Well, the TV gods must have their dials turned to "Miami." After
, we flipped byWeb Soup
a few days ago and saw Miami's very ownJillian Mayer
. The G4 show played herI Am Your Grandma
video and followed it with their own spoof (which is the highest form of flattery, right?). In the above, host Chris Hardwick follows Mayer's video message for her grandkids with "That's adorable. She thinks the human race is going to be around in two generations. Also, my erection just hung itself."
The show, which both celebrates and lampoons web clip culture, then
takes I Am Your Grandma a step further. It dramatizes Mayer's
grandchildren finally receiving the video as their grandmother's last
will. In this scenario, Mayer also leaves the
grandkids a box of her freaky masks (local performer Sean Wildchild
styled her for the vid), which the lawyer uses to perform "I Am Your
Hang on there, television. Are you mocking one of our 100 Creatives -- an
artist we highlighted in our People Issue? No, no it's cool. "I Am Your
Lawyer" is hilarious, plus Mayer has no pretensions about her art. The
artist, whose work was featured at the world's Guggenheim art museums
before she even had a solo show, knows that her work is as
much about entertainment as it is about high concepts. As she told us: "We're so inundated with
awesome and loud things. If you're going to take someone's time away
from them, give them a show."
We first witnessed I Am Your Grandma at Mayer's solo show at David Castillo
Castillo gallery, then saw it on the big screen for Borscht, and finally
online at Vice. Once it was up on YouTube, the trippy generational time
capsule garnered over 700,000 views.
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Mayer's I Am Your Grandma Facebook page has over 3,000 followers who regularly
freak out over pictures of the artist's actual grandma and news that
the "I Am Your Grandma" ringtone is available on iTunes (scored by local band ANR's Michael John Hancock). And that, dear friends, is how you conquer the Internet.