Spotlight on Cook St. Productions
Ever wonder what it would be like to share a beer with Jesus? Or how you would act if one of your friends won the lottery? Or how Buzzfeed manage to pair together numerical values and popular things time and time again?
Cook St. Productions have been answering these questions since 2011 when a band of humour enthusiasts from Colorado found their true calling. To make sketches that detail things like having really long baths and brief conversations about what it’s like to go to Scotland, or was it Ireland?…Well it was definitely Europe!
They’re at their best in sketches like the “Under the Affluence” series when all 4 guys are bouncing great dialogue off of each other with unsettling sincerity and an unacceptable amount of eye contact. The series is about how friendships change when one of them becomes filthy rich from a lottery win. Here’s the pilot:
There’s plenty more variety in their sketches that we’ve been adding to our staff picks as well as those that we haven’t for no other reason but not wanting our staff pick collection to look overly attached and infatuated with these guys. We thought it would be more appropriate to be casual and emotionally unavailable by writing an article about them instead.
Also beyond their sketches you can keep abreast of their Rotten Potatoes podcast in which one of the guys goes to watch the latest movie releases alone and then reports back to the group. Free to download on iTunes here.
P.S. If you’re already a fan you probably read this article in Nate’s voice as he has that sort of Morgan Freeman thing going on.
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Watch this pitch-perfect Pitch Perfect truther parody
Here’s something to forward to that Facebook friend who lists “CEO at self-employed” as his work info and is constantly posting status updates about false flag operations and the dangers of fluoride. Denver-based comedy collective Cook St. Productions has assembled a Room 237-style video outlining a conspiracy theory explaining that the 2012 a cappella comedy Pitch Perfect is secretly about 9/11. Pitch Perfect 237 weaves in made-up palindromes, anagrams, Pat Sajak, and Harry Connick, Jr., and nails the specious reasoning and “dude, it’s all connected; don’t be a friggin’ sheeple for the frickin’ powers that be” tone of actual truther videos. All that’s missing are some references to the Bilderberg Group and crisis actors, which that one Facebook friend will probably supply in his own commentary when he shares the video with a straight face.
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The Stunning 9/11 Conspiracy Behind Anna Kendrick’s Pitch Perfect
On its face, there isn’t much overlap between Pitch Perfect, Anna Kendrick’s hit a cappella comedy, and Room 237, the 2013 documentary detailing kooky fan theories about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. But “Pitch Perfect 237,” a short but vital video by YouTube user CookStProductions, combines the themes of both films to show that Kendrick is an “expressionist genius,” a low-key auteur whose masterpiece, Pitch Perfect, is underneath its feel-good façade a parable “about, and in protest against, 9/11.”
The evidence is strong. I’ll leave the details to the video, but suffice to say that many subtexts are supplied, and all of them are completely convincing (The airline imagery? Nine members in the boys’ a cappella group, and 11 members in the girls’? And what else could the team bus running out of gas symbolize other than America’s oil crisis?). Enjoy.
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Someone Created The Perfect Conspiracy Theory About How ‘Pitch Perfect’ Is Really About 9/11
Who doesn’t love a good conspiracy theory? I use the term “good” loosely. Even if your belief system leads you down the path of most resistance, you’re going to want to pay attention to Pitch Perfect 237.
In the same vein of Room 237, this ridiculous piece of ocular candy really encapsulates how the simple plot details of Pitch Perfect — when presented in the right light — can add up to batsh*t level proportions. It’s the work of YouTube comedy group Cook St. Productions and is the perfect send up of the craziness in the Kubrick documentary.
Crazy or not, there are a few moments in the video that screamed out at me providing a few moments of much needed clarity. To be honest, I’ll believe anything Anna Kendrick has to say. Hell, I’ve been onto Harry Connick Jr. since he released the classic album Red Light, Blue Light. Someone call Homeland Security!
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The Pitch Perfect 9/11 Conspiracy Theory
The below video, in perfect Room 237 styling (Kubrick, Kendrick, Kubrick, Kendrick!), picks apart the seemingly lighthearted movie Pitch Perfect and determines that it’s really “about, and in protest against, 9/11.”
The creators went to such impressive lengths to pull every detail from Pitch Perfect to relate it to September 11th, at times it’s dizzying. The narrator of the parody has a steady, convincing tone, while declaring things like: “What Kendrick’s doing here is telling us to literally turn the beat around? Turn beat around and you get taeb. So what does this ‘taeb’ mean? One Google search and the first result is Hossein Taeb, head of the intelligence bureau of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Kendrick is waving her arms at us, telling us we have it wrong, 9/11 was not perpetrated by the CIA. If anything, it seems like 9/11 was a carefully coordinated attack by Muslim extremists known as Al Qaeda.” You can watch the full thing here:
Watch: Is ‘Pitch Perfect’ Really All About 9/11? This ‘Room 237’ Parody Says Yes
November 25, 2014 at 5:15PM
Kendrick, Kubrick — what’s the difference?
Who would have guessed that “Anna Kendrick” and “conspiracy theory” would ever be used in the same sentence? Repeatedly? Well now they have, and if you’re looking for a reason as to why, look no further than “Pitch Perfect 237.”
Created by YouTube channel CookStProductions, “Pitch Perfect 237” is made in the image of Rodney Ascher’s “Room 237,” which examines the theories around Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” By analyzing the available evidence, CookStProductions is able to “prove” that the popular 2012 musical comedy “Pitch Perfect” contains a secret message about what actually happened on September 11.
Check out the video below.