Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Video That Was Too Hot For YouTube!!!

It turns out I was wrong (OUCH! It hurts just to write that, let alone say it) in my previous post. The video was indeed removed. I could still open it in my original post because I got an 800 on my Latin achievement in 1988. "What does that mean?" you ask. Simply that I am ridiculously smart. So for those of you who did not bang out a perfect Latin achievement score in 1988, here is the aforementioned video. Put in some earplugs.


Monday, October 27, 2008

The Alleged Copyright Infringement Bandit Strikes Again!

Below is the actual email I got from YouTube regarding a video I posted that had a whopping 42 views at the time. In the video, I am driving a truck and singing along to "When [White Pigeons Sob]"* by the artist I will now refer to as "Shorty". I find it hysterical that this is considered copyright infringement.

The best part of this situation is that my little karaoke video can still be accessed here. Isn't that weird? So it is still hosted by YouTube even though it has been removed. Odd.

I feel compelled to promote it again just because they say I can't. Hee hee. I'm a fucking outlaw!!!

Begin forwarded message:
From: YouTube <>
Date: October 20, 2008 4:05:57 PM EDT
To: McShowoff
Subject: Video Removed: Alleged Copyright Infringement

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself help center | e-mail options | report spam

Dear McShowoff,

This is to notify you that we have removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a notification by Universal Music Publishing claiming that this material is infringing:

Lonely Highway Karaoke:

Please Note: Accounts determined to be repeat infringers may be terminated. To avoid this, please delete any videos to which you do not own the rights, and refrain from uploading infringing videos. For more information, please visit our Copyright Tips guide.

If you believe this claim was made in error, or that you are otherwise authorized to use the content at issue, you may file a counter notice. Information about this process is here.

Please note that under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability.

The YouTube Content Identification Team

© 2008 YouTube, LLC
*Title changed to avoid detection by corporate internet spies:) Don't rat me out!


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hodgman Stamped Me

I went to famous minor television personality John Hodgman's book signing at Barnes & Noble in Union Square tonight. While we waited for Mr. Hodgman to finish his Daily Show taping and get his tuxedoed ass to the podium, Jonathan Coulton performed many classics (my favorite was his oh-so-tender, ballad-ized cover of "Baby Got Back" by the ever-underrated wordsmith, Sir Mix-A-Lot) to the delight of the many Hodgephiles, or, if you will, Hodgemen.

I did not have time to purchase a book before getting in line to confront my old nemesis, so I waited completely bookless, much to the chagrin of the many Barnes & Noble book-signing-line expediters. When they asked me for my copy so they could shave 1.3 seconds off my wait time by "prepping it" for signing, I said, "I don't have it, but it's okay. John and I are old friends, and I have something special."

When I finally reached him, I told him I would buy his book if he would sign a piece of paper admitting that he stole my career. He agreed, but insisted that he write his confession on my bald head instead of on impersonal paper. I acquiesced, offering him my scalp as he went to work. I then purchased "More Information Than You Require" and went home satisfied that our long conflict was finally resolved.

When I got home, I looked in the mirror and realized I had been taken in again by this bespectacled inveigler.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

iFun iWith iChat iDistortions

This is how Jill and I cope with my being away every Thursday through Sunday. We sit at our respective desks - she in Brooklyn and I in my hotel room - and chat while distorting our heads and using voices we imagine would befit our altered visages. Better than cyber sex!


Monday, October 13, 2008

Puttin' the "Ass" in NASCAR

Taken at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC

YEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAWWWWWW!!! That is definitely the right place for the Rebel Flag.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Papelbon, Party On

This is already one of my favorite post-game interviews. At about the 1 minute mark Jonathan Papelbon soaks the socially and fashionably awkward Craig Sager (look at that blazer!) with champagne. Pap reminds me of a crazed Tom Cruise at the end of "Taps", spraying bullets from an M60 out the window, exclaiming to a disillusioned Timothy Hutton, "It's fucking beautiful, man! Beautiful!"


Funniest Sign at a Playoff Game

So do I! The Sox win AGAIN! Pretended to give it away, and then WHAM! shut the door on the Haloes last night, 3-2. Even Jill was fired up. She was screaming louder than I was at the TV during some crucial plays. "That Guy" may have turned into "That Couple". What have I done?!


Saturday, October 4, 2008

A Cup's Eye View in Talladega

This is what I look at all day as I give away "The Cup" from ESPN.

The Big One. That's what they call Talladega by the way. Yeah, I know stuff.


We're No Angels

Thanks to J.D. Drew (above), the Red Sox have now defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim District of New Calexico and Emirates Commonwealth Protectorate 11 (eleven, as in "these go to eleven") straight times in the postseason. Wow. On Sunday at Fenway let's make it 12.


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fun With Friends in Florida While Follicly Fertile in '94

In case you couldn't tell, that's me with the receding hairline on your left (stage right, house left). I was in Ft. Myers, FL, playing Rooster in the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater production of "Annie", and this is the apartment where we were housed for the 6-week run. This is how we would spend our off evenings, sitting in front of a rolling camera and discussing nonsense while altering our senses.

The lovely lady is Keith (yes, Keith) and the gentleman is Scott, I believe. It's been a while, and I haven't talked to either of them since this little incident. Yes, it was worth it.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Nice Try


This is as close as you'll ever get to Princeton, Mr. Hodgman.


*Click on pic to go to Hodgman's IMDB listing. Do it! Do it now!

My Day Job

This is an example of my job as emcee of "The House of Dew" at Dew Tour in Cleveland last summer. If you look closely, you will notice that I am balancing a small sample cup of Mountain Dew on my head (not a urine sample) while riding a classic Schwinn Sting Ray Pea Picker bicycle with a microphone in my hand. And no, I did NOT go to Clown College.