You’ve probably seen or at least heard mention of most of these rants
Modern YouTube ranters include Christian Bale, William Shatner, Alec Baldwin and Lily Tomlin, the arrogant actors; Jim Mora and Dennis Green, the furious football coaches; Axl Rose, the intense rocker; Pat Condell, the smug atheist; Rick Santelli, the fed-up CNBC reporter; and Kanye West, the imperious musician. In a less-masculine key are end-of-rope rants by Chris Crocker, the Britney Spears superfan, and Tricia Walsh-Smith, the vengeful and off-kilter ex-wife.
Fictional YouTube rants — scenes from movies and TV that have found a second life online — include Jeremy Piven’s dressing-down of his therapist in “Entourage” (“I thought . . . you could give her [his wife] a pill that could either fix it or make her a mute!”) and Al Pacino’s savage tirade in “Glengarry Glen Ross” (“Where did you learn your trade . . . , you idiot? Who ever told you. That you. Could work. With men?”).
Watch all these rants — there should be a greatest-hits album — and intriguing patterns emerge. First, the Chicago connection. Axl Rose’s heated 1992 soliloquy about his cruel family took place at a theater outside the city. Lee Elia, the onetime manager of the Chicago Cubs, ranted memorably about disloyal fans at Wrigley Field. This year, Rick Santelli raged against the president’s housing plan from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. “Glengarry Glen Ross” is set in Chicago — the hometown of its author, David Mamet, the nation’s leading playwright of rants.
Second, rants happen in prose, and often ugly, spluttery prose. Not poetry. Verse tirades (including Shaquille O’Neal’s rap roast of Kobe Bryant and Nas’s “I embrace y’all with Napalm” ripping of Jay-Z) are far too elegant to be rants, which are simultaneously more dangerous and more pathetic. The rhyme that dominates rants is not a rhyme at all but a repetition: a word matched exactly with itself, as in Bale’s harangue on the set of “Terminator Salvation,” in which he spit out a single obscenity some three dozen times. (As a general rule, inflection substitutes for reason.)
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This is placeholder text:I want to find as many of these rants on YouTube as I can. For amusement purposes only, of course, no wagering allowed.
Ricky Roma all but destroys Williamson after the latter screws up Roma’s big sale. One of the two great scenes from Glengarry Glen Ross, and one of Pacino’s best monologues.
Christian Bale Goes nuts on the set of “Terminator Salvation”
Jessica Savitch goes on a tirade. Don’t know if she’s totally in the wrong though, after all the anchor is the one that ends up looking silly, even if its everyone behind the scenes that screwed up
Live performance in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois, 1992.04.09. Axl talks about the things he said in his Rolling Stone interview about his upbringing.
Elia’s outburst occurred on April 29, 1983, after the Cubs suffered a one-run home loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The rant took place during a postgame session with reporters in his office. Elia was pissed off at the continual booing by the Wrigley crowd (both during and after the game) and frustrated that no one could see beyond the Cubs’ 5-14 record for any of the progress he felt the team was making.
The fact that Elia’s rant has been preserved for posterity is something of a miracle. In the early 80s, “baseball reporters didn’t work with tape recorders. But radio guys certainly did. So it was that Elia’s outburst came to be a part of the public domain.”
Les Grobstein, aka “ubiquitous” Les, was lurking on the edges of Elia’s office, with tape rolling. For Grobstein, graduate of Chicago’s Von Steuben High School, “it was his Zapruder moment.” Elia commented that he dearly wished Grobstein “had gotten a flat tire on his way to Wrigley that afternoon.”
The title explains it all. Michael Richards becomes combative and explodes in a vile, racist diatribe at Laugh Factory in LA.
Bill Shatner asks the question – ‘What is it with George Takei and his issues with me?’ The question is based on George Takei’s recent marriage and the multitude of press stories about his decision not to invite William Shatner to his wedding
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J0-ZatDHug – Alec Baldwin yelling at his daughter