He’s funniest when he’s not trying to be funny at all.
“From Dan Ackroyd, a recognized authority on UFOs . . . ”
Can you possibly resist viewing a movie with a trailer that starts like that? NO YOU CANNOT!Ã‚Â
Let’s be frank. The only things Dan Ackroyd is a recognized authority on are Hostess cupcakes and how to keep a career going by surrounding yourself with more talented actors. (Please note that Ackroyd attempted to try the opposite when replacing John Belushi with the abominable Jim Belushi, perhaps hoping to appear funny in comparison. This tactic failed miserably.) Setting that aside, I’m sure this is a fantastic movie/documentary.
It’s called Dan Ackroyd Unplugged on UFOs. I was surprised by the trailer, mostly because I assumed that most scenes would take place on anÃ‚Â intimateÃ‚Â dimly lit stage, as Dan Ackroyd strums an acoustic guitar and speaks candidly about his inspiration for the role of the repair man he played on that one episode of The Nanny. Instead, we’re treated to poorly shot clips of video showing fuzzy dust particles or stock military footage interspersed with headshots of Dan saying things like, “The sightings could be explained through conventional means, but . . .”
The end of the trailer urges us to “Probe the mind of Dan Ackroyd.” Using state-of-the-art alien technology, let’s do that right now!
. . . probing . . .
. . . are real, dammit.Ã‚Â Everyone isÃ‚Â laughing at me now, but soon they’ll see I was right! Then I’ll finally be bigger than Bill Murray. I’ll be the one starring in sensitive character-driven indie films and he’ll be the one eating Hostess cupcakes for dinner every night. Mmm, cream-filled cupcakes. I like to lick the icing off first. I think I’ll have one now. Perhaps two. Wait, where did they all go? I just bought a new box yesterday. ALIENS!
I think that’s enough.Ã‚Â I guess there’s really no need to watch the movie after all.