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Michael Shannon And Rachel Bloom Conquer 'Lip Sync Battle'

By Kristy Puchko | TV | June 17, 2016 |

By Kristy Puchko | TV | June 17, 2016 |

You saw the alarmingly alluring teaser, but did you catch the bonkers ep? Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom faced off against “crazy” (as a foxy fox) character actor Michael Shannon in a Lip Sync Battle where both stayed true to brand.

First, here’s the pre-show smack talk. Be afeared, Shannon. Bloom has done some lip syncing in her day. But hey, smack-talk Shannon’s no slouch, doling out, “Rachel, I’m sorry in advance because I’m going to humiliate you. Publicly. On television. On Spike television. So bad.”

Kicking things off, Shannon strutted and silently screamed along to The Pixies’ sultry “Here Comes Your Man.” And it was so strangely seductive that even its teaser threw our dear Rebecca in a bunk-tearing tizzy.

Bloom responded with a rousing and ambitious rendition of “I Want It That Way,” by The Backstreet Boys. She embodied every Boy, emoting to the rafters, humping the stage, and playing to the adoring audience. Yet that clip is not online. UGH! It’s like feminism didn’t even happen. Here’s her “Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury” instead.

Teasing her heavy boob-shaking finale number, Bloom brought chutzpah to the behind-the-scenes section. While Shannon brought his dad dancing. Is the man part raptor? What is happening?

While most actresses (and actors) use the Lip Sync Battle stage as an excuse to live out their pop star fantasies, Bloom played into her strength with Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” reveling in the comedy of awkwardness. Instead of a glitzy gown or shimmering booty short, she wore an authentic and brazenly unbecoming band uniform, complete with pigtails, braces, blazing acne, and hot nerd boy.

And Shannon. That smoldering weirdo took his allotted back-ups dancers and slung them about with the garbage dump debris on the stage. And he took on a true challenge trying to wrap his square mouth around the rapid-fire R.E.M. jam “It’s the End of the World.” And he is fine. No, no, I know. His lip sync was sloppy. But he is fine. And sexy wins.

What you don’t see in these clips, is when host LL Cool J realizes, “Yo, Michael, you’ve really got like a quiet kinky side to you.” And Shannon surprised none of us Overlords when he shyly replied, “I really do.” Clear a space on your Pajiba 10 for lion master and Lip Sync Battle champion, Michael Shannon.

You can watch the ep (if you have a compliant cable provider) here.

*It worked when Kristy Puchko did it. ;)

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.