Watch Jim Carrey Sing “Creep” By Radiohead
via Beatles Get Back Sessions / Youtube
It seems like comedian Jim Carrey was up for some Carrey-oke (get it?) one night in New York when he walked into a bar, went up the stage, and belted Radiohead’s “Creep” with a live band, much to the delight of the surprised bargoers.
The “Truman Show” star was recorded by the audience, who were out for some Friday night fun at the Rock and Roll Karaoke Club in Arlene’s Grocery in the Lower East Side on September 9, 2011.
While it looked spontaneous, some speculate that this was part of a series of publicity stunts that the comedian has been doing at the time, especially seeing that Carrey was being followed and recorded by a camera crew.
Whatever it was, it was sure a lot of fun.
“But I’m a creep…”
And, of course, Carrey nailed the performance, which wasn’t much of a surprise.
The Canadian-American actor has displayed his singing chops for musical numbers in movies several times, including Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody To Love” in “The Cable Guy,” “Cuban Pete” in “The Mask,” and the pair of songs Third Eye Blind’s “Jumper” and The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love” in “The Yes Man.”
“This is my new anthem,” The casually dressed Carrey jokingly says to the audience, as he engages in banter with the appreciative crowd.
The comedian also sang two other songs, “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” by Smashing Pumpkins and “I Started a Joke” by the Bee Gees.
Quick-thinking people thought of his “anthem” remark and setlist, put two and two together, and realized what was going on.
“Despite all my rage…”
Many have observed that this unexpected performance was probably Carrey’s answer to his critics that were after him after his cringey open love letter to then 22-year-old actress Emma Stone, who was on a breakthrough at the time.
“Emma, I just wanted to let you know that I think you are all the way beautiful, not just pretty but kind-hearted and if I were a lot younger I would marry you and we would have chubby little freckle-faced kids,” the veteran comedian said on the footage. Yikes.
The people on the internet, as expected, found the video creepy, with one Beverly Hills psychologist pointing out that Carrey’s behavior is “troubling”.
In an interview with E! Online, Dr. Jenn Berman said, “When we see outrageous behavior from a celebrity, sometimes we can chalk it up to a brilliant publicity stunt, but other times it’s a reflection of a deeper issue.”
Of course, Dr. Berman said that she can’t diagnose the actor without an appointment, but Carrey’s “mood swings, impulsivity and lack of judgment” are telltale signs.
“Where he crossed the line is the sex part,” the doctor added. She clarified that, minus the reference to sex, the video message is actually sweet.
“I started a joke…”
In a now-deleted tweet, Carrey said that it was all just a joke.
‘Yes, my msg to Emma Stone was a comedy routine and the funniest part is that everything i said is tru,’ the actor tweeted.
Carrey also responded to the comments about his “troubling behavior” via Twitter: “I’ve always had infinite creative energy a playful nature and the courage 2 b unconventional, but envious people prefer 2 call me nuts. S’ok.”
The mind of a genius, who is known for his impeccable comedic timing and slapstick humor, is truly hard to fathom.
Thankfully, the actress who was at the receiving end of the unsolicited love confession seem to find the whole thing cool, despite her taking nearly a year to break her silence.
“I was really flattered, I really was,” Stone said in a June 2012 interview with the New York Magazine.
After swearing that she was really flattered, the actress shared how he was amazed at the comedic actor and that she and her friends were even gushing at how great Carrey was during an awards show right before the video came out.
It seemed Carrey picked a cool person to crush on.