FEATURED: Epic Sax’s Guy

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Epic Sax Guy is a viral video originating from the song “Run Away” as performed by the Moldovan dance/pop trio Sun Stroke Project. This video features saxophonist Sergei Stepanov and his eccentric instrumental and dance on stage at a performance representing Moldova at Eurovision 2010.  Run Away” is a song performed at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in May 2010 in Oslo, Norway. The song won the final of the O melodie pentru Europa 2010, that took place on 6 March. It gained the maximum number of points from both the juries and the televotes.  In the contest, it was performed first on the night of the first semi-final, preceding Russia’s Lost and Forgotten and passed to the final.

After the contest, “Run Away” would also become the subject of a major internet meme surrounding the saxophone solos performed by saxophonist Sergey Stepanov, who in a phenomenon similar to Rickroll and Trololo, was dubbed the “Epic Sax Guy” in videos on YouTube, despite a rule prohibiting musical instruments being played on stage

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To most people, the man you are about to see is Sergey Stepanov,  To the internet, he’s Epic Sax Guy.  Epic Sax Guy has gone around YouTube for a quite some time now.  Saxroll is  an infinite loop of the same handful of notes, combined with Epic Sax Guy’s Super funny pelvic thrusts.

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The Moldova Foundation has recognized the fame of Epic Sax Guy over multiple blog posts.  Epic Sax Guy fever started in Europe, creating a new Moldovan phenomenon. Fan pages and groups on Facebook gathered over 10 000 members in less than a week. The fever hit YouTube where his loop has 45, 50 and even 190 thousand views. There even are sites where the melody is played over and over again. The page managed to get over 83 thousand hits.  The Moldova Foundation has also gone as far as posting a mini FAQ about Stepanov including facts such as his ping-pong hobby and dentophobia.

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Featured: Wonder Showzen!

What is Wonder Showzen?  This is an American sketch comedy television series that aired between 2005 and 2006 on MTV2. It was created by John Lee and Vernon Chatman of PFFR. The show is rated TV-MA. The show’s format is that of educational PBS children’s television shows such as Sesame Street and The Electric Company (e.g. use of stock footage, puppetry, and clips of children being interviewed), parodying the format in a very adult-oriented manner under the slogan “Play School on Acid”. In addition to general controversial comedy, it satirizes politics, religion, war, sex, and culture with black comedy.  Every episode begins with a disclaimer, accompanied by the sound of someone screaming “Don’t eat my baby!”, which reads:  “Wonder Showzen contains offensive, despicable content that is too controversial and too awesome for actual children. The stark, ugly and profound truths Wonder Showzen exposes may be soul-crushing to the weak of spirit. If you allow a child to watch this show, you are a bad parent or guardian.”

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Wonder Showzen was originally developed and pitched to the USA Network, but after a few minutes of viewing, executives there quickly concluded it did not fit the network’s programming style. However, Viacom was re-branding MTV2 and made Wonder Showzen part of its new programming lineup. It aired as part of Sic ‘Em Fridays, along with Dirty Sanchez and Wildboyz. The pilot was named simply “Kids Show”. The Wonder Showzen theme song is still ‘Kids Show’. Reruns of the show also air on MTV and Comedy Central.

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