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In Praise of Harry Hanrahan

Late last week, you may have seen this megamix of utterances of the phrase “IT’S SHOWTIME!” from a multitude of cinematic gems from Beetlejuice to Blazing Saddles, and inclusive of what seems like at least half of Eddie Murphy’s CV.  (I’ll also, slightly shamefully, admit to walking into this clip straight-up anticipating some Richard Dawson Running Man action, and cackling at how quickly I got it…):

Because my mostly-useless ability to catalog trivial information occasionally hits a blind spot, it only just recently occurred to me that Pajiba’s Harry Hanrahan is also the man behind “Get Out of There!”…  and Nicolas Cage Losing His Shit…  and Julianne Moore Loves to Cry.  And because he has shown no signs of letting up yet, at this point I think we have to give Harry his due as a legitimate, valuable (not to mention internet-friendly) historian of pop culture. He’s like Ken Burns, but in capsule form. Or maybe chewable tablets.  Red Vines-flavored.

I put it to you, Nerdists… what are some of the actor’s-tic compilations, or deliriously-overused-dialogue edits that you’d like to see Harry tackle next?  Not sure if his inspiration allows for him to take direct requests, but hey… he may stumble upon this link on a Google search one day.  Probably while tracking down a rare early clip (circa 1964) of someone uttering “This party’s over!”

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How Young Is Too Young to Watch RICK AND MORTY?

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DOCTOR WHO for Newbies: The Eighth Doctor & The Wilderness Years

Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd Recreate Go West Video

Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd Recreate Go West Video



  1. Lucy says:

    Does anyone know how to reach Harry Hanrahan? I cannot find any contact information or email, or anything. I would like to reach him about potential work but it’s as if he doesn’t exist.

  2. riCk says:

    Harry – must say great job putting together the clips, saw twice at the start, really good. suggestions .. oh well … slapstick, death (pre- and post dialogue) laughter, crying, breakups, quiet/silent moment before event (surprise), leaders, rebels, nerds, character, racial, gender evolution, thanks,,,

  3. Lucy says:

    Man, who knew someone could have such an illustrious career of losing his shit? Well done, Nicolas Cage.

    Harry Hanrahan is without question one of the coolest people to have ever graced the YouTube. Montages for everyone!

  4. Robin says:

    John Cusack sitting / trudging despondently in the rain. It may be in his rider at this point.

  5. J Michael says:

    1. How about people in non-Star Wars movies using Star Wars lines? “The Force is strong in this one.”, or “I am your Father!”.
    2. I think that jumping in front of/ out running explosions has been done as a part of worst movie cliches, but if not…hey, there’s one!
    3. Actors doing takes to the camera.
    4. Small women punching out larger men/women.
    5. timer count-downs.
    6. Bullet proof car doors.

  6. Bainmarny says:

    Actually the grinch one was It’s CHOWtime.

  7. Bri says:

    “Grab/take/give me your hand!”

    Or villains saying “You know, we’re not so different, you and I.”

  8. James D says:

    Joshua Malina wiping his mouth.

    Although I suspect this one is way too easy.

  9. Joel E says:

    We need a super cut of “I don’t believe it!”

  10. Dan says:

    “Do you hear something?” or “I thought I heard/saw something?”

    And I always thought the Grinch said it was CHOW-time. As the moths then eat the stockings.

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  12. Nick C says:

    I like the part where they said Show Time

  13. Paul Roub says:

    Characters singing/humming along to iPod/walkman that we can’t hear, or can barely hear.

  14. Andrew from Cleveland says:

    You could do one where people are loading guns.