Eric vs. Paul: The Ultimate Showdown

One incredibly adorable man...

One incredibly adorable man…

... Against this guy!

… Against this guy!

As promised, here is my Eric Idle vs. Paul McCartney showdown. One of my favorite actors against one of my favorite musicians. I’m not quite sure how this will go down, but I guarantee that I will play fair. Enjoy!

Sense of humor: While Paul McCartney is certainly no slouch in the humor department, this is Eric’s category to lose. Why? Because Eric Idle is a freaking comedic genius and a member of possibly the funniest group of people ever, the Monty Python comedy troupe. Just him appearing onscreen for a split second is enough to crack me up. Eric Idle is just a hilarious person and a brilliant comedic actor. And that’s why he wins this category!
Paul McCartney: 0
Eric Idle: 1

Acting ability: Once again, no contest here. As revered as Paul is, I doubt that many people would put him above Eric in the acting department. Although Paul did a great job in that SNL sketch from last year, Eric Idle is definitely the superior actor.
Paul McCartney: 0
Eric Idle: 2

Singing ability: Don’t worry, it won’t be a washout for Paul! Eric Idle actually has a pretty good voice and is unofficially known as “the singing Python” because he plays guitar and wrote most of the famous Monty Python songs, like “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life”. However, Paul McCartney, who I think was the best singer in the Beatles, is definitely the better singer. Paul has always had a fantastic and very versatile voice, but the fact that he still sounds amazing at age 71 is a true testament to his legendary singing talent. So, Paul wins!
Paul McCartney: 1
Eric Idle: 2

Overall charm: Eric Idle certainly comes across as a charming person, but Paul is definitely the more charming of the two. In every interview he’s given that I’ve seen, Paul manages to make me go “Awwwww!” at least once. He’s still the cute Beatle, what can I say? He’s a charmer!
Paul McCartney: 2
Eric Idle: 2

Sense of style: To be honest, I don’t really know how to call this one. I don’t think of either as being particularly notably stylish, although Paul always looks well dressed to me. I think I’m calling this a draw.
Paul McCartney: 3
Eric Idle: 3

Looks: Okay, Paul wins by far. I do think that Eric Idle was the most attractive member of Monty Python and is still very handsome, but come on. This is the cute Beatle we’re talking about! Paulie was and still is the most adorable person in the whole wide world!!! And if not for a certain person named George Harrison, I’d say that Paul was the cutest Beatle. Unfortunately, George claims that title, but Paul still beats out Eric in this category.
Paul McCartney: 4
Eric Idle: 3

Personality: I really love both of their personalities, although I feel like I have a better sense of Paul’s personality because I’ve watched way more interviews of him than I have of Eric. But as far as the person who I am interested in and respect more, I think I have to go with Paul on this one. Since there’s no official Paul McCartney documentary or autobiography floating around, the real Paul is still a bit of a mystery to me, and I hope that one day they make a movie about Paul like they did with George!

The Final Tally:
Paul McCartney: 5
Eric Idle: 3

Yay Paulie!!! You won!!!

Yay Paulie!!! You won!!!

Even though I love Eric, I’m kind of glad Paul won. He definitely deserves it!
Have a fab week! Enjoy the last weeks of summer!

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Famous Signature Faces

As I’ve scoured the internet in search of pictures of my favorite famous people, I’ve realized that they often have what I call a “signature face”. Basically, a facial expression that makes this person instantly recognizable. They differ for many people, but here I’ve compiled some of my favorite self-determined signature faces, and you can decide for yourself whether you think this is this person’s “signature face” or not. I hope you enjoy!

George Harrison

I consider this sexy stare to be George's signature face, but he has a lovely smile as well!

I consider this sexy stare to be George’s signature face, but he has a lovely smile as well!

Paul McCartney

Paul always has a huge smile on his face, which is why this is his signature face!

Paul always has a huge smile on his face, which is why this is his signature face!

John Lennon

This is John's weird spazz face that he does at random moments. Definitely his signature face.

This is John’s weird spazz face that he does at random moments. Definitely his signature face.

Ringo Starr

Like Paul, I define Ringo with a grin!

Like Paul, I define Ringo with a grin!

Jim Parsons/Sheldon Cooper

This cute, slightly mischievous smile is definitely Jim's signature face!

This cute, slightly mischievous smile is definitely Jim’s signature face!

This Sheldon Cooper face, on the other hand, is one that I will NEVER unsee! It has been permanently ingrained into my mind.

This Sheldon Cooper face, on the other hand, is one that I will NEVER unsee! It has been permanently ingrained into my mind.

Elton John

In almost every picture of Elton performing that I've seen, he has this expression on his face. It seems to be his trademark.

In almost every picture of Elton performing that I’ve seen, he has this expression on his face. It seems to be his trademark.

Eric Idle

I'm not sure if Eric really has a signature face, but he's good at making funny faces, so I thought this picture was rather appropriate.

I’m not sure if Eric really has a signature face, but he’s good at making funny faces, so I thought this picture was rather appropriate.

R.A. Dickey

Mets fans know this face well. Too bad he's a Toronto Blue Jay now, but maybe he'll come back to the Mets one day!

Mets fans know this face well. Too bad he’s a Toronto Blue Jay now, but maybe he’ll come back to the Mets one day!

That’s about all I’ve got for now. Have a fab weekend!

My “Guilty Pleasure” Songs

I admit, this picture is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine... :)

I admit, this picture is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine… 🙂

Sorry for posting neither Beatle covers nor Sheldon Cooper moments as promised, but I had another idea for a post today. I’m not really sure if these songs qualify as “guilty pleasures” in the traditional sense, but for whatever reason, I feel just the teensiest bit guilty for liking them. I don’t know why, since they don’t really go against my typical music taste, but regardless, here they are! It’s a pretty random assortment of songs, which might represent my inner turmoil and confusion over liking them.

Wonderful Christmastime- Paul McCartney

This is one of those Paul songs that people either love or hate with a burning passion. I personally feel obligated to love it, since it’s Paul, but I do concede that it’s not one of his best songs. Nevertheless, I still cheer when this comes on the radio during the holiday season!

The Bitch is Back- Elton John

This song was banned on several radio stations around the world in the 1970s for the use of the word “bitch,” which I think is a bit of an overreaction. After all, it’s an extremely catchy song, and it actually refers to Elton himself! But for whatever reason, I feel slightly guilty for liking it. Maybe because the word “bitch” is used so many times throughout the song that by the end, it doesn’t even sound like a word. Oh well, I still love the song!

Stronger- Kanye West

Here it is, the one rap song from this century that I actually don’t mind! Normally, I don’t enjoy the rap genre at all, but for some strange reason, I like this song.
This is the first and last time that Kanye will be mentioned on this blog.

Good King Wenceslas- The Fab Four

The only reason that I feel guilty about liking this reworking of the Beatles’ “Tell Me What You See” is because I actually like it better than the original Beatles song. I rarely, if ever, say that about a cover or remix of a Beatles song, but “Tell Me What You See” is the only Beatles song that I just don’t like, and I think that this holiday spin on it is really good. If you’re into the Beatles and you like holiday music, check out the entire Hark! album by The Fab Four (yes, that tribute band I keep blabbing on about).
This is the first and last time that I will say anything negative about a Beatles song on this blog.

Fingertips- They Might Be Giants

This isn’t really a song. It’s more like a collection of approximately 10-second long random song-like tunes that appear on the second half of the album Apollo 18 by They Might Be Giants. My family probably quotes things from this at least once a day, if not more. The best part of this compilation of “songs” is when your iPod is on shuffle, and after listening to a really long, brooding song like “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” by the Beatles, something random from Fingertips will come on and completely ruin the mood. I find it hilarious when that happens!

The Lumberjack Song- Monty Python

Okay, so I don’t really feel GUILTY for liking this, because it’s a really goofy and funny song! Still, since Monty Python isn’t exactly a musical group, I felt compelled to include it here. I read recently that during one of the live Python shows, George Harrison came onstage in a Canadian Mounty outfit to sing this song. Apparently, almost no one in the audience recognized him. Oh George, always flying under the radar… But not to me!!! 🙂

Notice how there are no Beatles or George Harrison songs in this post. That should be rather telling. I don’t feel guilty at all for liking the Beatles or George, in any situation!!!
That’s all I’ve got for now, but I’m sure that I’ll come up with more “guilty pleasure” songs of mine to include in a future post. Have a great week!

Happy Birthday Michael Palin!

Michael Palin, looking very cute as Sir Galahad in Monty Python and the Holy Grail!

Michael Palin, looking very cute as Sir Galahad in Monty Python and the Holy Grail!

Today is the 70th birthday of hilarious Monty Python member Michael Palin! Happy Birthday Michael!!! Even though, as I’ve stated before, Eric Idle is definitely my favorite member of the group, I love Michael as well, and he and Graham tie for “2nd most attractive member of Monty Python” in my book. (yes, Eric is #1)
Anyway, Michael has a way with playing shopkeepers and doing funny voices that always makes me laugh, and he seems like a genuinely nice, likable person. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about him from the other Pythons, and in some ways, I think of him as the Ringo of the Monty Python Troupe, because he seems to have always gotten along with everyone else. I believe he is the youngest member of Monty Python, although he’s only about a month younger than Eric, and his Python sketches were always acted with a charming boyish quality that I love dearly. I’ve made a pact this summer to start watching his travel shows, which I’ve heard are great, and from the clips I’ve seen on Youtube, I fully agree. I also read today that he received this year’s BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award, which made me very happy! So, to celebrate his birthday, here are some of my favorite clips of Michael Palin being his lovely, hilarious self!

Here’s a scene from The Rutles with Michael as Rutles press officer Eric Manchester. And yes, that’s George Harrison as the interviewer! Not even a mustache, wig, and glasses can disguise those fantastic cheekbones…

One of my favorite scenes from Life of Brian, and perhaps Michael’s shining moment in his Python career. The suppressed laughter of the Roman guards in this scene is apparently real because they did not know the script, and they were told that if they laughed at anything Michael said, they would be fired. Obviously, they weren’t actually fired, but I’d imagine that hearing this for the first time on set would make just about anyone laugh their head off.

Ah, yes, it’s… Bicycle Repairman! This sketch never fails to make me laugh, even though I know exactly what’s coming. It’s just hilarious!

I actually first watched this sketch in Euro class, when we were learning about the Spanish Inquisition. I tried not to laugh too much while in class so as not to appear obnoxious, but when I watched the full episode, months later, in the comfort of my own home, I could not stop laughing! This is truly a classic moment in the history of Monty Python, and because of this sketch, I don’t think anyone will EVER expect the Spanish Inquisition!

That’s all I’ve got for now. Once again, happy birthday Michael Palin!!! I love you!!!

Happy Birthday Eric Idle!!!

I know that I posted about Monty Python a while ago, and today I’ve returned to that subject to wish my favorite member of the British comedy troupe a happy birthday. Happy 70th birthday to Eric Idle!!!! If I could invite 3 people to dinner, I’d probably invite George, Paul, and Eric Idle. I’m sure that would make for some interesting dinner conversations! 🙂
Eric Idle is probably the funniest man in the world. Really, he’s just so hilarious that I can’t help but smile or laugh whenever I see him on my computer or TV screen. Although every member of Monty Python is hilarious and extremely talented in his own special way, I think Eric is just a notch above the rest in terms of pure comedic potential. I first discovered the true extent of Eric’s comedic abilities while watching The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash for the first time last fall. I probably watched it about 4 times in the span of one weekend. I just couldn’t help but notice how incredibly funny he was as both the narrator and as Paul McCartney, although his bass playing/miming did leave much to be desired. After that, I started looking up Monty Python sketches in Youtube, and once I saw this sketch, I was an Eric fan all the way.

It’s probably not that hard to see why I fell in love with Eric after watching this sketch. He has the most beautiful fluffy hairstyle (which is probably a wig, but still!), and… Yeah. All I can say is, I wish I was Carol Cleveland in this sketch.
In fact, if I could have one dream job, it would be to be in the Monty Python comedy troupe. I love acting, and if time travel were somehow possible, I would seriously love to be on Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Unfortunately, the show ended about 40 years ago… Oh well, I can dream, can’t I?

Oh dear, I think I’ve gone a bit off topic. This is Eric Idle’s birthday post, so I should probably talk about him some more. Here’s a video of Eric on Rutland Weekend television in 1976… AND GEORGE HARRISON IS IN IT!!!! He’s playing a pirate, and… You really just have to see it to believe it.

Two of my favorite people, being funny together!!! I love this so much. George as Pirate Bob reminds me a lot of Patchy the Pirate on Spongebob.

Finally, another one of my favorite clips of Eric Idle, in what may well be his most famous sketch from Monty Python.

That’s all. Once again, happy birthday to Eric Idle!!!