I do not know Toneh Perry.
But when he offered his thoughts in a hashtag game on Twitter yesterday, I thought he and his entry deserved a larger audience.
The hashtag — #confessyourunpopularopinion
It is not
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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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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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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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I watched the cast of Modern Family play “Modern Family Feud’ on Jimmy Kimmel Live this morning.
(Not really all that live, but still.)
The Pritchetts — Mitchell, Jay and Claire — defeated the In-laws — Phil, Cameron and Gloria — but the sides sometimes forgot to be competitive and shared answers across the aisle.
I realized about 10 minutes into the game that it was the first time I have watched Family Feud in almost 15 years.
My dog Rory hated the bells and buzzer they use for “survey says!’ so I could never watch. But now my little old man is deaf and didn’t even notice.
Aww…my puppy dog.
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I’m no gamer, but even I’ve heard of Grand Theft Auto.
Candy Crush Saga, it’s not.
It’s criminals or criminal-wannabes in the big city, trying to rise through the ranks in organized crime. Underworld kingpins give you different missions to complete, and violence ensues.
It wouldn’t be my cup of tea, and I’m sure a lot of parents wouldn’t want their kids playing it either.
But Grand Theft Auto V has another problem — it allows players to ‘run over, behead and kill animals’ as part of the game.
Jack Carone of In Defense of Animals, an animal rights organization, is calling for a boycott of GTA because of this senseless inclusion of animal violence.
If you agree that there should be a GTA boycott — as I do — vote “YES” in the poll at the end of the TMZ article.
Speak up for those without a voice!
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Kids today have it SO GOOD.
Case in point: Charlotte, the daughter of my friends Amy and Chris.
Charlotte requested an Angry Birds-themed cake for her birthday. Did Amy pick up the phone, call a bakery and order the aforementioned birdie birthday baked good?
She made the entire cast of fierce, feathered friends in fondant. All by HERSELF.
Charlotte is one lucky little girl.
And Amy is rockin’ creative!
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Do you play your numbers? Does anyone?
I drink a lot of bottled beverages, and I find these secret codes to be less than compelling.
I’m not even sure I know how to play. Do I visit a website? And what do I win? Is it worth the micron of effort that it will take?
Maybe if the code itself were more entertaining. This mis-mash of numbers and letters is random, no doubt, but enthralling? Exciting? Filled with possibilities?
I’m know I’m not bubbling over…except perhaps with carbonation.
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Over the weekend, students at MIT hacked the Green Building on campus and made it play Tetris.
It’s not the first time a college building’s lights have been hijacked. Students at Brown University and Delft University in the Netherlands pulled off similar stunts years earlier.
But it’s still pretty darn fun.
And I think New York City should consider itself challenged — not the colleges per se, but all the wonderfully tall buildings that occupy downtown and bring in millions of tourists each year.
Sure, we have dancing snowflakes on the side of the Sax Fifth Avenue Building each Christmas, but I’m talking bigger. Taller. Faster.
I’m looking at you, Empire State Building.
We know you can vary the lights at the very tip-top to reflect the seasons. How about using the lights on the side of the building to create the biggest video game in the world?
If you don’t do it, I’ll bet there’s a hacker out there who will.
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So I’ve been thinking a lot about the number 8.
It’s taken on a near mystical quality this week — for an obvious reason — for Kentucky Wildcat fans.
But as digits go, it was already pretty cool.
Turn it on its side, and you’ve got an infinity symbol. It’s the figure in figure skating. And a few figure eight turns of a rope and you’ll got yourself a decent cinch.
But this week, it’s a magic number for me. And I want to share that feeling with the world.
So, here you go.
The Magic Eight Ball
Go ahead — ask it anything.
You can thank me later.
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