Portlandia star Fred Armisen is starting a new YouTube project that challenges you to stop smiling and be serious for 30 seconds of your life. The project, aptly called ”Be Serious For 30 Seconds,” will have users submit edited or unedited videos of themselves being serious just for kicks. It’s not a competition and the videos can be scripted or improvised. Now let’s get down to business.
Here are the rules:
1) It has to be serious.
2) It must be 30 seconds or less.
3) There can be no more than two people in it.
4) There has to be one five second dramatic pause
5) There must be one cutaway of an object.
6) You must do you best acting job possible.
7) It must end with a door slamming.
Now that you’re up to speed, watch Armisen describe the rules in more detail and show you an example of what he means, below.
Last night’s episode of SNL was hosted by Maya Rudolph with performances by Sleigh Bells. The best act of the night was a Beyonce/Jay-Z sketch in which celebrities paid their respects to baby Blue Ivy Carter. Angelina tried to kidnap the Blue Ivy to add to her baby collection and an overly-excited Taylor Swift came through saying nothing at all. My fave visitors were Fred Armisen from Portlandia creeping over Ivy’s crib and giving her a creepy one-sided grin and Justin Timberlake putting himself to sleep strumming his canoe-guitar as Bon Iver.
Another great part of the night was a performance by musical duo Sleigh Bells. They also revealed that Jack White will be a musical guest on March 3 with Lindsay Lohan as host. It’ll be an interesting dynamic and I wonder if Lohan will poke fun at her longtime tabloid headlines.