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Nov232009

Ask For It By Name: Chris Gethard and Nate Shelkey for d-Con Mouse Traps

Improvisers often use three-line scenes to practice getting the who, what and where out in the open as quickly as possible. But leave it to Gethard (The Stepfathers, The Chris Gethard Show) and Shelkey (Gorilla Gorilla, Dogbasket), both of whom are excellent improvisers, to nail this in two lines. And I'm beyond certain they could have pulled it off just as well without the mouse costume. Because in this scene Gethard is clearly the guy who'd agree to a sitdown with the very mouse that has been tormenting him, and Shelkey's breathy pronuncation of "respect it" evokes high status and general creepiness.

ASK FOR IT BY NAME (DOUBLE SHOT): EMILY TARVER FOR FANCAST.COM AND T-MOBILE

Three seconds in, and I'm crushing big time on Emily Tarver (BFF, Thunderhead), the talkative Glee fan. This commercial would have probably stumbled in its execution had it not been for the throwaway line: "But I'm a dork, you know, I mean, you're a dork -- you know, right?" But big ups to Tarver's counterpart, too, who proves you don't always have to speak to let the world know exactly how you're feeling.

It's a double shot! Tarver shows up in this New York-centric T-Mobile ad. Within the foodie blogosphere, this particular spot garnered a lot of attention recently for featuring the Schnitzel & Things truck. Oh, yeah, it also played heavily during the World Series. So there's that.

 

Special thanks to Steven Dressler for the links. Were YOU or someone funny you know in a spot recently? Send the link!

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