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The First Rule

Postby Matt » 04 Apr 2011, 08:33

The First Rule is that Fight Club jokes are overplayed.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/loadingreadyrun/2998-The-First-Rule

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Re: The First Rule

Postby aeric90 » 04 Apr 2011, 08:46

I love Jame's cotton beard and the deep breath Paul takes before his telepathic question. Great video and wonderful stinger. "No Rules Means No Pants" should be on a t-shirt :D
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Re: The First Rule

Postby RytelCSF » 04 Apr 2011, 08:50

That may in fact be the greatest stinger I have ever seen.
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Re: The First Rule

Postby GreigKM » 04 Apr 2011, 08:59

No rules means no pants indeed... Words to live by.
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Re: The First Rule

Postby Vanguard » 04 Apr 2011, 09:07

The problem with this generation is that no one can just accept vague mystical advice anymore.

Oh, and I would wear the hell out of a "No Rules Mean No Pants" shirt, at least until I stop wearing clothing in public because, as sensai said, there are no rules.
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Re: The First Rule

Postby Alahmnat » 04 Apr 2011, 09:20

The stinger really made this one, IMO. Paul's over-analytical musings were entertaining, but Kathleen's "NO RULES MEANS NO PANTS!" is what got me funny looks from my co-workers as I tried to stifle my laughter.
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Re: The First Rule

Postby ThrashJazzAssassin » 04 Apr 2011, 09:46

Stop me if you've heard this one before, but Kathleen rocks the craziness. Although that shouldn't overshadow the good job James and Paul did with the facial expressions. Did it take a while to get a take that synched up nicely? I can imagine it being easy to accidentally pull the wrong face if you're not delivering the lines out loud.

I enjoyed the return of the Shaolin-style outfit, albeit without the braided pubes. The floating pebble also looked pretty sweet, although I still find it slightly disconcerting to see proper CG in a web series that I grew to love while it had an effects budget of charitable donations, pocket lint and whatever was lying around the house. :D
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Re: The First Rule

Postby Vigafre » 04 Apr 2011, 09:46

I inadvertently somewhat predicted the stinger after I saw Kathleen was in it. I feel bad.

And aw, no Morgan.

Also, the pebble was a nice touch.
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Re: The First Rule

Postby Tapir12 » 04 Apr 2011, 09:57

Haha, very well done. I imagine trying to do all the facial expressions without any words would have been tricky. You guys picked a very "zen" location too. I liked the little zap that James gave Paul on the way out.
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Re: The First Rule

Postby Yaxley » 04 Apr 2011, 10:27

Similar to what others have said, when I saw that Kathleen was credited as appearing and that there were 20 seconds left for the stinger... let's just say it's a setup for hilarity.

I also enjoy this addition to the list of videos where James has a giant mustache.
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Re: The First Rule

Postby ElementalAlchemist » 04 Apr 2011, 10:31

Add me to the list of people enjoying the beard-thing.

I definitely enjoyed the video. Oddly enough, it also made me think how nobody thinks twice when someone says, "The first rules is that there are no rules."

Maybe I just didn't predict the stinger because I haven't been here long enough, but new favorite stinger ever. Kathleen was great.
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Re: The First Rule

Postby toasted_engineer » 04 Apr 2011, 10:51

Brilliant video, James does the authority figures really well.
With the cotton wool beard it looks like one of his mystical powers is to channel the whatever thing.
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Re: The First Rule

Postby LogicSword » 04 Apr 2011, 10:54

I loved the completely natural and not at all fake beard.

There were so many great lines in this as well, and as for the stinger... Oh my xD

I do love a good Paul script :D
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Re: The First Rule

Postby Juliamon » 04 Apr 2011, 11:39

I would absolutely buy a No Rules Means No Pants shirt or other product! It is a brilliant line.

The first-rule thing always annoyed me because I am all too willing to get caught up in logical thought questions.

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Re: The First Rule

Postby Jenny_Spaghetti » 04 Apr 2011, 11:54

My 6-year-old says "DUH, mom. They obviously mean that the first rule of meditation is that there are no rules of meditation. Besides, meditation is dumb without yoga."

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Re: The First Rule

Postby Fowl Sorcerous » 04 Apr 2011, 12:54

I was about 1 minute in and practically shouted 'paul wrote this'. Only he could spend that much time and this much comedy stuck on such a small idea, it's awesome. Also, damned fine stinger gag.
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Re: The First Rule

Postby JackSlack » 04 Apr 2011, 13:21

Paul, you always have the weirdest sketches. :)
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Re: The First Rule

Postby Danzama » 04 Apr 2011, 13:49

Loved it. I like James' new hairstyle
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Re: The First Rule

Postby Beta Test » 04 Apr 2011, 14:15

JackSlack wrote:Paul, you always have the weirdest sketches. :)


Not to be rude, but I feel as though you take a quick look in the Kathleen sketches, I believe you will find them bat-shit wierd beyond the comprehensions of hell, itself.

Anywho on to the video, yes to T-shirt idea, I was a little bummed out when I figured out that Morgan wasn't the master monk, not to say that James didn't do a great job, because he did, which allowed me to get over no Morgan, so I won't make a big deal of that. Then within the first WTF expression Paul made I was like, yep it's one Paul's spawnchild. Then the stinger, I expected Kathleen to give the same reaction, but what I got was the wierdness that lies with her, Kathleen you are loved. So now I'm going to have Kathleen dancing around, kicking hats, and proclaiming to the world that no rules = no pants stuck in my head all week.
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Re: The First Rule

Postby JackSlack » 04 Apr 2011, 15:02

Beta Test wrote:Not to be rude, but I feel as though you take a quick look in the Kathleen sketches, I believe you will find them bat-shit wierd beyond the comprehensions of hell, itself.


I keep hearing this, but I do not believe it. I can't see how Sigma Theta Delta is possibly as weird as Decadent Sports League. (To be fair, The First Rule is one of the less weird Paul sketches. Still...)

Weird is subjective, I suppose, but I just don't find Kathleen's sketches that odd, while I find Paul's sketches bizarre. Funny in both cases, mind you.
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Re: The First Rule

Postby Beta Test » 04 Apr 2011, 15:17

JackSlack wrote:
Beta Test wrote:Not to be rude, but I feel as though you take a quick look in the Kathleen sketches, I believe you will find them bat-shit wierd beyond the comprehensions of hell, itself.


I keep hearing this, but I do not believe it. I can't see how Sigma Theta Delta is possibly as weird as Decadent Sports League. (To be fair, The First Rule is one of the less weird Paul sketches. Still...)


Weird is subjective, I suppose, but I just don't find Kathleen's sketches that odd, while I find Paul's sketches bizarre. Funny in both cases, mind you.


Fair enough, I guess it all boils down to each of our own personal definitions of wierd.
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Re: The First Rule

Postby Vanguard » 04 Apr 2011, 16:20

Personally I wouldn't say Kathleen's sketches are "weird" but more along the lines of being "twisted" in terms of humor. Most of her work errs to the side of being bizarre or just plain wrong in regard to her jokes.

If you want to see odd, Jack, watch Deeply Religious, which is still my favorite sketch LRR has ever done.
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Re: The First Rule

Postby Beta Test » 04 Apr 2011, 16:36

Vanguard wrote:Personally I wouldn't say Kathleen's sketches are "weird" but more along the lines of being "twisted" in terms of humor. Most of her work errs to the side of being bizarre or just plain wrong in regard to her jokes.

If you want to see odd, Jack, watch Deeply Religious, which is still my favorite sketch LRR has ever done.


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Re: The First Rule

Postby milow » 04 Apr 2011, 17:07

I enjoyed this episode. I was struck by how hard it probably is to act with your eyes closed, and yet, I thought the humor came across quite well. I was puzzled by seeing Kathleen in the credits, and then I saw the stinger. I thought she was going to comment on "my son", but then she went all pantless... much better.
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Re: The First Rule

Postby Flewellyn » 04 Apr 2011, 18:31

I would very much buy a "No Rules Means No Pants" shirt. I suggest this as the next preorder trial.

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