The Oscars trailer from Funny or Die – Billy Crystal in Mongolia as Shukshin

I’m proud to say that my good friend, over at Cr8impact, is also good friends with “Nick Corirossi and Charles Ingram, at Funny Or Die, who wrote and directed the new Oscars Trailer featuring Billy Crystal and Robin Williams!

I’m only two degrees of Kevin Bacon/separation away from all this!

That’s Robin Williams as the Mongolian swamp guy on the boat who says, “he turned into a Yeti.” And, as far as I can tell, Billy Crystal calls himself Shukshin, an important Soviet writer from the Cold War?


More on the back story for the 2012 Oscars, from THR:

The newly released trailer for the 84th Academy Awards pokes fun at the search for a host following Eddie Murphy’s highly publicized exit in November.

The spot features cameo appearances by Robin Williams, Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox, William Fichtner and Vinnie Jones, as they go “Off the Grid” to find the veteran Oscar host.

The Academy teamed up with Funny or Die to create the clip, which will have a one-month run in more than 2,000 theaters starting on Jan. 6. It can be viewed below and at

Murphy dropped out as host following the controversial exit of producer Brett Ratner. The Tower Heist director was ultimately replaced by Brian Grazer, while Crystal agreed to return for his ninth stint hosting the annual show.

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