Randy Rainbow asks all the right questions in parody song interview with President Biden

Randy Rainbow made a name for himself launching hilarious parodies during the Trump presidency, as he brilliantly transformed musical theater canon into political theater cannons. He's also helped many of us get through the past year of the pandemic by changing classic musical hits like "Gee, Officer Krupke" and "Put on a Happy Face" to "Gee, Anthony Fauci" and "Cover Your Freakin' Face."

Some of us have wondered if the comedian would have enough material to keep up this kind of comedy in the post-Trump era, but there was no need to worry. Today, he released his first Biden-themed parody since the inauguration, and it is simply delightful.

Randy kicks the video off joking about his post-Trump comedy challenges, saying to President Biden, "Could you maybe at some point just, like, curse or say something completely loony tunes or offensive? The other guy used to do that, and it just made this whole thing a little funnier."


After lightly poking fun of Biden's middle name, dozing off while the president talked about the vaccine situation, then having a momentary nightmare, Randy starts belting some impressive 1950s Chordettes harmony to the tune of "Mr. Sandman":

Mr. Biden

Bring my vaccine

Keep me protected from COVID-19

Tell me the trick to how I might earn a

Fix of that magic Pfizer or Moderna

Biden

Gimme a poke

They call you "sleepy" but you're pretty woke

I'm so tired of quarantine

Mr. Biden, bring my vaccine...

(It's way better when you listen to it.)

Enjoy:

Randy speaks to what so many of us are feeling right now, as we see the finish line with the country poised to have enough vaccines for every adult by the end of May. It'll take months more to actually get shots in everyone's arms, and for many of us, our turn cannot come quickly enough. After a year of diligently wearing masks and staying distanced, we're ready for all the hugs, and all the friends over for dinner, and all the travel, and all the normal life things we will never again take for granted.

And when "The Robinettes" sang "Oh, I might murder someone if I see another Zoom"? I don't know about you, but I felt that in my bones.

And wanting to plant a big ol' kiss on Dr. Fauci? Felt that too. Speaking of which, if you missed this one it's also worth a viewing:

Randy Rainbow has earned himself the title of King of Parody these past few years, and fans are sharing their hopes that he'll receive some kind of formal recognition for his talents. The Mark Twain for American Humor has been bandied about as an idea, which seems perfectly fitting since Twain himself was a satirist and parodist.

Even during the darkest times, laughter is healing. Thanks, Randy Rainbow, for helping provide it during a difficult era. Glad to see you'll still be with us as we turn the corner into (hopefully) better days.

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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