Friday, March 30, 2012

Stevie Nicks on 'Up All Night'

I can't even get into how much I adore Stevie Nicks without gushing about my teen years and how I permed my hair into a dry mount of frizzy waves just to emulate this amazing lady. She appeared in last night's episode of Up All Night, where she quieted a crying baby and shushed a yapping dog all at once. She is the queen.

Here's Stevie talking about the experience.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ron Burgundy Has An Annoucement!

Legendary anchorman Ron Burgundy stopped by Conan tonight to play some baby makin' jazz flute and to make a very important announcement. Watch! Stay classy planet Earth....

Friday, March 23, 2012

'Mad Men' Returns

It's been almost 18 months since we last laid eyes on a new episode of Mad Men. The wait is almost over. Mad Men season 5 premieres in a super sized two hour season premiere this Sunday on AMC at 9pm ET/8pm CT/6pm PT.

"Live from the Apollo, it's...'Lemonem'

30 Rock had some hilarious moments last night in its twilight double header of comedy with two episodes of hilarious guest starring fun. One episode boasted a Baldwin-fest, as Alec's brother Billy joined in as an actor cast to play Jack Donaghy in the made-for-TV movie biopic Kidnapped by Danger: The Avery Jessup Story, a dramatization of his wife Avery's abduction by the North Korean government. But the first episode featured a celebration of parody as Tracy and Jenna raced to create a song so bizarre even Weird Al Yankovic couldn't parody it. Two fun episodes for the price of some loud laughs. Let's go over two highlights for last night's first episode.

Liz Lemon once competed on Live From the Apollo. This is "Lemonem" just before the audience threw her in the river.

Watch the weird and wonderful (and incredibly nice) Al Yankovic sing a parody of the 30 Rock theme.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World'

For those of us who miss Michael Scott on The Office since he moved to Colorado to marry Holly, there's something to look forward to. The former Michael Scott, aka the real Steve Carell, and the usually very British and serious Kiera Knightley, star in the upcoming film Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, slated for release in June 2012.  In case we all vaporize into dust by Memorial Day, at least we have this trailer:

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

'Girls' Coming to HBO

From the HBO press release:

"Hannah (Lena Dunham) is a unique mixture of self-entitlement and self-loathing.
She believes she has the talent to be a successful writer, but forgets she has to write first.
She wants to have a boyfriend without the obligations of a relationship, and a job without
having to work. She╩╝s ultimately good-natured, with a spirited sense of humor. But every
time Hannah is about to improve her circumstances, her cluelessness undercuts her."

Yup. This sounds like me. The only difference is, Hannah is in her 20's and I'm in my...I'm over the age of 20.

Girls, premiering on HBO on April 15th, is the long awaited project from writer, performer Lena Dunham  I've heard her described as this young generation's Tina Fey; however, I'd like to think of Dunham as her own entity, definitive of her own style and humor which reflects her group of 20-somethings. I think this show is going to be fun. Besides, I saw Lena Dunham at UCBLA's show 'Mapping the Heavens with Rob Delaney and Dave Holmes". She was charming. I'm looking forward to this.

Also check out her indie feature Tiny Furniture in which she wrote, directed and starred. Check it out on Netflix streaming - but good luck in not having it rebuffer every two minutes. (Netflix, you are on my last raw nerve.)

Here's the trailer:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Upright Citizens Brigade on 'Rock Plaza' Tomorrow Night

Lucy in Color

 Credit: Harry Warnecke Studio for The Daily News/National Portrait Gallery

 [An excerpt from today's New York Times Art & Design feature 'In Vibrant Color: A Colorful Gloss on Black-and-White Memories of Celebrities.]

'" Portrait of Lucille Ball from 1944, when she was in her early 30s. Mr. Genzlinger writes: 'No spit take or exaggerated pout here. In truth, this greatest of female comics looks a bit sad. And far more human than she ever did in the television show for which she is best known."'

Friday, March 9, 2012

'NTSF' Back on Board

Fans of NTSF:SD:SUV will be happy to know that the show started production for season 2 yesterday. A new Adult Swim sensation, the show, created by Paul Scheer and his team of funny people was renewed after a successful first season. The show is due to air later this year.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Eddie Pepitone is 'The Bitter Buddha'

Comedian Eddie Pepitone has been a favorite of mine since I first saw him on Last Comic Standing several years back. After a bout of competition, he was eliminated and mercifully extracted from the silly reality show that eventually went on to see a younger no-name win the grand prize - whatever the hell that was.

Eddie is like a grizzled New Yorker who came right out of Central Casting. He's angry. He's got a big mouth. He's pissed off at society, corporations and assholes at Starbucks. He's constantly trying to temper his anger by delving into the zen of life. He reads up on spirituality. He's an animal lover who feeds squirrels. His weight a constant struggle, he's always on a diet - cutting out flour, sugar, meat, diary, trying to be vegetarian, trying to be vegan. Comedians bow before his loud mouth, angst ridden self to gain wisdom, advice and solace. He's know as "The Bitter Buddha", whether on stage, back stage, or joining his fellow podcasters on the weekly The Longshot Podcast.

Much to Eddie's surprise, last year a documentary crew approached him about making a fly-on-the-wall documentary on his life. It looks like it's about ready to come out of the oven, and is appropriately entitled The Bitter Buddha. The trailer alone shows a fascinating glimpse into his world of comedy and the comedians who worship him.

Keep track of the film's progress and whereabouts on The Bitter Buddha (Documentary) Facebook page.

Also, check out Eddie's hilarious web series online. Puddin' is a series of absurd comedy shorts that are lovely morsels of insanity. And you'll never know who'll show up. Check them out on Eddie's page or on YouTube and laugh your guts out.

Here's one featuring Patton Oswalt.

And here's a fun UCB comedy short featuring Eddie.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Lindsay Makes it Through

The results are in on Lindsay Lohan's appearance on Saturday Night Live, her first legit appearance on television since the law came down on her. Although reviews weren't that great, the ratings were extreme good, and it was reported on The Today Show that Lohan was a real pro all week by coming to work on time,  being very present while there, and thanking everyone personally at the SNL after party - where she did not drink, by the way.

Although some of her performance was a bit shakey, I think we couldn't have asked Lindsay for more. Her acting muscles are a little underused, and the fact she was so eager to be back on the SNL stage was a positive. She had some fun moments, as proven in the Real Housewives of Disney video below.

It's been hard not to know the troubled waters in which Lohan has placed herself. However, we all love a good come back story, and here's hoping Lindsay does a Robert Downey Jr, and finds the path to a clean life and a prosperous career.