Reply
Thread Tools Display Modes
#1
Old 03-15-2009, 09:11 PM
Guest
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Akron, OH
Posts: 5,482
Family Guy Tonight: Entire "Video" Of Conway Twitty Inserted

Okay.
Just got through with that part of the show.

WTF?

Peter says he needs a distraction, then they do 3 minutes of Conway Twitty sitting for the camera, then cut back to show?

Is that normal now on this show?
Is this proof of jump-sharking?
#2
Old 03-15-2009, 09:13 PM
Member
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: N.E. Indiana, USA
Posts: 4,835
Cheaper than 3 minutes of animation.

I was kinda WTF??? myself.
#3
Old 03-15-2009, 09:15 PM
Guest
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Posts: 35,999
If there's one thing McFarlane has never had, it's the sense of when to end a joke. Family Guy has more gags that just...die...through unnecessary extension than any show I've ever watched.
#4
Old 03-15-2009, 09:19 PM
Member
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 4,684
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Slant View Post
Okay.
Just got through with that part of the show.

WTF?

Peter says he needs a distraction, then they do 3 minutes of Conway Twitty sitting for the camera, then cut back to show?

Is that normal now on this show?
Is this proof of jump-sharking?
They have done it before (in two previous episodes a while back, they broke away to Conway Twitty singing)
#5
Old 03-15-2009, 09:22 PM
Guest
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Bloomingdale, NJ
Posts: 9,387
There was one episode of Family Guy which featured a spoof of Hee Haw followed by Peter saying "Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Conway Twitty," leading to an actual clip of Twitty performing on Hee Haw. I think it's become a recurring running gag by now, much like the chicken fights.
#6
Old 03-15-2009, 10:24 PM
Guest
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Vermont
Posts: 11,805
Quote:
Originally Posted by jayjay View Post
If there's one thing McFarlane has never had, it's the sense of when to end a joke. Family Guy has more gags that just...die...through unnecessary extension than any show I've ever watched.
Yea, McFarlane apparently thinks variations of drawing out a three second joke to 2-3 minutes is the funniest thing he's ever thought of. It was...kinda funny the first time.
#7
Old 03-15-2009, 10:36 PM
Member
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Cloud Cuckoo Land
Posts: 28,043
Daughter: WTF? . . . He's great!

Me: Yes, he was.

Daughter: How old was he when he made this?

Me: About forty. But it was a HARD forty.

Daughter: I can see that.

Last edited by dropzone; 03-15-2009 at 10:36 PM.
#8
Old 03-15-2009, 10:49 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Alamo City
Posts: 4,443
Conway.... Twitty.... gave.... me.... bad.... coupon...
/panting
#9
Old 03-15-2009, 10:51 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: In my own little world...
Posts: 12,180
Quote:
Originally Posted by Simplicio View Post
Yea, McFarlane apparently thinks variations of drawing out a three second joke to 2-3 minutes is the funniest thing he's ever thought of. It was...kinda funny the first time.
He has long been a fan of the Overly Long Gag (see the twenty second long "Peter is in pain" bit from season one or two).
#10
Old 03-15-2009, 11:30 PM
Member
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Cloud Cuckoo Land
Posts: 28,043
(student of the Catskill "Hit Them Hard Then Hit Them Again" school of comedy who rather likes McFarlane's abuse of that ancient Law handed down to Moses on Mt Sinai) (shrugging) The goyim* can be funny.


* - Yes, that requires me to either channel Mein Grossvati or Phil Silvers. Silvers was funnier.
#11
Old 03-15-2009, 11:36 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 6,300
A 3 minute chicken fight? Funny
A 3 minute clip of Conway Twitty? Funny for about 15 seconds. I was glad I watched it on my DVR. I thought it was too long for fast forwarding through, let alone actually listening to.
#12
Old 03-16-2009, 03:07 AM
Guest
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: The 13th Floor
Posts: 1,410
IMO It is just another reason to stop watching this show. Used to be good, and now is just...bleech.
#13
Old 03-16-2009, 03:12 AM
Guest
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Tel Aviv
Posts: 22,344
McFarlane is a douchebag. An occassionaly funny douchebag, but a douchebag none the less.
#14
Old 03-16-2009, 09:28 AM
Guest
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 764
I'm a fan of the "overly long gag"-- and McFarlane uses it A LOT to fun effect-- but like the description above says, when used too often, it gets old.

An entire Conway Twitty video? Really??
#15
Old 03-16-2009, 09:39 AM
Guest
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 237
And don't forget, Bird bird bird, bird bird bird bird bird. This season has featured a lot of things that seem like an honest straight up middle finger to the viewer, doing things knowing that people will be pissed, because the writers find that funny to think about, rather than necessarily caring if the audience thinks its funny.
#16
Old 03-16-2009, 09:40 AM
Guest
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 524
Best three minutes of my life.
#17
Old 03-16-2009, 09:53 AM
Guest
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: was Montreal, now MD
Posts: 7,116
I went to get a drink when I saw it was going to be more than 10 seconds of that horrible song. I came back to find it still playing and I accused my man of pausing or rewinding it to mess with me.

But no, it really just went on that long. That's sad.
#18
Old 03-16-2009, 09:56 AM
Guest
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Suburbs of Chicagoland
Posts: 22,337
Quote:
Originally Posted by davekhps View Post
I'm a fan of the "overly long gag"-- and McFarlane uses it A LOT to fun effect-- but like the description above says, when used too often, it gets old.

An entire Conway Twitty video? Really??
Yup, the whole song. The cutaway the first time was funny, but an entire song got old.

I know McFarlane does a lot of "running on forever" gags but this one just felt like they were being lazy and didn't even want to write one of those long gags to fill the time.

I liked the episode otherwise, though.
#19
Old 03-16-2009, 10:01 AM
Guest
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: Somewhere
Posts: 1,557
Quote:
Originally Posted by davekhps View Post
I'm a fan of the "overly long gag"-- and McFarlane uses it A LOT to fun effect-- but like the description above says, when used too often, it gets old.

An entire Conway Twitty video? Really??
As the father of an eleven year-old son with whom I share an obnoxious sense of humor (ask my wife), I'm a fan of the "overly long gag", too. So much so that, upon realizing that they were going to play the entire clip, I hoped that they would close out the entire episode with Conway Twitty.

I admit that I am probably the only one (besides my son) that would have enjoyed that.
#20
Old 03-16-2009, 10:22 AM
Guest
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Denmark
Posts: 3,010
Quote:
Originally Posted by TooSchoolforCool View Post
And don't forget, Bird bird bird, bird bird bird bird bird. This season has featured a lot of things that seem like an honest straight up middle finger to the viewer, doing things knowing that people will be pissed, because the writers find that funny to think about, rather than necessarily caring if the audience thinks its funny.
I think Surfing Bird was the best episode since season 3.
#21
Old 03-16-2009, 11:19 AM
Guest
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Washington, D.C.
Posts: 6,636
It's amazing how much more tightly and intelligently written American Dad typically is.
#22
Old 03-16-2009, 11:32 AM
Guest
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Posts: 35,999
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gadarene View Post
It's amazing how much more tightly and intelligently written American Dad typically is.
I was actually thinking that while reading this thread. The Overly Long Gag doesn't appear anywhere near as often in AD as it does in FG. Is someone other than McFarlane producing or headwriting, or is it just that AD isn't in the FG "brand" and therefore McFarlane is capable of treating it differently?
#23
Old 03-16-2009, 11:42 AM
Member
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 8,675
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Slant View Post
Is this proof of jump-sharking?
Don't be silly, Family Guy jumped the shark years ago.
#24
Old 03-16-2009, 11:42 AM
Guest
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 16,823
Quote:
Originally Posted by jayjay View Post
I was actually thinking that while reading this thread. The Overly Long Gag doesn't appear anywhere near as often in AD as it does in FG. Is someone other than McFarlane producing or headwriting, or is it just that AD isn't in the FG "brand" and therefore McFarlane is capable of treating it differently?
I don't know the exact answer, but I was thinking that, too.
#25
Old 03-16-2009, 11:46 AM
Charter Member
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Schenectady, NY, USA
Posts: 40,645
Quote:
Originally Posted by jayjay View Post
If there's one thing McFarlane has never had, it's the sense of when to end a joke. Family Guy has more gags that just...die...through unnecessary extension than any show I've ever watched.
Bingo. It's the biggest flaw in the show -- a good joke gets draaaaaged out until it stops being funny.
__________________
"East is East and West is West and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does."
Purveyor of fine science fiction since 1982.
#26
Old 03-16-2009, 11:49 AM
Guest
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Posts: 35,999
It is kind of funny how different the two shows are. Understand that I listen to both of them more often than I watch, since I'm usually at the computer while supervenusfreak has them on in the living room, but my usual reactions to the gags in each of them is completely different. To wit:

Family Guy - I'll laugh, then feel like I need to go to Confession for laughing.

American Dad - I'll laugh.
#27
Old 03-16-2009, 11:51 AM
Guest
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Posts: 35,999
Quote:
Originally Posted by RealityChuck View Post
Bingo. It's the biggest flaw in the show -- a good joke gets draaaaaged out until it stops being funny.
It's like watching a fish flop around on the dock. Flip, flop, flip, flop, flip, flop...it's dying but it just won't stop.
#28
Old 03-16-2009, 11:53 AM
Guest
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 19,226
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leaper View Post
He has long been a fan of the Overly Long Gag (see the twenty second long "Peter is in pain" bit from season one or two).
Overly Long Gags crack me up. Every time.

I don't know why. But I am definitely the target demographic here.
#29
Old 03-16-2009, 11:54 AM
Guest
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 19,226
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yossarian View Post
As the father of an eleven year-old son with whom I share an obnoxious sense of humor (ask my wife), I'm a fan of the "overly long gag", too. So much so that, upon realizing that they were going to play the entire clip, I hoped that they would close out the entire episode with Conway Twitty.

I admit that I am probably the only one (besides my son) that would have enjoyed that.
I think I would have found that entertaining.
#30
Old 03-16-2009, 11:55 AM
SDSAB
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: my Herkimer Battle Jitney
Posts: 71,446
Too long, yes, but that's what the Fast Forward button on my VCR remote is for (Conway and I even share a birthday!). Funny episode anyway.
#31
Old 03-16-2009, 11:57 AM
Guest
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Akron, OH
Posts: 5,482
Quote:
Originally Posted by Intergalactic Gladiator View Post
Don't be silly, Family Guy jumped the shark years ago.
Sorry, hastily composed post; I typed that all during the commercial, while trying to get my wife to believe what I'd just seen [she was in the other room].
#32
Old 03-16-2009, 01:03 PM
Guest
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: Somewhere
Posts: 1,557
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frylock View Post
I think I would have found that entertaining.
I shall consider your comment validation of my beliefs, and question them no longer.

(Not surprisingly, my son and I also find ATHF to represent the pinnacle of comedy....)

Last edited by Yossarian; 03-16-2009 at 01:04 PM.
#33
Old 03-16-2009, 01:10 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Western New York
Posts: 74,837
The problem is that the writers miss that humor needs both good conception and good execution. I can see how the idea of doing something absurd like switching to a Conway Twitty video sounds funny when you think of it around the writers table - it's a good concept. But it's almost impossible to execute that same idea and make it funny.
#34
Old 03-16-2009, 01:11 PM
Guest
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Calgary
Posts: 918
I liked the Conway Twitty segment, but I knew it was coming because I peaked into the Dope before watching. It was fascinating like watching a car wreck. None of the musicians moved any more than was necessary to play their instruments. Conway just stared in the camera with a passive face and sang like a statue. Did these guys ever learn that TV is a visual medium?
#35
Old 03-16-2009, 01:46 PM
Guest
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Virginia
Posts: 12,048
Working on that novel = funny
Chicken fight = sorta funny, but entertaining
30 sec of Conway Twitty = funny
Entire Conway Twitty song = stupid and a waste of viewer's time.
#36
Old 03-16-2009, 02:24 PM
Guest
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 3,203
After a little while we just decided to pretend it was a pre-cable 70's Sunday evening and we were watching Hee Haw.
#37
Old 03-16-2009, 02:28 PM
Guest
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Virginia
Posts: 12,048
Quote:
Originally Posted by Caricci View Post
After a little while we just decided to pretend it was a pre-cable 70's Sunday evening and we were watching Hee Haw.
Yep, 7:00 every Sunday night.
#38
Old 03-16-2009, 03:10 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Falls Church, Va.
Posts: 13,239
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frylock View Post
Overly Long Gags crack me up. Every time.

I don't know why. But I am definitely the target demographic here.
Me too. I thought it was hysterical.

More generally, what was up with a whole episode about OJ? OJ's in jail now, right? Did they make this episode last summer and gamble that he'd get off?
#39
Old 03-16-2009, 03:21 PM
SDSAB
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: my Herkimer Battle Jitney
Posts: 71,446
There was a title card at the very beginning saying that this was a "lost episode" from March 2007, found in Peter Griffin's attic.
#40
Old 03-16-2009, 03:23 PM
Guest
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Virginia
Posts: 12,048
But didn't they also reference Jimmy Kimmel hosting Late Night in this episode? How long ago was that decided?
#41
Old 03-16-2009, 03:27 PM
Member
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: North of Boston
Posts: 9,815
Quote:
Originally Posted by control-z View Post
But didn't they also reference Jimmy Kimmel hosting Late Night in this episode? How long ago was that decided?
Jimmy Kimmel doesn't host Late Night. He hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which has been on for 6 years or so. You're thinking of Jimmy Fallon.
#42
Old 03-16-2009, 03:34 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Anaheim, CA
Posts: 27,888
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mikemike2 View Post
Did these guys ever learn that TV is a visual medium?
Sure, but music is an aural medium.

I still can't see any point to music videos.
#43
Old 03-16-2009, 05:02 PM
Member
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: chicago illinois, usa
Posts: 4,692
I can't watch Family Guy except in short bursts. It's occasionally funny but those Overly Long Gags have made me avoid it for the most part. It's just not that funny.
#44
Old 03-16-2009, 05:33 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: SoCal High Desert
Posts: 769
C'mon. The "Shaboopie (sp?)" endzone celebration may just be the funniest thing I have ever seen on TV.
#45
Old 03-16-2009, 06:14 PM
Member
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: TX
Posts: 13,386
I thought it was funny when I saw they were doing the Conway Twitty thing again. Then when I saw how long it was going on, I got annoyed. Then when I saw that they were going to play the entire song even though they had to know I was going to be annoyed, I thought it was funny again, like Andy Kaufman channeled through Conway Twitty. I guess I'm the target audience of the only guy in America who thought it was funny.
#46
Old 03-16-2009, 06:19 PM
Guest
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Virginia
Posts: 12,048
Actually I skimmed through the episode again, the part where Peter does the thoughtful walk through town while "Dust in the Wind" played was good.
#47
Old 03-16-2009, 07:05 PM
Guest
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Tel Aviv
Posts: 22,344
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fear the Turtle View Post
C'mon. The "Shaboopie (sp?)" endzone celebration may just be the funniest thing I have ever seen on TV.
That's because unlike Conway Twitty, it was actually entertaining.
#48
Old 03-17-2009, 12:32 AM
BANNED
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Antioch
Posts: 11,459
I thought I was going to hate it, I could see he was going to play the whole thing, but I actually enjoyed the song. He is quite a good singer.
#49
Old 03-17-2009, 12:13 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Falls Church, Va.
Posts: 13,239
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Second Stone View Post
I thought I was going to hate it, I could see he was going to play the whole thing, but I actually enjoyed the song. He is quite a good singer.
And one hell of a sharp dresser!
#50
Old 03-17-2009, 12:20 PM
Guest
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Florida
Posts: 11,853
I am usually pretty forgiving of Family Guy and all its foibles but I thought that went on way too long and I got annoyed and turned away to play on my computer.
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:19 AM.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: oil paper shredder atom shape twice brewed coffee raspberry hairs boiling baked potatoes opposite of allegro gasoline and water wanda nevada imdb gravy too salty shriveled kidney latter date reaper rounds xcom saw buck ecolab uv light ntoskrnl.exe virus sasha nickname crackheads blowjobs cilajet com ma petite ami misfile webcomic reach fluoride floss angry cry mens arm garters feeling froggy origin define choad benadryl high dosage hm sign sunshine raisin biscuits mythbusters ideas ducane vs lennox workshop wall covering habanero flavor can you transfer money from bank of america to wells fargo ask no questions tell no lies toaster oven that doesn't get hot on the outside slap a jap superman the onion very special forces funny hot dog cart names ss lighting bolt meaning can you keep a raven as a pet do you have to take a jump in checkers how to connect cable box to computer can cats eat spider plants can stamps be reused a smoke and a pancake how long do alternators last is omaha steaks worth it hen vs rooster meat general tso chicken pronunciation penny press logic puzzles snow crab vs king crab taste who makes kirkland jeans how to hang a dartboard on drywall country club casual dress sun times crossword puzzle how much to tip garbage man christmas rock and roll hoochie koo rick derringer the last american virgin ending gifts for a doctor to say thank you papa was a rolling stone lyrics i have a problem with authority difference between half and half and cream flu shot making me sick