The Underground — Issue #69
Everything you need to know about in this weekly series: Shower thoughts with Nick Offerman, the most useful think thing you could bring camping or to a music festival (besides drugs), A Netflix hit returns, and Conan O’Brien heads to South Korea to let us get to know the country a little better.
At Social Underground we go beyond the mainstream stuff and see what’s underneath the surface. What should we get into, listen to, read, eat or watch? If there is something in our culture that needs attention that’s our job: Show you the underground things that you need to know about: Books, music, television, movies, comedians, art, and whatever else we can find to get you into something you never knew about. That’s The Underground.
Also, let’s remember to be mature here. I know it’s issue no. 69, so let’s get the giggles out of the way before you precede. I’ll wait…done? Okay, on with The Underground.
1. Shower thoughts with Nick Offerman. If you don’t know who Nick Offerman is by now, you should probably just YouTube his name and watch as much of him as possible. His stint as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation sealed him as the epitome of being the most man a man could be. Everything he said is golden. His personality in real-life is close to that of Ron, but much more comedic. He loves wood working. loves his wife, and he loves his friends. He’s a pretty damn good dude from what it seems.
Below is Offerman offering up some of his shower thoughts. He’s like The Most Interesting Man character but he’s an actual person that exists.
2. Fatboy’s Lamzac Hangout is the ultimate seat for camping or a concert series. One of the most annoying parts of camping or going to a cocnert where I’m sitting on the lawn is that I usually have to bring a crappy chair to sit on. That or I go to the concert with a boring date that suggests we bring a blanket to sit on. Then I’m stuck being blanket guy. You know what being blanket guy is, right? The poor guy holding a blanket near the bathroom as your date is using it. You look over and see another poor bastard holding a blanket and you realize how pathetic it looks. Never again.
The Lamzac is an inflatable couch that you can fill up with air in seconds without blowing out a blood vessel in your eyes or using a pump to fill it up. All you have to do is wave it in the air a few times, let it fill up, close it up, and you have yourself a couch to sit on.
Check it out.
The Lamzac Hangout is available at the Fatboy website for purchase right now. I’d suggest getting on now. Summer is coming up and there will be a lot of opportunities to plant your ass in one of these.
3. Netflix’s Bloodline returns for what looks like a great second season. Last year I was looking for something to watch on Netflix. As you know, you can spend more time looking for something to watch than actually finding something to watch. There’s just so much content. Anyway, I finally found this original Netflix series and decided to give it a shot. I was not disappointed. In fact, I was blown away. The character development is so well developed that what you thought about one character will completely change from the first episode to the finale.
Premise: From the creators of Damages, Bloodline is a dramatic thriller that explores the demons lurking beneath the surface of a contemporary American family. The Rayburns are hard-working pillars of their Florida Keys community, but their past contains dark secrets that they hope remain buried. Paranoia and mistrust build as lies pile up, alliances are shattered, and an unthinkable crime takes place. The tight-knit family’s formerly harmonious relationship deteriorates, and good people are forced to consider doing very bad things.
When the finale of last season finale hit, it felt like I just watched something similar to Breaking Bad. Not the same concept, obviously, but the dramatic revealing of what characters were good, bad, or both.
Check out the season 2 trailer below. If you haven’t seen the first season, go do that now.
4. Conan goes to South Korea and delivers one of his best shows in years. Whenever Conan does a remote, it’s usually the highlight of that week. Recently, Conan headed to South Korea with The Walking Dead’s Stephen Yeun and the results were non-stop comedy. Everything that happens in the show is funny, informative, and full of Conan making an ass of himself for comedy: He tries and fails to learn Korean, he tries the local foods, he makes a shockingly catchy and amusing Kpop song, and he also visits the Demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea.
Conan offers more variety that pretty much all other talk shows combined. He was the first talk show host to go to Cuba the moment the opportunity presented himself. Now he goes to South Korea and temporarily hosts a talk show in North Korea. Everything this guy does is push the boundries of comedy. I just wish more late night hosts did this other than play stupid games with celebrities. That’s called bad, lazy writing.
Check out the best clips of Conan in South Korea:
Conan arrives at the Incheon Airport in South Korea to a huge crowd of screaming fans.
Conan learns Korean and makes it weird.
Conan turns his string dance into a sensation. J.Y. Park “Fire” feat. Conan O’Brien & Steven Yeun & Jimin Park Official M/V
Conan hosts the first late night talk show in North Korea.
Conan stars in a South Korean soap opera.
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