Watch Tim Kennedy’s latest pre-fight interview, then discuss it with us in detail

Normally all the text will go here, above the video. I would break down the upcoming vid, maybe crack a few relevant or irrelevant jokes, then the video with maybe a one-liner after the vid to wrap it up. But I would rather you watch this Tim Kennedy video first, then we’ll go to the text, if you so desire.

See, what’s funny about this video (or short comedy skit) is the fact that Tim Kennedy thought that he was fighting tennis star Rafael Nadal. This is known as Decoy Assumption. Tim expertly sets up the joke with a typical pre-fight interview, showing respect to his opponent, etc. The set up brings the viewer to a comfortable place, where the punchline will have a greater impact. The punchline being the mixup of the names Rafael Natal (185 pound UFC fighter who boasts a 17-4-1 record) and tennis champ Rafael Nadal. The absurdity found in the idea that Tim Kennedy signed on to fight a tennis champion in the Octagon is both funny, and displays superior pre-fight marketing abilities by Ranger Up.

I applaud the reinterpretation of Nadal from Natal (an unexpected meaning or function of the connector that shatters the decoy assumption) as a legitimately funny punchline. What does Kennedy have up his sleeve next? 

In this latest series of skits from Ranger Up, Timothy Kennedy shows that he’s grown beyond just a trained assassin in both high-tech weaponry and hand to hand combat, but a fine writer/actor with good timing and screen presence. 

3.5 stars out of 4. Tim Kennedy vs. Rafael Natal will be coming to screens near you on November 6th.

Published on November 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm
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