Oh, the power of the postcard.
I got one earlier this week promoting the new Off-Broadway musical Murder for Two. It intrigued me so much, I bought a ticket to today’s matinee.
Let’s hear it for snail mail!
Murder for Two is a small scale production — just two actors, a piano, limited stage dress and no costume changes — but boy, does it impress!
Both actors play the piano; they take turns, in fact, throughout the show. One actor investigates the murder that has brought us all together. The other plays 12 different suspects, distinguishing each with a simple lilt in his voice, a hand gesture, a carefully used prop.
The songs are clever. The choreography of their movements — exits, entrances, switches between characters and the piano — are on point and brilliant. And the show is funny.
Just so very funny.
The older gentleman seated next to me summed it up best midway through the show when he turned to his wife and said,
“What have you gotten me into?”
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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.
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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.
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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
If you watched Conan last night — or this morning on DVR like me — you saw his interview with astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield, who recently retired after his return from a six-month stint on the International Space Station.
While he was there, he conducted experiments on the impact of low gravity on human biology.
But that didn’t score him a guest shot on Conan.
No, Hadfield used Twitter and Facebook to chronicle life on the space station in video and pictures. In fact, his cover of David Bowie has received over 18 million hits on Youtube.
Let’s add a few more.
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Tagged astronaut, Chris Hadfield, comedy, Conan, Conan O'Brien, David Bowie, DVR, entertainment, experiments, Facebook, guest shot, Humor, International Space Station, Internet, life, low gravity, Music, science, space, Space Oddity, Television, Twitter, Youtube
I was doing a Google search for I-can’t-remember what and ended up on a page of gag reels on Youtube…movies, TV shows — you name.
What could be more perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon?
I have selected one of my favs for today’s post — Easy A.
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Tagged bloopers, celebrities, comedy, Easy A movie, Emma Stone, entertainment, gag reels, Google, Humor, Internet, life, Lisa Kudrow, Movies, Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci, Sunday afternoon, TV, Youtube
A funny thing happened on the way to NYU last night.
Well, funny for me…and some random passersby.
A guy I do not know — actually, I do not know anyone in this story — had just bought a slice of pizza at a restaurant on the corner of 33rd Street and Park. He was trying to cross the street before the light changed, so he had quite a bit of momentum on his side.
As it turned out, a bit too much…because he lost his grip and the slice went flying –
Into the gutter.
Now, this is not funny. It’s actually rather sad. He had just bought the slice, he dropped it and now it’s gone.
No, the funny part was his visible indecision on whether or not to pick it up and still eat it.
When it first hit the street, he was going for it. He was going to employ the ‘five-second rule,’ snatch it up and be on his merry way. But then it slid into the gutter….and he just couldn’t do it.
So he cried out in frustration and walked on.
This entertained myself and about three other people for a couple of blocks. We laughed together and joked about it, sadly at his expense. And now I’m blogging about it.
Posted in Comedy, Humor, Life, Restaurants, Walking
Tagged a funny thing happened, comedy, five second rule, gutter, gutter pie, Humor, life, New York City, NYU, Park Avenue, passerby, pizza, restaurants, slice, walking
It’s noon, and I have already been to Central Park and Times Square.
In New York City.
Oh, the things my eyes have seen!!!
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Tagged celebrities, Central Park, comedy, entertainment, eye trick, Halloween, hilariousgifs.com, holidays, Humor, Kristen Bell, life, New York City, the things my eyes have seen, Times Square, you can't unsee this
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!
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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
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon just keeps finding more and more ways to get their audience involved in the show.
Hashtags. Screen grabs. Instagrams.
The show producers always pick the funniest ones…and who doesn’t like the idea of maybe seeing their idea on the show?
But think about it — we are creating content for Jimmy. Entire segments of the show. He gets thousands of entries, all written by us — the audience — for free. Oh well, it does give him and his staff more time to focus on new parody songs, shows and series.
Still. Brilliant way to play us, Jimmy.
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Tagged audience, celebrities, comedy, entertainment, games, hashtag, Humor, Instagram, late night, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, life, parody, screen grab, show producers, show segments, show staff, Television