When Arrested Development star Will Arnett reading from Judy Blume's Are You There God? Its Me, Margaret, hilarity ensues:
But hilarity is only one of the emotions inspired by The Wire's Domonic West reading from Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, which is funny and moving on its own terms, but, to viewers accustomed to seeing him as the emotionally charged protagonist blue-collar Ballmer cop of The Wire, seeing him riffing on mix tapes and the Jackson Five in a BBC accent while drinking continental coffee and sitting in a big leather chair in a bitchin' country cottage is surreal to the point that it just might blow your mind all over your face. The only question that remains is this: Dominic West reading High Fidelity: Great internet video, or the greatest internet video?
This sort of joke isn't new, but it never stops being hilarious. The first use of it, as far as I can tell, was when Saturday Night Live asked Jesse Jackson to read from Green Eggs and Ham to commemorate the death of Dr. Seuss.