Ever wonder how Ren & Stimpy got on the air? Why Sam always climbed through Clarissa’s window? Who came up with the song "Killer Tofu" on Doug? Me too. And in the spirit of "ask, and you shall receive" is a new book full of all the golden answers to all your ’90s-nostalgia questions: SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age.
Written by the same guy who wrote Rag Doll: A Horrotica Novel, and with a foreword by Double Dare host Marc Summers, the book peels back the orange Nickelodeon logo and reveals the slime-filled underbelly of the network’s early ’80s and ’90s history, off-air gossip, slime ingredients, and over 200 stories from such VIPs as Kenan Thompson and Melissa Joan Hart – who basically raised us. It also details how Nickelodeon changed the face of cable TV, but we don’t really care about that.
While every page of this book will probably be covered vigorously on Buzzfeed – the arbiter of all things ’90s nostalgia in very large graphics – it’ll have to wait until October 2013, when it physically makes it way onto the entrance tables of Barnes & Nobles, where it will be scooped up by Rugrats-loving 27-year-olds, and quizzically glared at by 12-year-olds who subsist on iCarly.
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In case you haven’t had enough of Roger Ebert nostalgia, here’s a great clip from Siskel & Ebert and the Movies from 1997 in which the two critics go head-to-head during their review of Good Burger, the feature-film adaptation of the sketch from All That featuring Kel Mitchell and current SNL cast member Kenan Thompson. Both critics found the movie pretty stupid, as they should because they are adults, but it’s fascinating to watch the Siskel and Ebert actually come up with a reason to argue about the film’s merits—Siskel trashes it completely, whereas Ebert defends it on the grounds that it’s indended for an adolescent audience.
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New York Giants quarterback and two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning hosts Saturday Night Live this week. In his promo clip, released today, he joins Kenan Thompson and Jason Sudeikis for a sendup of NBC’s singing competition, The Voice. Sudeikis wears a nasty beard, Thompson takes a spiral to the shoulder and Manning pretends to sing. Although history has not been kind to athletes hosting SNL—earlier this season, Charles Barkley gave a pretty "meh" performance—it looks like Manning is at least having a good time and willing to go for the goofy, slapstick humor, which indicates there may be some promise.
Athlete hosting gigs on SNL have ranged from the thoroughly forgettable (Michael Phelps) to actually pretty funny: Derek Jeter won points for being able to poke fun at himself while playing Candy Soriano in the sketch known as "Baseball Wives," referring to himself as looking like "The Rock had sex with a Muppet." Manning’s big brother Peyton hosted SNL back in 2007 after the Colts’ Super Bowl win, an appearance which yielded one particularly memorable clip: a spoof of the NFL’s United Way commercials, in which Manning curses at small children and beans them with footballs.
The episode airs this Saturday and Rihanna will be the musical guest. Watch the clip after the jump.