I’ve heard that Russians are good at holding their liquor but I’ve never heard that they have a knack for instilling fear in people.
Comedian Dan Soder thinks that Russians are scary, so scary that he would rather stay lost than ask for directions. Hilariously enough, Soder’s fear has brought him a new revelation: If he’s ever in a sticky situation, he’ll pretend to be Russian to scare people off. This is a fool proof plan, because everyone is afraid of Russians…right?
Maybe not. I’m not sure pretending to be Russian will prevent you from getting mugged or roughed up, but maybe it will work for Soder. He does have the Russian accent down pat.
My favourite part of this act is when he tries to explain how the whole scenario would play out if two guys came up to him and he pretended to be Russian to avoid conflict:
“Yo man, you know what neighbourhood your in?”
(Cue spot on Russian accent)”You think this bad neighbourhood?”
I think his next stand up act should just be him speaking in a Russian accent. I could see it now. ”I am funny… yes?”
WATCH SODER’S STAND UP HERE:
There are a few important life lessons that I have stuck to throughout the majority of my life. A couple of them are:
Unlike the first two rules, the third is one that anyone can enjoy and it’s really fun to tell people you spent a whole summer watching Arthur with your 18-year-old brother.
One of my personal favourites (asides from Arthur) is Phineas & Ferb where they invent some crazy things during their summer vacation. Hilarity ensues as their sister tries to bust them and their pet platypus is actually a secret agent with an archenemy named Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
While most of the adult-friendly gags come from the doc, it’s kind of perfect to see him get his own YouTube channel (which may or may not be by Disney) where he comments on pop culture (last week: bacon & Honey Boo Boo Child). While the Doof is hilarious all on his own, too bad YouTube’s closed captioning can’t exactly pick up on his accent.
Here’s the latest installment of his show, Doof Daily, and remember to hit that CC button:
Thanks, cartoons for making us laugh, even if it wasn’t intentional!
I can only think of a handful of American actors (Elijah Wood, Gwyneth Paltrow and Renée Zellweger, to name a few) who can do successfully do an English accent. But as far as the majority goes, the results are often quite disastrous.
I’ve never understood why directors don’t choose to hire British actors to play BRITISH CHARACTERS. Maybe they think the name of the actor will help boost sales. But honestly, I just think that’s just too big a risk to take.
(And as for Nicolas Cage’s accent, I’m just going to go out and say that he was acting like himself.)
This guy is pretty talented with his many voice impressions from different actors and famous characters such as Stewie Griffin, Mickey Mouse, Daffy Duck and Elmo. But that’s not all. You can’t forget about all the stereotypical accents from different countries and states: Boston, New York, Mexican, Indian, famous California surfer boy and more.
One of his favourites to talk with is the Australian accent. It’s true, you really can listen to someone talking in an accent forever (and girls love it). Even if the story is completely boring, the accent makes up for it.
A superstar in his own right, Russell Peters is to comedy lovers what Robert Pattinson is to pre-pubescent girls. The Canadian humorist born to Anglo-Indian parents became the first comedian to sell out the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, and is one in a handful of comedians to perform at the Madison Square Garden to a sold out audience. Peters’ new tour celebrating his 20th anniversary kicks off this January.
Anyone who’s seen him perform knows that one of the many things that distinguishes Peters from other acts is his dead-on accuracy when it comes to accents. What’s his secret?
“I listen,” he tells andPOP. “You’ve got to listen to get the inflections and the intent of what people are saying. That means listening to people when they’re happy, sad, angry. That’s how you learn how they speak. I still can’t do a Scottish accent though – doesn’t matter how much I listen and try it… those tricky Scots!”
Fans can hear him and his array of accents when Peters hits the road with “The Green Card Tour” in celebration of his 20th anniversary. But rest assured the jokes will focus on a variety of cultures as usual, not only on Americans. “The reason it’s called The Green Card Tour, is because I’ll be getting my Green Card in 2010,” he explains.
And if you’ve ever dreamed of opening for Peters during one of his shows, here’s your chance. He’s looking for a Canadian BFF (not a la Paris Hilton) through SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Russell Peters’ Search for Canada’s BFF. “In this contest we’re looking for anybody’s and I mean anybody’s ‘Best Funny Five Minutes,’ ” says Peters. “This is a chance for all those people who watch stand-up and say, ‘Hey! I could do that’, to actually get up on stage and do it, with a chance to open for me somewhere in North America.”