Posted by: Joel Moss Levinson | April 3, 2012

Noah’s Ark: The Animated Series?

Almost two years ago now, my brother and I began working on an idea for an animated show called Noah’s Ark. Here is a piece (*click the image to see it on FunnyOrDie)
Noah's Ark by happyjoelmoss

In a nutshell, it occurred to us that even though the bible kind of “glosses over” 40 days and 40 nights of rain, and another 200 days of floating on the Ark, that shit was probably pretty hilarious. Because honestly, it boils down to the story of the man with the crappiest job in the history of time, the most demanding boss ever who’s always changing his mind, getting sea-sick on a boat with a bunch of fucking, crapping animals who didn’t get to pick the mate they would be repopulating the Earth with. HILARIOUS!

So we did everything we could to make it happen, including getting two of our favorite comics from childhood, Jonathan Katz (otherwise known as Dr. Katz) and Marc Maron to be God and Noah. We made a few clips and pieces of a web series like episode in hopes that someone else sees the potential of this idea and gives us a billion dollars to make more of them (or, failing that, how about a few thousands and a development deal???)

In the meantime, after a long period of not being able to share it because of theoretical interest, it’s exciting to be able to show this video that we are super proud of so give it a watch, call it funny, then share it with your friends because they will think it’s cool if you showed it to them first before it’s been seen 50,000,000 times.

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Posted by: Joel Moss Levinson | March 21, 2012

Some Asshole In Front of Penguins

This is a contest for a sweet prize, $25,000 worth of travel. I entered a picture from Antarctica which I would love to have win. I feel like I could have a really good shot at this contest if I was able to take that trip to Antarctica again now knowing what I know about how to take a picture, but unfortunately when I was there about 80% of my pictures ended up looking like this:

Some Asshole In Front of Penguins by happyjoelmoss
Some Asshole In Front of Penguins, a photo by happyjoelmoss on Flickr.

 

The good news is that I did take at least SOME pictures that are worthwhile for a contest like this one, so I entered a picture I’m really proud of, penguins set against the backdrop of the mountains, ocean and glaciers. Obviously, I’m right off screen making a “jerk off” motion, but with some quality cropping I think this just might be a winner! (you can like it daily on the contest if you’re feeling generous.)

 

Posted by: Joel Moss Levinson | March 20, 2012

The Most Memorable Person I’ve Ever Slept With

My hard drive went bust and in moving things over to my new one, I found this gem of a video which was submitted for a “Who’s the Most Memorable Person You’ve Ever Slept With?” Contest, but the link is dead and it made me smile, so I thought I’d upload it to youtube. You may be surprised to hear that it lost.

Enjoy?

Posted by: Joel Moss Levinson | March 19, 2012

Mythtory of the World “Ancient Egypt”

Got an email from a friend of my brother’s who is an animator and wants to work with me on a future contest. I asked to see a link to his stuff and when he showed it to me I got pretty pumped because I think this dude might be an animation genius. Check it out.

His name is Ross Bollinger and the idea of seeing these characters act out my doofy words and lyrics makes me very excited.

Posted by: Joel Moss Levinson | March 12, 2012

Guitar Lessons from Gary Teaches Guitar (NSFW)

My brother Stephen, one half of the Levinson Brothers, has been hard at work for years in New York creating comedy for Channel 101. He does some work on this show (both writing AND as an FBI agent!) that stars musical mastermind Tony Zaret called “Gary Teaches Guitar.”

If you want the chance to watch this and other shows featuring aliens and/or penis jokes, there’s a live screening happening tonight at 8 pm at 153 East 3rd st. in New york (that’s the UCB East theater.) Details.

Posted by: Joel Moss Levinson | March 7, 2012

…And You Shall Know Us By the Trail of Puppets

Think I couldn’t figure out more puppet appropriate entries to create with the puppets I bought? Well THINK AGAIN! I didn’t spend over $40 a piece on these puppets to only use them 8 times!

In this edition of puppets sing things, I recorded my own version of the Backblaze Blog theme song (you have to use their lyrics), complete with slide whistle. If you can’t hear the slide whistle, turn it up and listen for the thing that makes every other instrument sound 5 degrees stupider (stupider in a good way! Like when Stupid is the sound you’re going for!) Other instruments that can change the degree of stupidness of a song are:

Kazoo   +10 degrees stupidity

Jug        +12 degrees stupidity

Superfluous Wah-wah pedal  +2 degrees stupidity

The prize for this contest is one of those brand new iPads that came out today, so I’m going to tag the word iPad all over this post to try to drum up some views. ipad HD ipad 3 mac apple iphone 3g 4g 5g sg gg

Posted by: Joel Moss Levinson | March 1, 2012

Brokeback Mountain Contest Entry: A Story of Unrequited (contest) Love

Sometimes people write to me and ask me to enter their video contests, and sometimes I do it. A few weeks ago I got an invitation to participate in a “Movie Moments” contest, in which you pick one of 7 existing movie quotes and reshoot them. Normally I wouldn’t have been too interested, but one of the movie lines was “I wish I knew how to quit you,” from Brokeback Mountain, and it just so happens that friend and frequent collaborator Joseph Binetti looks SO FUCKING MUCH LIKE JAKE GYLLENHAAL IT’S CRAZY. Here’s the original, followed by our entry.

I’m serious, you guys. Pause it when it’s on both of their faces yelling, tell me they don’t look alike.

I thought the entry period went throughout February, but the last two days of the month are apparently for “finalist selection.” I wrote and begged that they reconsider (if they had let me in it would have officially been a Leap Day Miracle.) But voting is live and we haven’t been accepted. The bad news is, no chance at an HD TV. The good news is, we captured this classic moment of cinema for eternity. You’re welcome, internet.

Posted by: Joel Moss Levinson | February 29, 2012

The Better Cooking Show by Joseph Binetti

Fidelity Investments is running a contest for SXSW with Mofilm, and the assignment is simple – show how you can make something better. Since all of my personal ideas involve making things worse, I was happy to work with frequent collaborator and Jake Gyllenhaal lookalike, Joseph Binetti.

Joseph has apparently always wanted to see a cooking show that involves a pretty girl, no close-ups, a foul-mouthed puppet and easy to cook cuisine, though the word “cuisine” might be a little much. To that end, we created The Better Cooking Show. (click the picture to have your mind blown.)

Joel sits on a couch, paunch a little too clear on camera.

Let's hope it's the camera that added those ten pounds around my stomach.

Did you notice a certain blue haired, foul-mouthed puppet? He’s appeared in so many videos recently I’ve created a new category to organize posts on this site. We’ll see if he ends up getting used more or less than the “sandcastles” category. I’m guessing it’ll be a push.

Posted by: Joel Moss Levinson | February 28, 2012

Website Builds Amazing Traffic with Alien Toy Song Video

“Website builds amazing traffic with alien toy song video!” is what the headlines will read if:

a) This video somehow wins the CreditCards.com video contest, and

b) Somehow alien toys become the new big thing in web advertising leading to an unforeseen and massive uptick in traffic to their site.

I’m not necessarily holding out hope that either of those things will happen, BUT I really like the song and the marimbas I used made me think of aliens, and aliens make me think of responsible credit card use, so I went ahead and made this just before the deadline ends (in 6 hours.) I titled it “CreditCards.com Alien Future Great Deal Wow.” (click the picture to see the video.)

Joel with two alien toys

I’m thinking of doing a Director’s Cut which features the other 30 minutes of footage I have of me running around behind these alien toys. If I do, I will take bets to see if anyone can physically stand watching it for that long. 6:1 against.

Posted by: Joel Moss Levinson | February 24, 2012

What is luxury? Reginald Von Puppetschtein knows.

What an interesting contest! The assignment was simple (and brandless, my favorite!) namely:

Interview a luxury consumer with the following seven questions about luxury.

Naturally, my mind immediately went to the most regal of my friends, Reginald Von Puppetschtein. I suppose to call him a friend is a little presumptuous on my part, for who can truly know the mind of the rich, who have learned to keep only their own council. But he graced me with time and an opportunity to speak to him, he answered as honestly as could be expected, and hopefully he’ll give me a shot in this contest.

By the way, this video is Morty’s favorite.

(click the image to be taken to the fascinating interview)

Reginald sits before the fireplace.

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