Cumberbatch is Creepy/Sexy, Lauer is Sketchy and Every Week Should Be Justin Timberweek

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Cumberbatch is Creepy/Sexy, Lauer is Sketchy and Every Week Should Be Justin Timberweek

By Sarah Carlson | Pajiba Love | March 15, 2013 | Comments ()


Hey y'all! I'm still recovering from SXSW (I took out several Interactive badge nerds, and I won't say where the bodies are), but I'm here. Let's go.

A lot of people have had good weeks. (See: Pope, The; Mars, Veronica) But you know who is just gliding through life, owning late night TV along with the hearts of many? Mr. JT. (NYTimes)

His band, The Tennessee Kids, is living the life, too: Vulture

After serving as host and musical guest on a great "SNL", he has camped out with Jimmy Fallon for Justin Timberweek to promote the Tuesday release of his album, "The 20/20 Experience." When they weren't giggling, they were playing. Here's my favorite bit:

In the same vein, wouldn't you aca-believe it, NBC is bringing back "The Sing-Off." (EW)

It's odd to cite two NBC shows in a positive way, so let's get back to normal. Everyone hates Matt Lauer, and that's the biggest reason why "Today" is suffering. That, and the fact it is horrible. (NYTimes)

Sending Lauer to "Jeopardy" sounds like a horrible idea, though. Get Ken Jennings! (Uproxx)

MSNBC, at least, is making smart moves with its talent, moving the excellent Chris Hayes to primetime starting in April and bumping Ed Schultz to the weekends. Hayes and my girl Rachel Maddow airing back to back will provide two of the smartest hours on TV. Hayes already, and by a big margin, has the most diverse guests among the Sunday cable news shows. (Media Matters)

More Chris Hayes should make everyone want to say "Yeah!" A lot. A la James Hetfield. (Uproxx)

More Benedict Cumberbatch is heavenly as well, even when he's being creepy/sexy. (Celebitchy)

Jim Gaffigan likes to pretend he's creepy, but this writer is more enamored with the comedian's "wholesome" acts and their lack of "bad words." It's not without merit, but ... I'm just going to say "Hot Pocket" in a high-pitched voice and move right along. (Wall Street Journal)

You know what's worse than bad words? The fact that "masculine writing" is dead. Or something. "Somewhere men's masculinity got hocked for gadgets, video games, fast-food drive-thru's, designer clothing, 10-minute oil changes, and reality TV." Have fun arguing. (The Daily Beast)

We can all agree, at least, that most desk jobs suck. (Wired) There are pictures to prove it:


You're probably stuck in a cubicle because you got a B.A. in Communications. (The Onion)

At least you'll have more time to watch videos. And because two a cappella items in one post aren't enough, here's a fun one that is making the rounds:

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  • kasiaza

    "A lot of people have had good weeks. (See: Pope, The; Mars, Veronica) But you know who is just gliding through life, owning late night TV along with the hearts of many? Mr. JT." Just when I think I'm out, you suck me back in Pajiba!

  • Phibbsy

    He mentions Bob Newhart, Seinfeld and Cosby as non-cursing comics, but bypasses Mitch Hedberg and Steven Wright. I think this writer just wants comfortable, non-threatening humor.

  • e jerry powell

    There are more comedians than that who don't work blue. Not that most of them are worth hearing (I'm looking at you, Jeff Foxworthy). Even the bluest of the blue keep bits/sets that are TV friendly, because the mofos want to work sometimes. I mean, how have so many comedians been able to hold it in for however many weeks on Last Comic Standing? Todd Glass is a foul-mouthed piece of work when he wants to be, but he did two seasons of LCS without getting bleeped even once.

  • Robert

    Chris Hayes' panels are more diverse than Melissa Harris-Perry's? That's a bet I wouldn't take. I'm glad Hayes is moving to primetime solely because it gives me an extra two hours to get work done on Saturdays. Waking up at 8AM to watch four hours of smart news content can take a toll on your life.

  • Drake

    Also, "Neverwhere" broadcast starts tomorrow. There goes my productivity next week.

  • googergieger

    People that like N Sync>People that like Justin Timberlake

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I don't care about any of Timberlake's primary output. But his skit comedy stuff is funny. That's about all the use I have for him.

  • e jerry powell


  • Sara_Tonin00

    Yeah. I don't even find him sexy. Or even baseline attractive.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Ok, I'm not clicking on the previous post, because I have a feeling it's a "have your cake and eat it too" post deploring sexy pictures while posting said sexy pictures, BUT - I read the title as: Reductive "Come Hitler" Pictures.

    might be time for glasses all day.

    I can see Lauer working for Jeopardy. Trebek is affable, condescending, and a touch pretentious, and Lauer fits the bill.

  • e jerry powell

    But Anderson Cooper is also being considered for the Trebek job.

  • Maguita NYC

    Noooooooo! Jeopardy does not allow it's hosts to utter more than 1 sentence at a time. Condescendingly.

    We need to hear the Silver Fox talk and girl-giggle all the time (2:35 mark)!

  • e jerry powell

    Go back and watch this week's episodes. Trebek would not shut up.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Masculinity hasn't been lost. It's just that most self-appointed arbiters of such base their characterizations on specific skills or traits that paint an incomplete picture of a man. There's more to being a man than drinkin', fightin', huntin' and hammerin' (if I may oversimplify for the sake of brevity, man). For every box-ticker like Hemingway there's the mystifying, yet undoubtable masculinity of say, a Robert Plant.

    It strikes me how stagnant and inobjective the typical criteria for manhood continue to be. Inevitably, there WILL be reference made to fathers and grandfathers and how everybody's so-and-so was the ultimate paragon of man. There will be bragging about wood, and meat, and whiskey, and cars, and sports. About how lacking certain skills makes you an inferior male. And it's bullsh*t.

    This doesn't mean I don't think more people should know how to build a fence or fix a flat or skin a deer. Learning and knowing how to accomplish things for yourself is immeasurably beneficial. Not only CAN you do those things, but you KNOW you can do those things and it makes a world of difference to your psyche. But that's simply self-reliance, and it's not limited to defining masculinity.

    I say this as a man who happens to share many of the interests defined by said stereotype. I can make and fix stuff and boast a preponderance of tools. I enjoy meat and various brown alcoholic liquids. I'm a half-decent athlete and I'm not frightened by dead things. But that doesn't define the measure of a man. That's just a bunch of sh*t you do.

  • Stina

    Absolutely! And why are these useful skills confined to masculinity? As a woman who's able to fix stuff and isn't frightened by dead things, does that make me less feminine? Because I see it as being practical and self-sufficient.

  • Fabius_Maximus


    Where's that nomination button again?

  • googergieger

    Yeah. Also if you don't drink light beer. I mean that shit is awful.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Stouts and dark ales, my friend. The more opaque the better.

  • chanohack

    Honest question: am I the only one who thinks the princess song is depressing? All of my facebook people think it's great. Is it just me?

  • Natallica

    God forgive me, but I thought Justin was the Fassbendah at first sight. Also... is it bad that I would totally share a beer and maybe some more stuff with Fallon but I don't wan't Cumberbatch anywhere near me?

  • Nadine

    I am right there with you. Cumberbatch is....strange looking.

  • Maguita NYC

    You say that as if it's a bad thing.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I decree: it is not bad.

  • Nadine

    There are many strange looking men for whom I would do...the dirtiest things. The filthiest. I normally get the 'god damn this not quite conventionally attractive person sure is sexy in other ways'. In fact there is a gif of him as Sherlock pulling a scarf off all angry like that makes me go 'Oh...hello'

    But mostly, he is strange looking like his head got smooshed around before the clay dried, or his bone structure is melting a little. He does nothing for me. He sort of creeps me out.

  • MRC210

    There are many things I would do for Laurence Fox, another strange-looking man. But yes, Cumberbatch is strange-looking in a creepy way.

  • jM

    Damn, Cumberbatch. Dat voice!

  • lowercase_ryan

    I comment because I CAN!

  • TheOtherGreg

    New host for Jeopardy: You say Ken Jennings, I say Kat Dennings. Potato, Potata.

  • Kballs

    The whisper thing Jim Gaffigan does where he acts like an offended audience member is the fucking WORST. It's enraging to a degree that is not healthy.

  • spoobnooble

    (whisper-voice) *That Kballs person is CRAZY!*

  • Kballs

    You goddamned sonofabitch.

  • lowercase_ryan

    could not disagree with you more. You're insane.

  • Kballs

    It's a shitty gimmick that he beats to death every single time he picks up a microphone. TO. DEATH.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I like it. *smirks*

  • Jezzer

    Work retail or fast food for a while, and then come back and tell me how much desk jobs suck.

  • Ben

    Try the best of both worlds, a desk job in customer service. All the mind numbing painfull soul crushing of a desk job, combined with dealing with fuckwits all day.

  • Slash

    This. I'll take my desk job over working in food service any day of the week. The general public are a bunch of stupid assholes. Not having to suck up to them to keep my job is one of the best parts about it. Plus, salary beats hourly.

  • e jerry powell

    In my last desk job, I still had to suck up to idiots. Student teacher supervisors.

  • googergieger

    Work as a professional cart wheeler for a while, then come back and tell me how much retail and fast food sucks.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Do you mean you wheel carts, or do cartwheels?

  • googergieger

    Whatever sounds more impressive.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I'm replying to this because fuck Disqus, which seems to have a daily knack for putting a month old comment I've already looked at top of my notifications list.

  • Mrcreosote

    I've done both. The substantial difference is that you can leave food or retail when the shift is done. desk jobs tend to hoover up all your time and stress you out 24/7. This is why I advocate for the "man/woman of leisure" major in college. I often berate my parents fo their lack of foresight about being insanely weathly so my life could be easier.

  • Testing

  • lowercase_ryan

    testes, 1, 2, testes...

  • Kris

    Huh-huh, huh, huh, huh.

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