Day: February 18, 2014

Nature Calls and the onscreen legacy of Patrice O’Neal

There’s a funny forest of a movie lost within the trees of┬áNature Calls, an otherwise forgettable 79-minute movie about a lackluster Boy Scout troop that finds its luster out in the woods. Forgettable entirely (and stars Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle and Maura Tierney might agree) if not for it existing as the last big-screen role of the late, great comedian Patrice O’Neal. Nature Calls screened at SXSW in 2012, a few months after O’Neal died, and showed up a year ago on DVD. O’Neal plays the dad one of the Boy Scouts. He has a grudge against...

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Ron G. on The Arsenio Hall Show

Comedian Ron G. is from the South, so going to church is a multi-day event for his family. Going to Catholic Church with a lady friend is not what he expected after growing up in the Southern Baptist Church, as Ron G. explained on Monday’s Arsenio. “Lunchables for the Lord” and “Holy hand sanitizer” are your phrases that pay. Roll the...

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Chris Farley’s debut as Matt Foley in “Motivation” from The Second City, 1990

The Second City unearthed and uploaded a comedy first from its archives on Monday, as we can see the July 1990 debut of Chris Farley’s motivational speaker character, Matt Foley, who scares children by telling them they might end up like him, living in a van down by the river. The rest of us would see Farley as Matt Foley on Saturday Night Live almost three years later. But before all of that, there was this. This is the sketch, “Motivation,” from the Second City revue, “Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only, or Censorama.” Directed by Tom Gianas. With...

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