Rob Ford the Movie, Starring Chris Farley

I really hope this YouTube video never disappears.

When all this Rob Ford stuff became a parody of a parody, it was obvious to all comedy fans that Chris Farley would have been PERFECT to imitate Bobby F. Unfortunately, Chris is no longer with us, having become a casualty of sudden fame, and the vices that come with it, in 1997.

Luckily for us, some clever chopper and screwer of movie clips was able to put this together with scenes from “Tommy Boy”, “Black Sheep”, and others.

There are so many great things in this video:

First, the soundtrack for the hypothetical movie uses Kanye West’s Crack Music from his sophomore album. This is so clever, I’m upset I didn’t think of it.

Then there’s the sudden emotional change from party, fun time to serious, ‘I’m in deep doo doo’, which is masterfully set to the Smashing Pumpkins’ Disarm. Then the upturn of the story and closing credits are done to the late Amy Winehouse’s Rehab, of course. 

Finally, the additional casting of Brian Dennehy as Dougie Ford, Rob Lowe as Alexander Lisi (a bit of a reach), and Robert De Niro as Bill Blair.

It is clear a lot of thought went into this, and it’s incredible as a result.

Post Script: Ron Burgundy gets a couple final laughs before this whole thing becomes old and dated:

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Sir Nicholas Winton: This Week’s Inspiration

The above clip was from a BBC program, “That’s Life,” in 1988. This post is not going to include the usual sarcasm and jokey jokes. Instead, I am trying to spread the news of Sir Nicholas Winton, because I feel like it is a good thing to do.

Winton was born in Hampstead, England on May 19, 1909, to originally German-Jewish parents. Due to the turmoil many European Jews were experiencing, the family converted to Christianity, and Winton was baptized.

In 1938, a year before the onset of World War 2, Winton forewent his vacation and instead travelled to Prague, Czechoslovakia. It is there where he first assisted in the care of Jewish families at risk of being caught and tormented by Nazi officers. This provided him the evidence he needed to continue saving these, almost, helpless individuals.

He noticed an opportunity before the start of the Second World War (September 1, 1939), to help bring many Jewish children to Britain as refugees. He helped in an operation known as the “Czech Kindertransport”, which transferred Jewish youth (under 17 years old) from Germany, through the Netherlands, to Britain. He worked with his mother to relocate 669 young refugees. The supposed final trip included 250 children, but unfortunately were unable to make a new home in England as they were captured by invading Nazis, signalling the start of World War Two.

After serving in the war, he kept what he did quiet until that clip in 1988, made him a world-recognized hero. For almost 50 years, he remained relatively anonymous, not taking credit for more than serving in the war like thousands of others. He has since been recognized by being Knighted in 2002, receiving the Pride of Britain Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2003, and even having a planet–that’s right a PLANET–named after him in 1988.

He is now 104, still alive and inspiring.

I hope this inspired you to do some good today.

Harvard students smart, but not so much.

Ugh.

Now, I’m not saying that all Americans need to know the capital of their neighbouring country, but at least some. Yeah, sure, maybe they edited it out those who answered correctly. But for the sake of this post, NOT A SINGLE American-born Harvard student knows the capital of Canada. Craziness.

I mean, as a Canadian university graduate I at least know the capital of the United States of America is Washington. Also, I know that since Seattle is in Washington, it’s probably where the White House is. D’uh. No rocket scientist needed here.

This Harvard video reminds me of Rick Mercer (Canada’s Jon Stewart, for American followers) asking Americans questions. This made many Canadians have a bout of the funnies.

I don’t pop molly.

I smoke Rob Ford.

I mean, c’mon Rob!

Although it’s the unpopular opinion, I still have a tinge of empathy for Rob. I know, I get it: you can’t smoke crack while being the mayor of fourth largest city of North America. Also, I get that you can’t be a jerk and talk down to people. Also, I get that you can’t use homophobic and racial slurs while you represent one of the most diverse cities in the world. Also, I get – wait, why do I like him? Maybe it was all in a drunken stupor?

Anyway, he has conceded his re-election campaign. I know, sadsies right?

At least now he’ll be able to avoid the cameras, and get back to his original passion.