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Paul F. Tompkins and John Hodgman Mock Green Day in New Ted Leo Music Video

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Aug 24th 2010 5:30PM
Paul F TompkinsIt's always fun when worlds collide -- like when musicians and TV comedy stars hang out in real life. But it's even better when all these awesome people decide to collaborate on a hilarious project.

The new Ted Leo and the Pharmacists music video for the song 'Bottled in Cork' (below) features comedians John Hodgman ('The Daily Show') and Paul F. Tompkins ('Mr. Show,' 'Best Week Ever') in roles as a theater critic and a Broadway mogul respectively.

The video, directed by WFMU radio favorite Tom Scharpling, parodies the band Green Day for its decision to use its 2004 album 'American Idiot' as the basis for a Broadway musical of the same name. Green Day faced criticism for the decision from punk purists and Ted Leo's video definitely cuts deep.

"Yes! A half-a**ed musical that cheapens what you do and embarrasses everyone involved and makes you all as rich as Croesus from ancient Greece -- very rich!," Tompkins' character says. Sick burn!

If you missed seeing the super funny Tompkins on your screen since the cancellation of 'Best Week Ever' last year, be sure to check out the video below.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists 'Bottled in Cork'

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laura

I've never heard of these guys before. Green Day is my favourite band and i hate to see them being mocked but i can imagine them laughing at this :)
Their broadway show was a bold choice and I'd love to see it someday

August 25 2010 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
airtoast

Another former "friend" stabs Green Day in the back? It feels like 1994 all over again. This jealous attempt at humor just feels immature for guys that are so old now. Hopefully it will get Ted Leo some attention and not come off as desperate as it looks from someone who used to be on the same indie label as Green Day. I'm surprised Will Ferrell didn't take offense to this since he has literally played cowbell onstage with Green Day in the past. Green Day are only a few years shy from being together longer than the Ramones, who were also regularly criticized by these so-called "Punk purists" who got their panties in a bunch about the sell-out production of the "End of the Century" album among other things. And there's the Sex Pistol's movie The Great Rock and Roll Swindle. Did anyone see Live Freaky, Die Freaky?

No matter what anyone may think of their decision to let an award-winning director take their album and make a Broadway show of it, Green Day has a spot waiting for them in the RnR Hall of Fame while no one has ever heard of this catty, no-name backstabber.

August 25 2010 at 10:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Chas Winterbottom

Green Day Broadway Musical. Let that sink in for a while. What's not to make fun of about that? Have you seen the commercials for it? It's cringe inducing.

Also it might be worth mentioning that Ted Leo has never had aspirations to be a huge stadium act let alone a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame so to say he's jealous is just silly.

All that said, the guy probably doesn't have some deep seated hatred for Green Day. He's just goofing around.

August 25 2010 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
airtoast

I have let it sink in, and I think it's kind of cool. I'd really like to see American Idiot sometime as it's different from most Broadway fare I've been to previously. The commercials for it are certainly no more cringe-inducing than the other flamboyant stage musicals. It's called an open mind, and I like to keep it.

It really isn't worth mentioning that Ted Leo never had aspirations to be a huge stadium act. Do you really think he would turn that kind of success down if it hit for him? Do you think Green Day had aspirations of opening on Broadway when they were playing in garages and sleeping on Bay Area friends' couches?

Sorry, but after listening to punk music for about 20 years, I'm more into the whole unity aspect and supporting other bands, rather than trying to knock them down a peg to try and raise your popularity.

August 25 2010 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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