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'Jackass' Is Still Somehow Perfect Slapstick Comedy In 2020

Guaranteed laughs on every rewatch.

It’s not easy to do comedy. Not only do you have to finely toe the line between respectful or risk offending people when it comes to certain topics, you also have to make people laugh, which is something we could all do with these days. So it’s somewhat of a surprise that the comedy that can consistently deliver laughs in 2020 isn’t stand-up or witty TV shows, but rather it’s Johnny Knoxville and his pals doing stupid stuff on Jackass.

Speaking of comedy, the GOAT team talk to the duo behind the Inspired Unemployed on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

On the surface, there’s nothing really revolutionary or anything remotely approaching smart about the comedy of Jackass. It’s literally just Johnny Knoxville and his mates being absolute, well, jackasses to each other and seeing how much dumb stuff they can physically do over the course of a two-hour movie.

And boy is the stuff dumb because it all revolves around juvenile humour and involves a disgusting amount of bodily fluids from time to time. Sometimes animals are brought in because, well, why not.

There’s no substance or any real thought put into the stunts or comedy in Jackass, yet they still make us laugh (and gag) until our sides hurt. Why is that? How come something as dumb as getting hit repeatedly in the nuts or a stunt titled ‘Poo Cocktail Supreme‘ so damn funny?

Perhaps this is due to the primal nature of Jackass‘ stunts and how it appeals to the caveman side of humans – it doesn’t take much brain power to process what’s going on and people doing stupid things outside of what we consider to be the norm that results in injuries just amuses us.

It certainly explains why shows like Australia’s Funniest Home Videos lasted for so many years.

Or maybe it’s because Jackass has no real agenda behind it other than to do dumb shit. Tensions have been high these last few years and political comedy has become the well in which a lot of comedians drink from.

But there’s none of that in Jackass. They aren’t targeting anyone or any group, and there’s definitely no politics or any intentionally offensive angle. In fact, the only people Johnny Knoxville and his crew are really hurting are literally just themselves.

And boy have they hurt themselves in the pursuit of comedy on Jackass because the list of injuries racked up by Knoxville and his mates makes you wonder how they are still walking around after all this time.

So Jackass may not be the most sophisticated brand of comedy but it continues to be entertaining in 2020 because it’s got no agenda other than to amuse and entertain in the most primal, attention-seeking way. And you know, sometimes we could all do with laughing at something as simple as someone farting onto someone else’s face.

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7 Songs From 'Hamilton' You Need To Know More About

No need to Wait For It.

After literally years of waiting, much discussion on what to expect in terms of songs and censorship, and a little confusion on what we were actually getting, the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton has hit Disney+ for all musical buffs to froth over.

While this has been a long time coming for Hamilton fans, the musical’s arrival on Disney+ means there will be a lot of new eyes and ears being introduced to it for the first time. So to facilitate the inevitable rabbit hole one goes into after watching/listening to Hamilton, we’ve decided to highlight seven songs that have fascinating stories behind them that you simply need to know about.

Speaking of ‘Hamilton’ songs, the GOAT team talk about the musical coming to Disney+ on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Alexander Hamilton

Ah, the song that began the whole Hamilton journey. Before Hamilton became the musical everyone loves, Lin-Manuel Miranda originally envisioned it as a mix-tape way back in 2009 and the first song he wrote was ‘Alexander Hamilton’, the musical’s opening number that summarises the main character’s life.

While most musicians workshop songs on the road or for friends, Lin-Manuel Miranda decided to perform ‘Alexander Hamilton’ for the first time at the White House. In front of then-president Barack Obama.

My Shot

Arguably the most popular Hamilton song that you probably inadvertently heard in some form over the last few years, ‘My Shot’ is a five-minute hip-hop whirlwind that not only advances the story but also introduces several characters who would become important figures in Alexander Hamilton’s life.

There’s so much information packed into the song that it’s perhaps no surprise it took Lin-Manuel Miranda a year to write and perfect it.

Helpless/Satisfied

Okay this is cheating a bit, but you simply have to listen to ‘Helpless’ and ‘Satisfied’ together in order to get the full impact as both songs cover the same event – Alexander Hamilton meeting Elizabeth (his future wife) and Angelica (his future sister-in-law) Schuyler for the first time – but from two different perspectives.

While ‘Helpless’ and ‘Satisfied’ depicts Alexander and Angelica being attracted to each other and her deeming him unsuitable due to his lowly societal status, history tells us that wasn’t the case. Alexander and Angelica were indeed close but in a platonic way, and the attraction element was done for dramatic purposes for the musical.

Dear Theodosia

‘Dear Theodosia’ is actually the only song in which Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr sing together in Hamilton despite crossing paths several times throughout the musical.

While the song is about parenthood (with some foreshadowing of events to come), Lin-Manuel Miranda actually used his dog as a source of inspiration to write it since his son didn’t exist at the time.

Cabinet Battles

It’s really difficult to make congressional arguments about politics interesting, which is why ‘Cabinet Battle #1’ and ‘Cabinet Battle #2’ are so damn good. Not only do these two Hamilton songs inject life into boring political debate by turning them into a rap battle, the nature of the format means we get outrageous personal disses in the form of rhymes.

While were got two great rap battles in Hamilton, there was a third ‘Cabinet Battle’ that Lin-Manuel Miranda “spent months” writing but ultimately cut because it became six extra minutes that didn’t move the story along.

The Room Where It Happens

So what actually happened in the room where “it” supposedly happened? No one actually knows as history tells us that Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison did indeed have a secret meeting in 1790 that changed the face of America, yet no one outside of those three people knew exactly what went on.

Since no one has any clue what went on, ‘The Room Where It Happens’ is a song that doesn’t really say much other than how envious Aaron Burr is, which is pretty ironic since Lin-Manuel Miranda called it one of his best ever songs (which is hard to argue).

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

Hamilton may be the story about Alexander Hamilton, but the musical’s closing number, ‘Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story’, refocuses the spotlight onto someone who is often overlooked these days when it comes to Hamilton’s legacy: his wife Eliza.

Eliza Hamilton outlived her husband for several decades and she dedicated her life towards preserving Hamilton’s legacy while defending him from all his enemies. It’s a gutwrenching but fitting conclusion to a hell of a musical, and it just feels right that Eliza got answer the question of “who lives, who dies who tells your story?”

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'Justice League' Star Ray Fisher Accuses Director Of 'Abusive' Behaviour

"Accountability>Entertainment".

Well this came out of nowhere. Ray Fisher, best known as Cyborg in the fustercluck that we remember as Justice League, has come out claiming that Joss Whedon, who replaced Zack Snyder as director for the film, was “abusive” and “unprofessional” on the film’s set.

Speaking of comic book movies, the GOAT team talks about the Marvel Cinematic Universe on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

This unexpected turn in the exhausting saga about the making of Justice League began when Ray Fisher tweeted out an old clip of himself at Comic-Con praising Joss Whedon as a fine replacement for Zack Snyder, along with the intriguing caption, “I’d like to take a moment to forcefully retract every bit of this statement.” 

Before the internet could properly dissect Ray Fisher’s tweet, he followed that up with a far more pointed post that straight up accused Joss Whedon of “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” behaviour towards the cast and crew on Justice League.

He also accused Geoff Johns and John Berg, who were the heads of the DC Cinematic Universe at the time, of enabling Whedon’s behaviour.

While these claims of “abusive” behaviour from Joss Whedon are serious, it remains unclear how accurate Ray Fisher’s allegations are or what motivated him to speak up in such a manner, especially with the fabled ‘Snyder Cut” of Justice League finally coming.

No one else from the Justice League cast has commented on Whedon’s conduct and there has been no prior mention of his behaviour by anyone until now. That being said, we do know that Whedon was responsible for changing (and cutting) much of Cyborg’s arc in Justice League from Zack Snyder’s original vision, which is probably why Fisher is being so outspoken.

Neither Whedon, Johns or Berg have issued out a response to Ray Fisher’s allegations at the time of writing so it remains to be seen where this wild and expected left turn in this seemingly neverending Justice League drama will end up.

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