Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Leslie Nielsen, 1926-2010

It's odd. I just wrote a random post about parodies, and Leslie Nielsen up and dies on us. I think it's only fitting we talk about him.

Even if you've never seen Airplane for reasons unfathomable, you've almost definitely been affected by Leslie Nielsen. If you've enjoyed Scary Movie or any of the spinoffs, an SNL commercial parody, or  MadTV, you've been affected by the white-haired monster of spoof comedy. His deadpan delivery, overt horniness, and general cluelessness created a new genre of comedy, formed in his likeness. Despite his sometimes risque material, since my father was a big fan of his, Leslie was allowed to corrupt my brain at a young age. I'll probably be suffering from it for the rest of my life. Rest in peace old boy.

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