SPOTLIGHT | JABLINSKI GAMES
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comedian JACK BLACK's YOUTUBE channel JABLINSKI GAMES started out as a pre-PANDEMIC CREATIVE EXPERIMENT that seemingly was more about engaging with his two young boys over video games then a master plan for global UBIQUITY. but over the course of the PANDEMIC it transformed into a vehicle to keep things light for his family and communicate HOPE and HUMOR to his fanbase, which at the time was in short supply and much needed. its incredibly endearing to see a grown man with such limitless JOY and ENTHUSIASM for life and to have a kid that is beyond embarrassed by his public outbursts. i cant even imagine.
while the channel does showcase his love for SKATEBOARDING, vintage BOARD GAMES, 80s ARCADE favorites (DONKEY KONG, SPACE INVADERS, etc) and more than a HEALTHY helping of RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2, the focus does noticeably shift when he is involved without outside project. in which case the channel transforms into more of a traditional vlog with BLACK touring with TENACIOUS D or cavorting with DWAYNE 'THE ROCK' JOHNSON or KEVIN HART on some latest iteration of the JUMANJI franchise.
the dude is hilarious, but at the center of his world is his FAMILY and it comes off unambiguously how much he absolutely ADORES his WIFE and CHILDREN. im a big CHRIS FARLEY fan and from the jump i saw similar COMEDIC tropes in BLACK going back to his cameos on MR SHOW, but the two could not be more different. BLACK is INCLUSIVE and very much about including everyone in his LIFELONG PASSIONS for MUSIC and ART while FARLEY was motivated out of a deep well of pain and trauma and saw his own outlandish behavior as a cry for attention and help that ultimately went unnoticed and unmitigated. you cant help but watch FARLEY's work and not become crestfallen that he was unable to secure and find UNCONDITIONAL LOVE like BLACK.
at least that is what comes to my mind when watching JABLINSKI GAMES. definitely worth checking out.
SPOTLIGHT | JABLINSKIGAMES
photo manipulation by nacrowe
what no doubt started as a gaming youtube channel for established HOLLYWOOD film actor/comedian JACK BLACK and his two sons quickly degenerated into a case study for the off-the-cuff improvisational comedy genius that is BLACK. whether that be at home giving "health tips," on location at a JUMANJI film set, at DISNEYWORLD with his family or on tour with TENACIOUS D, JABLINSKIGAMES showcases BLACK making everything he comes in contact with ridiculous and absurd. if you ever wanted a sense of the inner dialogue of a comedian at the top of his game, this is probably as close as you'll get.
plus its fun to see his children repeatedly get embarrassed by his public shenanigans. contrary to its name and intent, there is actually very little gaming going on here, which is probably why its my favorite "gaming" channel on youtube.