Endurance, or Za Gaman in Japanese, is an extreme TV gameshow where contestants have to endure humiliating, painful and often bizarre rituals. It was the original of a series of TV shows that came out of Japan that pushed the limits of what was legal, and epitomized the saying "only in Japan".
Written by Robert Smigel of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog fame, this infamous sketch is nothing short of the greatest takedown of nerds ever. What I'd like to know is exactly how much input Shatner had into its creation. Given how natural his performance is here and the fact that he later named an autobiography Get a Life!, I'm guessing a significant amount (it's easy to imagine the folks at Paramount showing this sketch to every new Trek cast member in preparation for the sorts of nonsense they would have to endure once they hit the convention circuit). While nerds enjoyed this because it hit so close to home, everyone else relished how relatable it made Shatner seem. Interesting enough, this six-minute clip says more about the human condition than the entirety of Star Trek's original run. Of course, there are many of you wonderful geeks who will argue this point with me in the comments. Which just makes this clip all the more biting, funny and true.
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This farewell segment from Judge Napolitano is reminiscent of Lou Dobbs' final sign-off from CNN, which I'll post next for comparison.
Apparently, the upper brass don't like to have their iron fists rattled.
Steve Jones of Rogue Radio hosted a live interview with Smashing Pumpkins lead singer, guitarist, and head-songwriter Billy Corgan. After breaking up in 2000, Corgan went on to form the short-lived Zwan. The Smashing Pumpkins reformed in 2006, however, after the departure of Jimmy Chamberlin in 2009, Corgan is the only original member.
"In early October, the spacecraft will send a heavy rocket crashing into the moon's south polar region on a mission to find water that could support future crews bound for Mars. With its mission finished, the spacecraft itself then will die in its own final crash into the lunar surface."
"I haven't used a clip from the Daily Show or any Viacom material in my videos for almost six months, but, last week, when Matt Groening, creator of "The Simpsons," appeared on the Daily Show, he revealed information of such public interest about how Fox News assesses its own viewers, I had to make this video.
Finally, more information about the March 2003 episode of "The Simpsons," titled "Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington," from which I fairly used a short clip in my video is available at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0701185/"