Thursday, February 28, 2008

Fred Simmons is "King of the Demo"

Click here to see Danny McBride on Conan O'Brien's show Tuesday night. Unlike most film actors who come on talk shows to promote an upcoming movie, usually to trot out some "funny" stories from the set, Danny came out completely in-character as Fred Simmons, the "hero" of the upcoming "Foot Fist Way," and did some exceptional work. The movie's hilarious, and Danny's brilliant in it (ditto Jody and Ben), but what I was most impressed/surprised by when watching his appearance on Conan, was how subtle and in-the-moment he could be on what is essentially a live show. For instance, when Conan uses the word "Mecca" in a question, Danny, abashed, leans over to ask what the word means. There were a lot of obvious ways to sell the character's ignorance, but Danny, fully committed to selling the reality of Fred Simmons, a hapless Tae Kwon Do instructor from Concorde, North Carolina, goes for complete naturalism First he considers answering the question without knowing the meaning of the word, thinks better of it, then leans into Conan and, with a little laugh, asks him what the word means. When Fred arrives at his own understanding of the word as "where my business is at," it just kills.

Some other highlights:
1.) Fred telling Will Farrell to be quiet during "his time."
2.) Will Farrell trying to hide a smile during the interview.
3.) Fred's preoccupation with which cameras are recording what.

Anyway, it's a lot of fun to watch. Check it out.

7 comments:

JudgeHolden said...

The link was broken for most of today, but now it seems to be working. Yay. Go watch.

Gretchen said...

Very funny.

JudgeHolden said...

Holy Cow. Does anyone know why I have almost triple the amount of traffic I have on my best day?

blankfist said...

The word Fred Simmons drives traffic like crazy to your site. It's a hot keyword. I posted a post at 10 o'clock on VideoSift telling everyone to check out Fred Simmons on Conan. By Midnight I had over 200 hits. Usually a post gets an average of maybe 10 hits in 24 hours. This was over 200 in two hours.

blankfist said...

If this doesn't get a giggle out of you, nothing will...

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