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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Yahoo Serious

born 27 July 1953 Greg Pead (name-change by deed poll in 1980),
is an Australian film actor, director and score composer.
He is best known for his 1988 comedy Young Einstein.
He also created Reckless Kelly in 1993 and Mr. Accident in 2000.
Serious writes, directs, produces, stars in, and has composed the scores for his movies.

Young Einstein is an intentionally inaccurate movie portraying Albert Einstein
as a young farmer in Tasmania who discovers rock music and surfing,
romances Marie Curie, and derives the formula E=mc²
while trying to discover a means of creating beer bubbles.

from his website (
"I’m often stopped in the street by budding young filmmakers
who say 'Yahoo, I have this great idea.
How can it become a million dollar movie?'
I tell them that their dream can be achieved
by sending me $100 then following my simple 2 Step Plan.
Step 1. Get a million dollars.
Step 2. Make the movie.
The other most often asked questions are
'Hey Yahoo, isn’t that Yank internet company a rip off
setting itself up in Australia using your name?'
But let’s not go there.
And 'Yahoo how did you get your big break?'
My answer: 'It was always easy for me.
I was born very rich and lucky.'"

In an episode of The Simpsons, "Bart vs. Australia",
the family is shown a slide depicting a boarded up movie theatre
advertising a "Yahoo Serious Festival" on the marquee.
A confused Lisa says, "I know those words, but that sign makes no sense."

In several episodes of the cult television show Mystery Science Theater 3000,
hosts Joel Hodgson and Michael J. Nelson speak derisively of Yahoo Serious,
only favourably comparing him to fellow comedian Carrot Top.

In a Season 2 episode of American Idol,
when asked by an audience member who should play him in a film,
Clay Aiken responded first with "People say I look like Yahoo Serious".

In a Carnac the Magnificent sketch on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,
Carson's answer/prediction was "Yahoo Serious"
to the then revealed question, "What are the two stages of sex?"

In a spoof commercial on MTV during the "Young Einstein" period,
Serious was shown trying to come into the US for a TV appearance.
The customs officer asked for his name, to which he replied "Yahoo".
The incredulous officer then said, "Yahoo? You can't be serious!"
— to which the reply was an emphatic "Yes!"

"A smile is always double-edged in that it can be either happy or aggressive.
Animals when they bare their teeth they're attacking.
When we bare out teeth we're being warm and smiling.
My comedy tends to go to the human side of the smile."

"We often lose our way in the movie industry,
in as much as we forget that it's an art form and originality is important.
It's important not to just pick up a book
and make it into a movie or do do sequel II, III, IV and V.
Different is what people respond to.
They go, "Oh good! I can go and see something new!"
I hate sequels because they are always done for the wrong reason.
That is, they're always done for the same reason: money."

"The pursuit, I think, is to always do what you want
and happiness and success will be a part of that.
People often chase money and that's the wrong thing to chase
because it will always go away from you and drag happiness with it.
But if you allow money and success to be a by-product of what you want to do,
then you'll be happy."

"At the end of the day there are only ten types of jokes in the world,
so you’re really interpreting, or reinterpreting comedy for your generation.

"One night I was taking the garbage out and I tripped over it,
and you know when it goes everywhere
and you’ve got to clean it up and it stinks and everything like that,
and it’s kind of like a tragedy for you.
But somebody walking past laughed
and I thought: ‘Well, of course, what’s tragedy for someone…’
So, what if you take something like that
and turn it into the biggest epic event ever in cinema.”

"Australians do,” says Serious about how people relate to his films.
“That’s the thing.
Sometimes reviewers don't and they go and see a movie
at eight o’clock in the morning by themselves.
It’s not for them.
It’s like someone going along and hearing a rock band
at eight o’clock on a Monday morning when the pub’s empty.
Because comedy is like rock.
It’s of the people.
It’s popular culture."


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