‘Infinite Swirl’: Honoring SNL’s Paul Brittain and ‘Sex’ Ed Vincent

According to Entertainment Weekly, Paul Brittain is leaving Saturday Night Live, “effective immediately. A source close to the actor tells EW that Brittain ‘had the opportunity to pursue other projects, and he and the show parted ways amicably.’” And your response, possibly, is – who the hell is Paul Brittain? Understandable! Brittain joined the show in September of 2010 alongside Taran Killam, Vanessa Bayer, and Jay Pharoah, and while all four have had memorable moments, none have quite worked their way to “integral cast member” status. It’s odd that Brittain is leaving mid-season, instead of toughing it out until the season break, and would suggest that the famously tasking pace and vestiges-of-cocaine-energy late-hours work schedule of the show may have burned him out. Equally possible is that he has indeed landed “other projects” in the form of a pilot or a movie for which he had to leave immediately. Who knows? Who cares? We come here not to speculate about Brittains’ next move, but to celebrate his last one.

OK, so Brittain’s name won’t reverberate forever in the annals of SNL lore. But, much like the Little Giants of Little Giants, there was one time when Paul Brittain was transcendent. And that was as “Sex” Ed Vincent, the unlicensed sex education educator/amateur sex-education enthusiast.

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The sweater, the mustache, the cutting edge graphics: it’s all perfect. And that’s before we get to the actual tips! The “front of a penis into the side of a penis”; the “infinite swirl – you put the bottom of the penis on the top of the penis, the top of the penis on the bottom of the penis, and on and on and on and on”; the one trick with the two cardboard birthday hats – all tremendous.

“Sex” Ed lived again with Steve Buscemi, a.k.a. Dustin Van Kamp, a.k.a. the “erotic chef.” Below, we learn about spicing up your relationship with sexy coupons good for “one free dry hump” and various shower surprises.

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And now Paul Brittain is gone, and with him “Sex” Ed. Raymondville State Park Econolodge, we’ll miss you.

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Amos Barshad has written for New York Magazine, Spin, GQ, XXL, and the Arkansas Times. He is a staff writer for Grantland.

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