I think we can probably all agree that of the various surprising things about Two and a Half Men actor Angus T. Jones going off the deep end and releasing a "testimonial video" in which he asks viewers to stop watching his show because it's "filling your head with filth," the least shocking thing is that there's already a Funny or Die clip that parodies his newfound spiritual convictions. Although I am pretty impressed they got it posted less than a week after Jones' video hit the web.
In the Funny or Die version, Matthew Perry spoofs Jones' religious rant, asking viewers to stop watching his NBC show Go On because it's an "abomination" ... but for f*ck's sake, of course he's not giving up his Friends money. He had a spiritual awakening, he's not a f*cking IDIOT.
Like most Funny or Die clips, it's pretty amusing -- but my favorite part about this one is how it works on so many levels.
So, okay, I wouldn't say that is the most laugh-out-loud hilarious thing I've ever seen on the Internet -- it's no "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis" -- but it's super clever, because:
1) Matthew Perry totally pokes fun at himself (his two TV series that tanked, his past struggle with drugs), which instantly makes him a more likable guy, possibly drumming up more viewers for his current show Go On
2) He gets to fake-mock, and therefore plug, the show he's on now, and --
3) He gets the chance to air some actual grievances with Angus T. Jones' actions, which probably reflect how a lot of people in entertainment feel
I mean, it's all in good fun, but I'm sure there are plenty of folks in Hollywood who really do think Jones sounds like a hypocrite for publicly whining about the show that made him the most highly-paid child actor of all time rather than manning up and quitting (or tithing all that money to his new church), and is a complete dick for throwing his fellow cast members under the bus in the process.
I actually feel a little sorry for Angus Jones, who probably didn't quite realize what he was getting himself into with that testimonial. The good news is that if he ever decides to mock himself in order to gain public favor, he'll have plenty of source material.
What do you think of this Funny or Die clip? Do you think Matthew Perry was a good choice?
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