When I die, I want my Wiki to say: Hooper had amassed the world’s largest collection of accounting music and literature, which is now kept in the Hooper Memorial Museum of Accounting. Even accountants are too embarrassed to visit it. While my contemporaries are out collecting Pokemon to dull the pain of working in public, […]
With about a month until April 15th…I mean, 18th, taxpayers who haven’t filed their returns yet are probably starting to feel the pressure. A big issue for these procrastinators is how they get their tax return prepared: Do they do it themselves? Pay a CPA? Or shop around the tax return discount shops?
WithumSmith+Brown makes a video every year to celebrate….uh, their Withumness? Honestly, prior to slapping Uptown Funk behind people dancing in hats and sunglasses, the firm was best known for Tony Nitti working Simpsons references into everything from blog posts to lectures on Section 338(h)(10) elections. But yes, these videos. The firm released another one yesterday […]
Yes, October 15th is first runner-up to September 15th in the realm of terrible tax filing deadlines, but it is not short on pain for CPAs who specialize in the dark arts of taxes. If you or your clients are still rounding up K-1s and whatnot, Joe Kristan has a nice round-up of steps to […]
Grant Thornton’s video announcing their unlimited paid time off policy was exceptional cinema. For starters, everyone in the video looks very uncomfortable — like they weren’t sure if they were giving feedback on company policy or making a sex tape with a tax manager. It’s also clear that the people who were ambushed in the […]
Another month, another set of closing jokes. Here's what Greg Kyte & Co. covered for the May close: The 2015 PwC partner class That time Bernie Madoff's CFO stuck a phony ledger in the refrigerator Insecure millionaires Grant Thornton's audit of the Marine Corps A CPA tattoo. More Monthly Close:April '15: The Monthly Close: That […]
Share it with the kids! Is it me or does the accountant bear a striking resemblance to Bob Moritz? I'm sure it's just a coincidence. [YouTube, Earlier]
Presented without comment because sometimes, you just have no words.
You've done the impossible, Deloitte, you've rendered us speechless.
Undeterred by your criticism over the last video, our own Greg Kyte hit the pavement once more and talked to non-accountants about accounting matters. In the first video, we called these people "stupid" but upon further reflection realized they are actually just completely ignorant of matters that make your world go round such as ASCs, […]
This is a new thing we'll be doing this year. Enjoy.
This video is a couple years old, but for whatever reason it was just dropped in the tip box today and we are oh-so glad because it's so frightening it's hilarious. Is it the wedding cake adorned with roses and Patrick Coxes? Is it the carousel of voices? Is it the ginormous Patrick Cox head […]
This young lady wanted a job as a KPMG auditor so bad, she wrote a song and made a video about it. Unfortunately, while KPMG admitted her attempt shows that accounting is more than just number-crunching, the firm is in talks with the songwriter to bring her on in a marketing capacity. A far cry […]
Either James Huang really is the most interesting accountant in the world or he just doesn't have enough billable hours but either way, we all win when he makes a video. We first met him in 2011 and we've sort of been obsessed since because let's face it, good accounting videos are hard to come […]
Um… I don't even know what to say about this. Hell, I don't even know why I am sharing it with you. I just… I… just watch. And just in case that wasn't enough for you, this guy also wrote an ode to accountancy. Apparently using the same producer.
For some reason, earlier this year we asked you to submit videos of your busy season exploits as part of some fake contest. The idea was haphazardly thrown together and not taken that seriously, but for whatever reason1 the post sat up top for months. Anyhoo, busy season has been over for everyone for at least a week so I guess we'll wrap this thing in old newspaper and put a bow on it, so we can all move on with our lives. Right? Right.
I'm not sure I can keep this up — the words and stuff about accounting. Thankfully, this James Huang guy did another video. It's about that Twilight book I don't know anything about. I did happen to be at the Barnes & Noble a couple of times when the new ones were being released and […]
It's March. Some of you are tired. Some of you are malnurished malnourished. Some of you are thisclose to crawling under your desks and curling into the fetal position until someone comes by to spur you back into action. And for some, only a bathroom stall can provide the stillness and quiet that a frantic mind […]
I’m not too hip on the viral dance videos that constantly pop up on the Internet. I didn’t see Gangam Style until it was approaching 900 million views. This is mostly because they are dumb. But now that The Harlem Shake — that isn’t even really the Harlem Shake, mind you — has taken hold, we’ve […]
So this video is almost two years old but apparently we never published it before, half of you are too busy right now to even care what we publish and Colin has once again bailed, leaving me in charge of trolling, troll relations and general jodiendo. So we're rolling with it. As far as accounting […]
Because it's been way too long since we've had a great video (certain drunk folks excluded), TPTB had the great idea to sponsor a Going Concern video contest. If you've ever wanted fame and fortune – or rather, infamy and possible risk of losing your gainful employment — now is your chance. The requirements are […]
Over the days, weeks, and months of this busy season and busy seasons past, we have offered up many videos for your visual and audio enjoyment. Their quality ranges from downright awful to the legendary to debates over (red)beards. And some videos are even instructional in nature. The latest effort serves as a reminder more than […]
It's great when accounting firms embrace social media. A good example of this is the "Proud to be Boring Accountants" campaign by Macias Gini & O’Connell LLP. I've worked with MGO before and can assure you, they get it. If you are a talented CPA-eligible or CPA-passed accountant in Northern California, you should probably check […]
As you are most certainly aware, many of your Big 4 colleagues spend their days dreaming of a life far more fabulous than their own cube-dwelling, spreadsheet-drowning existence. I realize it's hard to imagine a life better than one that spends the occasional long evening in a JIT, but some of your colleagues can't simply […]
As you’ve probably noticed, a lot of videos come through these parts that are of various production quality with the legendary “In a JIT” widely accepted as the best effort to date. While TPTB probably don’t appreciate the creativity, it always seems worthwhile for us to promote the talents (or complete lack thereof) of those willing to put the time into a such an extensive project.
Today in CPA-inspired video is from none other than the most interesting firm in the world, BDO. The mission of this particular video was to serenade recruits from Florida International University. And seeing how it’s a firm-sponsored production, it’s clear the firm is behind it.
1. How did the casting director consciously go with the two guys in the office that are completely tone deaf?
2. Will FIU recruits even attend an office visit after this display?
3. “Running through FASBs like Drano.”
4. At 2:35 they are clearly reading the lyrics off the screen. Poor form, gents.
5. Couldn’t they get Captain Jack to throw them out of the office instead?
We will give them an ‘A’ for effort since BDO is typically pretty quiet but they’ve got a long way to go. Feel free to share your own critique below.
It’s been increasingly obvious that Ernst & Young has the most talented video producers amongst the rank ‘n’ file Big 4 professionals. Last year we saw a video from the Las Vegas office (it was pulled) that was not the most impressive in terms of the talent presented but a Elvis impersonator made up for the rest of the group.
More recently from the Black and Yellow we’ve seen a farewell rock video and a mockumentary from across the pond (also pulled) that both demonstrate the sort of right-brained capabilities that exist within E&Y. Today, we bring you the latest in epic E&Y videos that brings voice to the frustration of being stuck in a JIT (“just-in-time”) cubicle.
So there’s a lot to digest here but I’ve got my favorite moments picked out:
1. I’m not sure who wears vests to the office these days but it’s fashion-forward and I like it.
2. Cursing right off the bat (and not letting up) score bigs points with Adrienne.
3. A Flavia diss is always apropriate.
4. Best lyric ever: I’M THE KING OF EY; ON A JET LIKE TURLEY; YOU’RE IN PUBLIC ACCOUNTING, NO YOU AIN’T LEAVIN’ EARLY
5. Kicking the roller was mean (but hilarious).
6. They should have known they were doomed when they wrote the lyric about a partner “seeing me now.”
7. Chuck Norris? Obama? Paddycake? Things really took a strange turn at the end.
The word from the tubes is that it’s been making the rounds inside and outside E&Y so we’re not exactly sure when this was made but our tipster was a little miffed about the possibility of these guys not having anything to do:
Here’s another video produced by auditors in the midst of busy season who somehow find time for this shit. This one comes courtesy of EY San Jose. Apparently it’s been making it’s rounds inside (and outside) of EY all day. HR must be thrilled at this use of company time (and property, from what it appears).
Apparently it never occurred to our tipster that this was a firm-sanctioned production since the Vegas vid went over so well. There’s only one way to find out so I left voicemails for both of these guys to try and get the behind-the-JIT story. So far I haven’t heard back from either of them but it’s still a little early out in San Jose. But whenever you can guys, email us.
Your thoughts on this latest bit of video ingenuity are welcome at this time.