Not long ago, Simon Akam, writing for Slate, mourned the death of the American pun. Akam didn’t pinpoint the cause of death, but those looking for contributing factors may want to consider the 2010 retirement of film critic Gene Shalit.
For four decades at the Today Show, Shalit and his glorious moustache gave us delightfully bad puns year after year. Reviewing The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, he said it was “filled with wonders for every family—for kiddies, and for daddies, and of course, for mummies.” In Valentine’s Day, “Taylor Lautner falls for Taylor Swift—it’s a tailor-made romance!” Ba-dum-dum.
Happily for those of us who enjoy such groaners, @FakeShalit, a parody Twitter account that turns a year old tomorrow, is like the real Shalit, only more so.
Witch movie to see? Take your munchkins to OZ - the perfect film for a Raimi day! Let me be Frank, it's the toto package!; Not Gene Shalit (@FakeShalit) March 7, 2013
He doesn’t restrict himself to big-budget Hollywood flicks—he’s also capable of great riffs on artier fare.
UPSTREAM COLOR - Carruth, Carruth, Carruth is on fire! We don't need no answers; love the Amy Seimetz worm! Worm, Amy Seimetz, worm!; Not Gene Shalit (@FakeShalit) April 11, 2013
And @FakeShalit has an impressive knack for making entire sentences that consist mostly of the names of people involved with the film in question.
Watts wrong with MOVIE 43? It's Berry Long and I wanted to Liev. The Moretz on, the more Common I found it. It's Farrelly Rusty.; Not Gene Shalit (@FakeShalit) January 25, 2013
Bardem me, but Javier seen my rogue agent? My word is Bond - SKYFALL is more than just Fiennes, it's M-M-good!; Not Gene Shalit (@FakeShalit) November 9, 2012
We can’t vouch for @FakeShalit’s taste in movies. But his taste in deliciously bad puns is almost unerring.
THE HOST is worth every Niccol! I smell an Oscar, Meyer - Winner!; Not Gene Shalit (@FakeShalit) March 29, 2013
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