Tag: funny

Peter Cook: A Life In Pieces

Now that Niklaus, Santa and the Christkind have gone, we’re stuck in that pleasant limbo before the Three Kings turn up and plunge us all back into usefulness. Languid days, pleasant though they are, benefit from a least a slight…

Day 17: The Chanukkah Song

It’s not just Mariah who’s having a 20th anniversary this year. Adam Sandler’s legendary Chanukah Song first appeared on his 1996 album, but was written in 1994. Or at least, so says Wikipedia. And if it’s on the internet, it’s…

Day 16: Silent Night

For chorus masters everywhere, who have probably had enough conversations like this to make them reconsider the value of continued existence. Miss Mussel and the

Shit Choristers Say

Top Tip: If you’ve been in choir for ages and have never met a chorister like this, it’s you. Well done to the Vancouver Cantata Singers for riding the meme wave started by this and this.

Arthur Streeb-Greebling – A Life In Pieces

It’s officially 2012, but seeing as the wisemen still have 6 days to show up, it’s still technically Christmas – the seventh day, in fact. Keep an eye out for any stray swans. They’ll only act as a beacon for…

Dispatch from the Marketing Department

This week, I had the chance to report on two new things from the world of classical music marketing. First, the Vancouver Opera collaborated with marketing agency Taxi to produce a series of adverts pitching opera as adventurous as gondola…

Adorable

Via SwissMiss — it seems that Frank and Rita were trying to take a photograph using the camera on their Mac but while doing so, accidentally activated the video and filmed their whole experience. A year ago, Miss Mussel posted…

well just praise the Lord for that….

This video was first brought to my attention by, of all people, my voice teacher in Toronto. It may be familiar to some of you but for those of you who are ‘first timers’ sit back and enjoy Henrietta and…

Pearl, I couldn’t agree more.

Here we have a little selection submitted by Miss Mussel to me Frere Mussel. It is simply really really funny. For me, it totally surpasses Santa Baby, by our favourite blonde bombshell. Pearl Mae Bailey (March 29, 1918 – August…

Les Bibliothécairs S’Amusent

When the students are away, the librarians will play. With, it seems, increasingly excellent production values The crew at Washington University practice their Poker Face(s) From The Harold B. Lee library at Brigham Young University in Utah, ladies and gents,…

Trude Herr: Cabaret Genius

The OM’s foreign correspondent sends these slices of brilliance from Cologne. Trude Herr (auf Deutsch) was a hometown girl, who had a great career as a character actress in German film and as a singer on the Berlin cabaret circuit….

‘Friend Of Dorothy’ Fiddle

A friend of a friend ended up buying a violin from Reinhard Goebel, founder of the now defunct Musica Antiqua Köln. When the new owner opened the case, he found that someone had indulged in a delightfully ribald spot of…

New Muppet Classics

Apparently the Muppet Show has been back for 4 years or so in webisode form. Did anyone else miss out on that memo?

Rowan For A Sunday

Rowan Atkinson during the 1981 Secret Policeman’s Ball. Why does Miss Mussel feel like she’s seen every single one of these moves at various concerts she’s attended? Except for maybe the air oboe. And then, of course, the Pathetique, Piano…

Supernumaries Gone Wild

Turns out being a super is Super. Serious. Business. Big props to French and Saunders for bringing this information to light.

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 22

We seem to be oscillating between the austere and the ridiculous on this calendar, not a bad thing considering that’s how Miss Mussel’s mind generally works. It’s all about keeping it real here at OM Headquarters…er…or something. Foshizzle et al….

Aural Advent Calender: Day 18

Reader Pat suggested these 3 minutes of silliness in the comments from yesterday’s post and really, who among us has not sat through a performance that pretty well matches this one? Its generous lashings of earnest and awful combined with…