Who’s watching The Office finale tonight?
And who’s watching the show for the first time in two years?
I’ll admit it.
When Michael Scott aka Steve Carell left The Office in 2011, I was part of a highly vocal minority — perhaps it was even a majority in some circles — who felt the show should end with his exit.
But the show producers — both in shock that Steve left and in denial that the money train was running out of steam — deluded themselves that they could keep on keepin’ on.
The first season without Steve floundered. The second became ‘the farewell season.’ And now that Dunder Mifflin is finally closing its doors, I feel a teeny tiny bit responsible.
Did I show any loyalty after Steve left? No.
Did I check in from time-to-time to see if my instincts were right that the show would suck without him? Yes.
Will I watch tonight and wish the show wasn’t being canceled? No.
Am I hoping Steve Carell shows up somewhere? Yes.
(It would be the best episode in two years.)
Note — Steve DID appear on the finale. It was amazeballs.
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When you think about shows in Vegas, sitting on folding chairs under a small circus tent outdoors may not be the first thing that comes to mind.
But it should be.
We went to see Absinthe last night at Caesar’s Palace.. or, more accurately, in front of the famous hotel and shoppes.
It is filled with amazing feats of physical strength and beauty ala Cirque…but with a personality all its own. What I am saying is….
It’s filthy. And takes shots at every ethnic and social group on the planet….especially if they are audience members.
Funniest. Show. Ever.
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Tagged absinthe, Caesar's Palace, comedy, entertainment, Humor, life, Travel, Vegas
Sin City, I am in you!
Fifteen years ago, when I made my first trip to Las Vegas, I stayed at the New York New York Hotel. At the time it was fairly new to the strip, and a bit trendy.
For me it was also a tad bit aspirational. I didn’t live in NYC at the time and wanted to…why not get some good karma?
We have returned there. This time the property was simply a deal…and a fun reminder of home. But I still want to ride the rollercoaster.
May have to do that on my own. (Not everyone appears to have packed their cahones.)
Next stop — Rock of Ages and Ray Romano!!
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Tagged blackjack, comedy, Las Vegas, life, New York City, New York New York Hotel, Ray Romano, Rock of Ages, rollercoaster, Travel, Vegas
The best thing I saw at the movie theatre yesterday was an ad during the pre-show.
No offense to the movie.
I really enjoyed Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. It had great action, an interesting conceit and an ending that I did not see coming.
But this commercial for Windows Phone made me laugh aloud.
Truth is funny.
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Tagged ad, advertising, comedy, commentary, commercial, entertainment, Humor, life, Morgan Freeman, movie theatre, Movies, Oblivion movie, pre-show, technology, Tom Cruise, truth is funny, Windows Phone
It has been 22 years since The Silence of the Lambs won the Oscar for Best Picture.
Then come to New York City and see Silence: The Musical, the way funny parody of that award-winning horror story now playing on Broadway.
Clarisse is there…Dr. Lector, too. And the wannabe transgender, his little dog and the senator’s daughter, ‘putting the lotion in the basket.’
But the lambs?
Well, they aren’t so silent in this version. They sing. They dance. They move set pieces.
They even ‘clomp’ out a musical number using their little lamb hooves. I had a major flashback to doing something similar during a show at Martin City Melodrama & Vaudeville Company in Kansas City…
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Move over, Southwest Airlines. There’s a new contender for ‘funniest in the air.’
Their new safety video is filled with sight gags large and small. I’ve seen it on two flights, and am still discovering all the little surprises they have left for the attentive viewer.
My favorites? Bogus safety stickers featured on distant cabin walls. Sure, we are used to observing “No smoking” and “No electronics”…but “No juggling chainsaws” and “No cartwheels”?
(The video version on my flight also featured “No comb overs”, which I sadly could not find online.)
A robot turns himself off when the cabin door shuts. The main spokesperson changes clothing and accessories for no apparent reason. And remember the “cat lady” who did the previous safety video for Delta? She makes a cameo, too.
It’s worth a watch or two or seven. I’ve never enjoyed a safety video more. Or, in fact…
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Adam Sandler is a man of extremes.
When his movies are good (The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates), they are very, very good. And when they are bad (Little Nicky, Jack and Jill, That’s My Boy)…
Me thinks Sandler has been looking at his filmography and noticed a common thread running through his very best films — Drew Barrymore. Could that be why he’s starring in and co-producing a new film with her?
The Hollywood Reporter says yes!
In the rumored film, the two portray single parents who had a bad first date, but soon after are trapped together at a vacation resort with their kids. Hilarity ensues.
I loved The Wedding Singer. It’s my very favorite Adam Sandler film. And I just re-watched 50 First Dates last weekend and laughed myself silly when Drew Barrymore — to protect Sandler — beats the crap out of Rob Schneider with a baseball bat.
Both films made big bucks at the box office, so I know I’m not the only one who loves this duo. Let’s get excited!!
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Tagged 50 First Dates, Adam Sandler, bad first date, box office, celebrities, comedy, commentary, common thread, Drew Barrymore, entertainment, filmography, films, Hollywood couples, Humor, Jack and Jill movie, Little Nicky, Movies, Rob Schneider, single parents, That's My Boy, The Wedding Singer, vacation resort
And it’s a good one.
Did you hear that Queen Elizabeth was hospitalized for gastroenteritis? As a “precautionary measure,” she was admitted today at King Edward VII Hospital in London.
Funny…where have I heard that news before?
Wasn’t Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cornwall, admitted to the same hospital in early December? For similar tummy troubles? As a “precautionary measure” right before they announced her pregnancy?
The Queen must be having a baby, too!!
Just remember — you heard it here first (unless the royal family is after me, and then I’m just repeating something I read on Page Six).
That woman just won’t give up the throne.
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Tagged celebrities, comedy, Duchess of Cornwall, England, gastroenteritis, get in line, having a baby, Humor, Kate Middleton, King Edward VII Hospital, life, London, Page Six, pregnancy, Queen Elizabeth, royal family, rumor, the throne, Travel, tummy troubles
Last night I attended the “Garden of Laughs” benefit at Madison Square Garden. The draw?
In truth, there were six comedians on the bill — Adam Ferrara, Darrell Hammond, Robert Klein, Brian Regan, Wanda Sykes and Romano — with the ever classy Bob Costas as MC. And lots of surprise celebrities from sports, TV and film serving as presenters between comedy sets.
It was an especially great time to be a local.
With that lineup, it’s no surprise that the comedy was top notch. But what did surprise me was my favorite set of the night. Not Ray…not last night. No, Robert Klein — who appeared at the mid-point of the show — killed it.
Klein’s not typically one of my favorites, but I had a hard time catching my breath, I was laughing so hard. As Bob Costas so accurately put it,
Proceeds from the “Garden of Laughs” benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which has conducted events and programs for more than 215,000 children and their families, including those facing homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care.
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Tagged Adam Ferrara, Bob Costas, Brian Regan, celebrities, comedy, comedy set, commentary, Darrell Hammond, entertainment, Garden of Dreams, Garden of Laughs, Humor, life, Madison Square Garden, Movies, Ray Romano, Robert Klein, Sports, TV, Wanda Sykes
Attention lovers of potty humor and word police alike:
BUTT LOAD is an actual unit of measurement.
All these years — I thought I was being rude when I described something ‘big’ as being a butt load!
How I laughed at this crude turn of phrase –
So evil! So edgy!
But it still stopped short of being an actual curse word…so don’t try to accuse me of committing any great sin.
It’s just a good ol’ butt load of fun!
Or. So. I. Thought.
Now I discover a butt load is a traditional unit of volume for wine and other alcoholic beverages. A butt is two hogsheads, which is equivalent to 63 US gallons.
Actually…that sounds way bigger than a butt load to me.
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Tagged alcohol, butt load, comedy, commentary, curse word, Foods, gallons, hogshead, Humor, life, potty humor, sin, turn of phrase, unit of measurement, wines, word police, writing