Be Afraid: Jon Benjamin Has a Van

Thrilled to learn of the new Comedy Central show “Jon Benjamin Has a Van” (hat tip Venture Bros. blog). It looks as creepy and demented as it sounds, I can’t wait!

Readers of this blog will recall that I am huge fan of Jon Benjamin, who along with Loren Bouchard, Brendon Small, Melissa Galsky and oh, so many others — helped invent a new style of adult animation that uses hilarious, largely improvised vocal performances as its starting point (rather that starting with the drawings).

In a salute to Benjamin’s new show, I am reposting my “H. Jon Benjamin Sampler” from back when “Archer” premiered. Enjoy!

H. Jon Benjamin Sampler

Goodbye, Sarah Jane

I am very, very sad — tears-in-the-eyes sad — to learn that Elisabeth Sladen has died. She was the Doctor’s most steadfast companion, and the sweetest. I can feel the mourning of Who fans everywhere right now; it’s a spooky and overwhelming sensation.

The Doctor’s skyrocketing popularity in America: a lament

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I am ambivalent about the increasing popularity of Doctor Who here in the United States (evidence of which is embedded below in the Fine Brothers’ fine video summarizing the last 47 years of the show). On the one hand, I am happy that more of my fellow Yankees finally “get” my favorite sci-fi show; on the other hand, I must come to grips with the fact that my love for the show no longer distinguishes me as quirky or unique (if it ever did).

We all know this phenomenon. We saw bands before they were cool… we watched audiences walk out in contempt at early Nirvana shows; we saw RuPaul performing on acid without a wig to a baffled crowd at the Pyramid. We “got it” ages before anyone else….

Oh well. Time to settle into my banality and run down the clock. The new season of Doctor Who will be a comfort in my dotage.

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