Guess who got an email thank you note from America Online yesterday?
I’m guessing Steve Carell did, too. And Tina Fey. Sarah Silverman, Judd Apatow and Paul Rudd were no doubt on the list, too.
You see, we all still use AOL as our primary email client. Brand ourselves as pioneers of the Internet each time we hit ‘send’ by associating ourselves with AOL in this Gmail world.
I’m not crazy brand loyal; I’m just lazy. As AOL pointed out in their “celebrating you” thank you note, they’ve been my email service provider since 1996.
Before I was even born.
Do you know how many accounts, organizations and friends know me by this email address? The mere thought of changing it — and the domino effect of changes that would be required as a result — gives me the hives.
Of course, I have other email addresses for professional purposes — even a Gmail account that I rarely use — but AOL is still core.
And knowing that so many way cool people have an uncool email address like me…makes it the cool thing to do.
That’s what I keep telling myself.
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Everybody likes Paul Rudd.
I know I do.
And after seeing his latest movie Our Idiot Brother, I like him — if possible — a whole lot more.
Even playing the rather dim-witted title character of the film, Paul finds a way to make him likeable. Some lesser actors would have made Ned ridiculous. Or cringe-worthy. Or one note.
Paul Rudd’s Ned is well-meaning and filled with humor and heart and the utmost humility.
(Because he really is an idiot.)
Cast mate Steve Coogan should take a few notes.
Steve plays Ned’s brother-in-law Dylan, a documentary filmmaker who reluctantly gives Ned a job and a place to live after he is released from prison. Nice guy, huh?
As it turns out, no.
Dylan as a total prick — a grouchy, unsympathetic, womanizing louse. There are no shades or layers to the character at all. No glimpses into what has driven him to this point. No chance of any understanding on our part — just the trademark Coogan lip curl.
Even pricks can be likeable, Steve. (Remember The Trip earlier this year?)
In a magazine article promoting the movie, Paul Rudd laughed at the idea of acting as a craft — feels that actors try to make too much of what they do.
Take a like credit, Paul…
Being likeable isn’t as easy as you make it look.
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Dear Lorne Michaels:
It’s been over a decade since we never met in your office at “Saturday Night Live.” I conferred instead with your creative director on the greeting card line Hallmark was developing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show.
However, I did sit in your chair, so I think we made a connection.
That’s why, lo these many years later, I feel I can talk casting with you…now that Will Forte has announced he’s leaving the show after eight seasons.
Hire Tim Mason.
You know Tim. He’s a comedian on the main stage at Second City in Chicago. I recently saw him perform in the new show “Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies,” and was blown away by his command of the stage and range of characters. He was funny, funny, smart.
Plus, I know SNL has to cast by type — just like any other show — and I think Tim is a ringer to fill Will’s slot. I mean, seriously — take a look.
Full disclosure: I know Tim from his early improv days in Kansas City. You know Kansas City — the town that produced Jason Sudeikis, Paul Rudd and Rob Riggle.
That’s a pretty impressive pedigree.
Return to the well, Lorne. You won’t regret it.
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Did you watch “Saturday Night Live’s” salute to Adam Lambert this weekend?
Host James Franco ended his monologue by saying this was going to be “the best Christmas show ever.” And apparently the show’s writers decided adopting some of Lambert’s moves would ensure — if nothing else — it was one of the most talked about.
They began with a sketch premise I first saw used with guest host Paul Rudd — the extremely affectionate family. In this version, Franco brings home his girlfriend for the holidays, and she gets to watch him mouth kiss his mom, dad, brother, grandfather, and UPS man over and over and over again. The sketch really hit a high note when Franco slipped his grandpa some tongue.
It’s a funny bit. But it was interesting to watch in the post-Adam Lambert debacle era. So, Adam, here’s what we have learned: It’s okay to kiss a boy on television if a) it’s late night and b) the two guys doing it are straight.
A bit later in the show, SNL brought back another freaky segment: Vincent Price’s Christmas Special. It had a great lineup of celebrity impressions — Kristen Wiig’s spot-on Kate Hepburn; Franco’s tortured James Dean; and Fred Armisen’s Liberace. And, Adam, did you see? — Liberace went down on James Dean at the piano bench! People laughed and laughed — no outrage in the media — I’ve checked.
So, Adam — here is my message to you: you need to be a guest host on “Saturday Night Live.” All the stuff you did on the American Music Awards that got you in so much trouble will be considered awesome humor in late night.
The big question is — are the writers and cast members brave enough to go there with you?
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Tagged Adam Lambert, American Music Awards, Christmas, Christmas show, comedy, Fred Armisen, Holiday, holiday show, James Dean, James Franco, Katherine Hepburn, Kristen Wig, Liberace, Paul Rudd, Saturday Night Live, Television, Vincent Price