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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fifteen Celebrities You'd Like To Hang Out With

I made a list some time back, 15 albums I'd take to a dessert (desert? Whichever one means heat and sand, not banana split) island, and I had a lot of fun with it. Thus, I thought I'd do another list.

This particular list is going to be about 15 people of modest to extreme celebrity / fame, with whom I'd like to hang out with and why. Once read, I invite, no, implore you to do the same! A lot can be told about a person by the company he or she keeps!

Here are the rules:

  • These persons can be dead or alive.
  • A candidate doesn't have to be a celebrity meaning, movie or TV star, a public figure is also acceptable. 
  • The reason to hang out with them cannot be of a sexual nature. Sure, we all have our favorite celebs with whom we'd like to get biblical, but that's not what this is about.
  • Doesn't necessarily have to be an actual person, but can be "the guy who..." or "the lady who did..."
  • This list (at least MINE anyway), is not in order of preference. There is no particular rhyme to my reason here. The person I list first is only there because he or she is the first person I thought of, not because I want to hang with he or she more than the others.
That's It. 

SO, without further ad... adieu? Adyoo? ...Delay: 

1 - George Carlin.



I subscribe in very large part to Logic. Without logic, things just don't make sense, right? I love when someone can spin a fine cloth with yarn of logic, and nobody can do that like George Carlin. I also love to laugh, and he makes me laugh very much so. I was very sad when he passed.

I'm not too big on his list of words you can't say, it's not terribly amazing to memorize a list of swears, but to be so funny across such a huge range of topics is real talent.

What would we do though, if we were to hang out? Well, I don't know. I really don't know anything about him personally, such as if he liked beer, or if he watched football, etc. I don't know what we'd talk about, or really even IF we'd get along.

I imagine it would be possible that we'd find ourselves talking about something of which we both had opposing views, and he'd EASILY logic me under the table. There's a solid chance I wouldn't enjoy our day together, I will admit, but by god, it'd be worth a shot!

2 - Richard Feynman.


I love to ask why. I love to learn, and I love to speculate. Science was almost always my favorite subject, even though I failed it in 6th, and 7th grade... Scraped by in High School, and went into Mechanical Engineering in College, only to flunk out of there too... It was homework I didn't like...

Anyway, Richard Feynman's views in the video above echo my own. Beyond being a scientist, he was a fascinating person, I urge you to read more about him, at least here on his wiki page.

He died after developing two rare forms of cancer. He was quoted as saying: "I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring."

3 - Kevin James.


I have a great deal of respect for Kevin James, simply for being a normal guy. He's not hung up on losing weight and he's clearly a large fellow, but doesn't make jokes about it... You know when you see a fat comedian, and you roll your eyes like... "Ok here come some predicable fat jokes...". I always feel like those guys are taking the easy way out... They feel like they're not offending anyone, cause they themselves are also fat, etc...

His comedy show that I linked above is not only pretty much rated PG, but it's a bunch of little things. Anyone who's read much on my blog knows I love to focus on the little things. I've done it here, and here, and here and likely a few other places... 

I'm willing to bet I could eat a couple hot dogs, have a few beers and watch a football game with him, have some good laughs, and a great time.

4 - The Guy Who Drank the First Beer.


Ok, so it's not exactly a celebrity, and no one knows who that person was... But it had to be someone, right?? 

As you may know, I've done some brewing, and some drinking, as detailed here, and I LOVE beer... But seriously, did you watch that video?? The fermentation process is FUNKY! That stuff is ALIVE! And GROSS looking!! 

AND THE DUDE DRANK IT! 

I can picture me, and Kevin James with whoever that guy was, going "He's not going to drink that." Then Richard Feynman saying "Well, honestly, I don't see a problem. I mean we started with the boiled wort, so no bacteria in there, and added yeast, which creates the alcohol, so it's going to kill any remaining bacteria, I think it's safe!" 

5 - Jim Henson.


Arsenio said it best, with some cloth and some ping pong balls he built a dynasty. I loved the Muppets growing up, and still do. My kids love the Muppets, and Jim Henson's creations. 

You know, I don't know a single person who does NOT like Jim Henson or his creations. 

6 - Jason Segel


Speaking of loving Muppets, Jason Segel, in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" (which was a great flick, by the way) said in an interview that he'd always loved puppets, and had this idea for a Dracula musical with puppets, and managed to get them to incorporate it into the movie, so he felt like he tricked them into helping him realize his dream. 

I'd love to meet this guy, and ask him how, when he was already in a movie, which included him doing sex scenes with both Kristen Bell, AND Mila Kunis, yet his "dream" was STILL about puppets... I find this fascinating. 

Beyond that, I find him to be very funny, also in a "Normal guy" kind of way.

7 - Paul Rudd.



I will admit that perhaps that video clip was funny because they had good writers, but I find Paul Rudd's delivery to be hysterical.
I've also had a similar discussion with a Subway employee who once told me that they don't have "small" drinks, only medium and large... I once posted about that particular post, and was dismayed to find that at some point, I'd deleted it... But, if you'd like, here's the post in which I talked about the original post...

8 -  Russle Brand.


So, before watching "Arthur" I found this guy a little creepy, but on the funny side of it. Arthur was funny from start to finish, and frankly his outlook on life and how it should be all about having a good time is awesome, and I agree completely.

9 - Seth Rogen.


If you haven't seen the movie "Paul" I highly recommend it. 

As Seth mentions in the video, he's a pretty chilled out guy. I love humor when it's on such a low key casual level. I think Seth and I could hang out and have a pretty fun time. I like to think my sense of humor is pretty much the same as his, or at least what I have seen in his work.
10 - Richard Simmons.


I realize this is a strange one to have on here, but I figured I could do at least one non-selfish deed with this list, and see if there's any possible way I could get him... For the good of the WORLD... To STOP being so god damned creepy and annoying! 

I mean, sure to each his own and all that, but there's gotta be a way for him to just chill the F out, and still be himself, right?? 

I'm willing to give it a shot. Don't say I never did anything for you.

11 - The Cast of Whose Line is it Anyway?


Ok, so this is kind of a stretch, since it's a whole cast of four regulars, and a handful of inter-changeable semi-regulars, but like I said, I LOVE to laugh, and these are some of the funnies people on the whole damn planet.

I'd hang out with all of them, or just one, or any combination of them... I'll let you pick, they're all great. 

That was one of my favorite skits too, I'm psyched that I found it. How do they do so much of that shit with straight faces...?

12 - John Goodman.


One of the coolest guys ever. Everything I've ever seen him in, he's been believable and genuine. Always pretty chilled out. I've seen him in scenes when he's REALLY angry, and it almost gives you goosebumps.

I also loved him in Monsters Inc, as James Sullivan. (Not THIS James Sullivan, mind you...)

13 - J. R. R. Tolkien.

 http://youtu.be/DFcjBzP7H-E <-- Embedding was disabled by request... But, click the link, if you will.

I, like most of the world, am a HUGE fan of the Lord of the Rings movies, and EAGERLY anticipate the upcoming movie, "The Hobbit".

I don't know, like with George Carlin, what I'd talk to him about, but I bet he'd play one hell of a Dungeons and Dragons game. He can be DM. It'd be a good time, if I could learn to understand him. I can't understand a damned word he says in that video...

14 - Ed Norton.


This guy plays roles on every end of the spectrum, from badass in American History X, to a PRIEST, in "Keeping the Faith", to an evil genius in Primal Fear, to The Incredible Hulk.

Something about his intelligence and honesty and charisma makes him incredibly believable to me, and he's got a very lovable vibe. I'm willing to bet he'd be a riot to hang out with.

15 - Patrick Stuart.

 

 I'll admit, I was a big Star Trek The Next Generation fan, but even if you never were, you can't deny how cool Patrick Stuart is. His voice is unmistakable, saying things like "Make it so" or "Engage" or "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot."

Clips like the one above, and the fact that he's a voice in "American Dad" proves he's got a really warped sense of humor, which I dig. 




When I started this post, it was only going to be 5 people, and I thought I'd have a difficult time... I changed it to 15 so that I could not feel guilty if I don't post for the next two weeks, cause it'd be a real respectable piece, but these folks came fast and easily, and I have more still, who I might make a second list with. 

Re-reading, I'm glad I stipulated the "No sexual nature" thing in the beginning, cause I came up with a list of fifteen guys... That was not intentional, there are definitely women I'd love to hang out with, but I'm afraid they'd just become so overwhelmed by me, I'd have to break their hearts and I just don't like hurting people. 

What? 

Anyway, thanks for reading, and PLEASE comment, and PLEASE write your own list, and PLEASE comment back here again when you do, so that I know it's there, and can make it a point to come and read it! 

Thanks!