The pairing of Ariana Grande and Jim Carrey is the meeting of two massive pop culture titans. What a sight to witness the two singing in a new episode of Showtime’s Kidding. The acclaimed series, which stars Carrey as the host of a kids television show, recently had Grande on as guest. Together, Carrey and Grande shared a duet. Both were lucky enough to have the moment with another legend, Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich).
Grande was a guest star on Sunday’s episode, in which the hit artist played Piccola the Pickle Fairy. With Carrey and Keener, Grande sang “Stick Together.” “How can you start, make a change, maybe learn to/ What do you need?/ Hope is the song when the world is a menace/ Hope is the open door/ Maybe getting back up again is what falls are for,” Grande sang.
Making the moment all the more bedazzling is the fact Grande was directed by Michel Gondry, who’s directed some of the most iconic artists and music videos of the last 20 years. He’s directed unforgettable videos for The White Stripes, The Chemical Brothers, and Bjork. The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director and Grande joining forces is something to write home about. Here’s what the two accomplished together:
The clip is almost a wonderful standalone music video on its own. The world will now impatiently wait for a Gondry-Grande music video collaboration. While Kidding is often bleak and brutal, it’s full of delightful moments such as this one with Grande. Grande’s fan base probably isn’t similar to Kidding’s audience, but maybe they’ll get onboard with the drama after her delightful appearance. Her voice, per usual, is beautiful in the episode. Just pure gracefulness.
Another Grande Accomplishment
The world remains Grande’s oyster. There’s a nice twist of fate to her working with Carrey considering she has a tattoo of one of his most iconic lines from The Truman Show: “In case I don’t see ya good afternoon good evening and good night! Imagine working with the guy whose line you have tattooed on your body. What a strange world.
Last summer, Grande celebrated her time on the show in a post on Instagram featuring her and Carrey embracing:
There aren’t words. ☁️☁️☁️☁️☁️☁️☁️i’ve been staring at my screen and no words do this moment justice. thankful for the most special experience of my life. nothing is crazier than getting to work with and spend time with someone whom you’ve idolized and adored since before you could speak. Actually, what’s even crazier is discovering that person to be more special and warm and generous in person than you ever could’ve imagined. I get to make a tiny appearance on the hilarious and deeply moving show Kidding next season. This was a DREAM of an experience. thank you thank you thank you Jim and thank you Dave for having me. I have so much more to say but words actually can’t …. cover it.
The New Jim Carrey
Carrey and Grande together is an odd but right pairing. They’re unique, singular artists. They’re also both such shining examples of the power of individuality in the arts. They go to the beat of their own drum. Especially over these last few years, Carrey has been evolving and growing as an artist in ways nobody ever anticipated. The once massive crowd-pleaser is now okay to polarize, confuse, or leave an audience baffled. He’s now being himself to the fullest, both in and outside of his art from the look of it. He recently returned to the Carrey we knew and loved in the ‘90s with Sonic the Hedgehog, but the new and still evolving Carrey is deeply fascinating to watch create.