Jim Carrey Nails Alan Thicke in This “In Living Color” Sketch

Because I’m so great at paying proper tribute, and instead focus on parodies:

Prince…For Butt Out Jeans!

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like These “In Living Color” Sketches Parodying Muhammad Ali

If there is a place in hell reserved for people who believe their tributes are well-intentioned, but are actually videos of the recently deceased being parodied on 1990s sketch comedy shows…oh heck, I’ve already reserved my spot there.

Let’s just keep right on going! At this rate, I’ve got nothing to lose.

I found out this morning (the morning that I’m writing this) that Alan Thicke passed away on December 13, 2016. For those of us who grew up in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was the father of the Seaver family on the sitcom Growing Pains. If you’re like me, you watched it. And if you were a teenage girl in the mid-1980s, you probably watched for Kirk Cameron. I was quite young, and my heart already was reserved for Jason Bateman.

Again, if you have ever met me (or grew up during that time), you understand what I’m talking about.

You may or may not know this, but Alan Thicke had a talk show at one time, called Thicke of the Night. It was syndicated by MGM Television and Metromedia (which means it probably aired on what are now Fox stations). It aired from 1983-1984, was 90 minutes (shortened to 60 minutes), and was meant to capitalize on his successful daytime talk show, The Alan Thicke Show. That show enjoyed a much more successful run on Canadian television from 1976 until 1980.

But one thing really bothers me about the show’s swift cancellation…how the theme song didn’t propel it to unbelievable heights?

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You can thank Thicke AND David Foster (yes, THAT David Foster) for co-composing this song. And if you need further proof that anything Foster composes can sound epic, you probably should read this post I wrote. (Yes, I wrote all of those posts. I also wrote this one).

And then his late night talk show happened. It was supposed to be a rival to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (no one seemed to know when to not try to rival The Tonight Show back in the day, did they?), but it flopped. We don’t weep for him, because we know everything turned out fine in the end, and he became the White Cliff Huxtable.

What? You can’t tell me you haven’t drawn that comparison at least once!

Flash forward six years after Thicke of the Night’s cancellation. The year was 1990.

There was a new-ish network, approximately three years old. It had shows that have become pop culture icons today, but in 1990, they were considered edgy and sometimes controversial. The network itself couldn’t even hold a candle to the “Big Three.” Times have changed, but in 1990, it was a whole other network chaste system.

One show from Fox’s early days was the variety show In Living Color, which strived to break down cultural walls and be the primetime version of Saturday Night Live. For a few years, it was pretty good. But then that last season happened, and yeah, it was pretty bad.

In 1990, Jim Carrey was a star on the rise. He was a standout talent whose ability to impersonate not only through voice, but through facial expressions and gestures, made him a force to be reckoned with, if you liked his humor. Not everyone did.

Another way he stood out? He was the only white male on In Living Color, which meant he also had to be able to impersonate famous white male celebrities.

One of those impressions was Alan Thicke.

I knew I hadn’t seen any kind of Alan Thicke impersonation on Saturday Night Live before, but I knew I had seen this take on Thicke guest-hosting The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, where Joan Embry brings on one of the rare and exotic species she always specialized in. And wow, Carrey nails his Thicke impression, right down the right perfectly-coiffed wig and voice. Maybe it was that whole Canadian thing, I have no idea.

In this sketch, from the show’s first season, “Joan Embry” brings on the “rare” “Homeboy Sapien Africanas” (forgive me for sounding really white!). I could say more, but you really should see it to believe it.

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And after seeing Tommy Davidson wrap (and “Alan Thicke” dance), I’m convinced he probably did this AND invented #whitepeopledancing.

And then Kenny Loggins fans took it a step further.

With all seriousness, rest in peace, Alan Thicke, and thank you for the laughs and being one of those TV dads ’80s babies can remember fondly.

Also remembered fondly?

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Epic.

Allison 100% admires anyone who can compose songs that people will never get out of their heads. That pretty much follows suit with some of the nostalgia Allison writes about over on her blog, Allison’s Written Words. You can follow her blog on Facebook, and find her on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.

She’s laughing that you’ll never get that song out of your head.

Thank you for Being a (Super) Friend!

Confession time!

I have been a Golden Girls fan since I was very young. You can say whatever you want about this, but I love the show. It doesn’t feel dated in any way. Older ladies who like cheesecake, bitch about exes, and deal with realistic things in a realistic way? This show did it all, and it was funny to boot. You’d want any of these lovely ladies to be your grandma, and hope that your mother can be as delightfully salty as Dorothy when she reaches that age. Heck, I hope my mom and I can be like Dorothy and Sophia when we’re old. Sans a man like Stanley Zbornak in my life.

A few months ago, my friend Samantha (whom I want to give credit for finding this gem) shared a video on my Facebook timeline of a quite unconventional approach to The Golden Girls, complete with capes and tights.

No, this is not some sick and twisted encounter with Blanche Devereaux, it is a crossover of the Superfriends characters and The Golden Girls!

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And it is incredible. Just press play, and get lost in the epic of all of this!

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The re-imagining of some of DC’s Finest in Middle Age, living in Miami, is the creation of Kevin Bapp, who animated and concepted this fine piece of epic. You’ve got it all –

Batman Zbornak…

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Aquaman Nylund, who is actually from St. Olaflantis (that’s a place, you know!)…

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Superman Devereaux…

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and, of course, Robin Petrillo.

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“Picture it, the Circus!”

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I love the animation of this, it is so incredible. But there is one thing that has almost made me choke…twice.

Superman Devereaux

OH MY GOD, I can’t unsee that. And why would I want to?!

Even the Invisible Jet makes a cameo!

Invisible Jet

I could watch that all day long.

Heck, if laughing were avoidable, I’d watch THIS all day…

Superman Devereaux

Thank you, Kevin Bapp, for being a fine human being.

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So…Allison admitted to being a Golden Girls fan. What can she say, the Girls are her Homegirls, and this is the show she’s been watching the longest in her 33 years. If you like what you’ve seen here (and her made GIPHY skills), you can find her on her blog, Allison’s Written Words, where she has other gems like this just floating around. You can follow her blog on Facebook, and she’s also on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.

Superman Devereaux

She’d love to walk “The Superman Devereaux.”

PS: Allison wrote something else about The Golden Girls a few months ago. She’d love for you to read it, in case you missed it the first time!

The Sounds of Sinus

Over the past week I’ve flown from Oklahoma to Dallas, Dallas to Baltimore, taken a shuttle from Baltimore to Washington D.C., ridden the Metro back and forth several times, taken a shuttle from D.C. back to Baltimore, flown from Baltimore to Dallas, and driven a rental car from Dallas back home after the final leg of my trip was cancelled.

It’s no surprise that my sinuses are out of whack. I’ve been sniffling and snorting, dealing with a runny nose and burning throat all week. These are the sounds of sinus, as immortalized in 1983 by Mark Young.

Saturday the 14ths

So my Friday the 13th plans didn’t work out so well. The book didn’t come out until too late and I fell asleep halfway through the second movie. The special weekend is ruined. Or is it? Friday the 13th may be over, but there is still Saturday the 14th.

Saturday the 14th was a short series of comedy horror movies that were making the rounds on video when I was in school. I didn’t see them for quite a while, and so I somehow got the idea that they were not only straight horror but even more terrifying than Friday the 13th. That turned out not to be the case. They are not good horror. They are not even good comedy. They are more like silly. But they do have some recognizable faces, including Jason Presson of Explorers fame and My Favorite Martian‘s Ray Walston. They also have a few good gags. My favorite is when Jason Presson tries to stop the evil coming up through a crack in his basement floor with quick dry cement. He holds the bucket of cement above the crack and tells it that he has spent his whole allowance on this cement and he is going to stop the evil once and for all and them dumps the bucket on the crack, only for an already-dried, bucket-shaped block to fall out and bounce off the crack.

What can I say? It’s my kind of humor. If it’s yours as well, and if you want to observe this special day in a special way, you may want to check these films out.