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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on TRL:

Eminem being a white rapper, that just means that he has the smallest penis in hip-hop. Well, him and Missy Elliott.

Mad magazine was an important part of my childhood. Between the ages of 7 and 14, I devoured every issue and paperback compilation I could find, stealing them if necessary.

With the exception of Frank Jacobs' song parodies, which didn't translate well in print, I couldn't get enough of Mad: all the film and television parodies, Duck Edwing's alliterative episodes, Spy vs. Spy (by Prohais), The Lighter Side of, Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions…

In the same way that some thirtysomethings feel disconnected with the Star Wars prequels, I'm very disappointed at what Mad has since become.

Gone, for the most part, are the magazine's trademark parodies, replaced with captioned AP photographs and Monroe, who, continuing the Star Wars analogy, is the Jar Jar Binks of Mad. Moreover, a semi-color format isn't all it's cracked up to be if it requires matte paper and, consequently, the involvement of advertisers to cover costs.

Mad is still Mad, but it's not the Mad I grew up loving.

Needless to say, I'm cautiously optimistic about this news release:

Beck just filmed a video for "Girl," the second single from Guero. says the video shows Beck walking the streets of East L.A. playing guitar, and many of the places he passes "fold in" to another image, a la the back page of Mad magazine.

I doubt Beck will ever top his video for "Deadweight," directed by Michel Gondry, but said concept sounds promising.