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The Next Mannequin Challenge

Let’s face it: Nothing’s ever going to stop, well, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship.

Yesterday’s blog (Stay Calm and Don’t Carry On) spotlighted the latest craze that’s been sweeping the nation: “The Mannequin Challenge.” And, as was mentioned in the aforementioned blog post, the true inspiration for this 2016 cultural phenomenon is the 1987 movie Mannequin.

The song, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” became synonymous with the classic ’80s film. You cannot think about one without the other. Incredible. This package deal of warm, fun memories from yesteryear continues to prove its worth far beyond its post-1987 future. Especially following a contentious presidential election, the American people are in need of the eternal reminder that everything will be okay. This is true regardless of who you voted for or who you wanted to win last night. One of the greatest pillars of the amazing American experiment is to relentlessly strive for “a more perfect union.” Not perfect, but more perfect. It’s a never-ending journey and pursuit.

America can be like bickering siblings going through very difficult times. Tensions run high and nobody wants to talk or start the conversation towards reconciliation. That’s when the goofy brother takes center stage to bring at least a couple minutes of some much needed levity.

I challenge everyone to take a few minutes out of their day to dance to “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” with somebody or a group of people and record the experience. I think we all need this for a variety of reasons.

Now isn’t the time to just stand still.

Proof That SNL is Best When You’re in High School

Laughing is not literally the best medicine, but it just might be a close second.

With the weekend upon us, the pressure is on to plan something unforgettably fun to do once the sun sets. We can’t waste a single moment. Luckily, Bill Hader and John Mulaney (as written about in yesterday’s blog post), created the best club promoter in partying history by combining an oddly entertaining email and a particular coffee barista in Chelsea, New York. Since readers of Jimmy’s Daily Planet are up to speed on the evolution of SNL’s Stefon from yesteryear (part of “Throwback Thursday”), it’s time to see what club has everything…

Actually, scratch learning about the hottest new club in NYC. Instead, let’s watch a heartwarming Make-a-Wish story involving Bill Hader…and, yes, a little Stefon. 

That moment had everything.

It’s That Thing of When You Learn About Where Stefon Came From

This blog post has everything…

The greatest club promoter the world has ever known, Stefon, was the brainchild of SNL cast member/impressionist Bill Hader and SNL writer John Mulaney. As you would expect, the inception of this legendary character originated within the perfect storm of serendipity. Isn’t that the case with some of the best things in life?

For “Throwback Thursday,” let’s reminisce about the phenomenon that is Stefon.

(If it feels right, feel free to hold your hands up to your face and laugh)

Now, it’s time to hear from the writing guru who was the wordsmith behind the club promoter who loves rooms with broken glass.

I am looking for a Halloween party to hit up later this month…

Stay tuned tomorrow for a vintage weekend update.

Cleveland’s Fun: Believe It or Not!

“The Win” is where Cleveland is at now, but “The Decision” is where the city was not too long ago.

How did Cleveland’s faithful make the transition?

Basketball aside, the healing peacemaker was surprisingly not an intermediary at all. Instead, the conciliatory trigger was a state of mind. Specifically, the Ohio state (small “s”) of mind. More specifically, the “OH-” state of mind. Outsiders may laugh and roll their eyes at the passionately proud nature of Ohioans, but there’s a lot to be happy about.

That list can wait for another day.

For instance, when The Ohio State Buckeyes play that team up north or in a national championship, a win is not the only thing on the line. The entire identity and emotional well-being of its citizens are at stake.

People from Cleveland and beyond read the LeBron James re-dedication letter from July of 2014 to his hometown in northeast Ohio, but movie watchers saw an entertaining abridged version of his sentiment in the movie Trainwreck. Granted, LeBron’s scenes are about the only appropriate moments in the film (true story) and are also the most clever and endearing.

Destination Cleveland: Why haven’t there been a collection of creative tourism videos in the following video clip’s spirit featuring northeast Ohio’s favorite son and a skeptical traveler?

A Ted Mosby cameo could be cool too…

Right. Right!