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Re: Handy

by Skippy » Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:41 pm

I'm pretty sure the goal of this video was to do a Tim & Eric style clip. Of the five parody targets, "Fancy" has the youngest audience, so Al went with a style for "Handy" that would appeal to them, and that's this cheap and goofy type thing that younger comedy fans are into right now.

It's the same reason "Tacky" has all the big cameos and "Word Crimes" is loaded with Internet in-jokes. Al had a specific target audience in mind for each vid, and he played to that audience. It's probably the best release week marketing strategy ever conceived, and it's going to get him his highest debut ever and possibly even the #1 album in the country!
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Re: Handy

by Mystik Tomato » Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:53 pm

Handy seems a video that will probably age better than if it was a direct parody. In keeping away from a direct video parody for something that isn't super iconic and probably won't be in...20 years or whatever, he's guaranteed the video to be fresher in the future than what it could've been.
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Re: Handy

by QuantumError » Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:58 pm

Mystik Tomato wrote:he's guaranteed the video to be fresher in the future than what it could've been.


Thats a strong argument
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Re: Handy

by albinodwarf27 » Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:40 am

Am I the only person having trouble getting this video to play all the way through? I've been trying to watch it on different sites ever since it was released and it keeps breaking up. I don't think it's my computer, as I've had no problem watching any of the other videos. Weird!
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Re: Handy

by algonacchick » Mon Jul 21, 2014 3:50 am

Muppetboy09 wrote:One thing that I was going to point out but didn't, was that in the video, when he talks about "Leaf Blower stops to blow", his mustache disappears! Probably got knocked off his face by the leaf blower.


HAHA! I remember seeing a tweet that simply said "Disappearing moustache". I like the video, but it looks pixelated and blurry in some spots, unless that's just my server. Already posted a screen grab from it in the "Drooling Over Al" topic, but he was asking for it. ;)

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Re: Handy

by eleventhirtyfour » Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:23 am

I think a large reason why the video looks low budget and Tim and Eric-y is because I think it's supposed to be like a local commercial promoting his business. Kind of how the way local car commercials and stuff look. Super cheesy.
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Re: Handy

by algonacchick » Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:36 pm

I saw this link posted on twitter a few days ago. This is so great! Someone went to all the trouble of breaking down all the DIY tasks mentioned in the song, and posted videos on how to do each one, from the This Old House crew. Just...wow. :clap:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/thisoldhouse/ho ... weird-239k

After going to this page and looking at the crew, I'm wondering if Al wore the blonde wig and 'stache to look like Tom Silva. They dub his 'stache the "Silva 'stache" on the page. The outfit is clearly Schneider from One Day At A Time, but this might explain why Al went with a blonde wig and 'stache instead of a black one.
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Re: Handy

by algonacchick » Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:16 pm

I'm just going to add that not only here, but on a few other sites, people seem to get this line wrong - "Maybe I'll hook up this here combo washer-dryer ". They seem to think it's "Maybe I'll hook up your dishwasher combo dryer", which makes no sense. :blink: They even put "combo" in the wrong place.
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Re: Handy

by jacobpacek » Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:32 pm

Who agrees that this song would have been 100 times better if the lyrics were "Don't even care if I cut off my thumb!"?
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Re: Handy

by weird_el » Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:02 am

The video needed Emo Phillips.
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