"As close as possible without threatening your seed."

I’m probably going to lose my day job because I’m laughing so hard that I’m about to cry.

First, some background.

As much as I love the action movies, most of my favorite TV shows and movies are comedies. What can I say? I like the escape. I want to be taken someplace funnier and more exciting than the place I’m in.

Two of my all-time favorite comedies are Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, from director Jared Hess.

Lots of people look down on these movies because they think they’re stupid.

My argument is that it takes a lot of intelligence and skill to make something that looks so deceptively dumb.

That subtle brilliance is what I’m such a big fan of Mr. Hess’s work.

And if you ask me who my favorite person (who isn’t Tina Fey, whom I love more than my own pancreas) currently starring in a television series is, I’d be hard-pressed to come up with someone who makes me laugh more than Jemaine Clement, who plays Jemaine on HBO’s hilarious comedy series Flight of the Conchords.

Go buy the DVDs. Better yet, just come to my apartment and I’ll cook something and we can laugh at them together; Jemaine’s dry humor and cracker-jack timing are comedy gold and you really need to see it for yourself.

And now, he’s starring in a new movie directed by … Jared Hess.

It’s called Gentlemen Broncos. Jemaine plays a famous science fiction author named Ronald Chevalier, who steals a teenager’s idea for a fantasy novel and authors it himself.

Shenanigans will undoubtedly result from this.

And they’ll be funny.

Anyway, marketing for the movie is starting to pick up, and part of it is this hilarious website for Jemaine’s Ronald Chevalier character:

Official Website: Ronald Chevalier

It’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen, and it perfectly captures the pretentious manner in which many science fiction writers seem to conduct themselves.

Look at some of those book titles! Brain Cream. Cyborg Harpies.


And the cover gallery of his early works!

Including …

That’s the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen.

And if that’s not enough, there’s this hilarious video of Chevalier explaining relaxation techniques:


Please watch it. I’ll wait for you until you’re done.

“As close as possible without threatening your seed.”


The funniest thing about this to me is that Dr. Ronald Chevalier is about as unlike Jemaine’s character on Flight of the Conchords as can be.

So there you go, gang. I’m really excited about this one.


  1. Haha, oh my god, that movie sounds great! :D

    Can I come over and eat food and watch Flight of the Conchords with you? I’m working on a teleportation machine …

    Oh my god … that video was absolutely hilarious!

    I guess these relaxating techniques only work if you’re a guy? ;D Haha!

  2. Kerstin says:

    Flight of the Conchords is the best comedy on television right now. Joey has their latest CD and I love to listen to it. “The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room” and “Hip Hoppopotomous” are my absolute favorites.

    It’s the only sit com I watch right now.

    Have you seen Pineapple Express? I want to see it, but just don’t have movie time right now.

  3. John says:

    Stephanie: Yes you may. I’ll cook you the finest meal you’ve ever had. And then we’ll get into all kinds of trouble with your machine.

    Kerstin: Have you seen their Lord of the Rings video? It’s awesome! Hilarious. I’ll dig up the link. I need to get the CD, too. And I haven’t seen Pineapple Express but I’ll probably catch it early next week; I’m doing an article about action-comedies for the Brit mag so I’m seeing that and Tropic Thunder for that. I’ll let you know! And let me know, if you beat me to it. :)

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