The recent return of Metalocalypse has re-instilled my great admiration for Charles Foster Ofdensen, manager of the world’s most successful band, Dethklok.  Aside from his excessive levels of awesome, (One word: “Renovationklok.”  And I am aware that is not an actual word.) Ofdensen remains unflappable, even in the face of his charges complete lack of restraint, empathy or basic cognitive function.  In the great comic tradition, Charles serves as the perfect combination of majordomo and deadpan snarker, while always serving his client’s best interests, whether they understand it or not…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced “Squiz-Garr”) comes in his honor: Who is the greatest comic “straight man” of all time?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. May 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm — Reply

    Without question, the immortal Margaret Dumont. Appearing in 7 Marx Brothers films including Duck Soup and A Night at the Opera, Dumont was the perfect stuffy foil to Groucho’s barbs. She always played the society dame easily set up with a bit of flattery then destroyed by Marx with his perfectly timed wit. She is an unappreciated comic genius, a comedy canvas upon which Groucho painted numerous masterpieces.

    • May 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm — Reply

      Margaret is sublime, and her timing is exquisite.

      I’m also a HUGE fan of Bud Abbott, who manages to make even the most convoluted and contrived setup sound smooth and conversational. Witness the way he plays off Costello during the various version of ‘Who’s On First.’ He varies his delivery based on Lou’s, on the audiences, and on what sounds the most natural, especially during the exchange about Dizzy Dean…

  2. ikdks
    May 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm — Reply

    Let me apologize in advance, this has nothing to do with what you’re talking about, but did anyone see Young Justice this week? The junkie version of Roy Harper made his debut, they did an intervention yadda yadda yadda.

    But there’s a scene where Roy climbs in the window of his apartment, and the establishing shot is the alley below his fire escape and it’s the frigging alley. It’s the alley where he smokes the china cat off the mirror and beats up the thugs in a hallucinogenic rage and ends up cradling a rotting cat believing it’s his dead daughter. It’s that exact alley.

    And not only that, the grey cat is in the alley, and it’s alive! Oh my god, how clever is that? And it’s not just nerdy referencing, it’s foreshadowing, because we all know things don’t work out well for Roy.

    That show rules.

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