Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: God Forbid a Clementine

James Acaster

Good morning. Welcome to Monday and another week where at any moment the Matrix we're living inside of could blue screen and kill us all. Worrying about that, though, is pointless. Like stressing over the inevitable heat death of the universe. Or the inevitable return of bell bottoms.

Instead, let us take a few minutes to enjoy the madness of English comedian James Acaster. He is a very sick man, and we respect that.

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By |March 6th, 2017|Mental Sorbet|0 Comments

Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: Please Be Grapes

Michelle Wolf

It's no secret: I don't watch a lot of television, compared to most people. I have to be very selective about what I watch as well due to time constraints. So I don't watch The Daily Show regularly. Not that I don't enjoy it, it's just that, true to its name, it's daily. Which means I get behind really damn quick. I stick my head in from time to time to check out what's going on, or if the guest is awesome. (Sidenote: Trevor Noah is awesome. Check out his stand-up if you haven't.) That's how I wound up watching a recent episode with Michael K. Williams and saw Michelle Wolf. I had seen her before on Live at the Apollo back in November and at the time had no idea she was a Daily Show correspondent. Here is that set I witnessed, in all of its glory. Enjoy this to kick off what is sure to be a surreal week, friends.

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By |January 16th, 2017|Mental Sorbet|0 Comments

Your Mental Sorbet: Hugo De Groot

Hugo De Groot:  Ze Nemen Me Eindelijk Mee

When we find something worthy, we like to offer it to you as a starter for your week of inevitable weirdness. This time I have found something special.

Many of you are aware of the Doctor Demento staple, "They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha Ha!" by Napoleon XIV. It's a release that have given this, one of the greatest excerpts of a review I've ever seen. From Billboard:

Against a clomp-clomp tambourine beat, Napoleon spoke-chanted his manic-depressive tale of failed romance, the vocals suddenly speeding up into an unsettlingly cheerful giddiness as sirens revved up in the background. Not a single note of music was played or sung throughout the track, which zoomed up to number three in the summer of 1966, as the necessary counterpoint to Barry Sadler's insipid, similarly off-the-wall smash that year, "The Ballad of the Green Berets."

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By |August 1st, 2016|Mental Sorbet|0 Comments

Your Mental Sorbet: Is This Thing Still On?

Clyde and Clem's Whiskey Business

Howdy folks. Did you miss us? More on where we've been shortly. In the meantime, as a matter of testing the works, I give you something for your Monday. The band is Clyde and Clem's Whiskey Business and they perform bluegrass that is both twisted and wrong. All you need to know is that the song in question is "The Ballad of Ed Gein." And that I wish I had found a good quality audio live version of this but couldn't locate one. And finally... that we've been back for all of five minutes and we're already very, very sorry.

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By |April 11th, 2016|Mental Sorbet|5 Comments

Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: Welcome to Biology, People

Reggie Watts: Teach: Science

It's been a while since we've done one of these, but...well, this just cries out for it. Reggie Watts is a very disturbed man. But I cannot stop watching his mayhem. First up, the premiere episode of Teach, in which, to some of you, he sounds like he's spouting gibberish. However, if you, like me, attended schools in Alabama...well, let's just say with this video I learned a lot. He also says it with such conviction that even Rox herself would no doubt be impressed.

Afterwards, we have a snippet of the Sky Atlantic show Set List, in which comedians have topics thrown at them and have to improv a bit on the spot. Watts' performance is...nothing short of epic. Enjoy.

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By |February 17th, 2014|Mental Sorbet|1 Comment

Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: Yodeler, Raised By Chickens

When we have the time and the content, we like to give you something that makes your week start off with a "...Wait, what?" In this case, the artist's name is Takeo Ischi (I've also seen it spelled "Ishi"). He is apparently, as the man says during the song, "A Yodelmeister." And my assumption is he's yodeling about chickens, because otherwise he's having a nervous breakdown during the chorus. Why he hasn't been used for some sort of gonzo marketing campaign for KFC, I have no idea. Anyway, watch the video after the break.
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By |July 23rd, 2012|Mental Sorbet|1 Comment

Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: Fun With Vintage Beer Ads

Rheingold Extra Dry Beer Keg Zeppelin

Was talking this weekend about the legacy of the Mental Sorbet, the feature in which we try to give you something odd, wonderful or both to kick start your work week. I was told by my drinking buddy Big Dub that he missed the feature. We haven't been doing them just because of time restrictions and, though we enjoyed them, they just didn't spawn a lot of traffic. So if you enjoy these, throw some traffic this way and maybe we can bring it back semi-regularly. Regardless, this week it's dedicated to mad alcohol alchemist Big Dub. Enjoy.

Given that as a launching spot, it seemed like a no-brainer to explore some fine examples of vintage beer commercials. The most obvious example is Fred and Barney shilling for Busch beer...but we've already posted that. So we had to get slightly more creative. Slightly.

We begin with this: how do you know you're pretty damn lazy? When the selling point for you is that the beer has a handy dandy handle. I guess portability technology was new back in 1960.
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By |June 4th, 2012|Mental Sorbet|1 Comment

Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: David Lynch Presents The Tom & Jerry Movie

Mouse drumming in hell

Each week we like to lead off with something that makes your head spin around. A little disorientation, our researchers have found, helps with the ability to make it through the work week relatively intact.

So The Daily What states this is a Keyboard Cat video directed by David Lynch. I'll take it one further--this is the lost demo reel for The Tom & Jerry Movie, directed by Lynch. At the end of the film, because they have been so mean to each other and so wantonly destructive of property, they are condemned to an entire of being the backing band for a bad Slim Pickens impersonator who sings for an audience of damned children.

P.S. I'd like to also point out that the first video that comes up on YouTube for me after watching this is of an exorcism. YouTube...it's smarter than you think it is.
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By |January 23rd, 2012|Mental Sorbet|1 Comment

Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: Alan Moore and Glycon

Alan Moore, worshipper of Glycon

Each week we like to kick things off with something to either spark your mind or reduce it to a fine powder. Choosing this one is also fraught with additional weight in that, really, it could be considered the Sorbet for the entire year, 2012. So--perhaps in an effort to show that 2012 is going to be different in many ways, but the same in others--we're going with something audio instead of video and something short and profound instead of longer and sillier. The part that's the same? It's the mad, awesome Alan Moore we turn to. Of course we do.
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By |January 2nd, 2012|Mental Sorbet|0 Comments

Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: N.16, Prepare to Be Vaporized

Hot Chips

Each week we like to give you something to start things off right. Or wrong. Depending on which way the wind is blowing. This week, it's true that a lot of people are still off work due to the Christmas holiday. However, many people worldwide are still grinding away at their respective day jobs. This bud's for you.

We kick off the week with a brief intro that's stated to be for an Australia drive-in from 1968. It is the epitome of retro gold.

The first thing that strikes me about this is that even though this seems to be legit and from Australia, the narrator sounds like the South Park guys doing their "Announcer Guy" voice, know what I mean?
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By |December 26th, 2011|Mental Sorbet|0 Comments