Opinion

Can a new TV show re-launch Craig Kilborn’s comedy career?

Can a new TV show re-launch Craig Kilborn’s comedy career?

By | October 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm | 6 comments

When I was in college I became addicted to Comedy Central. The main cause of my obsessive behavior was the newly launched Daily Show; its host, young shavers, was Craig Kilborn, a dude who got popular as one of those hip SportsCenter guys. Years later when I heard Kilborn was...

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Parks and Recreation tackles Feminism and the Great Outdoors

Parks and Recreation tackles Feminism and the Great Outdoors

By | October 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm | No comments

Gather ‘round wee Swanson wannabes of Pawnee: Big Ron and Brother Nature want to take you on a thrilling journey into the Great Outdoors to learn how not to be killed or die. You’ll get lukewarm beans. Just remember: Be a Man. Ron Swanson, naturally, is the troop leader...

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Finally, in its fourth episode, “Community” comes out a winner!

Finally, in its fourth episode, “Community” comes out a winner!

By | October 14, 2011 at 11:59 am | 3 comments

Community, I can’t stay mad at you. It’s no secret that last week’s mean-spirited dud got my goat and that the season as a whole has got my whatever the word is for a group of goats. So when I saw the teaser to this week’s episode, my hopes shot up: “Troy and...

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SNL with Ben Stiller follows terrible episode with slightly less terrible episode

SNL with Ben Stiller follows terrible episode with slightly less terrible episode

By | October 9, 2011 at 3:19 pm | 6 comments

After last week’s mostly-terrible effort from Saturday Night Live, I was confident this one, hosted by Ben Stiller, would prove to be a clear comeback for the show. The best I can say about last night’s episode was that it wasn’t worse than its previous week. And because...

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Dear Fox: Give “The Simpsons” cast what they deserve

Dear Fox: Give “The Simpsons” cast what they deserve

By | October 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm | No comments

Follow any contract negotiation in the entertainment sector down the proverbial rabbit hole and it all ends up being about one thing: a piece of the pie. In movies, TV, music, sports, and a litany of other things that require some sort of talent management/representation, what...

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Seriously, what’s going on with “Community” this season?

Seriously, what’s going on with “Community” this season?

By | October 7, 2011 at 11:24 am | 10 comments

Let’s just get to it, okay? Because I’m in no mood. We start with Chang. What the fuck is up with Chang this season? As last week’s very wise commenter Vengeanceandfashion points out, just a short while ago he was able to hold down a job as a professor—a fake, crazy...

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Melissa McCarthy commits but SNL misuses the “Bridesmaids” actress

Melissa McCarthy commits but SNL misuses the “Bridesmaids” actress

By | October 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm | 4 comments

The second episode of Saturday Night Live’s 37th season went down last night, with actress Melissa McCarthy as the host. Her duties came on the heels of the most high-profile week in her career. She won an Emmy for her work on CBS’ Mike and Molly, was on the cover of the...

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“Community” recap: The Geography of Global Conflict

“Community” recap: The Geography of Global Conflict

By | September 30, 2011 at 4:10 pm | One comment

We open in history class, where Bill Haverchuck (or that guy from Party Down to those of you in your 20s) is teaching history. (PS, how hot has Bill Haverchuck gotten—amirite???) He’s playing favorites with Annie—Annie Kim that is. Uh-oh: There’s a hotter, smarter,...

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Comedian Theo Von’s journey to Guantanamo Bay

Comedian Theo Von’s journey to Guantanamo Bay

By | September 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm | One comment

I left Los Angeles at 11 pm. Twenty hours later I am sitting here in Fort Lauderdale, at an upscale gas station waiting for the 180-minute plane ride to Guantanamo Naval Base. Myself and three other comedians were told we’d leave at noon. It’s 8:55 pm and a man named Ramon,...

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