After PITNB, my second-favorite happy place is CelebriGum. I introduced this ridiculously brilliant site to y’all a while back when we did the Eat, Play, Lurve post and I got to share some of my favorite sites with you guys. For those of you who don’t remember, CelebriGum is exactly what it sounds like– a blog that juxtaposes the celebrity experience… with gum. The site is the brainchild of Steve Young; Steve is a writer at the Late Show With David Letterman and he never ceases to amaze me with his hilariously (bad) photos of celebrities coming in to do the show (and the ever-present gum watching over them). Believe it or not, that’s Elizabeth Banks in the main pic, but the gum on the ledge is the real reason we’re all here (the captions for the pics and the comments from readers are also pretty awesome). Now Steve‘s taking this quirky idea to a whole ‘nother level with the announcement of a new poetry contest that I am soooo entering! Denis Leary/gum/poetry fans stand up! Today is your day. Deets inside!
So here is the photo of actor Denis Leary, as taken from the Ed Sullivan Theater:
Do you get how funny this is? No? Okay, visit the site. It makes more sense that way. Or less sense. But it’s hella funny. And here’s the announcement for the poetry contest:
Here we go… the first-ever CelebriGum Poetry Slam! Write a poem of any type, length, or level of quality, using this photo of Denis Leary as your inspiration.
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll post the photo along with the poems on the CelebriGum site next Monday.
You can go to the CelebriGum Facebook page or the website to learn more. I’d also recommend busting out your copy of The Odyssey or some Rita Dove, so you can get your poetry on. Those David Beckham photos are pretty um poetic too, if further inspiration is required.
And y’all better hurry up and get your submissions in, because the competition is fa real. Here’s one poem that a long-time CelebriGum reader has already shared:
Roses are red, the gum looks bleary, I love this photo of old gum, juxtaposed with Dennis Leary.
LMAO. See? Happy place!
Here are a few more of my fave pics from CelebriGum, just to help you get into the spirit… of gum and celebrities. Because that’s important. And remember, this is the one and only place where a wad of gum outshines the likes of Anne Hathaway:
Anne Hathaway crosses over to the dark side of celebrity and gumness.
Kyra Sedgwick (former SLCer!) struts her stuff while two men fight over which one of them will get to take a picture with the gum. True story.
If Justin Bieber enters this poetry contest, it’s o-vah for the rest of us. Look how crazy deep he gets in the presence of gum!