Johnny’s Workshop

July 25, 2008

Pearls before swine.

Pearl Gross likes to do a little bit of comedy once in a while about her brother Bob. You can see her well-refined act and discover her other great talent (singing) by clicking on this LINK. If you’ve not seen the video before, then by all means, take a look. I find it hard to believe you’ve got anything better to do.

As John Daker and Reva Unsicker would attest, the audience that night was comprised of unappreciative, brain-dead Philistines who wouldn’t know talent if it smacked them in the face. My tap-dancing instructor would have fit right in.

Pearl deserved better. My friend Robin agreed, so we set to work on a new version of the video; one with a livelier, albeit fickle, audience.

Making our ‘Special Edition’ was a lot of fun, too. We imported the original clip into Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, then spent several hours coming up with ideas, playing around with various edits, and gathering audio and video clips to splice into the original footage. When Robin hit the road to take part in a nationwide musical tour with the Mace Francis Orchestra, I was left to refine, finalise and upload the clip. Damn thing took a lot longer than I thought it would but just knowing it’ll accumulate a good 300+ views over the next 15 years makes it all worthwhile.



  1. I’ve watched this clip about six times now, and it’s still super funny. My favorite part is when she hollers “Hooowww-deeeeee!!” and everyone claps hysterically… like they’ve been waiting all night for Pearl to do her signature yell. It’s like the equivalent of Jack Nicholson saying, “The truth? You can’t HANDLE the truth!”.

    I also love how Pearl isn’t the least bit fazed when Homer yells, “Booo-ooring!”. She just keeps right on truckin’. What a champ.

    Comment by Sheri — July 25, 2008 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

  2. PS: I don’t actually know what Ace Hardware is.

    Comment by Sheri — July 25, 2008 @ 1:59 pm | Reply

  3. There’s a really cool commercial for Ace Hardware on YouTube! Here’s the LINK.

    Comment by april15th — July 25, 2008 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

  4. Haa ha! Stupid prick.

    Comment by Sheri — July 25, 2008 @ 8:08 pm | Reply

  5. You started it!

    Comment by april15th — July 25, 2008 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

  6. I have to say, JP did do a lot of extra work on top of what we’d already done. Is that Newman that sighs? I like your clever cut of a couple of the songs. It really speeds the clip up nicely. I like the guy that stares when she says “And guess what….” Brilliant! Now, the sound of that cough wasn’t originally from the video was it? It matches quite well. I really really like the guy that screams “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” It’s probably my favourite part. Awesome placement by that Letterman guy too. Overall, 5 stars.

    Comment by Blobs — July 28, 2008 @ 12:35 am | Reply

  7. I choked at the sight of the final heckler. Nearly died.

    Comment by strange loop — August 3, 2008 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

  8. Hey, this video is the best thing that ever happened to me. Thanks!

    Comment by Chris — January 16, 2009 @ 6:01 am | Reply

  9. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Chris! Many thanks for the feedback, too; it was really nice of you to leave comments for the video on YouTube and on this blog.

    Comment by april15th — January 20, 2009 @ 1:38 am | Reply

  10. Dear Loser,[Chris]~~~~!!!!!

    I thought you liked me you said it yourself I hate you …


    Well bi you piece of shit i have more things to do right now then remember YOU

    Comment by Suzy J. — February 4, 2009 @ 10:56 am | Reply

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