Scout Nation, it's unlikely that you recall it but several months ago, during a long-lasting, late-night session of video making with my friend Jul, I managed to lift her flagging spirits with a cold-medicine-induced jaunt of midriff-baring, fake-cowbell-playing around her little editing studio to the tune of "Hard Day's Night." (For the record, that may be the greatest number of hyphens I've used in a paragraph.)
I assumed that Jul was laughing because she understood the source material I was riffing on. I learned today that this was a false assumption because, apparently, Jul has this thing called 'a life.' She had, in fact, never seen the legendary skit from Saturday Night Live in which Will Ferrell achieves cowbell genius.
But someone tipped her off, and now she knows that that bit, along with most of my unabashed ploys for making others laugh, is based on someone else's genius. But somehow, learning this seemed to make it even funnier to her.
It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. All I know is that I can make Jul laugh with my pale imitation. Though I really do think (read: hope) that my midriff imitation falls a *bit* short of the real deal. (And don't you miss the word 'midriff'? Nobody says it anymore.)
Here now, the original iconic bit from SNL. And as funny as Will Ferrell and Christopher Walken are, also pay attention to Jimmy Fallon. His inability to keep a straight face is what really sends it over the top for me.
If Jul wants more cowbell, we should probably give her more cowbell!