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Gordon Pinsent reads Justin Bieber, and other old men who mock youth

A pipsqueak singer meets his match with an 80-year old Canadian actor. Gordon Pinsent, a Canadian comedian, reads out loud from Justin Bieber's memoir during his television show "This House Has 22 Minutes." The gravitas Pinsent brings to Bieber's retelling of his first date is nothing short of superb. In honor of Pinsent's fine showmanship, here are my top three old, gravelly voiced men deliciously reading inappropriate passages:

By Melissa Bell  | October 22, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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I love the poignant way Gordon Pinsent ends his reading. I think, on some level, he really does wish he were Justin Bieber. At least for the weekend.

I view Christopher Walken quite differently, though. For me it isn't that Walken is old, but that no other actor around can project such an effective sense of vague menace. (Ever hear him read the story of the Three Little Pigs? 'tis epic.) When you combine this menace with Lady Gaga the absurdity is just too great. And for added mirth, you need to look for the mash-up of Walken, Cartmen, *and* Lady Gaga. Only then does "Poker Face" really achieve greatness.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 22, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Pinsent's reading is hilarious, but a couple of corrections to the Post's story. He is not a "comedian" per se, but a multitalented actor who has been seen in the U.S. in such dramas as "The Shipping News" and the Oscar-nominated "Away from Her." He did have a mostly humorous role as Fraser's dead father in the TV series "Due South." Also, the show on which he did this reading is called "This Hour Has 22 Minutes," not "This House Has 22 Minutes."


Posted by: patty4 | October 24, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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