My post is late tonight.
I did put in a long work day. And I’ve been chipping away at that pile of Christmas cards. But the real reason?
The Sing-Off on NBC.
I never intended to watch. But a friend told me one of the a cappella groups was from my alma mater, the University of Kentucky. So I turned in Monday night to see the ‘acoUstiKats’ perform.
They were even better tonight, although they had to participate in — and win — the evening’s sing-off to survive to compete again.
I see another national championship in our future!
Posted in College, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Music, Television
Tagged a cappella, acoUstiKats, alma mater, balladeer, BBN, Big Blue Nation, college, entertainment, Humor, life, Music, national championship, NBC, Television, The Sing-Off, TV, University of Kentucky
For those of you following up on yesterday’s post, I played a prank on my best friend this weekend that was 30 years in the making.
She tricked me into believing that she was dating John James, star of the TV drama Dynasty, when we first met in college. We have laughed at the memory over the years, but I finally found the right moment — and resources — to give her a little payback.
Her family planned a surprise birthday party for her on Friday, and I flew in as part of the festivities. Bad weather delayed the actual party, which meant my little surprise became the appetizer.
I told her I was dating someone new — ‘John’ — but was purposely vague on details.
Then my phone rang.
The actual John James was the on the other end of the line. I had found his manager’s number, and John graciously agreed to be a part of my “wonderful, evil plot” to get back at Caroline.
John and I chatted briefly to establish our relationship, and then I passed the phone to Caroline, speaker on so I could listen to her ‘pass judgment’ on the new guy.
She soon complimented him on his ‘radio voice’ and asked if he had worked in media. He ‘fessed up to being a producer and an actor, cleverly mentioning he once performed in the musical Promises, Promises near her hometown (where their photo was taken oh-so-many years ago).
She soon realized they knew the same musical director who conducted the same show at the same theatre…Wait a minute, who did you say you were?
She believed he was the real John James quickly enough, and even thought we were dating for a moment.
To the victor go the spoils!
A huge thanks to John James for making my redemption possible.
Posted in Celebrities, College, Entertainment, Friends, Humor, Life, Television, TV
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Celebrities like George Clooney and Brad Pitt love to regale us with stories of the pranks they play on their fellow actors when they’re making movies. Let me tell you –
They’ve got nuthin’ on me.
I played a prank on one of my best friends this past weekend that was 30 years in the making.
But let me back up a bit…
It all began when she pranked me only a couple of weeks after we met in college. I was in her dorm room, waiting for her to get ready for dinner and noticed a framed photograph on her shelf –
Caroline with her arms draped around the neck of John James, one of the stars of the then hit drama Dynasty.
When I asked how the pic came to be, she confided that the two were dating, but she was keeping it quiet at his request.
Of course I didn’t believe her at first, but then she started producing a lot of convincing evidence: her father’s pageant and production credits, connections through musical theatre friends and a well-timed phone call from John James.
I spoke to the man myself.
Begrudgingly I had to concede — the two were a couple. He called on two other occasions when I was in her room and said hello. But during our last conversation, ‘John’ confessed that he was really Caroline’s brother.
Why did she do it? Especially to a friend that she barely knew? Because she could? Evil.
It is now a thing of legends, a story that we rehash often, laughing at her nerve and my naive acceptance. But this past weekend, I turned the tables. Now the story has a very different ending.
The satisfying conclusion, here — tomorrow…
Posted in Celebrities, Entertainment, Friends, Humor, Life, Movies, Television, TV, Writing
Tagged 30 years in the making, Brad Pitt, celebrities, college, dating, dorm, dorm room, Dynasty tv show, entertainment, evidence, George Clooney, Humor, John James, life, Movies, musical theatre, pageant, phone call, photograph, pranks, production credits, Television, writing
Food Network has been the background noise in my house for a long time.
But lately I find myself losing patience with the shows that used to be appointment TV.
Case in point: Chopped, hosted by Ted Allen.
I can’t count the number of hours I have lost watching this program. When weekend marathons come on, my previous plans fall away. This food competition has had a spot on my DVR list since I purchased the technology.
Yet now I find myself hitting fast-forward, impatient for it to be finished. The format has become too familiar, the judges’ comments tired, the visiting chefs look-a-likes.
(And by this point, even I have a pretty good idea what to do with the basket ingredients, no matter how weird.)
I’m not the only one — Jesse David Fox at Vulture has had his own Food Network burn out. It’s an interesting read.
Take a look.
Posted in Blogs, Commentary, Cooking, Entertainment, Food, Humor, Life, Television, TV
Tagged appointment TV, background noise, blogs, burn out, chefs, chop it off, Chopped, Chopped marathon, commentary, cooking, cooking competition, DVR, entertainment, fast forward, food competition, Food Network, Humor, Jesse David Fox, judges, life, reality, review, Ted Allen, Television, TV, Vulture
Lately, I have been craving Pringles.
This vintage TV commercial makes them look even better.
You go, Brad.
Posted in Advertising, Celebrities, Entertainment, Food, Humor, Life, Television
Tagged advertising, Brad Pitt, celebrities, entertainment, food, Humor, life, Pringles, snacks, Television, TV, tv commercial
I did a spit take this morning — not on purpose, you understand.
It was Wayne’s fault.
I was working in the living room and Let’s Make a Deal was on TV.
That show be crazy.
If you haven’t watched Deal since the Monty Hall days, there are still bad costumes, big boxes, curtains, envelopes of cash and ZONKS. But Brady and his crew have given it a touch of improv that gives you the sense it could all go off the rails — and sometimes does — at a moment’s notice.
They sing. They dance. They do sketches, often using the audience members as part of the fun. I like having the TV on while I’m working for the background noise, but I gotta admit –
Wayne sometimes steals focus.
Posted in Celebrities, Comedy, Commentary, Entertainment, Games, Humor, Life, Television
Tagged audience, background noise, big boxes, celebrities, comedy, comedy sketch, commentary, costumes, curtain, dance, entertainment, game show, games, Humor, improv comedy, Let's Make a Deal, life, Monty Hall, review, sing, spit take, steals focus, Television, TV, Wayne Brady, working from home, ZONKS
As your days on Late Night wind down and you prepare to take over the storied seat behind the Tonight Show desk, I want to offer a word of advice.
(As someone who has watched you grow and change on LNJF…and who watches all your late night competitors, too.)
Pare down your monologue.
It used to be short. I can remember early monologues that were five jokes. Maybe that was too quick, but now your opening is too long. The quality of the jokes has improved, but it’s still not your strong suit. You know what is –
Games. Music. Sketches. Long-form pieces. And your relationship with the celebs you’ve invited…but currently rush in and out because you don’t have any time.
I think we just found some.
Posted in Celebrities, Comedy, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Television
Tagged celebrities, comedy, commentary, entertainment, games, Humor, Jimmy Fallon, jokes, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, life, LNJF, long-form comedy, monologue, Music, review, sketches, Television, time machine, Tonight Show
From the outside looking in, the business of show seems like it gets smaller all the time.
Actors and directors want to work with folks they like. So once they have a good experience, they get paired up again and again. Relationships form. Money is made.
Endings are happy.
Until things go wrong…and that ‘small world’ can turn around and bite you in the butt.
But if you’re lucky — and you and your ex- are both funny — being forced to work together after the breakup can be fun for everyone.
So glad we get to watch!
Posted in Celebrities, Comedy, Entertainment, Humor, Love, Relationships, Television
Tagged actors, bite you in the butt, breakup, breakup to makeup, celebrities, comedy, directors, entertainment, happy endings, Humor, Relationships, show business, small world, Television
The word of the moment is…
I’ve heard it used over and over this week.
On last night’s episode of Scandal — in what was arguably the line of the night — James said, “You’re a shameless monster!” to Cyrus….to which he replied, “Who loves you dearly!”
Well, that makes it all better.
And I just read this morning that Bob’s Burgers own Kristin Schaal, who provides the voice for bunny-eared Louise, sold a sitcom to ABC called — what else — American Monster.
Plus, there’s a #monster hashtag on Twitter floating around that links to all kinds of scary posts and pics.
So…be hip. Be happening.
Posted in Celebrities, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Television, Writing
Tagged ABC, American Monster tv show, be warned, Bob's Burgers, celebrities, entertainment, happening, hashtag, hip, Humor, Internet, Kristin Schaal, life, links, monster, pics, posts, Scandal tv show, shameless monster, Television, tv sitcom, Twitter, with it, word of the day, writing
TV insiders have NBC’s Sean Saves the World on the not-long-for-this-world list. I’ve watched the series to date, and I tend to agree.
It’s not like the show is short on talent. Sean Hayes. Linda Lavin. The ever whackadoodle Thomas Lennon.
Unfortunately, the writing is not at the same standard. It seems familiar and dated…and the look on Sean’s face says he knows it.
That’s too bad…especially for the supporting cast members, who are so strong and deserve to be on television.
I especially hope that Echo Kellum [left] finds a sitcom worthy of his talents.
He was so funny on the short-lived Ben and Kate on FOX, and now adds his unique comedic timing to Sean’s office.
Give this guy a good show, fates…and keep him around!
Posted in Celebrities, Comedy, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Television
Tagged Ben and Kate sitcom, bubble list, celebrities, comedy, Echo Kellum, entertainment, FOX, Humor, life, Linda Lavin, NBC, Sean Hayes, Sean Saves the World, sitcom, supporting cast, Television, Thomas Lennon, tv series