Just a quick note of some of the funnest content I consumed last month (in no particular order):
– Awkwafina appeared on a socially-distanced episode of Hot Ones, “the show with hot questions, and even hotter wings”, where guests are expected to answer Sean Evans’s thoughtful queries while attempting to swallow increasingly savage hot sauces (and not vomit/“shart” on camera). She acquits herself very well, and ably promotes her forthcoming animated movie Raya and the Last Dragon (due to drop on March 5th), in between bigging up Charles Bukowski, and the culinary multiculturalism of New York City.
– A couple days later, Vanity Fair subjected her to their “Proust Questionnaire”, based on a parlour-game made popular by the eponymous French novelist, featuring “35 questions designed to reveal the nature of Awkwafina‘s true personality”. Eep!
– Aubrey Plaza starred in an advert for Bumble, “a location-based social application that facilitates communication between interested users”, that basically amounts to a vicarious video-date with the actress. Yay! The company’s website doesn’t state how many world-famous celebrities/sex-symbols you’re likely to hook up with by using their app, but apparently Sharon Stone actively fought to be listed as a user, so the odds are a lot higher than I would’ve assumed!
– Nichole Sakura wrote and produced a new short film, Debbie is Single, in which she takes on the dual roles of a middle-aged mom looking for love, and her adopted daughter from Japan (both of whom were first introduced in a previous skit, Kiko in America, where she played four separate characters, all interacting with one another!).
– Sandy Honig linked to a field-piece she recorded for Comedy Central last year, in which she and comedy-partner Peter Smith attempted to “[Track] Down the Legendary Groundhog in Punxsutawney”. Going in blind I’d expected it to be a little more cynical/experimental than it actually was… I mean, they clearly have their tongues-in-their-cheeks a lot of the time, but they’re still getting into the spirit of the event, and even enhancing the fun for others rather than undermining it, so snaps to them for that. And (spoiler?) the scene at the end with Smith calling out for their van in the car-park like it was a lost dog was absolutely adorable.
– The Pretty Reckless posted a properly-fancy promo video for their super-catchy new single “And So It Went”, swiftly followed by the (plague-delayed) release of the album it was plucked from, Death By Rock And Roll… which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart, and is a total banger, as the kids these days would say.