Justin Timberlake's Honest Abe Beard is the Real Star of This Inside Llewyn Davis Clip
'Please Mr. Kennedy' tackles the apparently pressing 1960s issue of being forcibly sent to space
How do you write a “good bad” song? Or even a great bad one?
They came up with “Please Mr. Kennedy,” an absurd little ditty about a man who’s afraid JFK will send him to space against his will.
“It’s not a joke song,” Burnett told The Huffington Post. “It’s dead serious.” And that poker-faced seriousness is where the humor of the scene comes from: Oscar Isaac’s earnest titular folkie cutting a song with Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver, who – to his mind – are novelty-song-writing hacks.
Driver’s spoken-word ad-libs are worthy of a Grammy on their own, and Isaac and Timberlake’s pre-song conversation about the proper amount of stuttered “puh-puhs” to lead into the verse is played just straight enough – it was apparently lifted from a real on-set conversation Isaac had with Ethan Coen.
Enjoy, and look forward to singing it the rest of the day – it’s the catchiest bad song you’ll hear.