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Tue May 28, 2019, 04:47 PM

Randy Rainbow: "Maybe when this is all over, Kellyanne [Conway] and I can have a drink together."

DU has many, many Randy Rainbow fans, so I'm delighted to share this great article from the Washington Post. If you're stuck at the WaPo pay-wall, I would highly recommend you find a way -- borrow a friend's device, create a one-time phantom account, actually pony up a few coins -- to read the full article. It's that good.

Randy Rainbow’s Witty World
How a musical theater nerd reinvented political satire for the YouTube age


Here are some excerpts:

It’s no secret that in 21st-century America, power over public opinion doesn’t reside exclusively with editorialists or news anchors. We are now Entertainment Nation, and society’s jesters — Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Trevor Noah, Bill Maher, etc. — have become as influential as the Walter Cronkites and David Brinkleys of yore...
...Rainbow, with his snappy riffs on the politics of the day, is a prominent part of this new and influential group, but he offers something distinct: a very old tradition of musical satire updated for the YouTube age. Think of him as a modern-day Gilbert and Sullivan, or the millennial version of the piano-playing Mark Russell or Tom Lehrer — the key difference being that his get-it-out-fast production marathons and savvy use of social media bring his commentary to the public quickly, directly and with no filter. Competitors like the Capitol Steps strive to put the mock in democracy as fast as possible, but with multiple writers and cast members, they can’t equal Rainbow’s speed. In a world on hyperdrive, he delivers near-instant gratification: Within minutes of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s appearance before members of Congress, for instance, Rainbow was taking song requests from fans on Twitter. Three days after Roger Stone was arrested in January, Rainbow posted a video parody of a number from the musical “Chicago.”


A sampling of Rainbow’s hot takes includes “Desperate Cheeto” (a take on Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito”), “Border Lies” (Madonna’s “Borderline”), “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Korea?” (“Maria” from “The Sound of Music”) and “GOP Dropout” (“Beauty School Dropout” from “Grease”). Actor-comedian Steve Martin told Rainbow that “A Very Stable Genius” — a takedown of you-know-who sung to Gilbert and Sullivan’s “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” — is a favorite ditty in the Martin household:

He is the very model of a very stable genius.
Of all the U.S. presidents he is the Mussoliniest.
He learned a lot of things according to his Wikipedia.
And demonstrates his ample intellect on social media.
When people are in need he is the best at making fun of them.
He knows 11 words although he can’t spell even one of them.


Fellow Randy fans who have WaPo accounts: please to share their favorite excerpts here. I would be hard-pressed to select a favorite of his YouTube videos (please subscribe!), other than to say I love it when he releases a new one. Very fresh, very topical, very pointed.

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Fritz Walter May 2019 OP
BigmanPigman May 2019 #1
GemDigger May 2019 #2
cpamomfromtexas May 2019 #3
dewsgirl May 2019 #4
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Delmette2.0 May 2019 #6
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Response to Fritz Walter (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 05:03 PM

1. The Rocky Horror one is still my favorite....

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Response to Fritz Walter (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 05:05 PM

2. I look at Randy Rainbow as a gift ...

… that keeps on giving and giving.

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Response to Fritz Walter (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 05:09 PM

3. He is seriously talented!

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Response to Fritz Walter (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 05:25 PM

4. My favorites by Randy Rainbow, Putin and the Ritz (Puttin'on the Ritz by Taco)

and Russia Ties (song from Grease). I love him, he is helping so many survive the Trump Regime.

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Response to Fritz Walter (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 05:26 PM

5. Randy is one extremely talented man. I want all the words to Modern Stable Genius...

I know my Gilbert & Sullivan, and that one's a riot.

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Response to Fritz Walter (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 06:45 PM

6. I subscribed over a year ago.

A cousin kept putting him up on FB. I stay off FB now but get alerts on every new video.

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Response to Fritz Walter (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 07:13 PM

7. you can bypass the paywall...

by using a private browsing window...or so I've heard...

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Response to Fritz Walter (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2019, 02:03 AM

8. Some of my faves are You Can't Stop His Tweets and Before He Tweets

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Response to catrose (Reply #8)

Wed May 29, 2019, 08:52 AM

9. My 4 'graphs.

Hundreds of thousands watch the short videos he produces every 10 days or so, featuring show tunes and pop songs he has refashioned with biting new lyrics. These DIY productions are funny and oh-so-topical and include clever video manipulation of news footage to create sassy mock interviews with prominent political players — mostly of the Trumpian variety — topped off with costumes ordered online.

It’s no secret that in 21st-century America, power over public opinion doesn’t reside exclusively with editorialists or news anchors. We are now Entertainment Nation, and society’s jesters — Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Trevor Noah, Bill Maher, etc. — have become as influential as the Walter Cronkites and David Brinkleys of yore.


Rainbow, with his snappy riffs on the politics of the day, is a prominent part of this new and influential group, but he offers something distinct: a very old tradition of musical satire updated for the YouTube age. Think of him as a modern-day Gilbert and Sullivan, or the millennial version of the piano-playing Mark Russell or Tom Lehrer — the key difference being that his get-it-out-fast production marathons and savvy use of social media bring his commentary to the public quickly, directly and with no filter. Competitors like the Capitol Steps strive to put the mock in democracy as fast as possible, but with multiple writers and cast members, they can’t equal Rainbow’s speed. In a world on hyperdrive, he delivers near-instant gratification: Within minutes of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s appearance before members of Congress, for instance, Rainbow was taking song requests from fans on Twitter. Three days after Roger Stone was arrested in January, Rainbow posted “The Donald Trump Cell Block Tango,” a video parody of a number from the musical “Chicago.”

“He speaks out about how upside-down and crazy things are,” says singer-actress Lorna Luft, another fan who contacted him on Twitter and is now a friend. “Did the president just do a singsong in the Rose Garden like Jackie Mason? Seemingly seconds later, he’s been Randy Rainbowed.”


I'm surprised Lorna Luft's his friend after he wrote about Jeb Bush & brother "Politically speaking, you're the Lorna, he's the Liza. (Sorry Lorna, I'm not here to make friends.)" All in good fun, I guess.

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