We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: Newt Gingrich isn't going to let a bad news day stop him from telling jokes about the president going to Disney World, London has built a shiny new drug lab for the Summer Olympics, and Jon Hamm is giving the children of America what they want: a gentle cartoon parody of Jon Hamm.
The Thursday news cycle wias not kind to Newt Gingrich, but he still managed to get some laughs out of President Obama's town hall meeting at Disney World. Naturally, he takes the whole thing too far and ends up sounding like someone auditioning for a TV movie about the Cuban Missile Crisis, but you have to admire the way he refers to the park as "The Magic Kingdom" throughout. Few candidates for higher office can claim such familiarity with the exact names of the four theme parks that make up the Walt Disney World Resort [AP]
Jon Hamm was game for just about anything during the Mad Men hiatus, including lending his voice to an upcoming episode of the animated PBS show Martha Speaks.The episode doesn't air until February, but from the clips that have leaked, we can tell you he's playing a big-shot Hollywood actor named Ham Johnson. Jon Hamm, Ham Johnson. Get it? Which doesn't explain why the animated Hamm has to drive around town in a garish purple boot. But that's Jon Hamm for you. Always game for a brief comedic performance! [PBS]
Here's a video of the very scary, very expensive-looking drug testing lab that's going to be ferreting out (or failing to conclusively ferret out) dopers at the Olympics in London this summer. So if there's a massive drug controversy that isn't adequately resolved and leaves all parties angry and outraged, it won't be for a lack of shiny new test tubes. [Channel 4]
If someone filmed you and two friends watching Downton Abbey while acting stagey and unnatural, it would look something like this. The chin comments are a highlight, but future installments should really feature pauses where someone in the room does something else for several minutes, then asks "What did I miss?" and is told "You know, not much." [The Gloc via Vulture]