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Monthly Archives: August 2015

“Saturday Night Live” Does the First Republican Debate of 2015

August 7, 2015, 2:15 pm

I love politics, and I love those debate skits that “Saturday Night Live” does to make fun of them. I hate it when the show is on vacation during a big debate. So because I can’t have the real SNL, I’ll just speculate on what they might have done. And while I’m at it, I’ll just dream-cast some of the roles alongside current cast members… BRET BAIER (played by Jack Black) Okay, I’ve had months to prepare for this opening […]

Let’s Stop Surfin’ Now, Come on Put the Screen Down Now, Come on a Safari With Me

August 5, 2015, 10:47 am

I love animals, mammals mostly. My first tattoo just had to be a fur-bearer like me. (It is, and I’ve never seen my mammal on anyone else.) When I leave the TV showing a nature program on Animal Planet or Discovery (or Disney’s excellent Planet Earth series) I don’t feel that “counts” as those bad hours of TV that corrupt our kids’ brains. So Dar has been getting animal indoctrination, and not only from me, but also 100 books, 1000 […]

Jon Stewart, the 21st Century’s Johnny Carson

August 2, 2015, 4:14 pm

  As a post-recession, Iraq-war-concluding, police-brutality-video-watching America braced itself for a Presidential campaign pitting a Clinton against a Bush, a beloved late-night host wrapped up his long-running show, leaving America’s entertainment press grappling for words as though they were eulogizing a President or a Pope. Right, and that’s the only thing Johnny Carson and Jon Stewart have in common. Or is it? When you’ve had it up to here with this week’s outpouring of turgidity and grandiloquence – when you’re […]