In keeping with today’s cultural trend I will provide some random and short quips today on television (I have been watching more because the book I am reading on Robert Oppenheimer is sort of heavy – side note – is it possible that if Mel Gibson were sober he might have meant to say “Jews End All The Wars” – based on how many were involved with creating the Atomic Bomb?):
I have seen documentaries on Rwandan genocide that made me laugh more than the debut of Saturday Night Live. Lorne Michaels needs more black friends because maybe he is looking for their permission to fire Keenan Thompson. That guy has taken more jobs from deserving black people than segregation and Jim Crow.
Fred Armisen does such a bad Obama impression that Secret Service should arrest him.
Bill Hader of SNL is extremely funny. His Kieth Morrison alone almost makes watching SNL worth it.
Friday Night Lights is a great show (re-joined Netflix to catch up on some shows that I have heard are great – Breaking Bad is on the list). So of course it has terrible ratings. it is odd to me that a show featuring good looking young people and football could not be a success. It is as if America is collectively saying – give us shallow things, but don’t you dare deliver them to us in anything that could be called high quality.
If Modern Family can keep up the pace from its pilot then it will be the best comedy on television not named Eastbound & Down.
I watched a 5 part mini series on Sundance called Brick City, on Corey Booker and his attempt to change Newark, NJ. I am now working on a Corey Booker impression and once I have perfected it one of two things will happen: Corey Booker will not get re-elected and will fade into obscurity, or he will gain an even higher national profile and then Fred Armisen will do an impression of Corey Booker that is so bad, it will make his Obama look good.
The Cleveland Show was not good.
Family Guy premier was great.
Glee started strong, but I think it will fade, only bolstered by religious-like support from women and gays.
Cougar Town – see Glee, but eliminate the started strong part. And the term Cougar is really just a brilliant re-branding of “she’s kind of old, but yeah, I’d probably fu-k her?”
I have only seen 4 episodes of Jay Leno’s show, but only Jim Norton stood out to me as exceptional.
Bored To Death, Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm provide a nice HBO Sunday night.
At 4 pm, if not at the gym or sitting at my desk staring at the wall, I prefer Ellen to Oprah.
On Saturday will be the 2 year anniversary of my appearance on Craig Ferguson (my national television debut). Since then, based on travel expenses, web expenses and gigs I have made about -$450 dollars from comedy. My comedy career feels like the final third of a Behind The Music special; the downfall part, but without the awesome rise and hedonism that precedes it.