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Comedy folks in music videos.

Started by Glebe, November 19, 2021, 08:55:59 AM

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Glebe

Inspired by this Kate Bush thread, I've been on a bit of a KB YouTube kick (inside!), can't recall noticing it before but I see that The Comic Strip's Peter Richardson pops up at the end of the 'Rubberband Girl' video. That in turn has inspired my latest died-on-it's-arse thread discussing comedy folks appearing in music videos!

Could have posted this in Oscillations, but then comedy being the main theme... of course I'm really talking about comedy folks appearing in other people's music videos rather than comedians who dabbled in music (Alexei Sayle, for instance)... and then of course there are the novelty/Comic Relief etc. releases (Cliff Richard and The Young Ones, Mel & Kim etc.), but then what the hey, it's all good if we wanna discuss them too.

Speaking of Kate Bush, Tim 'Lord Percy/Kevin Darling' McInnerny appears in the video for her song 'This Woman's Work'. Meanwhile Hugh Laurie features prominently (alongside John Malkovich!) in Annie Lennox's 'Walking on Broken Glass' video, in a very Price Regent-like role.

Then there's Chevy Chase in Paul Simon's 'You Can Call Me Al' video and Chase and Steve Martin in the video for Simon's 'Proof'. The Ghostbusters theme music video features cameos from several SNL/other comedy people including Chase and John Candy (who was originally supposed to play Rick Moranis' role in the movie).

And then there's Graham Chapman in the video for Iron Maiden's 'Can I Play with Madness', Bruce Dickinson being something of a Python fan. Dickinson later collaborated with Mr. Bean of all people for this cover of Alice Cooper's 'Elected' for Comic Relief.

Jack Black appears in the video for Beck's 'Sexx Laws', of course with Tenacious D he's no stranger to the music world.

I know there are some blindingly obvious vids I can't think of at the moment... help me out people!

The Culture Bunker

November 19, 2021, 09:15:45 AM #1 Last Edit: November 19, 2021, 09:28:54 AM by The Culture Bunker
Rik Mayall in video for the Art of Noise (feat. Duane Eddy) cover of 'Peter Gunn'
Rodney Dangerfield appears at the end of Billy Joel's 'Tell Her About It'

phantom_power


Bob Odenkirk and David Cross in To La Tengo's Sugarcube video



BeardFaceMan

The Wildhearts - Just In Lust - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-sxSffGQ1I

Ginger was a big Absolutely fan so he got the guys who did the animations (Triffic?) to do the video, with John Sparkes making an appearance too.

Glebe

Quote from: The Culture Bunker on November 19, 2021, 09:15:45 AMRik Mayall in video for the Art of Noise (feat. Duane Eddy) cover of 'Peter Gunn'

Hey hey, good one TCB! Going back to Kate Bush, apparently she appeared in and wrote a song for The Comic Strip, something that kind of rings a bell, also there's no music video for it but apparently Lenny Henry contributed to a KB song (alongside Prince!), namely 'Why Should I Love You?' from The Red Shoes. I one of those people that considers themselves a kind of Kate Bush 'fan' but in fact I only really know handfuls of songs from different albums. Meanwhile, since you mentioned Rik, any excuse to post this lovely photo:



What else... speaking of The Young Ones with Cliff; Rik, Ade and Nigel Planer of course made up Bad News alongside Peter Richardson... was there an official video for Neil's cover of Traffic's 'Hole in My Shoe'? Just ToTP appearances and such on YT.

Mel Smith of course asked Kim Wilde to do 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree' with him just so it could be 'Mel & Kim'... did The Goodies ever release any 'official' music promo videos? Also there's Graham Fellows who had a hit as Jilted John before going on to John Shuttleworth. And countless novelty comedy records from sitcom/stand-up folk, but that's enough comedians doing there own songs/music videos for now!

Vroomo

After Jack Black & Kyle Gas were the drug smuggling janitors for Foo Fighters 'Learn To Fly', Jack returned as a crossdressing hillbilly in their 'Low' vid.
Rashida Jones was in their 'Long Road To Ruin' promo and just yesterday they put out a vid for 'Love Dies Young' with Jason Sudeikis adlibbing a motivational speech in character as a German synchronized swim coach.

letsgobrian

For the Documental thread dwellers, here's Cookie in a 2016 music video for reunited rockers CYBER NEW NEW https://youtu.be/LmO4SOOzN9Q

The Mollusk

Quote from: phantom_power on November 19, 2021, 09:26:04 AMBob Odenkirk and David Cross in To La Tengo's Sugarcube video

He's directed/starred in a few. I remember doing a little "ooh!" when spotting him doing a very uninvolved/secondary spot in the video for "Use It" by The New Pornographers.

He also directed the video for 10AM Automatic by derivative and bafflingly successful band The Black Keys, which also stars Jon Glaser.

BeardFaceMan

Quote from: Glebe on November 19, 2021, 09:42:59 AMwas there an official video for Neil's cover of Traffic's 'Hole in My Shoe'? Just ToTP appearances and such on YT.

Now that you've mentioned it, I'm pretty sure I saw a video for that when I was a kid, I have a vague memory of Neil walking down a high street and stepping in a puddle.

The Mr Show people have been in a lot of stuff, David Cross was in a Strokes video, Jill Talley and Tom Kenny in a Smashing Pumpkins vid, I'm sure there's a few more.

DJ Bob Hoskins

Not sure this counts, but a pre-fame Adam Scott was in the video for Drive by R.E.M.

The Culture Bunker

Some may well argue that being a "comedy folk" is stretching it, but Phil Jupitus appears in the background of bits of the Housemartin's 'Happy Hour' video. He had a job at Go! Records at the time, I think. He also directed and made a brief appearance in Billy Bragg's 'Sexuality' vid.

His fellow 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' captain Sean Hughes turns up in Terrorvision's 'Tequilla' and the Cure's 'The 13th' promos - Robert Newman is also in the latter.

phantom_power

Quote from: DJ Bob Hoskins on November 19, 2021, 10:37:54 AMNot sure this counts, but a pre-fame Adam Scott was in the video for Drive by R.E.M.



Hasn't Jack Black been in a few Foo Fighters videos as well?

Does John C Reilly in the JSBE video for Talk About The Blues count?

RHX

Jerry Sadowitz is all over this one. (The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b2T8K2D-ps

Vroomo

Quote from: The Culture Bunker on November 19, 2021, 10:42:01 AMPhil Jupitus appears in the background of bits of the Housemartin's 'Happy Hour' video. He had a job at Go! Records at the time, I think. He also directed and made a brief appearance in Billy Bragg's 'Sexuality' vid.
He's also in Bragg's Handyman Blues alongside Stewart Lee, Kevin Eldon, Ross Nobel, Neil Morrisey, Johnny Vegas,
Ricky Grover and Samuel West.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YmHtISRcz0

phantom_power

Some of that weird morphy shit in Michael "Wacko Jacko" Jackson's Black Or White video had comedians turning into other people didn't it?

13 schoolyards

Quote from: RHX on November 19, 2021, 11:07:48 AMJerry Sadowitz is all over this one. (The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b2T8K2D-ps

Thank God somebody (else) mentioned this one - every single time I've mentioned Sadowitz to anybody I know (in contrast to complete strangers) over 40*, they've had no idea who he is until I say "the guy from Ebeneezer Goode".

*people under 40 have no idea who Ebeneezer Goode is either

letsgobrian

Brian Posehn and Brendon Small as torturers in Anthrax's gory Blood Eagle Wings video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuLvfm5yDlw

pk1yen


Tim and Eric in this Ben Folds one. (Maybe a bit of a cheat because they directed it as well.)

quinlad

The Mighty Boosh in Blue Song by Mint Royale. Directed by Edgar Wright, a precursor to Baby Driver.


DJ Bob Hoskins

I cannot fucking stand Mumford & Sons, but this video starring Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte is actually pretty funny:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rId6PKlDXeU


Bobby McFerrin's Don't Worry Be Happy features Robin Williams (around 2:10) and International Clown Hall Of Famer Bill Irwin.


Ornlu

Faith No More's last pre-hiatus single, a cover of the Bee Gees' I Started a Joke, features Martin Freeman and Shaun Dingwall for some reason (as well as performance artist David Hoyle singing as 'Lee from Huddersfield').


Jenny Lewis's Red Bull and Hennessy video is a spoof TV show that includes Tim Heidecker and a bunch of other people.

darby o chill

Gilbert Gottfried in 3rd Bass 'Gas Face' @ 1:00 minute mark


Glebe

Sam Kinison in Bon Jovi's 'Bad Medicine' video. In other bands' vids too according to Wiki.

Robin Williams in the video for Bobby McFerrin's 'Don't Worry, Be Happy'. Oh and Bill Irwin, who I'm not familiar with too. [EDIT]Oh wait dissolute ocelot just mentioned that!

And lest we forget McFerrin's 'Thinkin' About Your Body' is referenced in the infamous Little & Large C&W Megamix, thanks to it's use in this Cadbury's ad. The matter is settled!

Charlie Chuck in the video for Edwyn Collins' 'Keep on Burning..

Quote from: Thosworth on November 19, 2021, 09:33:02 AMJim Moir @ 1m36s

https://youtu.be/VhBdxUq6j28?t=96

Haha! Later had some chart success himself of course.

Quote from: BeardFaceMan on November 19, 2021, 09:42:23 AMThe Wildhearts - Just In Lust - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-sxSffGQ1I

Ginger was a big Absolutely fan so he got the guys who did the animations (Triffic?) to do the video, with John Sparkes making an appearance too.

Good one! Fellow Absolutely performer Peter Baikie as the bartender also.


Quote from: The Culture Bunker on November 19, 2021, 10:42:01 AMSome may well argue that being a "comedy folk" is stretching it, but Phil Jupitus appears in the background of bits of the Housemartin's 'Happy Hour' video. He had a job at Go! Records at the time, I think. He also directed and made a brief appearance in Billy Bragg's 'Sexuality' vid.

Aha, yes, and Jupitus also appears in BB's 'You Woke Up My Neighbourhood' video, which features a guest appearance by R.E.M.


Quote from: RHX on November 19, 2021, 11:07:48 AMJerry Sadowitz is all over this one. (The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b2T8K2D-ps

Completely forgot about that!

Quote from: quinlad on November 19, 2021, 11:53:21 AMThe Mighty Boosh in Blue Song by Mint Royale. Directed by Edgar Wright, a precursor to Baby Driver.


Ah right, heard about that.

Quote from: Ornlu on November 19, 2021, 12:14:57 PMFaith No More's last pre-hiatus single, a cover of the Bee Gees' I Started a Joke, features Martin Freeman and Shaun Dingwall for some reason (as well as performance artist David Hoyle singing as 'Lee from Huddersfield').


Good one! Patton appears briefly in the 'dialogue' version' as 'Michael from Barnsley'!

boinks

Tim Heidecker wrecking the joint in this Dinosaur Jr video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpsGcnLEZbk

Oh and Matt Lucas in Blur's Country House video, of course.

Hobo With A Shit Pun

Key evidence that Morrissey hasn't always been a gammon cunt (or at least could hide it from collaborators): Kathy Burke in the video for Ouija Board.
(With bonus Joan Sims doing a lovely Madam Acarte turn, although that doesn't suggest anything about his politics. And for that matter Burke was happy to work with James Dreyfus, so who knows. Maybe he wasn't a cunt at that point either. Although he has always been annoying).

Glebe

Quote from: boinks on November 19, 2021, 12:55:45 PMOh and Matt Lucas in Blur's Country House video, of course.

Ah yes, and Keith Allen natch. Wasn't the video originally supposed to have a darker tone? And isn't Blur's 'Charming Man' supposed to about Allen, Damon Albarn having not gotten on with him or summit?