Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Firewall's Top 10 Joaquin Phoenix Movies a.k.a. Happy Birthday Joaquin Phoenix

Today (28th October) is the 40th birthday of actor,Joaquin Phoenix.Phoenix started his acting career on television in 1982,and wouldn't make his feature film debut until 1986.Since then Phoenix has been nominated for four Golden Globes (winning one),three BAFTAs and three Oscars.He is a long time favourite of The Firewall.Here are The Firewall's Top 10 Joaquin Phoenix Movies.
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10)Two Lovers (2008)
When the depressed Leonard Kraditor finds himself torn between two women,one which his family is pushing him towards and a volatile neighbour who is in love with another man and goes to Leonard for comfort,he'll have to decide if the woman he wants is worth risking the love of the woman who cares about him the most.
IMDb Rating:7,1
Running Time:110 mins

9)U Turn (1997)
After running into car trouble while on route to Las Vegas to pay off his Mafia debts,Bobby Cooper is forced to stop off in a small town while he waits for his car to get repaired.During this time,he runs into a series of characters who are looking to make his stay in the town as uncomfortable as possible.One of these characters is Toby Tucker played by Joaquin Phoenix,who gets jealous when he sees Cooper talking to his girlfriend.
IMDb Rating:6,8
Running Time:125 mins

8)Ladder 49 (2004)
Ladder 49 is about the relationship between a rookie firefighter,Jack Morrison (Phoenix) and his mentor.When Morrison gets trapped responding to a fire in a 20 storey building.It is up to his mentor to organise a plan to save Morrison.
IMDb Rating:6,5
Running Time:115 mins

7)I'm Still Here (2010)
In late 2008,Joaquin Phoenix shocked Hollywood by announcing his intention to retire from acting to pursue a career as a rap musician.He would start making appearances in nightclubs to perform and his behaviour in public became erratic.This led people to believe he was having some kind of breakdown,when in fact he was working on I'm Still Here,Phoenix was using his celebrity to document the reaction of the media to his behaviour.He stayed in character throughout the duration of the film being made until finally revealing the project on an episode of The Late Show with David Letterman,where he had previously appeared in character.
IMDb Rating: 6,2
Running Time:108 mins

6)Signs (2002)
After the death of his wife,Preacher Graham Hess loses his faith in God and attempts to live a quiet life on a farm with his remaining family,including his brother Merrill (Phoenix).When crop circles start appearing in their fields,they dismiss it as the work of pranksters,but when they hear reports of crop circles appearing all over the world,they begin to realise there may be an extraterrestrial element to what's happening.
IMDb Rating:6,7
Running Time:106 mins

5)We Own The Night (2007)
Two brothers who have chosen different paths,find their loyalty to eachother put to the test when a hit is put out on police officer Joe Grusinsky,by the Russian mafia when he interferes in their growing criminal operation.Joe's brother Bobby,played by Phoenix,is a rising star on the nightclub scene,and doesn't want to helpt the police but he will have to choose a side.
IMDb Rating:6,9
Running Time:117 mins

4)The Master (2012)
The Master is a powerful story about Freddie Quell (Phoenix), a Naval veteran who,after returning home from World War II,finds himself lost and confused with doubts about his future when he stumbles upon The Cause.The Cause is a cult,the leader of which,is charasmatic and manages to draw Freddie in.Phoenix was nominated for a BAFTA,Golden Globe and Oscar,and any other year,I believe he would have walked away with all 3 but it would prove to be Daniel Day Lewis' year.
IMDb Rating: 144 mins
Running Time: 7,1

3)Her (2013)
Arguably one of the best movies of 2013,in Her Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore a writer who purchases an operating system which is designed to learn and adapt to meet the needs of the consumer.Theodore finds himself attracted to 'Samantha' the voice of his operating system,but the relationship between man and technology will have many obstacles to overcome.Phoenix was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his role.
IMDb Rating: 8,1
Running Time: 126 mins

2)Gladiator (2000)
Gladiator tells the story of Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And he will have his vengeance, in this life or the next.Phoenix plays Emperor Commodus,for this he earned a BAFTA,Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Actor In A Supporting Role.
IMDb Rating: 8,5
Running Time: 155 mins

1)Walk The Line (2005)
Walk The Line is a biopic about the life of music legend Johnny Cash.Phoenix takes on the role of Cash as he rises to fame,struggles against his demons and attempts to win over the woman he loves.Phoenix learned to play the guitar in preparation for the role and performed all of the songs himself.His dedication earned Phoenix a Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical,as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Actor In A Leading Role.
IMDb Rating:7,9
Running Time:136 mins

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Top 10 Scott Hall Matches

Hey Yo! Today is the 58th birthday of wrestler,Scott Hall.He started his wrestling career in 1984 at Championship Wresting from Florida.Hall would spend the next 8 years moving between different wrestling organisations and territories.In 1992,Hall was rebranded as Razor Ramon,the self-appointed "bad guy",who was modelled after Tony Montana from Scarface.It was with the WWF (WWE) that Hall was given the biggest push and would hold the WWF Intercontinental title four times.In 1996,Hall moved to WCW with Kevin Nash and help boost the company to the top of the ratings.Hall and Nash would form the nWo,one of the biggest and most popular groups in wrestling history.In WCW,Hall would hold the WCW U.S. Heavyweight Championship twice,the World Tag Team Championship seven times and the World Television Championship.From 1992-2000 was arguably the prime of Hall's wrestling career,despite his continuing to wrestle until 2012,including a short spell back in the WWF.Hall has had a number of problems with substance abuse,but in the past year seems to finally be getting control of his demons with the help of former wrestler Diamond Dallas Page.In 2014,Hall was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame,for his iconic Razor Ramon character.The Firewall has trawled through a bunch of Hall's matches on YouTube and has put together a top 10 list.It's not perfect,since YouTube obviously doesn't have every Hall match ever,but it'll have to do.The Firewall wants to honour the work of Scott Hall,so here it is,The Firewall's Top 10 Scott Hall Matches.Enjoy!

10)Scott Hall Vs Scott Steiner
This singles match is from WCW Monday Nitro,It's interesting to see Scott Hall take on someone whose strength and agility matches his own.Steiner at this time was sporting a different look to the one which wrestling fans would come to know him for. 
When? WCW Monday Nitro (20th October 1997)
Title Match? No

9)Scott Hall Vs Sting
Accompanied to the ring by wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes,nWo's Scott Hall was taking on Sting for the title which Sting had won at SuperBrawl VIII in February.
When? WCW Uncensored (15th March 1998)
Title Match? Yes (WCW World Heavyweight Championship)

8)Scott Hall & The Giant Vs Sting & Kevin Nash
Just a few months after Hall faced off against Sting for the World Heavyweight Championship,the nWo had split into two rival factions,on one side you had Kevin Nash's nWo Wolfpac,and on the other Scott Hall's nWo Hollywood.Sting and Nash had been the Tag Team Champions since the Great American Bash in June.
When? WCW Monday Nitro (20th July 1998)
Title Match? Yes (WCW Tag Team Championship)

7)Scott Hall Vs Kevin Nash
During this period in WC,Hall's character was reflective of his real-life struggles,he was struggling with alcohol addiction,this problem worried Nash,but Nash's attempts to help Hall escalated into a feud between the two who were once described as being "close than brothers".
When? WCW Halloween Havoc (25th October 1998)
Title Match? No

6)Razor Ramon Vs Paul Van Dow
In 1992,Scott Hall joined the World Wrestling Federation,this match would be his debut match for the company and the audience would meet "the bad guy".Inspired by Pacino's character Tony Montana in Scarface,I think it's hard to imagine anyone could have known how popular this character and Scott Hall would become.
When? WWF Superstars (8th August 1992)
Title Match? No

5)Scott Hall & Kevin Nash Vs Ric Flair & Roddy Piper
Despite being heels,the team of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash a.k.a. The Outsiders,had gotten over with the WCW fans and were often more popular than the 'babyfaces' in the company.With the help of Eric Bischoff,The Outsiders had held the WCW Tag titles since 24th February '97,Wrestling legends Roddy Piper and Ric Flair would briefly join forces in a feud against the nWo and The Outsiders.
When? WCW The Great American Bash (15th June 1997)
Title Match? Yes (WCW World Tag Team Championship)

4)Razor Ramon Vs Jeff Jarrett & The Roadie
This match was intended to be a Tag Team match,with the 1-2-3 Kid scheduled to team with Razor Ramon,however,the 1-2-3 Kid suffered a neck injury and would be unable to take part,therefore the match was changed to a handicap match. Jeff Jarrett was the Intercontinental Champion at the time.
When?WWF In Your House 1 (14th May 1995)
Title Match? No

3)Razor Ramon Vs Rick Martel 
On 27th September 1993,Shawn Michaels was stripped of the Intercontinental Championship for failing to defend the title within 30 days.This meant the title was vacant,so on 4th October a battle royale was held in which the last 2 men in the ring would face each other the following week for the championship.The final two men were Razor Ramon and Rick Martel,which led to this match.
When? WWF Monday Night Raw (11th October 1993)
Title Match? Yes (WWF Intercontinental Championship)

2)Razor Ramon Vs Shawn Michaels
This match would be a Wrestlemania X rematch,with the Intercontinental Championship on the line once again,the difference this time was that Shawn Michaels was the current champion since he had won it from Jeff Jarrett at In Your House 2 on 23rd July .Whoever came out on top would go on to face Sycho Sid on the 11th September episode of Monday Night Raw. 
When? WWF Summerslam 1995 (27th August 1995)
Title Match? Yes (WWF Intercontinental Championship)

1)Razor Ramon vs Shawn Michaels
After being forced to vacate the Intercontinental Championship in September 1993,Shawn Michaels returned in November claiming to be the true champion due to the fact that no-one had defeated him to win the belt.This led to this Wrestlemania match between Razor Ramon,who was the Intercontinental Champion and Shawn Michaels.It would be the first ladder match ever to shown on television by the WWF.It would go on to become a classic match and revolutionise all ladder matches which would follow. There is debate which ladder match was better,between this one and the one at Summerslam 1995,but this one gets to the top on this list.
When? WWF Wrestlemania X (20th March 1994)
Title Match? Yes (WWF Intercontinental Championship)

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Firewall's Favourite Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

170 years ago today (15th October),Friedrich Nietzsche was born.Nietzsche has become one of the most well known and quoted philosophers of all time.He commented on a wide range of subjects including ethics,the perceptions of reality,religion,art and the quest for knowledge.Nietzsche had 14 books published,and, particularly after his death,his influence was wide ranging,it affected people with views on the left and right side of the political spectrum,who interpreted his works to fit their agendas.Nietzsche is not only thought of as being one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century,but one of the greatest thinkers of all time.He died on 25 August 1900 at the age of 55.The Firewall thought it would class this place up a bit by putting together a chronological list of its favourite quotes from Friedrich Nietzsche. In red,is the source of the quote (in English,and sometimes in its original German form),in white is the quote itself,and in yellow you'll find the quote in its original German form. These quotes and more can be found on Wikiquote,since it is a site which requires the source to be named,which makes it more reliable than other quote websites.So,put on your thinking caps (and reading glasses,for some),and here we go.

The Portable Nietzsche (1954) by Walter Kaufmann
It is precisely facts that do not exist, only interpretations.

Letter to Elisabeth Nietzsche, Bonn, 1865
If you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then enquire.

The Wanderer and His Shadow (1880)
(Der Wanderer und sein Schatten) 
There are horrible people who, instead of solving a problem, tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.

The Dawn (1881)
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
Not necessity, not desire - no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything - health, food, a place to live, entertainment - they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied.

"Beyond Good and Evil" (1886)
He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss,the abyss also gazes into you.

The Birth of Tragedy (1872)

(Die Geburt der Tragödie aus dem Geiste der Musik)

Wie nun der Philosoph zur Wirklichkeit des Daseins, so verhält sich der künstlerisch erregbare Mensch zur Wirklichkeit des Traumes; er sieht genau und gern zu: denn aus diesen Bildern deutet er sich das Leben, an diesen Vorgängen übt er sich für das Leben.

Der philosophische Mensch hat sogar das Vorgefühl, dass auch unter dieser Wirklichkeit, in der wir leben und sind, eine zweite ganz andre verborgen liege...
Thus the man who is responsive to artistic stimuli reacts to the reality of dreams as does the philosopher to the reality of existence; he observes closely, and he enjoys his observation: for it is out of these images that he interprets life, out of these processes that he trains himself for life. 

Underneath this reality in which we live and have our being, another and altogether different reality lies concealed...

On Truth and Lies in an Extra-Moral Sense (1873)

Über Wahrheit und Lüge im außermoralischen Sinn
There were eternities during which it did not exist. And when it is all over with the human intellect, nothing will have happened

The pride connected with knowing and sensing lies like a blinding fog over the eyes and senses of men, thus deceiving them concerning the value of existence.

A continuous fluttering around the solitary flame of vanity — is so much the rule and the law among men that there is almost nothing which is less comprehensible than how an honest and pure drive for truth could have arisen among them.

What does man actually know about himself? Is he, indeed, ever able to perceive himself completely, as if laid out in a lighted display case? Does nature not conceal most things from him — even concerning his own body — in order to confine and lock him within a proud, deceptive consciousness, aloof from the coils of the bowels, the rapid flow of the blood stream, and the intricate quivering of the fibres! 

Truths are illusions which we have forgotten are illusions — they are metaphors that have become worn out and have been drained of sensuous force, coins which have lost their embossing and are now considered as metal and no longer as coins.

As a genius of construction, man raises himself far above the bee in the following way: whereas the bee builds with wax that he gathers from nature, man builds with the far more delicate conceptual material which he first has to manufacture from himself.

Untimely Meditations (1876)

In his heart every man knows quite well that, being unique, he will be in the world only once and that no imaginable chance will for a second time gather together into a unity so strangely variegated an assortment as he is: he knows it but he hides it like a bad conscience—why?

Men are even lazier than they are timid, and fear most of all the inconveniences with which unconditional honesty and nakedness would burden them. 

The man who does not wish to belong to the mass needs only to cease taking himself easily; let him follow his conscience, which calls to him: “Be your self! All you are now doing, thinking, desiring, is not you yourself.”

How reluctant later generations will be to have anything to do with the relics of an era ruled, not by living men, but by pseudo-men dominated by public opinion.

We are responsible to ourselves for our own existence; consequently we want to be the true helmsman of this existence and refuse to allow our existence to resemble a mindless act of chance.

No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.

How can a man know himself? He is a thing dark and veiled; and if the hare has seven skins, man can slough off seventy times seven and still not be able to say: “this is really you, this is no longer outer shell.”

That is the secret of all culture: it does not provide artificial limbs, wax noses or spectacles—that which can provide these things is, rather, only sham education. Culture is liberation, the removal of all the weeds, rubble and vermin that want to attack the tender buds of the plant.

Human, All Too Human (1878)

(Menschliches, Allzumenschliches)

Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today.

die Hoffnung: sie ist in Wahrheit das übelste der Übel, weil sie die Qual der Menschen verlängert.

In reality, hope is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs man’s torments.

Today as always, men fall into two groups: slaves and free men. Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar.

We often contradict an opinion for no other reason than that we do not like the tone in which it is expressed.

A Path to Equality. - A few hours of mountain climbing turn a rascal and a saint into two pretty similar creatures. Fatigue is the shortest way to Equality and Fraternity--and, in the end, Liberty will surrender to Sleep.

It says nothing against the ripeness of a spirit that it has a few worms.

In the mountains of truth you will never climb in vain: either you will get up higher today or you will exercise your strength so as to be able to get up higher tomorrow.

Das Empörende an einer individuellen Lebensart. - Alle sehr individuellen Maßregeln des Lebens bringen die Menschen gegen Den, der sie ergreift, auf; sie fühlen sich durch die aussergewöhnliche Behandlung, welche jener sich angedeihen lässt, erniedrigt, als gewöhnliche Wesen.
The infuriating thing about an individual way of living. People are always angry at anyone who chooses very individual standards for his life; because of the extraordinary treatment which that man grants to himself, they feel degraded, like ordinary beings.

Daybreak — Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality (1881)
It is not enough to prove something, one has also to seduce or elevate people to it. That is why the man of knowledge should learn how to speak his wisdom: and often in such a way that it sounds like folly!

The Gay Science (1882)

(Die fröhliche Wissenschaft)
We are, all of us, growing volcanoes that approach the hour of their eruption; but how near or distant that is, nobody knows — not even God.

People who live in an age of corruption are witty and slanderous; they know that there are other kinds of murder than by dagger or assault; they also know that whatever is well said is believed...

Even the most beautiful scenery is no longer assured of our love after we have lived in it for three months, and some distant coast attracts our avarice: possessions are generally diminished by possession.

A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions — as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.

The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.

Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings — always darker, emptier, simpler.

The heaviest burden: “What, if some day or night, a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: ‘This life, as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life must return to you, all in the same succession and sequence — even this spider and this moonlight between the trees and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned over again and again—and you with it, speck of dust!’ Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: ‘You are a god, and never have I heard anything more divine!’ If this thought were to gain possession of you, it would change you as you are, or perhaps crush you. The question in each and every thing, “do you want this once more and innumerable times more?” would lie upon your actions as the greatest weight. Or how well disposed would you have to become to yourself and to life to crave nothing more fervently than this ultimate eternal confirmation and seal?

Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1885)

(Also sprach Zarathustra)
Du grosses Gestirn! Was wäre dein Glück, wenn du nicht Die hättest, welchen du leuchtest!

You great star, what would your happiness be had you not those for whom you shine?

Ihr habt den Weg vom Wurme zum Menschen gemacht, und Vieles ist in euch noch Wurm. Einst wart ihr Affen, und auch jetzt ist der Mensch mehr Affe, als irgend ein Affe.
You have evolved from worm to man, but much within you is still worm. Once you were apes, yet even now man is more of an ape than any of the apes.

Von allem Geschriebenen liebe ich nur Das, was Einer mit seinem Blüte schreibt.
Of all that is written, I love only what a man has written with his own blood.

Ich weiss um den Hass und Neid eures Herzens. Ihr seid nicht gross genug, um Hass und Neid nicht zu kennen. So seid denn gross genug, euch ihrer nicht zu schämen.

I know of the hatred and envy of your hearts. You are not great enough not to know hatred and envy. Then be great enough not to be ashamed of them!

Es ist immer etwas Wahnsinn in der Liebe. Es ist aber immer auch etwas Vernunft im Wahnsinn.

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

Twilight of the Idols (1888)


Wie? ist der Mensch nur ein Fehlgriff Gottes? Oder Gott nur ein Fehlgriff des Menschen?
What is it: is man only a blunder of God, or God only a blunder of man?

Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker.
What does not kill me, makes me stronger.

Without music, life would be a mistake.

The Antichrist (1888)

(Der Antichrist)
In Christianity, neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.

Ecce Homo (1888)

Der Mensch der Erkenntnis muss nicht nur seine Feinde lieben, er muss auch seine Freunde hassen können.
The knight of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies, but also to hate his friends.

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The Firewall's 13 Favourite Comedy Songs

Everyone loves to laugh,that's why we have comedians.Some comedians are able to combine comedy and music,which,when it is done right,can create something amazing.Whether they come with professional music videos or are performed as part of a stand up routine,the following 13 (I don't know why) are certified favourites of The Firewall! I will quickly mention that The Firewall has not included songs from movies,that's another list for another day! Here they are The Firewall's 12 Favourite Comedy Songs.Enjoy!

13)"Weird Al" Yankovich - White & Nerdy
By many,Yankovich is seen as the original when it comes to making song parodies.He has been an active comedian since 1976 when "Weird Al" was just 16 years old.Having written hundreds of songs,there is plenty to keep you occupied if you decide to go through the "Weird Al" Yankovich songbook,but this parody of Chamillionaire's 2006 hit 'Ridin' is the one that has stayed with me since I first heard it,I hope that doesn't say too much about me...anyway,the song can be found on the albums Straight Outta Lynwood (2006) and The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovich.

12)Steve Martin - King Tut
Back in the 1970's Steve Martin was not a star of movies which are fun for the whole family,he was the rockstar of stand up comedy,making people laugh with absurd humour.In 1978,he released a novelty song called King Tut,a tribute to Egyptian Pharoah Tutankhamun.The single sold over a million copies and made it to number 17 in the Billboard Hot 100.It was then included on his comedy album,A Wild and Crazy Guy.

11)Bill Bailey - Insect Nation
Bill Bailey is considered one of the best stand up comedians around and has been making audiences laugh since he formed a double act in 1984 called The Rubber Bishops.Since then he has gone on to win and be nominated for numerous awards including being a Perrier Comedy Awards nominee in 1996 and taking home the Best Live Stand-Up award from the British Comedy Awards in 1999.Bailey has never been shy about showing off his musical talent in his acts and Insect Nation is one of my favourites from Bailey's 1995 Cosmic Jam tour.

10)Sarah Silverman - I'm Fucking Matt Damon
On 31st January 2008,American chat show host Jimmy Kimmel had his then long time girlfriend Sarah Silverman on the show.In a scripted segment,Silverman revealed, through this song, that she wanted to break up with Kimmel. Matt Damon was part of a long running gag on The Jimmy Kimmel Show where at the end of the show Kimmel would apologise to Damon for not having enough time to have him on as a guest.The fake feud between Kimmel and Damon would continue after this song,and lead to Damon taking over the show for a night.The song "I'm Fucking Matt Damon" would go on to win a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

9)Shadrack & The Mandem - Guns n' Pork
Roughly 4 years ago,a British comedy group known as Shadrack and the Mandem appeared on YouTube,they posed as fake street thugs and drug dealers,they were so convincing that many didn't realised that it was just a joke.One joke they used was that the biggest and baddest talking member of the group would appear on rollerskates and glide gracefully around.Their success would lead to them making a song and a music video.It's called Guns n' Pork and it is very good indeed.

8)David O'Doherty - FAQ For The D.O.D.
David O' Doherty is a stand up comedian who has been active since 1999.His shows have led to him winning two awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.O' Doherty has overall performed 15 shows at the Edinburgh festival and released two comedy CD's.He has been known to open his shows with the song called FAQ For The D.O.D,its aim is to introduce the audience to his brand of comedy and what they can expect from the rest of the show.

7)Hugh Laurie - Mystery
Before he was a successful singer of the blues,or dazzling with his American accent in the TV show 'House',Hugh Laurie was part of a truly outstanding comedy duo with Stephen Fry on a sketch show called A Bit Of Fry & Laurie.The show ran for 4 series,and had 26 episodes in total.The comedy was fast and clever,often relying on wordplay and double entendre.Laurie performed many songs on the show,but one of the most well known and successful song was titled 'Mystery',he sung it while imitating Sammy Davis Jr and crooned over a lost love,and as the song progresses,the audience realises that this love story is not so straightforward.Laurie has been known to perform the song on occasion including on his episode of Inside The Actor's Studio in 2006.

6)Tim Minchin - Inflatable You 
Tim Minchin is an Australian stand up comedian who has been active since 2002.Minchin has described his comedy style as a "funny cabaret show".He has released 7 CD's and 5 DVD's.As well as being very funny,Minchin as a talented songwriter,composed and lyricist which is apparent by his award winning Matilda The Musical.An early version of Inflatable You appears on Minchin's first debut comedy album 'Darkside',and it remains a fan favourite.

5)Jon Lajoie - Pop Song
Jon Lajoie's is one of YouTube's biggest success stories.Lajoie started using musical comedy in 2006 and posted satirical songs online through his YouTube channel,one of his most well known songs are those he made as his alter ego E=MC Vagina.The Firewall's favourite came in 2010,when he released an extremely professional looking music video for Pop Song which showed exactly what Lajoie thought of modern Pop music.The song can be found on Lajoie's debut album from 2009,'You Want Some Of This?'

4)Stephen Lynch - Talk To Me
Talk To Me is the opening track from 'Superhero',a live album released in 2003 by singer/songwriter Stephen Lynch.It tells the story of Lynch being found in an awkward situation by a loved one.Lynch did his best to avoid the comedy club circuit as a performer,instead opting for venues which were better known for music acts instead of comedy acts,by doing this Lynch was able to play at high profile places like the House Of Blues and Carengie Hall.In 2006,Lynch would branch out and become part of the original Broadway cast for The Wedding Singer as Robbie Hart.He was toured worldwide,released 2 studio albums,2 live albums and a double live/studio album.

3)Flight Of The Conchords - The Humans Are Dead
Flight Of The Conchords are made up of New Zealanders Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie.They have many songs in their comedy catalogue which were featured in their BBC radio series,which would later become a television series called 'Flight Of The Conchords'.The duo have been active since 1998 and last known activity according to their website was in September 2013.Any of their songs would have been sitting comfortably on this list,but there's something about The Humans Are Dead that keeps me coming back.

2)The Lonely Island - Jizz In My Pants
Has anyone not heart of The Lonely Island at this point? The group found fame from their time on Saturday Night Live,the first song they made was 'Lazy Sunday',which was a hit on the show and became big on YouTube,but Jizz In My Pants, which was released in 2008,is arguably the groups most popular song,and has been viewed over 132 millions times on YouTube.The music video perfectly fits the song and celebrity cameos are always a win.

1)Bo Burnham - Sad
Bo Burnham is one of The Firewall's favourite comedians.At 16 years old,Burnham was writing brilliantly dark and funny songs and putting them on YouTube,mainly for members of his family,but as of January 2014,his videos have been viewed over 124 million times.Right now he is 23 years old and has released 3 albums,had a short run on MTV with a show called 'Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous' which he wrote and starred in.In 2010,Burnham won the Edinburgh Comedy Awards Panel Prize and 'Act Most Likely To Make A Million Quid' awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.In 2013,he released a book of his poetry called 'Egghead:Or,You Can't Survive On Ideas Alone',and released his latest one hour show called 'What.' on YouTube for free,which has had over 4 million views since December 2013.Sad is a fantastic song,and just happens to be my favourite of Burnham's right now but you could pick out any of his songs and they would all have been at number one on this list,so go and listen to more of his songs,what the heck,here's the link for What.:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejc5zic4q2A

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