Tag Archives: comedy

Aging ungracefully

I can’t decide if Modern Family was showing its age last night or its writers were.

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Did you happen to watch?

All the jokes were either racist or homophobic… but after each zinger, one of the characters would say, “That’s racist”… so does that make it okay?

Ironically enough, in one storyline, Jay and Gloria were both feeling their age as the oldest parents in baby Joe’s daycare class.

Sadly, the whole show felt past its freshness date.

Chew on this

dental glasses

You know you want ’em…and you can buy ’em!

But you have to floss them every day, so plan accordingly.

Laugh till it hurts

I was very excited to watch the new comedy Telenovela on NBC.

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Instead I am watching the goings on in the Mt. Sinai Urgent Treatment Center waiting room.

Bored patients like me.  Street traffic.  And a Will Smith movie on TV.

Oh well. Telenovela looked funny.  Would have made my ribs hurt to laugh that much.

Ed is back!

Do you remember the television series Ed?

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It was on NBC 2000-2004.

Tom Cavanagh played Ed,  a lawyer that returns to his hometown after a bad divorce to run a bowling alley.  Julie Bowen (Modern Family) was his new love interest,  comedian Michael Ian Black played a coworker and Justin Long a local high school kid.

It had the charm and quirkiness of Gilmore Girls, and I loved it. I’ve wondered through the years why it wasn’t syndicated on some cable channel.

Wait’s over.

Ed is coming to the UP network weekdays on January 10th!

I am pumped.

The kid’s alright

I have watched Seth Meyers on Late Night since he took over the time slot.

His monologue was awkward,  and the producers wisely ditched it a couple of months ago.

But his interview skills put most of his competitors to shame.

Case in point: his recent sitdown with Ellen Page.

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Page was on the program to promote her movie Freeheld, the true story of a dying  woman’s fight to leave her pension benefits to her lesbian partner.

Page was focused  and somber; you could see her talking points reflected in her eyes. Seth was respectful of the film’s subject matter, but injected humor at just the right beats.

Jimmy Fallon? Take a look and take a lesson.

This is how you do it.

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Bill said so

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My apologies

Mr. Colbert:

I am so sorry.

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More than once in the months that predated your debut on The Late Show on CBS, I questioned you.

Not your talent.  Not your comedic prowess or interview chops. Not your deserving the chair.

Instead I wondered if you would add anything unique to the late night landscape.

Without the fake conservative persona that made you legendary,  I feared your real personality — so positive and genuine — would bring another version of Jimmy Fallon or James Coburn’s sincerely sunny shtick to late night.

How quickly I was proven wrong.

The educated weirdness that was so much a part of your previous alter ego lives on in your true self, so The Late Show is more complex and more rewarding.

Forgive me for ever doubting you.

Good boy

I don’t remember the first time I saw the actor Tom Hardy on the big screen.

After consulting imdb.com, I’m tempted to say it was for supporting roles in either Star Trek: Nemesis or Marie Antoinette. But after Inception, I knew his name.

And after This Means War, the action rom-com with Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine, I liked him.

tomhardydogBut after seeing the pics of Tom with his dog at the London premiere of his new film Legend, our relationship is taking a turn for the serious.

He brought this dog to the red carpet.

I think I’m in love.

In 7 days…

During this fortnight that is Wimbledon, I can’t get enough tennis.

7DaysInHell-720x1066But that’s not why I loved and fervently recommend 7 Days in Hell, the hilarious mockumentary scheduled to air this Saturday night on HBO.

(I saw it early OnDemand. Gotta love OnDemand.)

Andy Samberg (SNL, Brooklyn 99) is Aaron Williams, a washed up former tennis star long removed from the game who returns for one last epic match against his bitter rival, young tennis phenom Charles Poole, played by Kit Harington (the late — or is he? — Jon Snow of Game of Thrones).

The match goes the full five sets and, since it is played at Wimbledon, does not have a tie break in the final set. So the play goes on and on — for a variety of bizarre reasons — for seven long days.

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut will be a tad jealous when they see why.  (They hold the real record for the longest match at Wimbledon, iffin you didn’t know — 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over three days.)

There are tons of cameos by celebrities from television, film, tennis, even the world of magic. The story is outrageous, but the documentary format is honored, so it looks right…

Even though it is gloriously wrong.

Costume comedy

Love Downton Abbey?  The ol’ upstairs/downstairs drama?

How bout with some out-and-out silliness?

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Add Another Period (Tuesdays, Comedy Central) to your viewing /DVR schedule.

The name alone makes me happy. But the cast — including Michael Ian Black, Thomas Lennon, Jason Ritter,  Christina Hendricks and a host of others I can’t name — is game for anything, which makes the show crazy funny.

From what I can tell on Imdb.com, there are lots of great cameos planned, too, so you look forward to that.

Or, you can if you watch.