This song, this performance. All the time.
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Ezra Koenig: Believe in Your Selfie
This week, Oxford Dictionaries announced that its 2013 Word of the Year is “selfie.” One person who was less than thrilled about the choice is Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig. “You know, I got really excited about the word ‘selfie’ in 2012. So when I see that it’s the word of the year in 2013, I feel like, ‘Tell me about some new words!’”
Koenig is firmly in favor of selfies. "I’m definitely pro-selfie," he says. "I think that anybody who’s anti-selfie is really just a hater. Because, truthfully, why shouldn’t people take pictures of themselves? When I’m on Instagram and I see that somebody took a picture of themselves, I’m like, ‘Thank you.’ I don’t need to see a picture of the sky, the trees, plants. There’s only one you."
Adds Koenig, "I could Google image search ‘the sky’ and I would probably see beautiful images to knock my socks off. But I can’t Google, you know, ‘What does my friend look like today?’ For you to be able to take a picture of yourself that you feel good enough about to share with the world – I think that’s a great thing."
The singer is scornful of those who see selfie-snapping as a sign of narcissism. "There’s all this bullshit about ‘the younger kids today are more self-absorbed,’" he says. "It’s like, give me a fucking break! I’ve been in nursing homes, where my grandma is. I’ve seen some of the most selfish people on the planet in there… And the world that these kids are born into literally could not get more selfish. The world is so fucked-up and unequal and full of assholes. You can’t blame it on the younger generation."
Koenig was unaware of “Selfies at Funerals,” the recent Tumblr collecting selfies taken at what some see as an inappropriate place. “No, I didn’t hear about that," he says. “But you know what? When I die, everybody is invited to come take a selfie at my funeral. Except for my enemies. They’re not invited to the funeral, period.”
If you’re reading this, it means that an official announcement has been made - The Chris Gethard Show is making a pilot presentation for Comedy Central.
I can’t explain how excited myself and the cast and crew are for this opportunity. Like, I’m sure you know that we must be excited, but you really have no idea how excited we are. We are so ready to go out there and put all our cards on the table. There’s a few things I want to put out there in light of this.
First and foremost - THANK YOU to everyone who has supported this show. The guests who have come on. The bands who have played. The lunatics who come to the studio each week to be a part of this thing. And most of all, the thousands of kids who have watched, called in, encouraged us to keep going, and forced us to believe in it even during the days when it seemed like a pointless gesture.
We might not make it to the finish line. We have a pilot deal, which means we get to make one episode that represents what we’d want to do with the show on Comedy Central and they’d then decide if they want to make it a regular part of their network. That’s very far away from actually selling a show.
But we’re going to do our best to make this happen. And I want to promise all of you have been along for this ride thus far, “do our best” means “take the heart of this thing we’ve built and care about and figure out how it fits on a larger platform”. It doesn’t mean we’re going to take what we’ve got, put the same name on it, and do something without the beating heart of what we’ve already built. It means we’re going to take that beating heart, finally have a real budget and some breathing room, and see if my longstanding hunch that we might be on to something that will really connect with people in a huge way rings true.
My guess is that for fans of the show, this announcement will also explain some of the visible stress I’ve been experiencing lately. I’ve known this was in the works for a while. I apologize if my stress has taken away from your enjoyment of the show in recent weeks - with apartment hunting, wedding planning, and real life already putting some pressure on, the idea that this might happen was really weighing on me as well. You may have seen me starting to crack a bit and I thank you for bearing with me. You may have also noticed some changes to the show. Some of you smartly guessed that maybe we were preparing for something. We are. It feels good.
We will get to work. Immediately. You may notice some further changes in the show as it currently stands - assume that when you see things go down that are head scratchers, it’s simply us experimenting with ideas we might want to play with on the Comedy Central version of TCGS. One of the lessons we learned real hard when we transitioned from UCB to public access was that it had to be a different show. Initially we just pointed cameras at the same stuff we’d been doing at UCB, and it was horrible. We had to reshape everything for the new medium of public access. For this new version, that also holds true. We have to use the public access platform to test ideas for this new future version of it. And we can’t call it out or make a joke out of it all the time. We just have to go for it. So I’m telling you now - if things get funky or feel off it’s because we’re testing the evolution of this beast.
Feedback is not only welcome, it is actively craved - especially on the message board at www.thechrisgethardshow.com. I can’t stress how honestly I believe that this show is not my show, it’s not even the show of the people who work on it, it is the show of the people who watch it. I want your guys’ opinions. I want you to feel satisfied with the experience we’re giving you. This is television of the heart, and that only means anything when seen in the terms of the people who connect with it. You have always been a part of this process. I hope you continue to do so now. We are selling out, but we want to do it the right way and we want you to guide us. The people who have flocked to and supported this show have kept me going during some of my hardest personal and professional times. There’s really not a way I can explain that on the show and in life too often. So I’ll take the occasion now - when people tell me that my work has helped them through stuff, it’s incredibly touching. I just wish there was a way for them to know how much they’ve helped me through stuff too.
For us, we’re circling up the wagons and getting ready to fight. It’s the only way I know how to do things: you want something? You dedicate yourself to it, put your shoulder into it, stop complaining, and do the work. I decided I wanted to write a book and six years later it was published. I decided at a young age I wanted to be a professional comedian and years later I actually pay my rent and get health insurance doing what I love.
I do tend to complain a lot though, even publicly. So my own personal challenge to myself has always been - “You’d better work harder than you whine.” I hustle, the people involved in this show hustle, and the real hustle hasn’t even started yet. We are fighters. Some of us have been doing this show for four years. Everyone still involved in it sacrifices time and effort to do so - we aren’t going to drop the ball. We may not get on the air, but we will not drop the ball. Not getting a pick up doesn’t qualify as dropping the ball: Dropping the ball would be doing this in a way we’re not proud of and that you’re not proud of. We will not drop the ball.
Most of all, if you’re someone who’s watched this show, connected with it, and been inspired with it thus far in its UCB Theater and Manhattan Neighborhood Network iterations - fight. That’s the example we’re setting. We’re on the precipice of something potentially really cool. We got here by fighting. You fight too. Decide who you are, what you want to be, what kind of life you want to live and go fight for it. Go. Down. Swinging. Don’t settle for a life where you regret things you haven’t done - regret things you have done. Go too big. Take things too far. When someone tells you something’s a bad idea, say “It’s a bad idea I’m about to do.” and go do it. Surprise everyone. Surprise yourself.
The way I feel right now is - Comedy Central is handing us the ball, putting us on the foul line and saying we get one shot. That’s more than most people get. The next few months come down to us figuring out how to train for this, how to master those shots, and how to make foul shots in our sleep. We’ll see if we can. No regrets either way. We’ve all taken this thing further than we thought we could. You aren’t supposed to be able to get a public access show on to “real” TV. We’re about to see if we can. And if we do, the fun really begins.
We thank you for helping us get here, and we hope you’ll stick with us to enjoy the future fun,
"These Kevin Love outlet passes are out of control." - Former President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt
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he takes his hat off to pray thanks
salute a real nigga when you see one
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