Monday, 7 March 2011

Meme Monday #1

What Is Love?

Well, what is it exactly? The Black-Eyed Peas asked where it was some years back, then rather too willingly threw themselves down the stairs, those very same stairs that lead to the fiery pits of nightmare, torture, oblivion and shockingly horrible music. I say "music." But that's a whole different story best reserved for, well, never.

But that isn't why we're here. This is:

Throughout the 1990s, Will Ferrel and Chris Kattan performed a Saturday Night Live sketch known as "The Roxbury Guys." Guest hosts for the show would, on various occasions, participate in the filming; luminaries including Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson and Sylvester Stallone. This particular video stars a young Jim Carrey, displaying his elastic physicality, madcap acting, and joining the two regulars in their synchronised head-bobbing. Their car, the vessel of choice to take them on a neverending quest, hitting up parties and functions, to find some hot females to umm, "dance" (?) with. At least, they call it dancing.

The song in the video, "What is Love?" by the group Haddaway, was released in 1993, topping the charts in 13 countries, but failing to break the top 10 in the US. Though the skit would eventually spawn a commercially successful, though critically humiliating film version, the song lived on, gaining meme status by way of a .gif posted to YTMND. This clip of a few seconds of bobbing head movements, spawned many variants, often with the original music re-jigged to fit the new visual.

Some of these, can be seen in these conveniently compiled videos:


Yes, yes he did.


The word "Meme" can be defined by typing it into Google and hitting "search." Meme Monday, on the other hand, is a series of articles seeking to elucidate and educate. It deals in those memes, which may find themselves on the fringes of super popular, world conquering status. If you wish to complain that the articles contained within are about memes which are, in fact, really quite well documented and popular, i'm afraid i find it hard to care enough to even finish thi...


  1. This was one of the first SNL skits I remember falling in love with as a kid. Great stuff! The actual movie A night at the roxbury, not so much...

  2. LMAO. This definitely made my day, right here. What is love?! XD

  3. "Did you just touch my ass?"

    The movie spawned from the sketch is a guilty pleasure of mine

  4. Oh I want more of these posts. :D

  5. Way Super nifty !!!!! ty!!

  6. this is love post :D +followed

  7. I love Roxbury.

  8. It's nice to know somebody loves me! Great movie, almost as great meme!

  9. I love this song, regardless of how catchy/crappy it can be


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