Friday, September 10, 2010

Middle Eastern Comedy Festival to Honor Jake Gyllenhaal (Let the record state I copied this headline verbatim from a legitimate news source.)

Any other day of the week, such a headline would be a victory born from the depths of my creative wells...

...but I'll be damned if it's not true.  Jake really will be honored at a Middle Eastern comedy festival know, where do I even go with that when the job has done itself for me?  I'm going to go radically off course here and just post the entire article below:

"Champions of Middle Eastern culture, Ronnie Khalil and Ryan Shrime are set to reinvent last year’s highly successful Middle Eastern Comedy Festival, to be held in Los Angeles, Oct. 4-7, 2010. The event will showcase stand-up comics of Middle Eastern descent, including Arabs, Israelis, Persians, Afghanis, and more, as well as stage a variety of comedy sketches.

The festival will kick off at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory with a “brown carpet gala,” followed by three nights of entertainment at the Acme Comedy Theatre. At the closing awards ceremony, Khalil and Shrime will honor Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time star Jake Gyllenhaal. Also new to this year’s ceremony will be the Middle East Jackass Awards."

I have nothing to add.

And if THAT wasn't weird enough for you, here's a story about a guy who's essentially remade Donnie DarkoAs a mockumentary.

It's like the universe looked at me and said, "PG, you need a day off."

Another source for the comedy festival.  Thanks to Vanessa for today's links!


CigarattesAndCoffee September 10, 2010 at 2:40 PM  

I've never liked Derren Brown anyway, and so I didn't even watch that program, but now I'm staring at my screen like -.-
Alas, I am exhausted so I'm going to lay down and try to forget about DB :)

Sophie,  September 10, 2010 at 3:45 PM  

i totally agree with you CaC

Katie,  September 10, 2010 at 4:22 PM  

I'm going to let Jake's face in those pictures speak for me.

(Thanks, babe. Wasn't really sure how to verbalize it anyway. Wake me up when its November 24.)

Sophie,  September 10, 2010 at 4:27 PM  

hey PG!!... how can i contact you do u have email or soemthing i got ajke news for you

Becky Heineke September 10, 2010 at 4:42 PM  

Sophie, you can e-mail me at :)

Honestly, I don't even know who Derren Brown is...though I thought it was hilarious that there was a comment that was longer than the article talking about how the program was a letdown...

Call Me Mo September 10, 2010 at 6:04 PM  

I have my own comedy festival that honors Jake every year. I watch Jake movies and throw licked gummi bears at the screen, and laugh incessantly when one sticks at a perfect timing. Don't judge me if the terms "comedy" and/or "festival" are used loosely.

Also, I don't know who Derren Brown is, but since he sounds like a hack, I don't like him.

CigarattesAndCoffee September 11, 2010 at 6:25 AM  

Derren Brown is a British illusionist, mentalist, painter and writer. Though his performances of mind-reading and other feats of mentalism may appear to be the result of psychic or paranormal practices, he claims no such abilities. Brown states at the beginning of his Trick of the Mind programmes that he achieves his results using a combination of "magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship". Using his knowledge and skill, he appears to be able to predict and influence people's thoughts with subtle suggestion, manipulate the decision making process and read the subtle physical and psychological signs or body language that indicate what a person is thinking.

(I couldn't think how to explain him myself so I let wiki do all the work :P)
There are only 1 thing I can remember him doing: "predicting the lottery numbers".

Becky Heineke September 11, 2010 at 12:02 PM  

^^^ AH, I'm with you now. :) Sounds like a David Blaine type, except with more mental manipulation... I'm sure I'll never get a chance to see the program anyway, but it didn't sound like something I'd watch to begin with so...sorry, Derren!

Mo, I want to come to your comedy festival someday! I'm sure it will way outdo the Middle Eastern thing (I have a feeling they're going to come down pretty hard on Jake).

KD, thank you!

Vanessa September 11, 2010 at 6:17 PM  

NRM, you & me both! They are so perfect to the story. Hah.

& I really love this last sentence following the announcement of honoring Jake: "Also new to this year’s ceremony will be the Middle East Jackass Awards." How funny... >;-P

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