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Comedy con

I saw American Hustle tonight.

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The movie and all its stars completely deserve all the Golden Globe nominations they racked up.

But my favorite thing about the film is an actor who does not appear in any of the trailers or talk show promotion.  A few of the reviews did spill the beans — so don’t read them before you go — because his performance is such a wonderful surprise!

Okay, I’ll give you a little hint:  he is a funny man who plays the most incredible straight man in the movie.  I loved every minute!

Go see it.  And you’ll know immediately who I’m talking about…

No con here.

Not ready for primetime

I haven’t had much to say about “Saturday Night Live” this season.

That’s because SNL has brought so little to the table.

They lost two cast members and hired four others this year, so it’s understandable that it would take some time for the group to gel.  But the writing has been pretty crappy overall — with a bright spot here and there — and most guest hosts’ talents have been wasted.

Like Emma Stone, for example.

Here is a very funny, versatile young comedic actress, and SNL cast her as the straight man in pretty much all of the sketches.  She did have a bright spot in the SNL Digital Short, because they let her be the star in that one.

Novel idea.  They should have considered that a few more times in the program…since she was the guest host, and there were at least a few people who tuned in because she was appearing.

They did the same thing when Bryan Cranston hosted.  He was used primarily in supporting roles, when he was used at all.

I can appreciate the fact that they need to establish the new cast members and their characters and imitations.  But when the guest hosts look bad, SNL looks bad.

Guess how things are lookin’ this year?