Like all amazing movies, miniseries, other works of art, the clip of Richard Handler accepting and taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a slow burn to an amazing finish. Oh, to be sure, it starts out leaps and bounds ahead of any other videos of its kind: that is, in Handler's penthouse bathroom, in front of his jacuzzi. It's just that at every turn, it gets exponentially better, in ways you can't imagine, 'til you're at the end and saying to yourself, "This is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen." Obviously, this must be watched in full, many times over the course of the day and possibly on loop and in place of whatever your firm is showing in TVs throughout the building. But, if we might, here are our favorite moments:
:01: We're in Richard Handler's bathroom. Why is that? Most of the head honchos taking part in this challenge (Marissa Mayer, senior execs at JP Morgan, etc) take the plunge on the street in front of their company or in someone's backyard. No matter, here we are, in Richard Handler's bathroom.
:05: Handler is narrating this video in his boxers and an old tee-shirt.
:12: He lays out the rules, we're still in his bathroom.
:56: He nominates Carl Icahn to take the challenge, and Icahn's wife to dump the ice (Icahn later takes to Twitter to say he's too god damn busy.)
1:15: He starts ripping open plastic bags of ice and dumping them into the tub. It takes a while, because, again, he's doing the challenge 1) in a jacuzzi and 2) in a jacuzzi that looks like it can seat 7. "It's a lotta ice," he tells the camera.
2:02: Even though he just dumped 8 or 9 bags of ice into the tub, he dumps a hotel-style wicker ice bucket into the bath, just for good measure.
2:10: He takes his shirt off in preparation to jump in the tub. Again, if you've watched these before, most people just let the ice bucket soak whatever they're wearing that day.
2:12: He tests the water temperature with his fingers.
2:16: He jumps in, lets out a shriek, and then almost immediately and frantically looks to jump out, for some reason declining to leave from the side he jumped in and scurrying over to the other.
2:24: Hops out and proclaims "DONE," like he just successfully swam the length of the English Channel.