Get Him to the Greek didn’t do much for me. But it may have jumpstarted a new comedy career — I mean, to the extent that six syllables can jumpstart a career. In one scene, Russell Brand’s woozy rockstar character makes a Today Show appearance, and he is followed by none other than our own Nobel Laureate/NYT columnist/professor of economics/demigod Paul Krugman. Jonah Hill, who plays Brand’s agent, bumps into the professor backstage and conveys his father’s appreciation of Krugman’s work. The scene brought a jolt of, um, comedic energy to the movie, according to a lot of people on the internet. I thought it was pretty funny. Here is some sketchy camcorder footage of the scene, courtesy of New York‘s Daily Intel blog:
For those too lazy to look, these are Professor Krugman’s nuggets of deadpan humor:
1. Uh, yeah.
2. Thank you.
3. Oh boy.