“The Last Man On Earth” betrayed its title in the very first episode.
If you haven’t watched the hilarious Fox show, now in its second season, that’s not really a spoiler. You can tell from any commercial that Will Forte’s character finds out fairly quickly into the series that he is not actually the last living human who survived some sort of massive viral outbreak.
I think “The Last Man On Earth” is the funniest and most creative show on television today. Every week the show surprises me as it adds depth to a seemingly simple premise and creatively increases the stakes for its oddball cast of survivors.
I also appreciate how the show has made the lead character Phil an unapologetic, unlikable jerk. Continue reading
Watching Jon Stewart’s final episode of “The Daily Show”, I was struck by something truly wonderful.
It wasn’t the comedy of the episode, though it was as hilarious and irreverent as ever. It wasn’t the inspirational message from Stewart on seeing through the, ahem, bull”crap” of the world. It wasn’t even the powerful final “Moment of Zen” from Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.
What got to me the most about Jon Stewart’s farewell was seeing the community Stewart built return to say thanks.
The extended opening segment of the show saw nearly every “Daily Show” correspondent over the past 16 years return in a touching tribute. While “Saturday Night Live” is often hailed as the greatest breeding ground for comedians on televsion, the seemingly never-ending cavalcade of stars “The Daily Show” has certainly given it a run for its money over the past decade. Continue reading
Did you hear the one about the actors who ignited an international incident with their movie trailer?
No kidding – the teaser for the new Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy “The Interview” sparked a firestorm of controversy after it premiered last week. The movie is about a pair of talk show hosts hired by the CIA to go undercover and kill North Korean leader kill Kim Jong-un.
Needless to see, the Korean leader didn’t see the movie as a laughing matter, labeling it an “act of terror and an act of war”.
It’s hard to say how serious Kim Jong-un’s threats are. But there’s no question “The Interview” trailer got people talking.
I wonder why Rogen and Franco decided to make such a controversial movie. Certainly a comedy doesn’t need to invoke terroristic actions to be funny. Why bother? Continue reading
It’s never our fault.
From a young age we’re trained to pass the blame onto others – no matter how big the mistakes.
The natural instinct is to find someone else who can take the fault for our fumbles. From pointing fingers in grade school to passing the buck onto a coworker, the blame game is ingrained in us.
How many times have we looked like Tommy Boy, trying to fix things up and then asking others, “What’d you do?!”
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It’s funny the things you remember.
I have this vivid memory of playing at a park with a friend in elementary school. His father sat on a bench reading and keeping an eye on us as we pretended to be Power Rangers.
At one point I looked over and saw him laughing. As I walked by him later I asked him what he had read that had been so funny.
He told me it was The Bible. The Bible had made him laugh.
This startled me. How could someone laugh at The Bible? Continue reading
SPOILER ALERT: Your favorite character is going to die.
It’s happened on The Walking Dead. It’s happened on The Good Wife. It happens all the time on Game Of Thrones.
TV shows are killing off main characters left and right to shock the audience and get the Twitterverse talking.
A death on a show, especially of a major character, used to be reserved for a season or even sometimes only for a series finale.
Now it’s more commonplace for the lead in a show to die halfway through the second episode of the second season.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a comedy or a drama, if it’s on a major network or cable or Netflix – No character is safe. Continue reading