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 NBC, Television, entertainment, Humor, University of Kentucky, life, Music, TV, college, alma mater, Big Blue Nation, national championship, BBN, The Sing-Off, a cappella, acoUstiKats, balladeer
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
Tagged actor, bad weather, birthday, blog, boyfriend, celebrities, college, Dynasty tv show, entertainment, entertainment manager, evil plot, friends, Humor, John James, life, memory, musical director, payback, phone, post, prank, producer, Promises Promises, punk, radio voice, redemption, surprise party, Television, theater, to the victor go the spoils, TV, tv drama
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
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.
Posted in Celebrities, Comedy, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Movies
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
I have not read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy — pretty proud of that.
Not that I’m judging a book by its cover it…but it’s nice for a change to not be in a group that is being judged.
(Twilight scars — you understand.)
Although that doesn’t stop me from being interested in the recent casting announcement for the Fifty Shades movie — Dakota Johnson as Anastasia (whoever that is) and Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey.
Dakota Johnson…in an S&M movie?
She was the quirky, funny, girl-next-door single mom who we loved and lost last season on Ben and Kate. Well, I loved that show anyhoo. FOX went and canceled it.
Oh, look how sad they all are.
Of course, Nat Faxon (far right) reached out and got an Oscar for writing The Descendants…and directed, wrote and co-starred in the very funny The Way, Way Back with Steve Carell, so he’s doing alright. And Dakota gets…whips and chains?
Look what you did, FOX.
Posted in Academy Awards, Books, Celebrities, Comedy, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Movies, Oscars, Relationships, Television, TV
Tagged all your fault, Ben and Kate tv show, books, celebrities, Charlie Hunnam, comedy, commentary, Dakota Johnson, entertainment, Fifty Shades of Grey, FOX, girl next door, Humor, judge a book by its cover, life, movie casting, Movies, Nat Faxon, Oscar, Relationships, S&M, saga, single mom, Steve Carell, Television, The Descendants movie, The Way Way Back movie, trilogy, TV, Twilight, whips and chains
If you’re like me, you get your news online or on TV, and don’t buy a daily newspaper. So you may wonder…
Do we really need them anymore?
This image from Leslee Cortez on Picstache.com answers that question once and for all –
How else would we give folks ‘newspaper head’ without ‘em?
Posted in Comedy, Design, Entertainment, Humor, Life, News
Tagged comedy, design, entertainment, get my hands dirty, Humor, life, news, newspaper, newspaper head, online, Pistache.com, TV
Golf is a mental game — everybody says so.
So it has been interesting to watch the course at Oak Hill beat the brains out of the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world.
Both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson started today’s final round of the PGA Championship well out of contention — Phil in second to last place. Many of the announcers said they were actually looking forward to watching the two, thinking they would be more aggressive and willing to let loose since they didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning.
I’m not sure we’ve seen that.
What we did see was Tiger waving the white flag — ever so symbolically — even before he stepped up to the first tee. He traded the solid red shirt he traditionally wears on Sundays for a model with a gray back and collar.
Subtle, but telling.
Posted in Celebrities, Commentary, Design, Fashion, Humor, Sports, Television, TV
Tagged commentary, design, Fashion, first fee, golf, golf announcers, golf game, golf shirt, Oak Hill, PGA Championship, Phil Mickelson, Rochester New York, snowball's chance in hell, Sports, Television, Tiger Woods, TV, waving the white flag
I was a child disciple of Captain Kangaroo.
So I was saddened to learn that one of his sidekicks, Dennis the Painter (aka Cosmo Allegretti), died today at the age of 86.
I didn’t know that Mr. Allegretti was also a puppeteer on the show. He was the man behind Captain Kangaroo’s friends Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose, Dancing Bear, Grandfather Clock and Magic Drawing Board.
What a huge part of the show he was!
In a bizarre coincidence, I met Mr. Allegretti’s son Pete while working at a television station after college. Pete was a news reporter there and, when my friends and I realized that Dennis the Painter was his father…
We all turned into small, starstruck children!
We will never forget you, Dennis.
Posted in Christmas, Commentary, Education, Entertainment, History, Humor, Life, Television, TV
Tagged Bunny Rabbit, Captain Kangaroo, children, commentary, Cosmo Allegretti, Dancing Bear, Dennis the Painter, education, entertainment, Grandfather Clock, history, life, Magic Drawing Board, Mr. Moose, news reporter, Pete Allegretti, puppeteer, Television, television station, TV