Category Archives: Comedy

The kid’s alright

I have watched Seth Meyers on Late Night since he took over the time slot.

His monologue was awkward,  and the producers wisely ditched it a couple of months ago.

But his interview skills put most of his competitors to shame.

Case in point: his recent sitdown with Ellen Page.


Page was on the program to promote her movie Freeheld, the true story of a dying  woman’s fight to leave her pension benefits to her lesbian partner.

Page was focused  and somber; you could see her talking points reflected in her eyes. Seth was respectful of the film’s subject matter, but injected humor at just the right beats.

Jimmy Fallon? Take a look and take a lesson.

This is how you do it.


Bill said so


My apologies

Mr. Colbert:

I am so sorry.


More than once in the months that predated your debut on The Late Show on CBS, I questioned you.

Not your talent.  Not your comedic prowess or interview chops. Not your deserving the chair.

Instead I wondered if you would add anything unique to the late night landscape.

Without the fake conservative persona that made you legendary,  I feared your real personality — so positive and genuine — would bring another version of Jimmy Fallon or James Coburn’s sincerely sunny shtick to late night.

How quickly I was proven wrong.

The educated weirdness that was so much a part of your previous alter ego lives on in your true self, so The Late Show is more complex and more rewarding.

Forgive me for ever doubting you.

In 7 days…

During this fortnight that is Wimbledon, I can’t get enough tennis.

7DaysInHell-720x1066But that’s not why I loved and fervently recommend 7 Days in Hell, the hilarious mockumentary scheduled to air this Saturday night on HBO.

(I saw it early OnDemand. Gotta love OnDemand.)

Andy Samberg (SNL, Brooklyn 99) is Aaron Williams, a washed up former tennis star long removed from the game who returns for one last epic match against his bitter rival, young tennis phenom Charles Poole, played by Kit Harington (the late — or is he? — Jon Snow of Game of Thrones).

The match goes the full five sets and, since it is played at Wimbledon, does not have a tie break in the final set. So the play goes on and on — for a variety of bizarre reasons — for seven long days.

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut will be a tad jealous when they see why.  (They hold the real record for the longest match at Wimbledon, iffin you didn’t know — 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over three days.)

There are tons of cameos by celebrities from television, film, tennis, even the world of magic. The story is outrageous, but the documentary format is honored, so it looks right…

Even though it is gloriously wrong.

Costume comedy

Love Downton Abbey?  The ol’ upstairs/downstairs drama?

How bout with some out-and-out silliness?


Add Another Period (Tuesdays, Comedy Central) to your viewing /DVR schedule.

The name alone makes me happy. But the cast — including Michael Ian Black, Thomas Lennon, Jason Ritter,  Christina Hendricks and a host of others I can’t name — is game for anything, which makes the show crazy funny.

From what I can tell on, there are lots of great cameos planned, too, so you look forward to that.

Or, you can if you watch.

Carry a big stick

I have never followed an intense exercise routine.

I am a big believer in ‘all things in moderation’ — in both food and physical activity.

But I have recently been inspired to follow a new upper-body strength routine that I think could catch on around the globe:


Donald Trump Pinata Challenge

1. Buy pinata in likeness of annoyingly-ignorant businessman and Republican presidential candidate.

2. Get really big stick.

3. Beat the crap out of that thang, honing upper body strength while reducing frustrations with Trump and flawed political process.

4. Repeat 2-3 times each week.

Note: if you put candy in pinata per tradition, this could reduce positive outcomes of routine.

Fourth time’s a charm

Entourage-MovieIt started out as a joke between my friend Wendy and her husband.

“You’d have to pay me $10,000 to go see the Entourage movie.

Wendy had the gumption to turn the joke into a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for CureSearch, which supports research for pediatric cancers.

One short week later, thanks to the generosity of friends and family and countless others who only know Wendy’s story through word of mouth, articles and blogs like mine, ‘the joke’ has now raised over $30,000.

Wendy is closing the GoFundMe page and, as promised, is going to:

  • See the Entourage movie not once, not twice, but four times
  • Wear ‘Drama Mama’ pajamas to the theater
  • Drink her favorite beverage from a specially-designed Turtle cup

And donors that contributed funds at the higher levels get to come along to the theater and witness Wendy’s exquisite agony.

Thank you for your donations. And enjoy the show!