Ted Leo’s “Bottle in Cork”: A Guide to Cameos and References


If you’re a music fan, we’re guessing at least one friend has sent you Ted Leo and the Pharmacists’ hilarious new video for “Bottled in Cork,” which debuted right where it belongs — on Funny or Die — today. It’s a send-up of a certain, very popular punk-rock musical, featuring some wonderful cameos. If you haven’t seen the clip yet, check it out after the jump and follow along as we break down the appearances and references. Since we’re pretty sure we may have missed a few semi-famous faces, help us fill in the blanks in the comments.

Paul F. Tompkins

Why, yes, Ted Leo and friends are watching QVC. In HD, no less!

Is it just us, or does the band’s sweatband-wearing gym style remind anyone else of Broken Social Scene’s “Fire Eye’d Boy” video?

Charity plug: Ted sports a Comic Relief T-shirt dating back to 2006.

Julie Klausner! She doesn’t care about your band, but apparently she’s cool with Ted Leo’s.

Why, yes. There is some good-natured ribbing of Green Day’s American Idiot musical happening here…

John Hodgman, looking pretty much exactly the same as he looked as “PC” in the Mac commercials.

We are pretty sure that this is Mary Lynn Rajskub. Haven’t heard of this hilarious comedian? Check her out. Correction: Turns out it’s actually one Christine Carolyn. We hope she knows she’s a dead ringer for Rajskub.

The perfect embodiment of sellout punk: widely commercially available T-shirts for an essential venue (CBGB’s) that’s already been dead for a few years.

Titus Andronicus’ beardacious frontman Patrick Stickles, choked up by all the punk-rock melodrama.