joke philosopher,” and we're sure he's not the only one saying that. Costaki is also a talented joke writer who's punchlines have been heard on "The Tonight Show," Showtime, BET, and MTV. Follow Costaki on facebook and twitter.
For longer than we can remember comedian Tim Bedore has been calling in or stopping by to deliver an editorial in which he talks about whatever happens to be on his mind. These musings can range from his relationship with his daughter, to hot topics in the news, and even updates on how the animal kingdom is waging war on mankind. From the Animal Conspiracy to his daughter Claire, Tim takes us inside his mind, and with the help of a few sound effects, puts together one of our favorite features. Follow Tim on Facebook.
NFL action is in full swing and so too is Duke Tumatoe. He and the boys are back again on Wednesday to sing another edition of The NFL Song. Each week promises all new football action on Sunday which means Duke will constantly have something new to sing about. So stay tuned all season long as he keeps us up to speed on the ins and outs of the NFL. Remember, they're not booing, they're chanting DUKE DUKE DUKE!
The World Famous Lawn Rangers
Without many lawns to mow in the month of January, the World Famous Lawn Rangers from Amazing Arcola needed something else to do. Luckily, President Obama was looking for entertaining groups to take part in his inauguration parade, and the Lawn Rangers fit the bill nicely. Pushing Lawnmowers around and twirling broomsticks in an elaborately choreographed routine, founder Pat Monahan and his men have taken part in a number of big events including the Fiesta Bowl, Holiday Bowl and Indianapolis 500 but nothing compares to their performance during the history presidential inauguration ceremony.
Stolen Melodies and Ripped-off Riffs
Ever been listening to the radio and heard a song that sounded a lot like another song? According to author and musical theorist Timothy English, those similarities are probably not a coincidence. In his new bookSounds Like Teen Spirit, English shows readers how a number of music’s greats performers have “borrowed” melodies from other artists to create their hits. You’ll find out how John Lennon’s classic “Imagine” is remarkably similar to a novelty record by his father and why Huey Lewis sued Ray Parker Jr. over the song Ghostbusters. Including stories about U2, The Beatles, Nirvana and Bob Marley, this book of stolen melodies, ripped-off riffs and the secret history of rock and roll is getting rave reviews. Timothy English writes frequently about pop music and has appeared in Upstage Magazine.
Is that John Madden, Dr. Phil, Charles Barkley, Robin Williams, Al Pacino, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in the studio at the same time? No, it's just comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo, but we can see where you'd be fooled. Caliendo was the star of the TBS show, "Frank TV," has appeared on a number of late night programs, had his own Vegas show for many years, and is the new comedic component of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. Follow Frank on facebook and twitter.