The producers brought in Little Richard to be his teammate at the last minute not just to keep the taping on track, but also to help keep James Brown tethered to this dimension. It’s just fun to watch everyone else in this episode trying to fake smile their way through this game knowing that they’ve been putting up with this crap all day.
But it was all worth it to see the joy on James Brown’s face when he got to solve the third puzzle, even though earlier in that round he pulled the dumbass move of asking for the letter T a mere 26 seconds after Weird Al had asked for the same damn letter. Weird Al is a nice enough guy not to call out James Brown’s awkwardness in that moment, but we like to think he remembers that experience each time he gets a royalty check for “Living With a Hernia.”
Every Rudy Giuliani Cameo Ever, In Hindsight
Some men are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them, and some men jam a cinder block on the gas pedal and send greatness straight off a cliff for the insurance money. In the latter category lies Rudy Giuliani, the hard drinkin’, hard fartin’, shirt tuckin’ former mayor of New York City turned attention-starved political hobgoblin.
Of all the titles Giuliani has held over the years: Mayor of New York, U.S. Attorney, U.S. Associate Attorney General, cyber security advisor, presidential candidate, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer … the title he seems to have loved the most is that of “special guest star.” The man loves the spotlight, and sometimes dominating the news cycle in the real world isn’t enough for him, so he had to insert himself into fictional universes as well. But knowing what we know of the man he has become, those past cameos have aged about as well as an egg salad sandwich on a summer sidewalk.